Session Advice

I like to think my portrait sessions are easy going and stress-free. I maintain an open mind and constantly experiment with new techniques so that your photos are unique. I want you to love your photos as much as I do, so I thought it would be a good idea to share some advice. Keep in mind that this is your session, so we can do whatever you want. Below are some simple tips that will help us make the best images possible.

Location

Where we decide to take photos is totally your call. I personally enjoy working outside in natural light. You should expect to schedule your session around sunset time. However, I know that isn't always possible. Don't worry, I'm completely confident shooting in any light scenario!

If you are an outdoor kind of person, maybe a local nature trail is the right place for you. If you prefer an urban environment, we can head downtown.  If you have no idea, I can suggest a few spots.

What to Wear

Depending on the location and nature of our shoot, we may be walking around quite a bit. I suggest bringing a pair of comfortable shoes while we walk between locations. I'm flexible with whatever you'd like to wear. This is your session and I recommend NOT bringing a second outfit. If you want to bring a second outfit it's totally fine, but it may have an impact on the amount of time we'll have shooting together!

Avoid baggy button down shirts (like the one in the bottom left photo) or clothing with distracting logos. Also avoid any clothing that may show visible straps, tags, or semi-transparent clothing that could reveal undergarments. Simplicity can go a long way in photography. A touch of color can make your outfit pop and add a unique touch to your photos. I suggest adding a bow tie or bright shoes to make yourself stand out. 

Most importantly, confidence is key when in-front of the camera. Your outfit should be something you feel comfortable in. Something that compliments your physical features and personality. Something you can possibly sit/lay on the ground in, and something that simply makes you feel amazing!

What to Bring

I am very light on my feet while I work and often move from scene to scene quickly. I generally have a camera in my hands and a bag on my back, thats it! I don't bring/provide any props, as I prefer to use the elements of the environment to compose my pictures. You should bring as little as possible and avoid keeping anything in your pockets. As you can see in the picture below, my friend Chris left his phone in his pocket. If possible, leave all cell phones, wallets, etc. in your car. At the most, bring a backpack to put everything in.

Again, this is your session so we can do whatever you'd like. If we are taking graduation photos and you want to bring a bottle of champagne, feel free. 

I find that bringing a friend along can help clients feel more comfortable in-front of the camera. Plus if your friend is funny, there may be more opportunities for me to capture goofy expressions. That being said, please limit yourself to one friend.

 

I hope the info above was helpful. If you still have a question, please don't hesitate to contact me.
-Michael (mmendoncaphoto@gmail.com)