How to Prepare for a Photography Session

Yay! You’re booked for a photography session. Now what? First thing, if we haven’t already, let’s pick a location. While Austin is not short on beautiful and interesting venues, it’s always fun to pick a spot that has a personal meaning to you.2015-01-07_0020.jpg2015-01-07_0017.jpgA special location, like Jessica and Colin’s choice of Mozart’s for coffee, gives extra meaning and depth to your photos. But if nothing comes to mind, don’t fret. I’m happy to help you choose a location that suits the look and feel you want for your photo session, whether it’s a grassy field or your own backyard. 2014-02-02_0001.jpgIf you’re in Austin, here are some solid location options I love (the scenery varies by season, of course)!

The 360 Bridge - scenic view of the bridge and water plus some woodsy area
Walnut Creek park - woodsy trails and fall colored foliage
Butler Park - great variety of green, water, and skyline/city views
Now, what to wear?

First and foremost, it’s important to feel like yourself, because that will absolutely come across in your photos.  Secondly, you should choose wardrobe pieces that aren’t going to compete for attention in the photo. We want the focus to be on you and not really what you’re wearing. So the best idea is to stick with solid colors or classic, small prints. 2015-01-07_0013.jpgWhen planning a shoot with multiple people, whether it’s your whole family or just one other person, it’s a good idea to coordinate your colors and styles without falling into the dreaded “matchy-matchy” look. It’s a good idea to choose a starting point with one person’s outfit and work outwards from there. 2015-01-07_0026.jpg          My final piece of wardrobe advice is to consider your environment. Jessica’s casual dress and heels worked perfectly for the downtown park, as it had paved pathways that made sense for stilettos. Make sure your footwear matches the terrain, unless the intent is a purposeful juxtaposition of wardrobe and scenery.

I hope this helps get you ready for your session! As always, I’m here to answer any questions or bounce ideas back and forth. Looking forward to seeing you in front of the camera!

xo, Nicole

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Alissa & Davis Rock the Boat

You know that old saying “In life, sometimes you are the canoe, and sometimes you’re the lake”? … No? Well I just made it up. Alissa and Davis had planned an adorable Lake Austin engagement session in a red canoe. We had been out on the lake for all of 10 minutes when I instructed them to change poses… and watched in horror as they flipped over and capsized!
Luckily for me, they were lighthearted and easy going about it. We decided to reschedule, but not before taking advantage of the situation at hand. The shots we got in their wet clothes are by far some of my favorite images ever!
I’ll tell you one thing, this job is full of surprises! And I’m so grateful to my clients who make the best of a slippery situation.

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