Photo aren’t just reserved for engagements and weddings.
“At the end of the session, we know you will get more out of it than a photo. You will get an experience of reconnecting with the people most important to you and falling back in love with what makes you you.”
A Photo Session will give you more than an Instagram post and something to print for your wall. For you and your partner, your family, or whomever is involved in the photo session, it’s quality relationship time. With packed schedules, demanding jobs, and everything else in life that tends to creep up on us, it’s easy to put off quality time and physical touch, but during these times it may be the thing we need the most. A Photo Session gives you time to focus what’s important in life and gives a image that can remind you of this every day.
Celebrate The Important Things
You don’t need a partner, a family, or an engagement ring to have a photo session. Use it to intentionally mark an important time or achievement in your life. Phone selfies are a dime a dozen, but the photos you will cherish forever are the ones that won’t get lost in the feed or go unseen in the cloud. Whether you’re launching a new business, proud of your fitness journey, or wondering how you could love your dog, even more, a Photo Session is a great way to focus on what matters and give you a collection of images you will be proud to frame.
Grunt and groan as much as you want, but mom was doing you a favour by forcing you and your siblings out of the house for fall photos in the park. Every time you see those photos in your parent’s home you’ll remember what makes family special. Fighting with your brother. Laughing at how ridiculous Dad was being. Highs and lows all look like highs in retrospect. Don’t wait for Mom to push you to make it happen.
Where To Shoot
Every location can have it’s challenges. It just matters how you prepare for them.
“Deciding where to have your photo session is a way of expressing your personality. Bought your first house? Love the outdoors? Live life at the lake? Use your environment to tell your story.”
Indoor sessions have the advantage of being private, comfortable, and not affected by the weather. Prepare the space by cleaning it and removing visual clutter. Rearrange the room as much as you need to. Even in a clean room, certain items may create distractions. When we arrive we may ask to rearrange things if necessary.
We want to capture you in a space that is yours and represents your personality, but the space will have an impact on our images. Coloured walls and warm hardwood floors reflect light that can cause skin tones to look coloured or unnatural, so the ideal indoor location has light neutral wall colours and plenty of natural light.
Pinterest-beautiful photos of a magical golden Autumn-scape and falling leaves may look effortless, but the reality is quite different. The weather and amount of leaves left on the trees is hard to predict, so it’s important to have realistic expectations.
To maximize the variety of images we get from a session, look for a location that has a variety of elements such as trees, open fields, water, buildings, and pathways. These areas give us lots of room for play without having to travel somewhere else for a different scenery.
Be aware of weather limitations. Shooting in cold weather can cause skin to become red or make the experience less enjoyable, so be prepared with some warm accessories like gloves, scarves, or a cute toque.
Choosing Time Of Day
If you want to shoot indoors, the best time of day is between 11:00 AM and about 3:00 PM. At these hours the sun is high in the sky and less likely to be shining directly into windows causing harsh shadows or hotspots.
For shooting outdoors, the light is best in the morning, two hours after sunrise, and in the evening, two hours before sunset. Because the sun is lower on the horizon at these times, the atmosphere diffuses the light and creates a warm glow, creating more desirable images.
Cloudy days can be ideal for shooting at any time of the day as the clouds act as a natural light diffuser. Though this can make for more desirable images during the day, clouds that are low on the horizon line at dusk can take away from the magical Golden Hour light. All this to say, have realistic expectations to work with what nature gives us.
What To Wear
you will only look as good as you feel
“What you wear should compliment your smile, not distract from it, so don’t overcomplicate it. It’s always safe to keep things simple and use accessories to spice things up.”
Dress for the environment
Everything in the image, from your expression to your clothes to the environment, plays a part in telling a story. So when you consider what you want to wear, take into account the story you want to tell.
If you want your photos to reflect a more upscale vibe, urban environments with heels and crisp shirts work well together. But if you’re more the type to cozy up around a fire, a scarf and a cute jacket will be better suited. Ask yourself what your outfits will say about you.
Colors and Patterns
Avoid bright, unnatural colours. Colours like bright orange or neon green will stand out from the environment and steal attention away from your face. Colours like red, orange, or yellow are too similar to skin tones and can make it difficult to edit.
Avoid wearing patterns that will clash with the environment. If you are shooting in a wooded area, wear something with subtle or no patterns. Plaids or stripes aren’t recommended in this environment as your background will already be rather busy.
Accessories & Shoes
Hats and toques are encouraged, especially as the weather becomes a little more chilly. They can be great for adding variety to an outfit. Consider toques or wide-brimmed hats, but be prepared to remove them. They shouldn't be used to cover up a bad hair day. We discourage ball caps and trucker hats, or anything with a brim or beak that will block the light from the face.
Jewellery can be a fantastic way to add variety to your outfit, but leave your watches at home. When your hands and wrists get into the frame we don't want to a watch shape to stand out and be distracting.
For shoes, wear something that is comfortable and compliments your environment and outfit. Though you might look good in those heels, they might not fit the motif of the forest and woodland vibes. Avoid wearing athletic runners that have busy designs that are visually distracting. If you want to wear athletic shoes that you’re comfortable, choose something with a neutral design that compliments the rest of your outfit.
What To Do
Get caught in the moment
“You’re not actors, so we’ll only get so far by asking you to fake it. Include something meaningful in your session that creates genuine expression and you’ll get images that never go out of style.”
Movement & Flow
Don’t count on us counting down from three and saying “cheese”. We want to catch you in a moment, but for that to happen a moment needs to be created.
We will walk you through some photo exercises. Some of them will make you feel silly and THAT’S OKAY! It is perfectly normal to feel like it’s a bit unnatural, but don’t let that keep you from giving yourself over to the moment. At best, you’ll enjoy yourself. And at worst, you’ll laugh it off.
Flow between points. If we set you up in a position your job isn’t to hold it as if we are painting you like one of our french girls. Move in and out of the position we are putting you in. Interact with the people with you. It’s hard to to say exactly what you should and shouldn’t do, but that’s kind of the point. Our job is not to direct you’re every move. We will give you are a starting point, but we are counting on you to take it from there.
Pets & Props
Pet’s are great for photo sessions. Pets have an uncanny way of bringing out the child in us. They don’t need to be with us the entire time, but they are great to include in a portion of the session.
Add in props to create a sense of interest. We aren’t looking for a cheesy grad photo of you sitting with a soccer ball out of context, but you can use items to tell a more interesting story. For example, Tedi and I had a photo session in the snow. To make things more interesting, she held a big wreath and I held an axe over my shoulder. Why are we walking down a snowy road with an axe and a wreath? Who knows. But we look hella cute.
Engaging in an activity together is a great way to bring out your relationship naturally.
Be aware of the variety and limitations around some activities. Though you might enjoy enjoy racing go-karts, Speedworld won’t let us on their track and they only have one thing to do: race go-karts. It would take long before all the photos start to look the same.
Create a scene! You aren't limited to just a smile and a pose. Put on your Christmas PJs and cuddle by the hearth, or put on an adorable apron and serve some fresh cookies. Use your space to tell a story.