About Your Photo Session

At Image Quest Photo, we don’t believe in restricting your creativity so there are no limits to outfit changes or poses in any of our packages! The only limits we impose are based on the length of time for the shoot, and even that may be flexible.

PREPARATION:

It’s a good idea to bring a variety of clothing – casual and formal – that reflects your style. Choose different styles, colors, and textures of clothing. Remember that your pictures can represent all seasons so bring a range of clothing despite the actual weather. Be sure your clothes fit well, you should be comfortable! If you wear glasses, you may want to ask your optician to lend you a pair of empty frames or they can also temporarily remove the lenses from your frames for the photo session; lenses catch light reflections and distort facial features. Braces are not a problem; they can be easily taken off when your portraits are retouched.

Express yourself; be unique. Bring anything that might personalize your photos. Cars, sports equipment, letter jacket, class ring, pets, and musical instruments help bring out your personality in photographs. Bring accessories for your outfits. Hats, scarves, jewelry, boots, jackets, belts, and coats make stylish additions to your basic outfits and contribute to a variety of looks for your portraits.

For best results:

  • Don’t try a new hairstyle right before the session. For guys, a week after a haircut is the best timing for your shoot. Guys should have a clean shaven face.
  • Some poses show your hands. Be sure your nails are manicured to your liking; nail polish should either be removed or freshly painted.
  • The camera dislikes stripes, plaids and detailed prints, Less is More – busy stripes and floral prints distract the eye.
  • Choose colors that compliment your skin tone. Hold your outfit close to your face to see if it compliments your skin tone. When choosing clothing colors, remember that rich, solid colors photograph best – like royal blue, emerald or teal green, fuchsia, red, purple, etc. Earth tones like browns, olives, tans, also look nice. Navy blue is a very difficult color to photograph; in photography it tends to look more like black. Solid colors are best; especially for your traditional session. White, pastel or bright colors are perfect for lighter backgrounds. Casual outfits in earth tones work best for outdoor photos. For outdoor portraits, be careful of bright greens as they often clash with the greens of the leaves and grass. Black, Khaki, pink, orange, navy, tan, gold, burgundy, dark yellow are good outdoors. We recommend staying away from white, light/pale yellow or other very light/pale colors outdoors. Middle tones or deeper solid colors are ideal for a more formal look. Black is back and it looks great on everybody.
  • Avoid sunburn. A little color is attractive, but stay out of the sun a few days prior to your portrait session. We can’t take the redness out of a sunburn, even with retouching.
  • You may want to bring a friend, a parent, or sibling to help you change outfits and watch for hair out of place. Bring someone you are comfortable with, they can even join you in some of your photos! Bring along your favorite music. If you are having fun, you will look great!
  • Don’t spend a lot of time hunting for shoes for every outfit. We know many of your favorite shots will be concentrated on your beautiful face. Many other shots will be focused from the waist up. Shoes simply will not show in every shot.

WHAT TO WEAR:

Depending on how many sessions you are having bring several totally different outfits to the studio the day of your session; a traditional outfit, a dressy dress (Prom dresses are great!), or shirt and tie for guys, casual outfits (shorts or jeans), and “fun” outfits (shorts, T-shirts, Team uniforms, etc.). Remember to select not only different styles but also, different colors for each outfit. The more variety you bring in for clothing, the more exciting and different images we can create for your photographs. Please wear your first outfit to the studio so you don’t use up much of your “shooting” time getting dressed.

For traditional photographs, choose something classic that won’t be out of style in a few years. Avoid large or bold patterns and bright colors that might draw attention away from the face. Dark clothing minimizes body size while light tones emphasize body size.

After the formal portraits, switch gears and change into something your friends will recognize you in. Wear casual contemporary styles or uniforms. Plan to dress from head to toe, including socks or stockings and shoes appropriate to the outfit. Be sure your clothing fits and feels good. Clothes that are too large or too small will make you look uncomfortable in the photographs.

HAIR / SALON AND MAKEUP:

The way you wear your hair is part of your self-image. We know you want to look like yourself in your portraits, so we discourage radical changes in your hairstyle. Avoid new hairstyles and a week-old haircut photographs best. If you completely color your hair, retouching your roots is a must. For highlights and tints, make an appointment at your salon a week or two in advance of your session. Quick, easy hairstyle changes during your session are super, but practice doing such quick-changes so you don’t lose time in front of the camera.

Dressing for your portrait session includes preparing your hair, eyes and skin. The eyes are the center point of interest. Eye shadow should be applied lightly and with care. Use two coats of mascara on upper and lower lashes. Although blemishes are removed in your finished portraits, you will enjoy your previews more if you use a cover-stick. And that goes for guys, too.

  • Under eye concealer reduces dark circles and works well to cover up blemishes.
  • Foundation will help blend skin tones for a smoother complexion, along with powder to reduce the sheen of a shiny forehead and nose.
  • Girls, apply cheek, eye, and lip color as you would for an evening out. All of these steps will make a difference.