Congratulations on making the decision to celebrate yourself in photo! We're so excited to have you on board for this special day, and capture some beautiful portraits of you that you will love and treasure forever.
Here are all the details you will need:
We'll start with a quick drink and chat at our small home studio. You can find us at 8 Dexter Way, Winnersh, RG41 5GR - we’re the corner house facing on to Angus Close and there is a separate entrance to the studio at the back gate (look out for a sign for The Headshot Studio and just park up in the space alongside the brick wall and ring the doorbell there).
We’ll start with creating some beautiful portraits in our home studio space but, weather permitting, we may decide to go outdoors to a choice of local locations too to get a great variety of images.
WHAT TO WEAR:-
“To me, clothing is a form of self-expression - there are hints about who you are in what you wear.” - Marc Jacobs
How do you dream of being photographed? Remember, this is your chance to be a model for a day. A Movie Star. A Siren. A Goddess.
Bring 5 - 6 Outfits
With the chance to wear several different outfits, you can aim for a variety of styles. Try to bring outfits that are unique in color and/or mood. As well as some lovely dresses, feel free to bring your favorite jeans, a lovely top, or even lingerie. I have a small collection of dresses that you can also choose from but here are some more suggestions:
Something Light and ethereal - Bring something in a light shade of blush, nude, cream or white.
Something Dark and Smoldering - Black, Navy, or Charcoal will all work well.
Something Sexy - You can be an understated sexy in a backless formal gown, or a more overt sexy in beautiful lingerie.
Something Epic - This photoshoot is the perfect opportunity to dress like a movie star, and a great excuse to go shopping. You might even rent, borrow, or custom make your dream outfit. For me, this would be a fairytale-worthy ball gown. For you it might be a killer red dress or amazing black negligee. Whatever you choose to bring should be your own fantasy ensemble.
If you have any vintage or otherwise styled accessories/ props/ textiles/ rugs/ jewellery that you think would add something to your session, please do bring them along too. I love getting creative with adding these elements to the shots.
KEEP IN MIND
FIT YOUR FORM
Fitted clothing that shows your shape works best for photographs. This applies to any body type. Outfits should hug your curves, especially along your top half. Loose, flowing skirts are fabulous as long as your bodice or top is snug.
Skip that billowy, blouse or top, or anything with batwing sleeves. While they might be flattering in person, they will not be slimming in camera.
Mixing up necklines will add variety to your shots, so try not to bring all of one style. I love to see your collar bone and shoulders, so off-the-shoulder and sweetheart are my favorite necklines. Whatever you choose, try to make it more interesting than the basic crew neck.
Food for thought: Certain necklines can evoke different moods. An off-the-shoulder top tends to appear vulnerable, while a square neck or high neck denotes power.
Sumptuous textures like lace, chiffon, bead-work, or embroidery lend a rich, tactile element to your photos. Avoid high-contrast patterns or prints, which are distracting. Logos or graphics are definite “don’ts.”
FLATTER YOUR ARMS
Varying sleeve lengths is another great way to add extra diversity to your looks. If arms are a trouble-zone for you, pass on cap sleeves, which are hard to pull off since they emphasize the widest part of the arm. Choose instead a 3/4 sleeve or longer.
To show a little shoulder without baring arms, try an off-the-shoulder top. You could even add a scarf or cardigan to a strapless or sleeveless dress, which can be draped over the arms - showing just a hint of skin.
SKIP BULKY JACKETS
Unless your blazer is very fitted, (and doesn’t have shoulder pads), you’ll want to opt instead for a snug cardigan, which is a better choice if you’re interested in having a business-friendly photograph.
BRING THE NECESSARY UNDER-GARMENTS
Consider the underwear you’ll need for each outfit. Certain looks call for a strapless bra or nude thong. Black bras look best under dark clothing, and nude bras are always better than white.
Bring jewellery, hair accessories and scarves or wraps to complete each outfit. Choose timeless over trendy.
HAIR & MAKE UP:
Please arrive in a comfy outfit, as this is what you will be wearing whilst you are styled. Your hair and Make Up will be done by a professional artist on the day and takes around 1 hour per person, so you can relax and enjoy this time whilst we all get to know each other. Feel free to let your make up artist know what you are and are not comfortable with on the day.
Most of all, relax and enjoy your session knowing that my aim on the day is to make you look and feel special for your amazing magazine-styled photoshoot. I’ll help you to enjoy being photographed and guide you through all of the posing - you just need to come prepared to let your inner super star shine through.