Tips to help you look and feel your very best for your portraits


If you’re getting a hair cut for your shoot, do so about two weeks beforehand, just in case it goes wrong – you just never know. For men, a fresh cut a couple of days before the shoot is fine. A professional hair stylist is available to style your hair for a fee of $50.

Hair accessories

If you’re shooting outdoors, be ready to put your hair up and make it look nice in case of a windy day. Bring bobby pins, hair clips, headbands or any other favorite accessories.


If folks wouldn’t recognize you without glasses, you want to wear glasses in your shoot – however, the glare on glasses can detract from your eyes in photos. You can have your lenses removed from your frames for your shoot (don’t worry, it’s what Hollywood does to avoid glare in movies), ask your eye doctor to loan you a pair of similar frames, or you can also visit an inexpensive company online and buy a suitable pair of duplicate frames on the cheap.

Red eyes

Visine is your friend. Not getting drunk the night before your shoot helps, too.


You will probably wipe or lick your lips during your shoot, so bring fresh lip gloss or lipstick to do touch-up. Use lip balm for a few days in advance of your shoot to make your smoochers look their best.


If you want to brighten your smile, start your treatments about two weeks before your shoot. Breakouts – Start using African Black Bar Soap for a week in advance of your shoot to help reduce and limit pimples and blemishes. Equally important, don’t cake on a lot of make-up to try to hide blemishes – it’s almost always easier to Photoshop away pimples than to clean up overdone make-up.


A subtle application of make-up can really soften your skin and accent your facial features. But make sure you know what you’re doing, and make sure it matches your skin tone, or your face may look orange compared to the rest of your body. A professional make up artist is available for your session for a fee of $50.

Facial hair

Men, be freshly shaved with a new razor, shaving cream and a moisturizing after-shave lotion to avoid bumps and redness. Trim up your board, sideburns, moustache or goatee, especially looking for wiry stray hairs. Ladies, even if you have some light facial hair (particularly around your lip or chin), indulge in a waxing in advance of your shoot – even barely-there light facial hair will be noticeable in your photos. Men and women both, pluck and clean up those eyebrows.


 Dry skin can really detract from a great photo shoot. Start moisturizing nightly a week in advance of your shoot. When you get out of the shower, dry off until lightly damp, and slather on moisturizer. Focus on your arms, shoulders, neck, face, hands, anywhere you’ll be exposed to the camera. This includes your legs if you’re shooting in shorts or a skirt.

ProTip: For dry skin on your face, especially around your nose, use a sugar scrub. Mix a cup of sugar with about a quarter cup of olive oil, or just until it looks like wet sand. Scrub your face with it anywhere you have flaky skin, wash it off, then wash with soap to remove the oil. The sugar paste shouldn’t be oily, just wet enough to moisten the sugar. Also, be sure on your face to use a facial moisturizer, not a thick body moisturizer, or you could break out.


A fresh coat of nail polish will make a world of difference in your photo shoot. Pick a neutral color that won’t distract in your shoot or clash with your outfits. Freshen the morning of the shoot, then be careful not to scuff it while prepping. Your photo shoot is a great excuse for a fresh manicure, but if you can’t go to the salon, make sure your nails look tidy and clean, including the cuticles.


Ladies, avoid high salt and high fat foods for two to three days in advance of your shoot. Being bloated will sap your confidence and comfort in front of the camera.


Bra straps won’t do anything to help your outfit look its best. Be sure you bring a set of bras and strap-adjusting accessories to work with any outfit you want to shoot in to keep those straps well-hidden.

Sun burns and tan lines

If your shoot is booked for Saturday, don’t go to the beach on Friday. If you plan to tan before your shoot, do so at least a week beforehand and don’t get burned. Be mindful of clothing tan lines, sunglass tan lines, hat tan lines, etc. Ironing – If you iron, iron the night before and then hang the clothes for your shoot. If you’re wearing something that wrinkles easily, don’t wear it in the car on the way to the shoot – just change at the location.


Ladies, can’t go wrong in heels or wedges. Men, clean’em up! Dress shoes or boots are best.

SMALL WEDDING | package one $699

ceremony coverage, and portrait session

 high resolution digital images

photo print release

7X5" hard cover photo book

additional photographer $100

SMALL WEDDING | package two $899

pre wedding and ceremony coverage, 

portrait session and 1 hour of reception

 high resolution digital images

photo print release

10X10" hard cover photo book

additional photographer $100

SMALL WEDDING | package three $1199

engagement session

pre wedding and ceremony coverage

 portrait session, and 2 hours of reception 

 high resolution digital images

photo print release

10X10" hard cover photo book

additional photographer $100

 Small ceremonies are the only style of weddings that I will photograph. I graciously step aside and even recommend other photographers who specialize in larger weddings, as there are some really amazing and talented photographers in this area.  


My style is relaxed and comfortable when it comes to wedding photography.  The brides that I have been honored to photograph all chose to keep their very special day intimate, and the guest list reserved only for their closest friends and family. The focus being entirely on the bride and groom, as it is intended to be...not the bridal party.


 Typically small weddings consist of either just the bride and groom, or the bride, the groom, the best man and a maiden/matron of honor.  In many cases, children make up the entire bridal party which makes for really sweet photos.


 Many of the wedding ceremonies that I have photographed have taken place in back yards, parks, or small churches. And the results have been stunning. Proving that bigger and more extravagant is not necessarily always better.


Not knocking large weddings, they just aren't my thing. 

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