Info & tips for portrait shoots - Anja Denouden


You made the great decision to do an individual photo shoot session with me. Of course, you will want to look your best and be prepared!

How to Get Ready for a Photo Shoot Session

1. Location

You can pick a place that represents you and your business. It could be the place where you work or where you feel comfortable.

2. Themes & Ideas for the Photoshoot

As the photographer I have an idea and vision planned for you based on talking to you over the phone. I will be more than happy to work with you to bring your vision and ideas to life. We can create a Pinterest board to share ideas and specific looks before the photo shoot.

3. Clothing & Accessories

Wear clothes that represent you and the business you are in, but make sure that your clothes fit nicely, not too snug or too lose. It is great that you want to look your best, but find something to wear that fits your personality, style and feels comfortable.  Be aware of bra straps showing or see-through clothing.

Choose flattering colors that make you look alive and avoid any colors which wash you out or makes your skin look pasty. Dark clothing tends to slenderize. Darker clothing helps to blend the bodies with the background so that the faces are the most important part of the photograph. Dark colors definitely tend to slenderize the subject.

Tone down bright colors. Bright colors attract attention away from the face and may be reflective. Avoid wearing red, bright pink, bright green etc.

When choosing lighter colors, stick to pastels, but avoid pink tones. Pale yellow and pale blue work well, especially with jeans or khaki pants. These colors work great in nature for example if you have a sunset photography session booked in.

Light clothing can look beautifully fresh. If you are worried about not appearing slender then it is safer to avoid white. White can look beautifully simple and fresh. White shirts and/or blouses under a dark jacket are perfect. 

Avoid clothing that looks very busy and has too many different patterns/stripes. No matter if you are going for more formal or casual, solid colors are preferred.

4. Accessorize & Detail

Pay attention to the details. Shoes can be an important part of your shoot if you want to get the entire look right. Keep jewelry, belts and scarves or hats to a minimum.

5. Makeup & Grooming

Ladies, you can use a professional makeup artist or apply your makeup yourself. If you have the time it can be helpful to schedule an appointment with your hairdresser to wash and style your hair. Simplicity is key.

It's very important that you look like you, just on your very best day! :)

Guys, get a haircut, clean up your neck, make sure your beard is freshly groomed and mind the details such as nails and stray eyebrow hairs.

6. Glasses

Eyeglasses may or may not be worn. Non-reflective lenses, of course, are a big help. Better yet, sometimes it’s possible to obtain a matching set of frames without any lenses. This is particularly helpful if your lenses sometimes distort the outline of your face.

What to bring to the shoot?

1. A great attitude!

As a photographer I understand that it's not easy for many people to be in front of a camera, I myself find it hard to be photographed and it is natural to feel nervous as the center of attention. Bring your positive attitude and I will create a fun, laid back, comfortable environment.  I will help you with direction and poses during the shoot so that you feel more comfortable.

2. Extra clothes!

I encourage my clients to bring a quick change of clothes, for variety and contingency in the event that the weather changes, a different look work better, or there is a wardrobe malfunction. 

3. Touch up kit!

Feel free to bring a makeup touch-up-kit and a brush just in case, especially during the Sacramento summer!

4. A jacket or blanket! 

Always be prepared for unexpected weather conditions.

6. Flats for women!

Walking in your favorite heels for an extended time can become an issue. Consider a pair of flat shoes for use in between locations.

7. Snacks and Water!

It’s always a good idea to eat before the shoot to make sure you are full of positive energy. I also suggest that my clients bring water and even snacks as needed.  Be sure to visit the restroom beforehand, and make sure everyone has those Cheetos cleaned up off their hands!

I hope the above tips and suggestions will make you excited about the photoshoot.  I want to make sure your photo shoot is pleasurable, stress-free, and fun!         

If you have any questions regarding your session, feel free to contact me at or call me at 415-793-0748

Thanks and see you soon!

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