When is the best time to schedule a shoot?
As a natural light photographer, I try to shoot primarily in what is called 'blue hour' or 'golden hour'. This describes the hour following usnrise or preceding sunset. This is the time of day when the sun is lower in the sky, so lighting is much softer. Shoots in the afternoon may have the sun shining directly above, creating harsh shadows.
What should I wear?
During portrait sessions, I recommend bringing at least two different outfits. Depending on your own personal style, I usually broadly recommend bringing something more casual and something more formal to have a variety of looks. In my personal experience, for girls, longer dresses tend to make unique and elegant photos. While I would avoid anything that keeps you from moving or anything with tiny stripes (which the camera has trouble dealing with), I believe it is important to wear what you feel confident in. If you feel confident and happy, your pictures will look happy.
Also, bonus points for any portrait sessions that include long, flowy dresses. Those are my absolute favorite!
For couples and family sessions, I would propose following a color scheme, to be sure that different outfits aren't clashing, I would stay away from totally matching outfits. In most cases, this makes pictures look a bit tacky and keeps each individual from displaying a variation of their own style. Again, avoid anything that limits movement or has tiny stripes.
Who decides on a location?
As much as I love to location scout and help clients decide on a location, I serve individuals throughout much of the Bay Area and may not be as aware of locations in certain areas. I can always help decide a location based off of the direction of the shoot, but I am 100% open to suggestions of beautiful backdrops.
Like I said in my bio, I often prefer to shoot in natural locations. This could be the beach, an open field, a patch of flowers, or any number of things. I also like to decide on a location following the decision of outfits. I'm a big believer in picking locations that compliment outfit choices.
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