I’ve recently discovered what I like to think of as my “calling”. I guess over the years I’ve been honing in on my real interest, which is capturing and holding those moments of a woman’s life where she can be herself (or someone else if she chooses) to express her sensuality, her female-ness and her joy in life. I’ve always loved doing straight portraiture, but this is decidedly different. This is a time to have fun, play pretend and dress-up like we did when we were little and also to dig a bit deeper. So back to my question. How do you prepare yourself for a portrait session? Keep yourself still and listen. Share your thoughts and feelings…and possibly why this was a good time to do this for yourself. Open yourself up to a new experience and trust that the person photographing you can bring out the beauty and wonder that is who you are.
On the practical side, come prepared with a good night’s sleep behind you, exfoliated skin, (it’s best to do this 3 days before the shoot), tweezed, plucked and in all ways physically ready for the day ahead. If you have clothes you love, bring them. If you have sensitive skin, bring your prescribed foundation etc. Clean hair, clean nails (a manicure may be in order: it helps if all your nails are the same length!) Do you wear a wig? Is it ready to be photographed? I know it’s hard to think of everything, that’s why I’m suggesting some things that seem obvious but could be easily forgotten.
Most of all come with the attitude that you’re going to slay this experience. My guidance and your energy will do the rest.