1. Clothes. Avoid clothes that could date the pictures. Logos and trendy brand labels on clothes may not be in style in a few years. Instead, choose items that are comfortable and stylish but are free of logos. Solid colors or neutral patterns work great. Most importantly, choose clothes that make you feel your best. It's okay to go a little more edgy than normal because it will look great in a photo. Bring that extra scarf or accessory for something creative.
2. Hair and make-up. For your photo session, apply make-up a little heavier than normal around eyes to help them really stand out in pictures. Hair can be styled loosely or left down for more posing options. Guys, try to use natural, low shine products. Girls, styling your hair down is generally better for intimate, playful and creative poses but even a messy bun can have great results too. Above all, be yourself!
3. Get there early. Showing up on time is important. Not only does it help you be relaxed, it helps ensure you're ready to look your best and will have time for any last minute changes. Many sessions are planned around the sun and the fleeting golden hour of light which can be short during spring and fall in Alaska. This makes it important to be ready to start on time. Being on time also helps you feel more relaxed, which of course makes for better pictures of you!
4. Be expressive and relaxed. Your photographer is going to only be able to capture you as you are during the session. Go that extra mile to laugh and smile, interact with your significant other, be extra cuddly and take the moment to just enjoy the experience. The more comfortable you can be with your photographer, the better your pictures will turn out. I always work really hard to help people feel comfortable in front of the lens. Sometimes if I have to back off with a longer lens I will until I can move in to get a closer shot or pose. I always notice towards the end of a session the pictures and expressions always get more natural. Likewise, a lot of my favorites are often the last pictures I take because everyone is the most relaxed. The more relaxed and fun we can make it, the better the final images.
5. Be open. I always want to meet and exceed my client's expectations. But if I don't know what they are, I won't know how to arrange and tailor the session to your needs. I always try to ask a lot of questions, but that isn't always enough.
Tell your photographer if you have specific requirements for the session/photos, or if you had a certain idea that you really wanted to try. I'm always open to trying new things and love being creative with my sessions. Being open with your photographer will help make the session more relaxed and will help ensure you are happy with the results.