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Portrait Photography

Location

Do you know where you will have your photos taken? Here are some of our favourite places. We would love to discuss options with you!

Urban
How about a back alley with a fire escape, an old warehouse with interesting metalwork or worn windows? Graffiti, brick with peeling paint, or old signage can all serve as fantastic backdrops. If you are adventurous and like to explore, this setting can add striking contrast to you.

Natural
Natural settings are popular because outdoor light is so flattering and easy to work with. Most public parks work well for this type of session, or anywhere with trees, long paths, open grassy spaces, or ponds and fencing. If you like to be active and moving, a natural setting will provide the most freedom.

Studio
Seniors who like a controlled setting or clean lines, and don't want to worry about the elements or other contingencies might prefer the simplicity of the studio. Avodah offers a variety of props, furniture, and lighting to complement any style.

Custom
What are your passions? Channel that into a customized shoot somewhere you love. The barre at a dance studio? The golf course? With your surfboard at the beach? The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination.

Pre-Session Information

Please make sure you're 15 minutes early to your session just incase there are any unforeseen delays. If you are running behind time please be sure to let me know.

For child photography, Breanna will usually spend the first 10 minutes getting to know your child. This helps them feel more comfortable in front of the camera. Try not to make a big deal about the shoot as it may make them nervous resulting in them not being themselves in front of the camera. Think of ways to entertain your child throughout the shoot, this helps Breanna as a photographer to capture their true character and personality while documenting them interacting with you. 

What Should I Wear

If you want a timeless portrait that is still fresh and stylish 25 years from now, here are a few things you can wear to achieve that look.

• Dark denim is flattering, and it photographs better than light or distressed washes.
• It's important to put together layered, multi-piece looks for your senior pictures. A cropped blazer, lightweight leather or denim jacket to layer over a dress or jeans can keep its modern edge
• Bold jewelry is a great way to make a statement and stay on trend.
• If you're wearing something sheer or sleeveless remember to wear the proper undergarments to prevent any awkward or revealing poses.
• A neutral belt can cinch a dress or flowy top that might otherwise look bulky on camera.
• For outdoor shoots, a straw fedora adds flair to a pretty sundress.
• Avoid anything with a large label, brand name, or graphics splashed across the front. Big stripes and prints can also be distracting.
• Pay attention to footwear. Your feet wont be hidden in every shot!
• For inspiration, look through our galleries or stop by your favourite local boutique to gather ideas.

All the Details

Yourself in Print
A little planning is all it takes for a polished and stylish session that you??™ll remember forever. Here are a few essentials to bring along to your session.

• A brush, hairspray, headband or clips for any hair emergencies.
• Lipstick, gloss, and powder for facial touch-ups.
• Lint roller and static guard spray.
• Hats, jewellery, scarves, or other accessories.
• If you wear glasses, keep in mind that some lenses show glare on camera. Think about visiting your eye doctor to see if you can borrow a similar set of frames without lenses.
• Props! Hockey skates, paint brushes and canvas, a cello, soccer balls, flowers, textbooks, ballet slippers, even cars, bikes, or pets can add visual interest to your portraits.
• Your BFF! Having a friend around for support is fun, and will help you relax in front of the camera.
• Don??™t forget to get a good night??™s sleep before your session and stay out of the sun. You??™ll want to be energetic and alert without that sunburned or ‘just pulled an all-nighter??™ look in your eyes!

Tips for Being Camera Ready
A little preparation goes a long way. Here are some things to keep in mind as you anticipate your big moment.

• Most stylists recommend having your hair cut two to three weeks prior to your photo session. Your hair will look healthy, you??™ll be used to working with it. This applies to both girls and guys.
• If you want to try different looks during your session it??™s best to start with your hair down. Adding accessories like headbands and clips, can leave marks or flyaways in your hair.
• Subtle make-up, when properly applied, beautifully highlights your eyes, plays up your bone structure, and nicely evens out your complexion. Stay away from anything shimmery. Neutral lips are sophisticated and timeless.
• Clean up your eyebrows! This is another one that applies to the guys as well as girls. Unibrows are never in vogue.
• Guys, shave the day of your session. If you want some scruff or sideburns, make it look intentional, not shabby.
• Don??™t forget your nails. Neutral or clear polish looks best. A full manicure and pedicure isn??™t necessary, but clean and trimmed nails are! Are you still with us, guys?

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