Session Guide merry ohler CREATIVE

The ultimate goal of your session is to capture the essence of you and your great loves in images that you will treasure forever.

The key to being comfortable at your session is...wait for it...wearing comfortable attire. However, it's also so important to wear clothing that showcases your personality. It’s all about styling and planning. The more time you invest in selecting a wardrobe for your photo shoot, the happier you will be with the results. Leaving the details to the last minute creates stress and takes the fun out of the day. Don’t hesitate to consult with me on options for colors and accessories. ***Please note: the point I'm stressing here is to be well-planned, not necessarily dressed to the nines. I'm a fan of planning well so you can relax and enjoy yourself during your photo session!

A few helpful tips:

  • WHAT TO WEAR: As a general rule, wear solid colors, as stripes and patterns draw attention away from your face. Avoid wearing turtlenecks and large loose clothing, as these often make the neck seem nonexistent, and the body looks wider than it is. Shorts or capris have a tendency to make legs appear shorter than they are.
  • A WORD ABOUT CLOTHING COLOR CHOICE: Solid monochromatic colors are easiest to coordinate, but primary or complementary colors also look great and bring energy to the photograph. Darker colors will cause the subject(s) to appear thinner while lighter colors will make the subjects appear larger. Dark pants or jeans with dark shoes give texture and visually anchor a portrait. When choosing color schemes, consider not only what looks best on you, but also what colors will look best on wall portraits and complement your home’s décor. Think about where you plan to display your images and go from there. I always recommend to choose a neutral palette - either warm or cool - and stick to it.
  • ACCESSORIES: Keep it to a minimum. Avoid hats (unless bringing it along as a prop), hair ornaments, and sparkly or costume jewelry unless it does not distract from the main subject, you.
  • FOOTWEAR: Avoid running shoes, white socks, and heavy footwear. Also, consider fashionable boots, sandals or bare feet for casual photos.
  • PROPS: Props can be a great way to showcase personality in your photographs. While I do not generally photograph many sessions with props, I am open to one or two! Just make sure to connect with me about it before your session.

A word about makeup...

Photographs tend to wash us out, so when choosing your session makeup, I recommend to go just a tad heavier than normal if you tend to go bare faced or with minimal makeup. Here are a few good tips:

  • Choose a slightly darker shade of lip than your natural lip color, and consider wearing just a hint more blush/bronzer than you normally would. Again, this is not a requirement, but most of my clients agree that this simple bit of advice makes a big difference in the outcome of their images.
  • Bring powder with you - summer time can give us a special "glisten" we don't always want. It's best to have a compact available in case you find that you would like to blot a little.
  • Don't stress! You are beautiful EXACTLY the way you were created. This is going to be fun, and this guide was only created to give you a little inspiration and direction.
Questions? Email Merry at info@merryohler.com, or call 816-878-7585! Not sure about your outfit selections? Send pictures to my email address - I would be happy to weigh in and provide a little direction!