Clothing Inspiration, Location Ideas and More

the STYLE GUIDE

WELCOME, friends

let's make some memories

PREPARING FOR YOUR SESSION

Your session is the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy life's sweetest moments! You enjoy the time together, we'll capture the love and emotion in every image. There isn't much to it, just show up ready to have a great time making some incredible memories and we can handle the rest. We encourage you to  venture out and live your best life, this is going to make the photos that much more remarkable!

BEST TIME FOR PHOTOS

spring/summer
6am-8am or 6pm-8pm


fall/winter
8am-10am or 3pm-5pm

in California

LOCATION IDEAS

Your session is the perfect opportunity to get more comfortable in front of our cameras and better understand our work flow. It's time to get creative! Let's head to your favorite beach, climb your favorite trail and capture the moment like never before. Below is a list of some our favorite places to photograph. 

Santa Barbara 
San Diego Balboa Park
El Matador Beach
Disneyland
Palace of Fine Arts
Pasadena City Hall

Click here for an extensive list of locations!

OUTFITS

So the real question, how many outfits should you bring to your session? You are welcome to bring more outfits or as much as time allows! We always suggest bringing in 2 outfits, but bring a 3rd outfit as a backup. You also don't have to spend all of your hard earned money on brand new outfits for your session unless of course you want to! But it is not necessary. Even just coordinating outfits you already own with some new accessories will make a nice impact. After your photos, we suggest going out on a date! You are already dressed up, might as well make an evening out of it. 


OUTFIT #2

OUTFIT #3

DRESSY-CASUAL

FORMAL

Ladies, think light and flowy summer dresses or denim. Guys, think a dinner jacket or a collared shirt.

Something you'd wear to a black-tie affair. Think bold, long gowns, bowties, accessories, jewelry, etc. There is no such thing as "too formal." 

OUTFIT #1

CASUAL

Your everyday outfit. Something you're most comfortable in!

For Mini Sessions: Choose 1 Outfit
For Standard Sessions: Choose 2-3 Outfits

COLOR THEORY

IDEAL COLOR PAIRINGS

NEUTRAL/EARTHY

Ideal for: Anywhere, Year-Round

Ideal for: Beach Sessions, Summer

Ideal for: Forest & Park Sessions

Ideal for: Spring, Bright & Airy Sessions

Ideal for: Cityscapes, Urban

WARM

COOL

PASTEL

BOLD

Neutral tones with splashes of color, tiles and textures will work very well together. Of course, there are also many factors that will come into play when choosing colors and we're here to show you how to pair those colors together. 

You should coordinate your outfits with your family or sweetie, but try not to slip into looking too matchy, matchy. Avoid wearing the same colors and instead, wear colors that work well together. For example, if the girls are wearing teal, consider having the boys wear something more neutral, like gray or ivory. Or if the boys are wearing navy, the girls can wear white, etc. If your session doesn't require coordinating an outfit with someone (e.e.:a headshot or high school/graduate session), we can help you choose colors within your outfit that you can pair with other solid colors, patterns, or textiles. 

CASUAL WARDROBE INSPIRATION

DRESSY-CASUAL WARDROBE INSPIRATION

FORMAL WEAR WARDROBE INSPIRATION

RENT THE RUNWAY

If you don't want to add a permanent outfit to your wardrobe but have a little wiggle room in your budget, consider renting an outfit! Rent the Runway is a great option to look into for this. They rent out beautiful designer gowns, dresses and accessories without costing you a fortune. Rent, wear and return. It's seriously that simple. 

GET $30 OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER WHEN YOU USE OUR LINK TO SHOP:

CHOOSE:
Accessories like jewelry, scarves, necklaces, watches, flower crowns, etc.
Natural colored makeup
Textures and Tiles
Earthy Tones
Fresh Manicure
Flowy Dresses (more movement)

AVOID:
Wrinkled Blouses
Crazy Patterns
Shirts with Logos
Chipped Nail Polish
Stiff Dresses

ladies

MAKEUP, HAIR & NAILS, OH MY!

Looking and feeling beautiful is part of the fun, ladies! In this section, we’re going to walk you through the steps of each glam process so that you can feel amazing and look your absolute best for your photos!

MAKEUP

You don’t need makeup to cover up your face, rather makeup should enhance the beautiful features that you already have. Hiring a beauty professional will not only save you time, stress (and money in the long run!), you will also look and feel your best. A natural and “glowing” look will enhance and bring out your amazing features for photographs that will be for a lifetime.

TIPS FOR THE BRIDE-TO-BE:
Use your wedding day makeup “trial” for your engagement session. Often times, your makeup artist offers this option for brides that are booking their wedding with them. Savings your way!

HAIR

Styling your hair for a photos can be tricky if you aren’t a hair professional, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s why we always recommend getting your hair appointments in no later than one week before your session. Your hair will look at it’s best if grown out a little and simply curled or straightened out on the date of your session depending on what feels most natural to you. Having said that, working with a hair professional can easily be the most overlooked but is also the easiest to manage.

NAILS

Your hands will be photographed more than you realize. Some poses often call the use of hands a lot especially for engagement sessions! We’ll want to see that bling on your hand! So, take the time to get pampered a little. You’ll be surprised at how good you’ll feel after a fresh mani/pedi.

You deserve it! #TreatYoself

CHOOSE:
Accessories like watches, ties, bowties, etc.
Textures and Tiles
Earthy Tones
Suit & Tie

AVOID:
Wrinkled Shirts
Crazy Patterns
Shirts with Logos
Fresh Haircuts (Schedule haircut one week before your session if possible)
Sunglasses

gentlemen

EXTRA TIPS FOR THE GUYS

Let's be honest gentlemen, we aren't always the most confident in our own skin. However, we have a few tips that can help boost that confidence and make any man feel and look his best.  First, let's get that hair looking fresh, but avoid getting a haircut within 24 hours of your session, a clean cut often leaves the skin under our hair looking pale, mismatching our natural complexion. Secondly, let's flash that smile. Hiding an authentic smile to portray a "macho" persona will result in images that aren't fully accurate. It's a wonderful day, so shine on 'em with your pearly whites! Lastly, we want you to exude confidence, so if you aren't a suit and tie kind of guy, wear something that you feel nice in. This confidence will shine throughout the images so we love the idea of dressing in any way that brings your personality out. There are so many ways you can feel confident, if you need more advice, just ask! 

FOR THE KIDS

The mark of a great photographer is a child's smile. We absolutely adore working with children, their outlook on the world always brings out the greatest smiles from the family. In our humble opinion, the best results often come from sessions where children are allowed to play and be themselves. Swapping traditional posing with playful prompts is our fun way to get children engaged in the session to capture authentic laughter and joy. Photo sessions aren't always a child's favorite so it wouldn't hurt to bring along a favorite toy or a snack to help make it a little more enjoyable in the event they grow cranky, particularly for toddlers and newborns. As long as they are allowed to have some fun, children will always provide the greatest smiles!

PROPS

We typically avoid the use of props in our photos in attempts to capture true to life images. However, if your creative juices are flowing and you feel the use of props will add sentiment to your photos, we would be more than thrilled to incorporate them. We suggest using props that highlight the session. For instance, a maternity session may be enhanced by using ultra sound images, or babies first shoes whereas, a family session may do well with the use of a family quilt, or another heirloom item. We are certain anything that has sentimental value will really make your images beautiful and meaningful all at the same time.

PETS

We'll just skip straight to the point, we LOVE pets! If you're wanting to incorporate your beloved furry friend, here are a few pointers on how we can best capture their personalities. It is recommended you bring another family member or friend that will be able to take care of your pet while you are taking photos. Then, when it comes time to take photos with your pet, have your family member or friend grab their attention by holding treats by our camera and calling their name. If your pet is hyperactive and you aren't sure if they'll cooperate, the only way is to try; which is why it helps to have an extra set of hands to ensure you are still able to continue on with your photo session.

PHOTO SESSION TIMELINE

1-2 days after your session

7-10 after session

2 weeks after your session

SOCIAL MEDIA SNEAK PEEK

BLOG POST

PHOTO DELIVERY

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✓ Book your makeup, hair and nail appointments if necessary

✓ Warm Weather: Bring Water Bottles

✓ Cool Weather: Bring blankets and cover-ups

✓ Extra pair of walking shoes for hiking and walking (outdoor sessions)

✓ Make-Up tote bag for touch ups

✓ Extra outfit(s) if necessary

✓ Any props if you’re choosing to include them

✓ Snacks and/or lollipops for the kids. Great for attention grabbing!

the checklist

QUESTIONS? CONTACT us

We hope this guide has provided some insight into your upcoming photo session. If you need any other vendor recommendations, please let us know. The most important thing to remember is to just have fun and enjoy the moment as these are the memories that will be cherished long after the session has ended. We will be there to help along the way in the event that you have any questions at all! We are looking forward to working with you!

With Gratitude, 

Vic & Sasha

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@vicandsasha