"The Must Know Tips" prior to your photo session!

 Relax and Have Fun!

First and foremost, to have a successful photo shoot you must be relaxed, comfortable with your location and wardrobe selections, and mentally relaxed and prepared for the photo shoot process.  

  1. Prepare multiple outfits and matching accessories
  2. Bring props (sports equipment, favorite toys,  instruments, etc)
  3. Feel free to bring sample poses that you would like to recreate.
  4. Be yourself and have fun! 

Wardrobe & Grooming Advice

Wardrobe:  We suggest casual and comfortable clothing.  If you are looking for formal portraits, then more sophisticated outfits will complement this style.  If you are not sure what will look best on camera and you have booked a one hour session, bring several outfits.  Avoid the following; Clothes that are too tight or extremely loose fitting, Clothes with words, stripes and loud patterns. 

Footwear:  Avoid running shoes, white socks and heavy footwear.  Dark shoes and socks are best.  Also, consider fashionable boots, sandals or bare feet for casual photos. 

Colors:  Solid monochromatic colors are easiest to coordinate but primary or complementary colors also look great and bring energy to the photograph.  Be careful of using too many prints or checks.  Fine stripes and checks can cause distortion to digital photographs.  Dark pants or jeans with dark shoes give texture and visually anchor a portrait.  When choosing colors schemes, consider not only what looks best on your family, but also what colors will look best in the wall portraits and complement your home’s décor. 

Hair:  Style your hair in a way that best represents YOU!  If you plan on getting a hair cut, try to schedule it a couple weeks out so that you have time to manage any dislikes.  Keep in mind that a cut may reveal untanned skin during the summer.  We also recommend the use of hairspray t tame loose ends that may catch light and reflect in a portrait.  Guys, please sport a fresh shave.  Five o’clock shadows cannot be retouched. 

Grooming:  Trim, file and remove old polish from your nails.  Lather on lotion to avoid dry looking, patchy skin. 

Glasses:  To avoid a reflective glare from your eyeglasses, opt to wear contact lenses instead or ask your optometrist about borrowing an emoty pair of frames that match your style.  

Family / Group Sessions

The best way to create continuity in a family or group is to dress in the same style and tonal color range (shades of the same color), complementary (blue/green) contrasting or primary colors, are some options. 

This takes some planning, especially for family reunions, but the results are worth it.  After you have decided on wardrobe colors, ask everyone to visit our website TIPS and review our advice on footwear, hair and makeup. 

Props bring out the personality of adults and help kids feel more at ease.  Some of the best props are hats, teddy bears, favorite “blankies”, musical instruments, sports equipment, skateboards, dance costumes and toys.  What’s your family hobby or favorite vacation spot? 

Once we photograph the “Family/Group”, we will take a few photographs of each of your individual families and children as keepsakes of the event. 

Please make sure that everyone is on time for the session, we might have an appointment following your photo session. 

High School Seniors

  • Bring multiple outfits (formal or casual) that express who you are – Solid colors and long sleeves photograph best.  During the hotter months of the year, tank tops are fine (please remember to wear an appropriate bra for the outfit).
  • Bring matching shoes, socks and accessories to complete your outfits.
  • Iron wrinkled clothes prior to your session.
  • Consider bringing letter jackets, uniforms, sports equipment, and musical instruments to express your interests, making your portraits personal. 

For Girls

  • Paint your nails (clear or neutral colors work best)
  • Style your hair before your session, choosing a comfortable style you know looks good.
  • Apply concealer and powder if necessary to minimize blemishes and then stop worrying!  Portrait retouching on your final order can eliminate small blemishes and under-eye circles
  • Apply make-up before you arrive and bring product with you for touch-ups if necessary
  • Limit sun exposure prior to your portrait session avoiding burns or tan lines
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Friends and family are welcome to assist you with your session or join in the fun! 

For Guys

  • Trim nails
  • Style your hair before your session and bring a comb or brush for touch-ups if necessary – Consider getting a haircut approximately one week prior to your session
  • Shave before your session
  • Limit sun exposure prior to your portrait session avoiding burns or tan lines
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Friends and family are welcome to assist you with your session or join in the fun! 

Newborn

Timing

Schedule the best time for your baby, working your appointment around naps and feedings.  It’s best if you don’t try to fit your baby into our schedule.  If possible, schedule an appointment around the baby’s routine. 

What to wear

Age-appropriate baby clothes.  Avoid a collar that tends to bunch up.  Onesies and special outfits are good options. 

What to bring

Diapers, a pacifier, a brush, a change of clothes, a favorite blanket or toy, and a cloth/towel for drool or spit-ups. 

What to expect during your portrait session

We might suggest a pose for your baby without a diaper, so have extras with you.  Be prepared we may ask you to jump into a portrait with your baby.  Capturing your baby’s tiny feet or hands beside yours is just one idea for a portrait you’ll treasure forever.  So be sure you’re well groomed and don’t have chipped nail polish when you bring your baby to the portrait session. 

Baby up to 2 years old 

Timing

Schedule the best time for your baby, working your appointment around naps and mealtime.  It’s best if you don’t try to fit your baby into our schedule.  If possible, schedule an appointment around the baby’s routine. 

What to wear

Age-appropriate clothes.  Special outfits are good options, but make sure they fit.  Choose clothes that your baby is comfortable wearing.

What to bring

Diapers, a pacifier, a change of clothes, a favorite blanket or toy, and a cloth/towel for drool or spit-ups, a brush/comb, and snacks (consider bringing a bib to protect your baby’s clothes before your session). 

What to expect during your portrait session

Be prepared we may ask you to jump into a portrait with your baby.  We’re concerned about the safety of your baby, so we’ll need you to supervise your child at all times.  

Tip

You’ll always treasure portraits of these early years.  Capture your baby’s important stages – first tooth, first steps, first birthday, etc.  We recommend portraits at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months.  Then you can create keepsakes that combine a portrait from each milestone to document the dramatic transformation during the first year of your baby’s life. 

3 – 5 years old

Timing

Schedule around your child’s school schedule, working around naps and mealtime.  

What to wear

Age-appropriate clothes.  Special outfits are good options, but make sure they fit.  Choose clothes that your baby is comfortable wearing. 

What to bring

A change of clothes, a favorite toy or book, a brush/comb and snacks.   

What to expect during your portrait session

Be prepared we may ask you to jump into a portrait with your baby.  We’re concerned about the safety of your baby, so we’ll need you to supervise your child at all times. 

 Tip

Begin talking with your child about the upcoming portrait session.  However, we recommend that you don’t practice smiling.  Prepare your child for a fun experience where pictures will be taken. 

Pregnancy & Maternity Session

When should I schedule my shoot?

I advise six to ten weeks before your due date, but ….

Scheduling depends on you’re slowing down, schedule when it’s convenient and how your pregnancy progresses.  Schedule earlier if you like your shape and you’re feeling great! 

What should I bring?

Bring anything you feel comfortable in and LOVE.  Avoid patterns and plaids.

Pants – Jeans (any color), black pants

Shorts – big, white, button-down rumpled man’s shirt

Tanks – anything fitted or stretchy in solid colors (white, black, red, blue …) 

What beauty preparation should I consider?

Get a manicure and a pedicure a day or two in advance. 

Pets, Consider This First …

We love pets and we love photographing them.  We offer portraits of just your pet as well as individual, couples and group portraits that include pets.  We also take the care and well being of pets and animals very seriously and expect that the following guidelines will be followed at any photo shoot where pets are involved.  We care about pets so much; we’ll cancel a photo shoot when these guidelines are not followed:

 1. Bring only well mannered pets.  2. Bring everything you need to control your pet.  Many locations have a leash ordinance which we will follow explicitly.  3. Bring everything you need to care for your pet, including clean drinking water and a water bowl.  Please bring treats if it makes your pet happy!  4. Bring what you need to groom your pet and keep your pet comfortable, just as you would yourself or a child.  5. Plan on a problem, and the involvement of the authorities, if you abuse your animal or put your animal in danger when in the presence of Lora Hudson Photography staff. 

In addition to following these guidelines, feel free to bring anything your pet loves such as toys and bones.  Bring toys you and your pet normally use when you interact and play. 

Have a question about your photo session? 

If at any time you have a question or want to make a suggestion for your photo session.  Please call the office 302-542-0813.  We keep a file on each client and will gladly add your suggestion to your file or answer any questions for may have for your photo session.  We’re here for YOU! No question or concern should go unanswered.  We want you to feel comfortable, relaxed and Have FUN