planning your

PORTRAIT SESSION

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choosing the perfect time, location, outfit & more!

Welcome

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A NOTE ABOUT THIS GUIDE

I'm so excited to be working with you and I can’t wait to photograph this special moment of your life! It’s normal to be a little nervous about your session. I myself get nervous before having my photos taken!


There is a lot to think about when it comes to planning a session and since I get asked the same things over and over again, I thought it would be the most beneficial if I put together a guide that walks you through everything you need to know. 


I’ll cover what to wear, location ideas and more!

A NOTE TO THE GUYS

I get it. Having your picture taken for 1 hour might not be in your top-10 favorite things to do during your downtime. And at first you might feel sort of awkward being in front of the camera. But I think you’ll find that by the end of the session, it’s a lot easier than you thought, and you even had a little fun!

Time & Light

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IS THERE A ''GOOD'' TIME TO TAKE PHOTOS?

Sessions typically last about 1-1.5 hours and if possible—I love to begin sessions about 1.5 hours before sunset. I prefer to shoot when the sun is lower in the sky to avoid harsh shadows and bright sun patches. The first two hours after sunrise is also an ideal time to shoot if you choose to do an early morning session.


I schedule sessions during what we believe will be the best light of the day - which means that it’s super important to be on time. If you’re late to an evening session, we could run out of light before we’ve finished shooting and if your session takes place in the morning, the sun gets more harsh as it rises. 

Inclement Weather

what if it rains or it's windy?

I’ll check in the week of your session to confirm the time & location we’re meeting and the weather. I know it takes a lot of time to get ready for engagement session and it’s the worst to get dressed up and drive out to your session only to have it rain or the wind blow your hair all over your face. If the weather looks like it won’t be great, I typically try to make the call at least 12 hours in advance and reschedule our session as soon as possible.

Locations

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LAS VEGAS ENGAGEMENT LOCATIONS

Las Vegas has many great location options for photos! From the desert to the city, the options are truly endless. The best session locations are often meaningful places to you; however, I'm also happy to make recommendations.


The locations below are my favorites but I also love exploring new places!

Posing

"What do I do with my hands?"

When it comes to posing, you don’t need to worry about a thing! I’ll guide you through the entire process beginning with “poses” that are super easy and natural. If I tell you to do something that feels a little funny, it’s probably because I know it’s going to make the two of you laugh - and that’s the photo I'm actually looking for.

I want you to feel as relaxed as possible and enjoy your time during our session together!

Outfits

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TIPS FOR LOOKING YOUR BEST

When picking outfits I recommend keeping in mind the word “complement” rather than “match.” It can also be a great idea to choose “color-families,” such as pastels or jewel tones.


And don’t forget to bring a few accessories! Statement necklaces, cute shoes and classic watches are great ways to add detail to outfits. 

for the ladies

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WARDROBE TIPS

outfits

I love the way larger patterns photograph - just be careful not to choose a pattern that is too small - it may accidentally make your photo look a little too busy. Softer, pastel colors tend to photograph better than bright colors - especially since bright colors could reflect on your skin.


Depending on your location, you might want to consider a fit and flare or a flowy dress! They look great in walking and photos with movement.


But most importantly, choose an outfit you feel comfortable in, but don’t be afraid to dress up!

accessories

Statement jewelry or shoes is a great way to add color or pattern to a simple dress.


Heels lengthen legs but if your heels aren’t comfortable for walking, bring an extra pair of shoes to slip into in between shots.

for the gents

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WARDROBE TIPS

outfits

You can’t go wrong with a suit and tie. Consider pulling out that suit you had to wear last time you were a groomsmen! To make it a little more casual, skip the tie and button down the collar or even wear jeans with this look.


If wearing a shirt with a pattern, stay way from patterns that are too small - it may accidentally make your photo look a little too busy. Softer, pastel colors tend to photograph better than bright colors - especially since bright colors could reflect on your skin. When in doubt, black and white will always be a classic!

for the kiddos

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WARDROBE TIPS

Checklist

let's do this!

- Set date, time and location with Julia
- Review guide for style tips
- Schedule hair and makeup appointments
- Choose your outfits (feel free to text me if you need help! 702-913-8005)
- Get your nails done

Pack a bag with:
- Flats or flip-flops for walking between photo spots
- Second outfit including shoes and accessories (optional)
- Touch-up makeup and hairbrush
- Water bottle
- Coat or cover-up (for colder sessions)

THANK YOU!

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I know that this guide is long and hopefully it covers everything you need to know to prep for your portrait session! However if there is something I missed, or you need a recommendation feel free to email 

juliastocktonphotography@gmail.com