Tips for a Successful Outdoor Photography Session
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Sunday, May 15, 2016
By Ms. Studios
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Outdoors in the gorgeous Texas hill country and southern sun is a great setting for some stunning photos. In order to get the best results from your session, there are a few things to remember before you step in front of my lens.

1. Wear sunscreen. If you are going to be out in the sun for a long period of time, sunscreen is a must.  When you hire me it's not just about the images, it's also about the experience and I want your whole experience to be enjoyable.  I want you to spend the days after your session telling your friends what a great time you had and anxiously anticipating your images, not nursing a sunburn!  Some sunscreens can make you look shiny. If possible, utilize a makeup that has built-in sunscreen, otherwise apply some powered concealer to spots that look especially oily.

2. Bring along some tissues & concealer powder. Unless it's one of the three days of winter we get here in Texas, you're probably going to sweat a little. Bring along some tissues for dabbing off the sweat without ruining your make up and your concealer powder for quick touch ups.

3. There might be bugs. Photos in tall grass and/or the wooded areas can be romantic and beautiful but depending on the time of day and the area we’re in, it could mean swatting away flies and mosquitoes. A little bug repellent can make your photo session a lot more pleasant.

4. Stay hydrated. Posing for pictures may not seem like hard work but in the hot sun, you don't have to move around much to be affected by the heat, especially for maternity sessions. Make sure you bring lots of water and/or other hydrating beverages, and drink up often.

5. Apply makeup accordingly. You don't want to look washed out but you don't want to look over done either.  What you want to go for is that fresh, sun kissed look in your photos so don’t overdo your makeup application.

6. What you wear matters. Choose clothing that is comfortable and fits your body shape. Feel free to incorporate accessories such as a hat but don’t let it overwhelm the photo.  It's ok to buy a new outfit for your session but wear it around the house after you buy it, sit in it, walk in it, move in it, see how it responds as your movements.  The last thing you want is to be on location and discover that it's not as flattering on as it was on the hanger.  

7. Be selective about the time of day. Midday can be scorching and the sun is harsh at that time, that's why you'll find that I try to plan your shoot for just before the sun sets or alternately early in the morning in order to avoid you looking hot/flustered and us fighting off harsh shadows in your photos.

If you have any other questions about outdoor sessions, please don't hesitate to call/e-mail and ask.  I love the beautiful Texas countryside and with the right planning, you'll come away with outdoor images to treasure.  


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