family photographer lake county, il | lisa kathan photography

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how do we prepare for our session?

The only thing you need to do is to be sure all children (and adults, LOL!) are fed and napped before the session. And remember: if the adults are relaxed, the kids will be relaxed…and we’ll get the best photos!

what should we wear?

Plan ahead!! Usually I suggest starting with the adults and building the other outfits around that.

Think "coordinating, not matching." Also, remember to dress for the weather! If it's a chilly November day, it's perfectly appropriate to wear sweaters, and even scarves or hats if weather calls for it. We live in the Midwest, after all!

Layers. If you wear or brings layers, you can quickly take off a sweater, blazer, suit coat, for a slightly different look. Dark jeans are great, but no sweatpants or gym clothes. I always say, "think layers, accessories and personality!" 

Shoes. They’ll appear in your photos, so wear something that’s in good condition and coordinates with what you’re wearing. Try to avoid gym shoes. And please, no crocs!

Remember, these are your photos, so do it up a little! You want to look like yourself, but since you've made an investment in your photos, make an equal investment in determining what you both will wear during your session. It should definitely be a step up from what you wear every day.

some clothing tips

Clothing tips:

  • #1, wear what makes you feel special and communicates your brand

  • Wear well-fitted clothing. Not skin tight, but clothes that are fitted in the shoulders and chest look best.

  • A pattern or splash of color can look great on a small item or accessory.

  • Remember below the knees! Your socks, shoes, boots may be in your pictures, so be sure they reflect your style and also work with the rest of your outfit.

  • Ladies, jewelry can be a great addition. Bring a few options so I can advise you with what will look best on camera.

  • And it bears repeating: please no crocs or gym shoes

If you need to, go shopping! You’ve already made an investment on a photo session. If you need a few items or accessories, consider spending a few more so you look your best!

This makes a huge difference! Sometimes what you think looks great together (and it probably does!) may not look as great on camera. When clients take me up on this offer, it really makes a difference in the final result. Text or email me snaps of your clothing thoughts (you can just lay them out on the bed or floor, or wear them, whichever you prefer), and I'll be happy to give you some feedback! If you have a last minute thought and can't decide, bring your options along and I'll help you decide. I love styling my clients for the camera, and this is part of the package when you purchase a photo session with me!

send me your snaps of your wardrobe

more tips!

Glasses…consider removing them to avoid glare in your photos. If you decide to keep them on, I will probably ask you to remove them for a few pictures. If you wear transition-style glasses, they look like sunglasses in photos. So for your session, please consider removing the lenses or not wearing them for your session.

. Wearing it really makes a difference in photos. So if you never wear makeup, you'll look much more special with mascara, blush and a lip color. If you do wear makeup, wear what you would on a "night out."
Hair looks best at least partly down in photos.

Face and neck. 
Be sure to give yourself a close shave before your session. Facial stubble and stray beard/neck hairs are hard to edit, so please clean up your neckline, and also trim your beard/mustache the day of your session. 
Dry skin. If you're prone to dry skin on your face and don't typically use a facial cream, please do so the day of the your session (make sure it's made for the face so you don't have a reaction!)

other randoms...

Be on time so you’re not rushed and you have time to freshen up, change clothes, etc. beforehand.

Follow me on Facebook and Instagram. I usually post sneak peeks, links to blog posts featuring session, etc. If you follow me, I can tag you on your photos/sessions!

here's some 2019 clothing ideas, direct from Pinterest!

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I’m so excited to see what kind of pictures we can make together!