My goal is to photograph you in a location and with a vibe that is in alignment with your personality and vision, while providing you with different looks using planning sessions, wardrobe, special objects and storytelling. Don’t worry if you are not comfortable in front of the camera, as most people aren’t. It’s my job to help you relax, breath, ground and move you through a flow of poses and organic candids. You’ll find your groove, I promise! Best advice I can give is to be yourself.
What resonates with you?
There are a few different directions for settings. What is your story? What is your brand? Is there a special location that resonates deeply with you or conveys the essence of your business and offering? Read these over and let me know which kind of location speaks to you most. That will help me in beginning the direction for your session.
Home storytelling – I hate to sound cliche, but there is truly no place like home and no place that is more YOU! It is also a place of comfort and ease – a place for you to feel yourself. If your home’s design and aesthetic is in line with the vibe you’d like to convey, I highly encourage shooting there. Not only that, but natural window light is amazing. These are super fun and playful sessions that derive a wonderful diversity of candid / documentary and posed images.
Place of business / Commercial – Definitely worth considering if your place of business tells a big part of the story you are trying to convey and fits the visual style of your brand.
Rustic / Nature – barns, grasses, lakes, open fields, botanical gardens, your favorite hike, forests, mountains. If nature speaks to you most the possibilities are endless. Let me know what kind of nature setting resonates with you the most.
The Coast – Truly one of the easiest places to let go, am I right? The feeling and color palette is super airy, light and the mood is high key even on overcast days.
Urban / Cityscape – Fun and modern with vibrance and texture. We’ll go walk through a couple of great neighborhoods in SF or a local downtown and stop where we feel inspired!
Most important advice I can give is to stick to your personality when choosing wardrobe. How you feel in your outfit is almost more important than how it looks, as if you don’t feel like your authentic self it will show. IMPORTANT! Please consider the tones and feel of your wardrobe in relation to your brand and online image to ensure cohesion.
A neutral palette is gorgeous and lends well to more organic and natural imagery. Cream, gray, sage, brown, white, rose, pastels, etc. Coordinating those tones help to create images that are truly timeless.
Alternatively, a color palette is super fun! If color is your thing and you want images that are vibrant and playful, the possibilities are endless for incorporating it into your shoot. Best advice is to choose neutrals and add 1 vibrant color to weave in.
Professional attire is definitely more versatile now than in years past, so depending on your trade and industry think of how you can weave your personality into your professional outfit.
Layers: Jackets, scarves, vests, hats! Gives great depth and is important for changing weather (dual purpose!).
Accessories: Bracelets, necklaces, earrings, etc. Just please stay away from giant watches, as I will ask you to remove them.
Make-up and hair: – I do suggest make-up for these sessions, but if it’s not normally your thing a little mascara, a bit of cheek color and chapstick or lip-gloss goes a long way. For those that do their make-up regularly, do as you normally would, but stay away from anything that has excess shimmer in it – dewy and glowy is great, but sparkly does not show well in pictures. I do have make-up and hair artist connections if you are interested in commissioning one or both for your session.
Objects: Are there any special or sacred items that you’d like to incorporate into some of your imagery? For example, a healer might bring crystals, a feather, singing bowls and a writer might bring books, a journal and a special pen. Including special objects helps tell your story and expands your library of images to pull from when needed on your website, blog and social media.
Cohesion! Coordinating a palette.
Sticking to your personality
Layers (for diversity, interest and weather)
What to avoid
Logos on clothing
Tops that show your bra-strap
Clothes that are too tight
Large horizontal stripes (small stripes are fine)
Lots of red or magenta against your face
Some of my fave retailers:
Three Bird Nest
If you are just truly baffled and need some styling assistance, I’ve partnered with an incredible service called Style & Select! Simply go to the questionnaire and use your unique access code that I emailed to you (if you didn’t receive one, let me know) to begin styling your entire family from the comfort of your couch. No more running store to store and no more guessing! Fill out the simple Style Questionnaire about your family, color scheme you are wanting and the vibe of clothes you would like to see. The quick results page will show you photo-approved clothing pieces for each family member and you can view outfits side-by-side while favoriting items. Feel free to play around with it until you have selected the perfect outfit combo! Click the email button to send yourself the selected items or shop for the clothes right away by clicking the shopping cart buttons.
That’s it! Super easy right?
Pinterest Inspiration Boards
Please check out my pinterest page for headshot inspiration, and you can always refer back to my gallery.
Please use me!
Email or text me pictures of your choices and I will make suggestions or let you know you’re on the right track. Lay your outfits out on your bed, with accessories. You may also bring along options for us to choose the day of. I am here for you at any point, so please remember to reach out if you just aren’t sure! 650.393.9423
The Session Itself
I aim to make it fun and it usually feels like we were just hanging out by the end of it! These sessions usually unfold organically and I create as I see it happening. I will guide you! There is no guess work. Many people are not completely comfortable in front of the camera, so I have a variety of ways to get you relaxed and having fun in no time – ultimately all you have to do is be yourself! I’ll do the rest. This should be a memorable adventure, and if there is anything I can do to make your experience better, please let me know. I can’t wait to create with you!
After the Session
2-3 weeks after our session I will send you your gallery of artistically edited images both high resolution and web ready. I sometimes like to post a sneak peek on my facebook and instagram pages, so if you aren’t already following me, please do!
I’m looking forward to hearing your initial thoughts for your session based on the options I’ve laid out. I’ll take your initial thoughts as the launching pad for planning your session. Can’t wait to create with you!