A timeless wardrobe piece for your shoot

So you’ve decided you want to treat yourself, connect with your inner carrie bradshaw, and book a beauty shoot. This will not only help you connect with a enhanced side of yourself, it will also push you to feel a new type of confidence. Now that you have it booked I bet you are ready to run to the store to find a few outfits; but what if I told you the perfect outfit for this type of shoot is right in your closet?

Little black dress

A little black dress goes a long way. Here are the top 3 reasons you must bring your favorite LBD (little black dress) on your shoot day.

#1 : Everyone Has One!
Chances are you have more than one LBD in your closet. Try them on and choose the one that makes you feel the most empowered. You can even raid your best friend’s closet to find something new. When you look good, you feel good, and that energy always creates unique and authentic pictures.

#2: It Shows off the Curves
LBD’s do a great job at accenting your body’s shape to show off your natural curves effortlessly. This outfit will give your photos a great flow while also giving off the feel a beauty shoot calls for. It will allow you to embrace your curves and enjoy the experience.

#3: It’s Timeless
You are going to want to show off these pictures to your hubby and close friends years from now, am I right? Shooting in a LBD ensures your look and style is will still be relevant. Something elegant & classic like the LBD will allow you to avoid purchasing photos that look like an old tv show in a couple of years.

Adding the little black dress to your plans for the day is one of the first pro tips beauty photographers share with their models and it is the next step after booking your shoot! This way, you can never say, “I don’t have anything to wear”. Go simple, and be bold.

To book a beauty shoot with us drop us a note at erik @ pattonportraits.com.

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Makeup for your shoot

Makeup image

When planning your shoot one of the most important things to consider is the look of the makeup. Do you like a more natural girl next door feel or something darker and heavier? Regardless of which you prefer, the makeup is the secret weapon that really elevates the quality of the photographs. That’s why it’s included in every shoot!

A more natural look may involve just as much makeup as something that looks darker so the amount applied isn’t always a good guideline. It’s better to think about the overall look concentrating on the eye. When your eyes “pop” in a photograph it makes them look bigger which makes the photo more inviting to the viewer. It’s also where the the lights are set for the shoot since it’s all about the eyes in a portrait.

Obviously a dark liner and smokey eye will pop more, but if you’re going for a business portrait the makeup won’t match the intent of the photo. Likewise if you’re after sexy and seductive, a subtle natural look won’t match easier. So how do you decide?

It’s pretty simple actually; start with a light touch gradually going darker until you find your sweet spot. And if you’re doing boudoir or a glamour shoot you may opt for two looks, one that’s lighter and one that’s darker to help maximize the variety in the final photos. Just remember it’s always easier to go darker rather than removing makeup to go lighter.

Our makeup artist Kerri does makeup for clients every day so she’s got the expertise to work with you to find a look that suits you.

Model for a day Jill

Jill came to the studio a couple of weeks ago to help with a test shoot I was doing. She did a great job in front of the camera which resulted in us getting some great images. She brought three outfits with her so we could get a variety of looks that ranged from something a little dressy to just a plain T shirt. Kerri did a great job making her lashes pop to show off her pretty eyes.

She’s off on a new adventure with a permanent move to the Caribbean and we wish her the best. Thanks Jill for coming out to shoot!

Glamour portrait sitting on chair

Resting on blocks

Green T Shirt

Leaning against wall

Erik & Kerri

Welcome to the new website!

I’ve finally gotten around to updating my website. The old site was looking tired while the blog wasn’t getting the full attention it deserved. Here’s to changing that!

Watch this space for recent shoots, informational articles, and what’s new at the studio. For now though have a look around the site while picturing yourself doing a shoot. 🙂

Erik