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Your Photo Shoot Consultation

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We treat each photoshoot as unique as you are! To receive top quality photos that reflect your expectations we suggest you take the time to come into the studio for a short consultation. Although it is not mandatory; it gives you the option to get comfortable with your photographer and studio space. Furthermore; it will allow you to take the time to customize aspects that influence the overall style of your photoshoot.

Below, we have gathered 5 reasons you should book a consultation before your shoot!

Meet The Photographer: Erik

Coming in for a consultation means that have the chance to meet Erik. You can use this time to learn more about him so that you are not working with a “stranger” on the day of your shoot. You will find that this will allow initial nerves to fade away.

Wardrobe, Make-Up, & Hair Oh My !

One of the first things we like to go over during a consultation is the plans for your wardrobe, make-up, and hair. If you’re unsure about what you’d like, we can sit down and look through photos to help you find inspiration from previously used styles. Although you are responsible for your wardrobe, we can provide a makeup artist to do your makeup and some light hair styling. Taking time during a consultation to learn about your makeup style preferences will give you more time in front of the camera on your shoot day.

Get Comfortable With The Studio

Along with getting comfortable with your photographer, a consultation also allows you to visit and get comfortable with the studio space. We will be sure to give you a quick tour so that when your shoot day arrives you know your way around!

Choose the Style of Your Shoot

There are many types of styles you can go for in your final portraits. Visiting the studio will allow you to choose your favorite backdrops and set options with a clear head. Making these decisions during the consultation will ease your mind during your shoot day.

In addition to the set backgrounds and props we will also discuss the overall style of the shoot. Do you want your photos to feel dark and moody, or light and soft? These are aspects Erik must take into consideration before he preps for you to come in on your shoot day.

View Print Options

As we wrap up your consult we will showcase the various print options you have to choose from. Displaying your final photos is important to us. We’ll help you make the right decisions to match your selections with your budget.

We are so happy to hear that you have booked your shoot! To schedule a pre-shoot consultation please contact erik@pattonportraits.com.

Strike A Pose : The Guide to Posing for Your Photoshoot

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Strike A Pose

One of the most common questions we receive before shoots is, “Do I have to know how to pose?” The best part about shooting with us is that we do all the hard work for you! Your comfort level is our top priority. You will never be expected to come up with poses for your photos, unless of course you have some fun ideas you have always wanted to try!

Erik is highly experienced and will direct every part of the pose from body twists to hand placement. Posing is done in a strategic way to bring focus to your favorite body parts such as your face, bust, legs, etc. He even hides the parts of your body you want to take attention away from such as cellulite, tattoos, and more.

An important note to remember during the shoot is that although some poses may feel unnatural, we will direct you to ensure you receive the best looking photo! Trust in our advice and direction and you can guarantee a successful shoot. If you ever are posed in an uncomfortable way all you have to do is let Erik know. He will adjust accordingly. Posing includes lots of stretching, bending, and twisting your body, so if you do not regularly stretch you may experience slight stiffness the day following your shoot. It’s a sign of a good shoot!

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Photoshoot Scheduling Considerations

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How To Schedule Your Shoot

The process of booking a shoot varies from studio to studio. We run different hours, hold tight schedules during different holidays and spend more or less time to deliver your final products. So here are the 3 things you should know when scheduling your shoot with us!

1. Decide on Your Final Product

Before you book your shoot it is important that you prepare by deciding on your final product. Will you want your photos as prints, a complete album, or digital images? This is important to decide because each one takes a different amount of time to produce. For example, if you would like an album as a gift to your fiance by the time of your wedding, we recommend you book your shoot for a minimum of 6 weeks prior since album orders can take up to four weeks. Images can be completed in one week and prints will take up to two.

2. Book Early on Holidays

Christmas and Valentines are our busiest holidays. If you are booking around November – February we suggest booking in advance to save your spot. We tend to run slower during the spring time, which gives you the option to book at your leisure during this season.

3. Consider an off time

If you have some flexibility in your schedule, booking a shoot during the weekday evenings can make scheduling quite a bit easier. This is when we tend to have the most open availability. Weekend shoots are always an option as well, but tend to fill more quickly than off times. To check availability, contact us to see what what times are available.

That’s all there is to it. We look forward to putting your photoshoot on our calendar!