You’re ready to be Seen. You’ve booked your appointment and now you’re wondering what to bring, what to wear, and how to prepare. You want to represent you, as you, for you. I’ve prepared a few tips and guidelines to empower you with the information you need to make this a memorable, safe, celebration. If you have any specific questions, send them over or comment on this blog. Your feedback helps me create and share information that can further support you and my growing community of clients. I’m happy to do whatever I can to help you prepare for Seen. Yes, you can even text me outfit ideas.
p r e p a r a t i o n
Seen is an investment in being witnessed, most importantly by yourself. This session and your preparations are an extension of your self-love practice, so your preparations will start there. Give yourself permission to feel connected to yourself, and the things you love most. You’ve got this.
Make a list of the things that make you feel good leading up to, during, and after your session. Don’t worry if you only “accomplish” a few of them- life is busy and one self-love/care practice in hand, is worth two in the land of good intentions. Be it a long bath the night before, listening to an album as you drive to your session, or a great conversation with your best friend so that she, as always, can cheer you on. Make it happen.
c l o t h i n g
There are very few one-size-fits all recommendations excepting this- wear what you love.
Visit your closet and liberally select the clothing you like most. Set your favorites out, scan your choices and select 1-3 (max) outfits. Think, V A R I E T Y. I recommend one casual, (think Farmer’s Market, coffee with friends) and one dressy more fabulous, fancy, elevated outfit (think date night or celebration). Two outfits provides a good balance and will help facilitate the expression of different parts of your personality.
There are no shoulds here. If you aren’t a fancy silks and gold gal but rather wear flowing, layered tops and braids, do it! If you feel best in a tank top and cut offs with running shoes, do that. It’s okay if your choices make you wonder, “It’s this okay?” The answer is yes, you and what you wear are perfect.
s h o e s
I don’t make shoes the focus of portraits but they complete an outfit and will definitely make an appearance. Clients often opt to be barefoot but if we are outdoors please consider the elements and bring sturdy shoes for hiking to our location while keeping more fancy shoes in a bag.
a c c e s s o r i e s
Bring your everyday necklaces and earrings as well as your favorite special-occasions pieces as well. If you’re the sentimental type and you reserve inherited pieces for photographs and special events, this is the perfect time and place to bring those pieces.
m a k e u p & h a i r
Here is a caution- do not apply or use or buy makeup you never use just because there is a camera involved. Do you. As above, think of variety. Some photographs with lipstick, some without, some with your hair topped with your favorite hat, some with it down. I will help guide you through this to provide variety.
I encourage you to bring along your hair tools (brush, elastic, etc) and makeup for touching up. I also recommend bringing lotion, chapstick, bugspray (for outdoor shoots), and any other thing that brings you comfort. I have bad luck with smudged mascara so I like to bring q-tips and makeup removers when I know I’ll be seeing a camera.
A FINAL WORD
The resistance is the thing that tells you that you aren’t (enter judgement here) enough to be seen, to be celebrated. The resistance loves to rough you up when you step into being seen, when you step into celebrating yourself and how good you are. Sister, the resistance is the voice of bullshit. You are worthy, you are enough. I suspect, as it has been for me, every.single.time I’m photographed- you may freak out a lil about this. You may freak out after or before. That’s normal. Get your weapons of self-love ready and subdue that shit. I’ll be here for you and so will your friends. I cannot wait to see you.
Next week I will be sharing another post aimed at answering questions regarding what you can expect from our time together.