FAMILY SESSION PREP GUIDE
Thank you for booking a session with me! I am so excited to meet you both! Sunset sessions are typically taken around the last hour before we lose the sun for the day. So whatever sunset time is that day, plan on meeting me one hour prior to that. You can check exact sunset time during the day of your session HERE
Below are some suggestions of how to better prepare for your session. To get to location options, please keep scrolling.
A well put together wardrobe dramatically enhances the aesthetics of an image. I encourage every couple to spend time to put together a set of outfits using the suggestions below.
Colors. I highly recommend using a mix of complementary colors (example: pink and blue) or a mix of various shades of a color (light pink to deep purple) instead of sticking to one, same solid color. Combine those with one or two neutral colors (example: greys and browns). This style adds texture and beauty to the photographs. While I highly prefer light colors (tertiary/pastels), please do not be limited by these. Dark, rich colors or a mix of light and deep colors work just as well as long as you follow the complementary color guide just mentioned above. Patterns (especially floral) are definitely a-okay! Stay away from outfits with big bold logos as those can be distracting.
Dresses. Yes! Love love love dresses especially long flowy ones that blow in the wind! It shows so much movement almost like you can almost feel the breeze just looking at the photograph. More importantly, find something comfortable and flattering for your body type. For example, if you are a bit self-conscious about your arms, try to find a dress with sleeves.
Guys: Shorts or pants/jeans as long as they are comfortable! It can get hot here so go with your comfort level.
My favorite places to shop:
Shoes - please remember that you will be walking on sand, some rocks and uneven surfaces so wear footwear that is cute and perfect for walking on these surfaces. Wedges and heels are a no-no as I would hate for you to trip or get a sprained ankle. I love movement and my families tend fall into a "choreographed" exploration, so expect to walk some and move around in my sessions. In the sand, everyone can kick off the sandals and slippers and go barefoot!
ONLINE STYLING TOOL
From beginning to end, I want to make this photo experience as stress-free as possible for all of my clients, which is why every single one of you will have access to this amazing and personalized styling site. Simply go to https://styleandselect.com/questionnaire/ and use orpr0p29 access code to begin styling your entire family from the comfort of your couch. No more running store to store and no more guessing! The quick results page will show you photo-approved clothing items for each family member and you can view them side-by-side once you have favorited your pieces. 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? Check out the Blog on www.styleandselect.com for outfit inspiration or contact me if you have any questions!
Hair and Make-up
I highly recommend both whether you go the DIY route or with a professional. While you want to look yourself during your session, you want to look your absolute best! Bear in mind that Hawaii is windy and a bit humid. A calm day with zero wind is pretty rare here. This is why hair prep is important! Worried about the wind? Don't worry-- I LOVE wind. Wind blown hair and dresses add so much motion to a photograph.
Heart and Starts Salon (located in the Waikoloa Resorts)
Arrive on time
Our shooting timeframe is extremely limited by the setting of the sun. So when sessions run late it can affect the variety and the quantity of the images in your final gallery. Make sure to have directions to the location ready. If you have never been to the location before and are unfamiliar with the area make sure to factor in a few minutes of extra time in case you get lost. Also consider time for potty breaks prior to starting the session.
Get in the water
If you picked a beach location for your session, expect to get in the water towards the end of the session! Comfort level totally up to you--ankle deep to hip deep! Some locations are crowded and this makes shooting a little tricky. To overcome this, I try to keep my families close to the water. Even if the locations are more private, some cool spots require getting in the water a bit. Therefore, be ready to go barefoot or wear water friendly shoes! On that note-bring towels and a change of clothes should you decide to go all in!
Please be careful with the sun, it can be pretty intense during clear, sunny days. Apply sunscreen liberally and don't forget to re-apply when necessary!
A typical Big Island beach will have a combination of sand and lava rocks. Most of the beaches I shoot at are located on the west side of the island, and where the sunset will be on the water (instead of inland). One can't really go wrong, everywhere on the west side is pretty! It pretty much comes down to collection of landscapes you prefer to have in your photos. Here are blog posts from some of my favorite locations:
These two beaches below strictly closes at 7pm so I only recommend these two for sessions between mid September to mid February)