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PHOTO SESSION GUIDE

Prepare your session well

"How do I dress? What am I taking?"  

"I'm not comfortable / not photogenic !!"

 

What ? What do you mean ? New to preparing photoshoots? You don't like to pose? Aren't you photogenic? Are you full of complexes? You are not a model?  Don't panic, it's NORMAL!  Taking a photoshoot and being in front of the camera isn't the easiest exercise, especially when self-confidence is involved. It is quite normal before a photoshoot to feel uncomfortable, not to be photogenic. And that's exactly what I'm used for! My role is to guide you throughout the session, all you have to do is enjoy, let go! So, you will find here the advice to prepare your experience as well as possible, whatever it is and thus to approach it serenely! My goal is for you to have an unforgettable time. Let's make sure to prepare it well !!

In summary :  

~ Define the atmosphere and theme of your session

~  Take care of yourself and take time for yourself

~  Dress

~  Specific advice

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Pourquoi faire une séance ?

Prenez le temps de la réflexion. Pourquoi souhaitez vous faire cette séance ? Quel souvenir aimeriez vous conserver ? Quelle ambiance qui se dégagera des photos ? Souhaitez vous une séance romantique, simple, décalée, douce, pétillante, colorée, sensuelle ? Donnez moi les 5 mots qui définirait le thème de votre séance ? En fonction de cela, va s'assortir votre tenue vestimentaire, vos accessoires…

💡 En manque d'idées ? Personnellement, j'en ai des milliers plein la tête, et elle débordent de mon esprit ! J'ai même créer une liste de rêves de séances photos à réaliser :

Define the atmosphere and theme of your session

I always like to say it, a photo shoot is a total improvisation with great preparation.

 

First, let's choose the location.  Outdoors, natural or urban? Indoors, your home or an emblematic place? This is very important, since it will define the whole atmosphere of your experience. Choose a place that is close to your heart, that makes sense, for which you have fond memories.  

🗺  If we haven't agreed on a venue yet, here are some ideas here.

 

Take the time to think about the atmosphere that will emerge from the photos. Would you like a romantic, simple, offbeat, sweet, sparkling, colorful, sensual session? Give me the 5 words that would define the theme of your session?  Depending on this, will match your clothing, your accessories ...

💡 Looking for ideas? Personally, I have thousands in my head, and they overflow my mind! I even created a list of dream photoshoots to achieve that  you can discover it by clicking here!

La préparation

Le but est de passer un moment unique. En effet, les photos ne sont pas la seule finalité. La séance, dans son ensemble, est une expérience totalement unique qui n’appartiendra qu’à vous et à votre famille. Nous prenons le temps d’échanger, de faire connaissance, pour mieux comprendre vos attentes. Il est important pour moi de vous expliquer comment je travaille et ce que je peux vous apporter mais il est tout aussi important que je m’adapte à vous, vos envies et votre personnalité, dans le respect de mon style photographique. Je parle beaucoup, c’est un vrai moment d’échange, et cela permet généralement de vous mettre à l’aise. Avec les enfants, il est important d’interagir souvent, par des jeux, des questions, des blagues, des chatouilles, qui mettront tout le monde à l’aise et permettront d’avoir des photos naturelles. Ensuite tout le monde est plus détendu et la séance passe généralement très vite ! Le plus dur c’est de patienter ensuite quelques jours pour pouvoir découvrir vos photos.

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Take care of yourself and take time for yourself

Its very important ! Since you want to be handsome, fulfilled, relaxed, you have to feel beautiful! So, go to the hairdresser, have a massage, take a good bath, in one word relax ... Whether you are a woman or a man, take time to take care of your hairstyle and your manicure (the hands very often appear on photos).

 

The goal is to have a unique moment. Indeed, the photos are not the only purpose, the session as a whole is also a totally unique experience that will belong only to you and your family. We take the time to discuss, get to know each other, to better understand your expectations. It is important for me to explain to you how I work and what I can bring to you, but it is just as important that I adapt to you, your desires and your personality, while respecting my photographic style. I talk a lot, it's a real moment of exchange, and it usually puts you at ease. With children, it is important to interact often, through games, questions, jokes, tickling, which will put everyone at ease and allow for natural photos. Then everyone is more relaxed and the session usually goes very quickly! The hardest part is then to wait a few days to be able to discover your photos.

💋 Beauty treatment ~  This is an important step that can be carried out by yourself, by your favorite photographer, or by a professional makeup artist .

 

By the photographer: The objective is not a complete make-up but to work in a natural way in order to reveal your natural beauty and your personality to the maximum, to ratify the complexion and to brighten your eyes. Starting with the beauty treatment allows you to focus on yourself and fully enjoy your photoshoot. We will get to know each other, will be able to share a privileged moment before our photo shoot and understand it. It is a good way to relax and to open this parenthesis.  You will then be relaxed and even more comfortable in front of my lens.

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💃 Mesdames. Le maquillage peut être réalisé par vos soins, votre photographe ou une maquilleuse professionnelle. Privilégiez une mise en beauté légère et naturelle, en travaillant sur le teint et la mise en valeur du regard. Si vous êtes habituée à vous maquiller, n’hésitez pas à vous faire un joli teint, à porter du liner… Mais évitez les fards à paupières et rouge à lèvres lourds autres que les couleurs neutres ou habituelles  Si vous n'avez pas l'habitude de vouss maquiller, ou que vous souhaitez vous faire coocooner, je peux réaliser votre mise en beauté ! L'objectif n'est pas un maquillage complet mais travailler de manière naturelle afin de révéler votre beauté naturelle et votre personnalité au maximum, de ratifier le teint et d'éclaircir votre regard. Commencer par la mise en beauté permet de vous centrer sur vous et de profiter pleinement de votre shooting photo. Nous apprendrons à nous connaitre, pourrons partager un moment privilégié avant notre séance photo et appréhender celle-ci. C’est un bon moyen de vous délasser et d’ouvrir cette parenthèse.  Vous serez ensuite détendue et encore plus à l’aise devant mon objectif.

🕺 Messieurs, si vous portez la barbe, veillez à venir avec une barbe entretenue.

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Dress

It's easy: Neutrality and Simplicity are the key words ! We are not looking for the perfect but the authentic . So I try to make you feel comfortable in your clothes and feel yourself there. We will not focus on your outfit but on interactions, emotions, that's the most important!

  The too obvious logos, the small checks, the loaded and colorful prints, especially when photographing several people together, the fluorescent colors.

  Jeans, vaporous materials, fluid and plain dresses, lace, plain tops, shirts all in soft, pastel, creamy or really dark colors.  

🫂  Avoid being dressed in a perfectly identical way, but keep in mind that the outfits must be coordinated to be as harmonious as possible with variations of colors, materials

 

💃  Ladies , prefer beauty and light, natural make-up, which will enhance the look and hide some skin imperfections. If you are used to make-up, do not hesitate to make yourself a pretty complexion, to wear liner, mascara… But avoid eye shadows other than neutral colors! You want to be highlighted on the day of your session

🕺  Gentlemen , be sure to come with a groomed beard.

💍 On the accessories side, you are completely free! If you want to take some, you have to take what you want to reflect through your photos, something that reflects you and translates your story.

🧃A bottle of water or hot drink depending on the season, treats and a beach towel (if photos at the beach) are welcome!

👶 For children , think of toys and soft toys  

🐶 For animals , a few toys and treats can attract attention

Les accessoires

Vous êtes totalement libre ! Si vous souhaitez en prendre, il faut prendre ce que vous avez envie de refléter à travers vos photos, quelque chose qui vous reflète et traduit votre histoire.

🧃Une bouteille d'eau ou boisson chaude selon la saison, des gourmandises et une serviette de plage (si photos à la plage) sont les bienvenus !

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Some specific advice

👶 Pregnancy & Birth ~  The organization of the session depends mainly on you and your health. The ideal period for pregnancy photos is around the 7th month because you usually have a nice round belly. For babies, there is not really an ideal period: 15 days, 1 month, 6 months ... each time it will be different emotions! A mat foundation can be applied on the stomach to hide the small consequences of pregnancy, even out the complexion, and avoid too much shine (especially no oil or cream to prevent the stomach from shining). For clothes, take simple basics, in which you feel good, pretty matching underwear.  You can take the accessories you want, flowers, petals, wooden cubes, bubbles, small boxes to write text, ultrasounds, little slippers, stuffed animals & toys ...

 

🐶 Animals ~ In order to optimize the rendering of the photographs, the coat must be shiny! A shower before the session is preferable, as well as an essential brush stroke. Equip yourself with rewards and toys to grab your companion's attention when taking pictures. If necessary, remember to clean your leathers and other materials.

⛳️ Sports ~ Remember to clean your equipment well before the session (bike, saddlery ...), especially the small details that will be clearly visible in the photos.

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L'après séance

Après votre séance photo, il faut attendre quelques jours pour que je puisse retravailler une par une les différentes images. Vous recevrez un mail qui vous expliquera comment vous connecter à votre album privé en ligne. Selon la prestation choisie, vos produits seront prêts à venir récupérer à l'atelier.  

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I look forward to meeting you !

There you are, now you know everything. I remain of course at your disposal if you have any questions concerning the preparation of your photo shoot!

I kiss you and see you very soon!

Helen.