MPL Photography LLC | Photography Session - Tips & Suggestions



Below are some guidelines and tips to help make the most of your photography session.

Choosing a Day and Time:

  • Consider personal schedules, meal times and nap times when making your appointment.
  • Try not to schedule any activities immediately following your appointment so you do not feel rushed during your session.

Location Selection:

  • Consider a meaningful location – your backyard, a favorite park or a special urban scene.
  • Consider areas with lots of visual textures – old buildings, grassy fields, or abundant gardens.

Location Suggestions:

  • Free Parks – Heritage Park in Taylor, Heritage Park or Cherry Hill Village in Canton, Edward Hines Park in Western Wayne County, Kellogg Park in Plymouth, Belle Isle in Detroit
  • Unique Downtown Settings –Detroit, Ann Arbor, Northville, Plymouth, Wyandotte, Royal Oak
  • Entrance or Usage Fees – Mill Race Village in Northville, Kensington Metro Park in Milford, Maybury State Park in Northville, The Henry Ford

Preparing for your photo session:

  • Personal Hygiene – think about your face, hands, nails, and legs. Address any issues with dry skin, unwanted facial/leg hair, dirty/chipped nails, etc.
  • Simple hair and make-up is always elegant. Be sure make-up doesn't clash with outfit(s). Take a hair brush with you to your photo session.
  • Think about the background(s) of the photo shoot location and try to select clothing and colors will contrast with backgrounds and colors that flatter your skin tone.
  • If you are being photographed with others, try to coordinate your clothing. You don't have to match, but you will want to look nice together. Keep styles similar, equally casual or equally dressy. Consider a theme. Clothing should be clean and wrinkle free.
  • Avoid clothing with busy designs or distracting logos.
  • If you would like to add variety or change moods, feel free to bring a change of outfit(s), but be sure the photo shoot location has a changing area. Otherwise, wear or bring layers which easily allows for variety.
  • Feel free to bring any accessories and/or or small props to further add variety to poses.
  • You are welcome to bring a light snack and/or bottled water.

During the photo session:

  • It is important to look natural. Even though you are posing for pictures, try no to pose too much. The more natural you are, the better the result.
  • Don't face the camera straight on. Turn your body slightly to the side by putting one leg in front of the other. Hold your head up high and straight.
  • SMILE! Don't force it though. Remember to look natural. Try pushing your tongue against the back of your top teeth and tilting your chin up slightly.
  • Keep your eyes open and don't stare directly at the camera. Instead, look at a spot that is just slightly above the camera.
  • Let me know if you are uncomfortable with any poses I may suggest (sitting on the ground or grass, jumping in the air, leaning against trees, etc.) or if you think the poses(s) don't suit your personality or lifestyle.
  • If you have ideas for poses, don't hesitate to share them with me.
  • Finally, take a deep breath and RELAX! This will be FUN!