My top 6 staple pieces for my own sessions and how you incorporate them into yours

One of the top questions I get is asking for advice on what to wear to a session. Every session and client is different. However, there are a few “staple pieces” I really love for my own photos and I think you could easily incorporate them into your own session. These pieces are timeless, flattering, and can go with almost any other pieces you have in your closet. They are versatile and can be basic pieces for your everyday wardrobe as well. The only accentuating these pieces will do is your confidence.

I have 6 pieces I think would be easy for you to use and find in your home that you can use during your session.

Black Dress Shirt

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A black dress shirt screams classic, but sophisticated. It is very flattering as anything with the color black is very forgiving and makes you look confident. It’s a very easy piece to be able to use both during and then after a session. I love using this because I can also wear it to work, out to dinner, and even just when I want to feel good. A good side note is that since I can wear this often, I know that it fits me well and that I am comfortable in it, making me look more confident in my photos.

Black strappy heels or booties

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Again, with the same idea of black. Plus it goes with just about everything. When you look back on these photographs you won’t be able to really tell even when these photos were taken because this is just a classic. I will say with caution to remember where your photos are being taken. If you plan on hiking up a trail for these photos, don’t just bring these, have a pair of walking shoes and just use these for the photo time only!

A jean jacket

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This is my go-to jacket for anything and everything. Ball game? Jean jacket. Concert? Jean jacket. A nice dinner? Jean jacket. Bonfire? Jean jacket. You get my drift. Not only can you wear it with casual clothes, you can even where it with your business casual clothes as well. I use it to tie together an outfit I wore to work then to transition to a night out. I like mine plain Jane, but I love seeing people get ones that show off their personality too.

Nice pair of jeans

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If this is not in your closet already, you need to get to the nearest consignment store and get you a pair (they can still be nice if they are second hand, it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg). I don’t care if you don’t even like to wear jeans, you need this in your life for those moments you want to look put together. What do I mean by “nice pair?” No holes, no rips, a just short of perfect fit, and makes you feel “bomb.” I read somewhere that there is a “perfect fit” pair of jeans somewhere on the internet that fits every single person that tries it on. Maybe try this out?

A flattering, neutral color dress

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I say this because I know not everyone is like me and has a wardrobe of black clothes galore. Neutral is your blacks, grays, whites, and your version of nude. No lines, no designs, just a flattering solid neutral color dress. By flattering I mean whatever makes you feel most confident, but also isn’t going to bother you during your session (i.e. dress too short you show a little too much of something, dress too long you are tripping over it, your girls are not going to be making a surprise visit, so tight you may pass out from not breathing, so loose you can make a tent in it, etc.).

Simple jewelry - a gold chain, hoops, etc.

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I say simple because I want these to be timeless. I want you to look back and not regret your decision. I am not saying that you will, but I know you have a moment where you look back on your school photos and think, “Why did I wear that?” We will not have these moments. These simplistic pieces won’t detract from what we are really wanting to look at in the photos, you. The viewer won’t get distracted and better yet, you wont have to fuss with it during your session.

Did this help you at all? I feel like even just one of these would be a great addition to your session.  Tell me, what is your favorite or one that you think you may be willing to try out for your session?

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Why am I updating my pricing, process, and products?

As I continue to grow as a business, I have decided to really look into what you want and come up with somewhere I can meet you in the middle.

Kaytee Lorentzen Photography is about to turn four years old and I thought I would do a little bit of research into what I can do to help you out when making purchasing decisions. These went into effect June 1, 2019.

Based off of surveys and some feedback, I have decided to take out the digital gallery buy-in and add it to the session package with the FULL printing rights. (If you are not sure what this means, check out my blog post on copyright, which includes a description on what the difference between copyright and printing rights are).

This did mean that my pricing had to change to reflect this decision, so even though the prices have gone up, that does give you printing rights to the photographs.

I have also taken away product collections as there was very little interest in them, as well as narrowed down to a few products for me to still offer. Since you will now be getting the printing rights, it’s not very often that I will be getting product orders. However, I have kept two options (metal prints and photo albums) as I trust my lab with the most spectacular items (and I can explain them to you more as well as design them for you).

My process (as in the timeline) has been updated to reflect all of these changes.

I have included the new updated pricing sheets for you to see! If you want to see more information, head to my Session Information page.

If you have any questions regarding this, feel free to comment below or fill out a contact form!

 
 

What to bring to your sessions with me

It’s time to plan your session. You have got your clothes picked out, the location is perfect, and you have discussed everything you want with me, but what in the world do you bring to your session with you? I wanted to give you some help into what you should bring with you to your session. And not necessarily what you want as props. I have created multiple categories to help you with each and every situation.

Portraits

Accessories (scarves, jewelry), things that are important to you or even the reason why you are getting the photos done (business owner? Bring something that you sell. Love a sport? Bring your favorite jersey).

Family

Bring something you all love to do (board games, books, etc.), something you all love or even something you all have in common.

Kids

Some toys for afterwards (or during the last set of pictures) and maybe even some candy for afterwards. Also something for them to look at next to my camera (stuffed animal) is very helpful.

Pets

I always suggest noisy toys or some that will distract them, I typically have a bag that I wear so I can easily move my arm for the toys to make noise. Also, some treats are helpful as well.

High school seniors

Props of things you are involved in (instrument, letterman jacket, art items, etc.), T shirt or clothing item of college you are going to or what you are going into (military, workforce). Literally ANYTHING you like to do.

Couples

Props of things you like to do together or anything that has special meaning to you.

Engaged Couples

The same as couples, but adding in the big shiny thing (aka the RING!).

Everyone

This applies to every single group. An extra brush or comb, hairspray, extra bobby pins/hair ties, and a lint roller.

It doesn’t have to be a whole ordeal on what you bring with you, just think of essentials and feel free to message me if you still feel lost.

If you think anything else needs to be added to this list, PLEASE comment below. What did you find helpful that you brought to your session?

Memory keeping, and why it's important

One of the main reasons I started my business is because I loved growing up and looking through albums and photographs of my parents and learning all about their lives before me, while I was little and even now. It’s something I still even like doing.

This is something known as memory keeping. It’s the physical products from your session or event to share with someone later on. This could include framed photos, albums, canvases, metal prints, and so many other things.I wanted to explain why this practice is so important.

It’s a hard copy.

It is something you can physically hold. I know that it may seem like it’s taking up space, but you are doing the exact same thing on social media. The only difference is that these photos will reappear more often than the ones you post on the internet. You can fill your home with these. They can hang on your walls, coffee tables, bookshelves and much more.

You can pass this along to generations to come.

Have you ever gone through your grandparents photos, or maybe even your great-grandparents? It’s crazy to see how much has changed or even being able to see them as they were at our age. I even love seeing photos of my grandmother, who I have never got the chance to meet. It’s crazy to see the similarities I have with different parts of my family. With my nephew, I hope to get to do this with him. I want to show him all the photos of his aunts and his mom growing up.

It is a part of your history.

This is your story. The photos, the videos, the posts you write, are all about you. They are what makes you, you. These are things that would make your book or your movie. It documents a time in your life. It brings back memories and even shares your history with others. My boyfriend loves showing me my embarrassing photos that my parents have in my house, but he says “It’s you though".”

It’s so important to keep up this practice so many people can have the same experience that I have had and that I hope you have too. It’s the one thing I am really excited about to have. When I started my business I knew that I wanted to make sure that people would get the chance to do this.

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KLP Responds: Can I get digital photos?

I am starting a little series called KLP Responds, meaning I am going to answer some of your questions in a blog post.

This post is going to be about digital photos. What do I offer, what are they all about, what's the best option, etc.

What I offer

I have three options for digital photos: personalized apps, online galleries, and USBs. Every single one of these items will have the watermarked photos.

Personalized Apps

These are apps you can get on any smart phone or device. It is sent to you through an email and you can download it to your phone or tablets. It won't take up any storage on your phone and can be used with or with out wi-fi and won't take any of your data. These come up to 20 of your favorite photos.

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Online Galleries

This is what will get sent to you when you get to see your photographs. The only difference is that these will be able to be downloaded. This will be all of your session photos.

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USBs

I have a few options on sizes, one that can hold 20 photos and the other that can hold 50. These are great for gifts, or to be able to share easily on multiple computers. The USBs are wood and will have a photo from the session on it as well.

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To see the latest prices you can check it out on the Sessions & Products page.

Now, which one should you choose?

Now to choose which is the best option really is based off of your personal preference. Are you one to share more photos on the computer but are not sure about internet access? Then go with a USB. If you know there will be internet access, the online gallery is a great option. If you want to just have it on your phone or tablet for easy access, go with the app.

I chose to get a few different options because not everyone is on the same field when it comes to technology. If I want to send something to one grandparent, I may choose to do the online gallery, but I would want the app to show to my friends. For my parents, I would do the online gallery so I can easily download them on to their computer to view. It is all based on what the circumstances are.