7 ways I help my clients prep for a session

I like to help my clients every step along the way of my process. I like to think of it as a "personal assistant" to make this as easy as possible. Today, I am sharing the 7 ways how I do this with all of you!

1.  I offer a complimentary consultation.

A consultation is when I will talk with you to see if we are a good fit for each other before you even book a session. I want to answer all of your questions before you pay me any money. 

2. Sending emails that give your plenty of links of resources & references.

Once you book with me, I will help you every step of the way. This includes giving you links to resources I have created to make this as easy as possible for you.

3. Giving you a vendor list.

I can surely take your photographs, but I am not as great as doing hair and makeup and helping make props. This vendor list will help you do just that, point you in a direction that can help you out! 

4. Links to blogs posts!

I try to blog as much information as I can to everyone! I will send you links to blog posts that I think will help you out! Or you can always just browse them to find ones you are looking for. 

5. Easy ways to schedule your session, consultation, & viewing party.

I just send you a link to look at times that work best for you! This way, you can see my calendar and it's not back and forth emailing to come up with a time. You are in control.

6. Pinterest boards!

I have lots to help you that will have links to clothes, posing, hair/makeup tips, etc. There is a world of resources available and I am here to guide you to them!

7. A peace of mind.

There are so many things in life that are stressful and your session shouldn't be one of them. I offer you a peace of mind and help make this process as easy as I can for you. I want to make you feel confident going into the session and excited to have your photos taken. 

Thank you so much for reading! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below!

Kaytee Lorentzen | Owner & Photographer

How to Prepare for a Session

The last thing I want is a stressed out client on the day of the photo session. I want to share some quick tips to help you all when it comes to making this day easy.

My goal is to make this a fun, relaxing experience. The tips below will allow you to have the best possible session. Remember, no single session is perfect, and it doesn't have to be! As long as you're having fun, that's all that matters. 

1.What do I wear? 

The key for deciding on outfits is coordination. No, I'm not talking about matching (please get rid of the matching white t-shirts with jeans photos idea out of your head!) but picking out a complimentary color palate. My favorite look is finding neutrals and then adding a pop of color. 

Don't be afraid to go with patterns, but beware, too many patterns can overtake a photo! We want the pictures to highlight your face, not your clothing!

Accessorizing and filling in your outfit also will make the photos pop. 
Last but not least, be comfortable. If you're not used to wearing 5" stilettos, don't do it!

2. Make it your own.

Your photos should be as unique as you are. I encourage you to add any element of "you" that you'd like! Whether it's props or going back to a place that is special to you,  your family or your significant other.

3. Relax!

Getting your picture taken shouldn't be stressful. The good news is that you're dealing with a laid-back photographer. I'll guide you through the entire session. My goal is to make you as comfortable as possible. Heck, even bring a six-pack if you want (21 and older obviously!). 

4. Get in close.

My favorite pictures are the ones where you can "feel the love",  so-to-speak. I'll probably tell you multiple times at your session to "get in close, closer". It's all about feeling the connection between people in the pictures. And remember, not everyone has to be looking at the camera at the same time. As long as you're together and showing each other love, that's alright with me. 

5. Have fun.

This is really the most important part about the photo sessions. Let loose a little bit because a little fun and laughter really brings out your personalities and makes for some awesome pictures.

If you have little kids in the photo, let them play and be themselves! Telling them to "say cheese for the lady!" isn't the best way to capture those cute little smiles and giggles! 

Don't be afraid to play with your children and each other; show me how you interact at home and in real life- toss them in air (a great job for Dad!), tickle them or give them relentless kisses! Interacting with each other and coaxing those smiles out naturally will make for the best photos and will allow them to be genuinely happy. 

So relax, goof-off a bit and let yourself have a good time!

Some final words of wisdom...

*Give yourself plenty of time to get ready. Rushing to the session will most likely result in a rushed feeling during the session!

*Make sure your kiddos (and you) are well-rested. Avoid scheduling your session around naptime or bedtime. 

*Don't come hungry! This could make for some cranky adults; or worse...cranky toddlers...

*If you do have children, consider bringing a favorite toy or even a small snack to keep them happy and full!

*Last but not least... remember that I'm an everyday person that takes pictures of everyday people :)

(Thanks to Holen Photography for the exact words I want to speak!)

3 things you should always have with you during a session

I always get the question of "what should I bring to my session?" As I am always prepared for anything, I bring WAY too much stuff for anything. If I am going away to my parent's house for the weekend, I have three full bags of stuff I bring. (I know, I am very excessive on that). So I thought I would make a little list of things you should bring with you.

  1. A small, handheld mirror - This is to check your teeth and hair. You know how you want your hair to look in these photos and so I always suggest to bring something to look in so you can have it how you want. With that, you can bring a brush or hairspray. For your teeth, either bring floss or a small toothbrush (like the travel ones) to get anything off you were not expecting to have there. 
  2. A small travel size sewing set and scissors - I know plenty of times when I go somewhere and all of a sudden there is a really annoying extra string or a button is falling off. A small, travel size sewing kit and a pair of scissors go a long way with that. 
  3. Water - Always stay hydrated. If you want to bring a small snack too to keep your blood sugar up go ahead with that as well. I would rather you be carrying your bottles of water around than getting dehydrated. 

If you bring these few things with you, then you can make sure to have a better session. It's all about being prepared and you will worry a little bit less. 

6 Tips to Prepare for a Session

You have a session booked and the date is approaching quickly. Before you know it, it's here. Are you prepared for your session? Here are some of my top tips to help you prepare for a photography session (especially with me).

Tip #1: Let your personality shine!
Show your personality through your clothes and accessories. You don't need to wear the same colors or the same outfit just because of this event. You want to be as diverse as you are in person. Be true to you as well as play off of one another's outfits. 

Tip #2: Make sure you know your location.
Chose the location before you pick your outfits. That way you can chose a comfortable outfit for your surroundings. Don't be wearing your heels if you are planning on doing a little bit of hiking. You will not be happy about it later. 

Tip #3: Come up with some ideas of what you want from your session.
I will have some ideas on what to do for your session based off of what you have told me in your consultation, but I love client input. Not only do you get a direct say the day of the session, it also helps the client have a better time at the session. One session I did recently was pretty much up to the couple. I showed them around the grounds of a winery and they took it from there for the most part. It was almost entirely posed by them, all I did was adjust any little things. 

Tip #4: Read my emails/Check out my Pinterest Boards.
I send out some emails before your session to help you prepare for the session. I want to make sure I answer any questions that you have beforehand and put your mind at ease. Also, there are lots of ideas and tips in my Pinterest Page boards where you are more than welcome to look at before hand to help give your own creative juices flowing. 

Tip #5: Have fun!
This may seem silly, but I want you to have fun at your session. No one wants to see pictures of people who look grumpy or not happy to be there. You wanted these photographs taken because you wanted to show off your family, significant other, pet, children, etc. to the world. Be happy about it. You love them for a reason and want to cherish not only this moment with them, but all moments. Plus, I tend to snap those candid pictures, and everyone loves those more than the posed ones any day, because of the genuine love and happiness there is.

Tip #6: Ask questions.
If you are wondering something that hasn't been addressed or you just happen to forget if it was 1pm or 1:30pm you were supposed to be at location XY&Z, ask. I do not mind answering your questions. Not only does that put your ease at mind, it also helps me learn what I need to be answering up front and if I need to correct how I present things. 

Thank you,
Kaytee Lorentzen
Owner | Kaytee Lorentzen Photography