Professional Portrait Photography

Contemporary Portrait Information

Willow Belle boutique studio is an indoor space flooded with flattering natural light, minimizing the need to use harsh flash. Owner and principal photographer Angela works closely with professional hair and makeup artists to help you shine.

Makeup and hair will take 1 – 1.5 hours per person, during which time we will discuss clothes, accessory ideas and the approach to your contemporary new image.

The photography shoot will take between 2 and 3 hours.

Prior to arriving at the photography session there are a few things you need to do to think about and prepare.

Clothing

  • Your outfits are very important to the final look of your images, so it is important to feel comfortable in the clothes you wear for the shoot. We will do three to four changes, but please bring five or more outfits, as sometimes the outfit you think would be best isn’t the outfit you feel like wearing on the day.
  • The clothing you choose needs to represent the look/s you would like to have in your photos, see some tips below.
  • It is imperative to iron your clothes prior to arriving. We do not have ironing facilities  and un-ironed clothes are obvious to the camera.

Tips for clothing choices:

Women

  • Bring outfits that you love to wear. We also have some clothing in the studio for your use on the day.
  • Bring a variety of outfits – casual, glam – looks you wear with confidence.
  • A great pair of jeans teamed with white or black singlet tops are classic staples that photograph well
  •  If you want to cover your arms, capped sleeved tops are flattering.
  •  Plain coloured shirts photograph the best. White shirts are great, but blend in with a white background. A darker coloured jacket over the top works well.
  • Accessories can really enhance your look and show a part of your personality. Please bring along any jewellery, scarves, hats or any other items that are special to you. We also have accessories in the studio.
  • Great fitting underwear can make or break an image. A well fitted bra gives fantastic shape and bust line. If you have a strapless top, bring a strapless bra, and the same goes for white top, white bra…etc.
  • Portraiture doesn’t usually focus on shoes, but if you have a pair you just LOVE and want them included, then bring them in and we will work them into your images.

Men

  • Plain coloured shirts photograph the best. White shirts are great, but blend in with a white background. A darker coloured jacket over the top works well. Subtle striped/pattern shirts can look great as well.
  • Accessories can really enhance your look and show a part of your personality. Please bring along any jewellery, jackets, sports coats or any other items that are relevant.

Hair/Makeup

  • Wash your hair the night before (hair washed on the morning drops out quickly). Please leave it product free on the day.
  •  To prepare your face, wash and moisturise as you would normally. Do not apply any foundation, tinted moisturiser or mineral make-ups.
  • If you have any allergies to any hair/make-up products please advise us PRIOR to the shoot day, so we can cater for your needs accordingly.

Other

  • If you are getting a spray tan please ensure this is completed at least 2 days prior to the photo shoot.
  • If you are having your haircut or coloured please complete at least one week prior to your shoot.
  • Eyebrows can shape your face, if you are planning on getting an eyebrow wax, please do at least 2-3 days prior to the shoot.
  • Hands can often be seen in photos, so moisturize and prepare them beforehand.

And finally…

  • As part of your pampering experience, we provide hot and cold drinks and light refreshments, however you are welcome to bring your own. If you have any allergies please let us know. However we advise you to have a filling breakfast beforehand to sustain you during the session.
  • Please aim to be at the studio 15 minutes prior to your photo shoot. This way you arrive settled, relaxed and ready to shine. We want you to look fabulous not flustered!
  •  If you have appropriate images which inspire you for your own shoot, bring them along – we are happy to explore new directions.
  • Last of all…get a good night’s sleep and drink plenty of water. (adding a slice of lemon is known as a ‘natural botox’!!)

All we ask of you now is to have fun and be yourself…we’ll do the rest!

“Inner beauty, too, needs occasionally to be told it is beautiful”

~Robert Brault

Contact Willow Belle for Professional Portrait Photography

Let us provide you with an experience and photos you will love.

Willow Belle Portraits
Shop 29, Truman Ave,
Cromer NSW 2099

Tuesday to Saturday by appointment only
02 9984 9095

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