Preparing For Your Photoshoot - Donald Jin Photography

What to Wear
■ Wear clothes that expresses who you are and that you feel comfortable wearing.

■ Your photo shoot is not the time to experiment with new fashion (or makeup or hair style).

■ Avoid sleeveless, stripes, plaids or anything clothing with letters or big logos.

■ Solids generally photograph better than busy patterns.

■ Don't forget scarves, hats, jackets, sweaters, sunglasses, etc. These are easy to put on and off for a quick change of style.

■ You can bring as many clothes as you want but be aware, you may have to change in your car or makeshift dressing rooms in public restrooms.

■ Heels, pumps and boots are all great as long as they go with your outfit. Plain flats and sandals can work if you mix them with the right outfits. Avoid flip-flops if possible.



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Hair

You may want to bring hair spray, clips, pins, and whatever else needed to keep your hair out of your eyes, especially if it’s windy. Also bring a brush and mirror for quick hair touch-ups.

Consider tying your hair back for a quick and easy different look.


Makeup

Don't overdo it, but a makeup well done is one of the best preparations you can make for your session. It evens out skin tones and reduce glares and shiny spots.

Makeup should only be slightly heavier than normal. Mascara should be clean and not clumpy.

Avoid makeup with SPF because it tends to create a shine. Summer shine can be controlled by using translucent powder that knocks out shine without adding additional color.

Don't experiment with new makeup style for this photo shoot!


Jewelry

■ Keep it simple. Anything too big or shiny will be distracting and take the focus away from you.

Simple necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, hair accessories are ok as long as they are not too distracting. If in doubt, bring them and we can decide together.


Glasses

■ Most eye glasses will cause glare. Avoid them if you can.

■ Sunglasses are ok as accessories for few shots but your eyes are the most important part of your portrait. Don't hide them!

Complexion

■ If you have uneven complexion, makeup helps a lot here, but your final portraits will be retouched to make you look your best.

Acne, scratches, bug bites, stray makeup, lipstick stain on teeth, and other temporary blemishes will be removed unless you request otherwise.


Braces

Try not to worry about them. Give a natural smile and enjoy yourself. A good smile with braces is far better than the awkward smile that comes when you try to hide them.


Birthmarks, Scars, Tattoos and such

If you would like to have permanent marks such as scars, birthmarks, tattoos, or body piercing removed, please make sure to let me know before the shoot.


Undergarments

Please make sure the colors of your undergarment coordinate well with your outfits and don’t show through your clothing.

■ If you need a strapless, please bring one to your session. Tucking or moving straps will not always work or give the most pleasing look.

Check ahead of time to ensure that undergarments don’t leave unpleasing lines underneath your clothing. These are hard to Photoshop out.


Finger & Toe Nails

If you paint your nails, make sure they are done well for your session.

■ Chipped nail polish will show and be a distraction.

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For the Guys

Here are couple of additional suggestions just for the guys…

Be sure to groom or shave before the photoshoot. Stubble retouching takes time and never looks as good as a close shave, unless you are going for that look.

A dress suit with a tie has been the standard for years and I still recommend it. If you want to wear only a dress shirt and tie, wear a solid colored shirt. White shirts are ok but they look best under a jacket. School logo is ok if you want to show that off, otherwise, stay away from logos.

Weather

If it rains, we will reschedule but the ideal weather for a photo shoot is a cloudy day.

I usually stay on top of the weather before our shoot and contact you if we need to reschedule.


If you want to discuss your wardrobe ideas or have questions, please contact Don at  photo@donaldjin.com

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