Preparing for Your Portrait Shoot, Part 1: Hair

Every client who books a session with us gets a magazine-look Style Guide to preparing for their photoshoot. To make the information accessible to everyone (who doesn't like knowing how to look their best?),  we will be featuring this guide on our blog in a four-part series. If you would like to receive the whole Style Guide for free, sign up for our newsletter (in the right sidebar) and you will be emailed a copy as a gift! 

Below are some of our favorite tips to looking amazing in your photos. Feel free to follow - or skip - any and all that apply to you! 


As soon as you confirm the date of your photoshoot, book an appointment with your hairstylist. The best time to get your roots touched up is about a week before your shoot; three days, if you hightlight your hair. Beautiful hair is one of the most important parts of your photos and while our stylist will make wonders with it, there is not much we can do if you have three inches of regrowth. Plus, you will feel much better! If you normally color your hair yourself, follow your usual routine a few days before your shoot. 


While we understand the desire to change things up every once in a while, now is not the time for a drastic change! If you are planning on making a major change with your hair (such as going from blonde highlights to fiery red or chopping off more than a few inches), do it at least a few weeks to up to two months before your shoot. You want to feel like yourself in your photos, and two weeks might not be enough time for you hairstylist to tone back a color you are not so fond of after all. 


Regardless of whether you color your hair or not, get a good trim! Not only will you lose those unsightly dead ends, 
particularly shorter haircuts look great after a shapeup! If you are thinking about wearing your hair straight (if you have a short bob, for example) you should defi- nitely get a fresh cut the week before your appointment. 


Thoroughly wash (two rounds of shampoo) and lightly condition your hair the night before. Let it airdry without any product unless you have bangs or a particularly difficut hair pattern (whorl or cowlick) in the bang area. In those circumstances, blowdry your hair the way you normally would. Our stylist will either curl your hair or wet your hair for a blowdry. If your hair is fairly short (chin-length or shorter), you can wash your hair the morning of your photoshoot and come with damp hair for a blowdry. 


Before you arrive at your photoshoot, spend some time looking at our website and thinking about how you’d like to wear your hair. Our most popular style is definitely curls - both tighter, more glamourous curls, and beachy, relaxed ones - but our stylist can also straighten your hair, give you a bouncy blowdry, a vintage style, or an updo! For a less traditional style (such as fingerwaves or an elaborate updo), let us know ahead of time so we can leave more time for styling and assure that we have all the styling supplies needed. We want you to be absolutely, head-over-heels in love with your hair!


Bangor, Maine | Luxury Portrait Shoot: Tammie

I was so excited to photograph Tammie! She is a powerful, confident, and kind woman who brought such wonderful, calm energy into the studio. I did Tammie's makeup and our hair stylist Monique gave her a beautiful, relaxed curl. We photographed Tammie in a variety of outfits but in the end, she loved herself in blue the most! And why wouldn't she - it suits her beautiful freckles and her rich, red hair so well. We will be seeing more of her next month because she is coming back with her daughter for a Mother & Daughter photoshoot! 

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 bangor maine portrait photographer

Bangor, Maine | Magazine-Style Portrait Session: Casey

The goal of getting your portrait taken is to virtually freeze a moment in time. As poetic as that sounds, many times photographs do not just freeze the moment, they also preserve the era in which it happened for eternity. Your Grandmother's 1940's portrait has a certain style - as does your high school yearbook photo (mine features two braids, awful bangs, and a plastic choker necklace; can you picture it?) 

The idea behind the type of portraiture I create is to stick to the timeless basics: beautiful hair and makeup, simple outfits, clean editing style. I want your light to shine through, unobstructed. I want your kids and grandkids to have a beautiful portrait of you that shows your beauty and your personality without showing the signs of the time period in which it was. We keep it simple. We keep it stunning. We keep it truly timeless. 

 bangor maine portrait photographer
 bangor maine portrait photographer
bangor maine portrait photographer

Blast from the Past: Kara

Photographing Kara was a huge step for me. I had just started dabbling in family and child photography earlier in 2012, yet I knew my ultimate goal was magazine-style portraiture. However, I was shy and I had no idea how to direct clients. At all. My process was basic: I picked the place and helped choose an outfit, but when it came to actually photographing someone, I could not direct beyond some basic suggestions ("stand over here and look this way").

Kara is obviously beautiful and actually has great natural movement, which was the only reason I could get some nice shots of her back then. She was such a good sport, too! We drove to a battlefield near Fredericksburg, VA and parked near a field. In retrospect, I did a terrible job using all the great colors and spaces that were available nearby - but, again, live and learn. What I did learn that day was that trying new things is important in life and that fear is a terrible reason not to follow your dreams. Since then, I have photographed many women and my ability to direct them has gotten much better but had I not taken the first step that day, I would probably still be just as non-assertive as I was back then.