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Picture People makes the story of your life more colorful because our photos are unique to you. And the more creative input we have from you, the more personalized your photo session. Of course, when marking milestones, it never hurts to have a little inspiration. So select any category for some simple tips to help prepare for your session. In fact, bring along some make up so you can get in the picture and focus on yourself for a change.

Babies & Children

Schedule your session during your child’s upbeat time of day, after feeding or naps, when he or she is ready to light up the camera room with smiles. But be open-minded: often a frown or even a sleeping baby make for great photographs. The goal is to capture a variety of expressions. Something from your workplace or dad’s could make for a cute pose. Cook up another idea with pots and pans.

Wardrobe is easy. Just choose colors that reflect the season. For example, bright greens, yellows and pinks are best for summertime photos. It helps if different kids’ outfits in a photograph blend together. Try various shades of one color or colors that complement one another. But avoid overpowering patterns if they’ll be photographed in a group.

You may even want to view our backdrops and plan the outfits to coordinate.

Adding Personal Touches

Any Hollywood director will tell you that props make the picture. So bring items from home to make your child feel more comfortable and add a personal touch. Maybe it’s a favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy. If it’s a 1st birthday photo session, our cameras love to see a fully decorated birthday cake or cupcakes. You could even dress a stuff animal in the clothes your child wore as a newborn.

Things To Bring

  • A pacifier to calm fussy baby
  • Pots & pans
  • Favorite blanket
  • Stuffed animals/toys
  • Ballet shoes
  • Workplace items
  • Necktie/necklace
  • Birthday cake & party favors
  • Magic wand
  • Small snacks for the kids
  • Child’s favorite songs

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Family

You can easily turn your photography session into a family affair. Use it to mark a special occasion, like mom and dad’s anniversary. Or celebrate a family member’s military service by bringing a uniform or even a flag. Brothers and sisters always brighten up a camera room when they clown around. So bring along some family games. The goal is to capture a variety of expressions.

Choosing the right outfits

For families, wardrobe is easy. Start by choosing colors that reflect the season. And don’t shy away from accessories like hats and scarves. These portraits can be more formal if you so desire or completely casual with kids wearing sports jerseys. Imagine the whole family wearing their pajamas. Bring multiple outfits so you can create some fun interaction.

You may even want to view our backdrops and plan the outfits to coordinate.

Adding Personal Touches

Props make the picture. So for your session, bring items from home that’ll make your family feel more comfortable and add a personal touch to the photograph. A vase full of flowers is a great way to freshen up a session. Bring along some toys they played with as tots. Maybe your teenager can hold her favorite stuffed animal. And don’t forget a bandanna for your photogenic pooch.

Things To Bring

  • Fresh flowers
  • Family pet
  • Pajamas
  • Hats & Scarves
  • Fun games
  • Childhood toys
  • Generational mementos
  • Military pins, medals
  • Multiple outfits 

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Maternity

If you want to be photographed during pregnancy, plan your session for the time of day you feel your brightest. If you’ll be posing with a newborn or toddler, schedule it during your child’s upbeat time of day, after feeding or naps, so he or she is ready to light up the camera room with smiles. But be open-minded: often a frown or even a sleeping baby make for great photographs.

Choosing the right outfits

Wardrobe is easy. Expectant mothers often photograph best in form-fitting, button down, collared shirts. If babies are part of the picture, wear colors that complement their clothes. Just avoid overpowering patterns. And feel free to bring along multiple outfits to provide the best variety of photos.

Adding personal touches

Props make the picture. So bring items from home that’ll make you feel more comfortable and add a personal touch. Maybe booties you wore as an infant, pink or blue ribbons, an ultra sound photo or even a marker to write on your belly. Bring a special gift from the soon-to-be grandparents. Or show the expectant father pushing a stroller - anything to help tell your story.

Things To Bring

  • Booties
  • Pink & blue ribbons
  • Ultra sound photos
  • Stroller
  • Diapers
  • Hanging mobile
  • Grandparents’ gifts
  • Button-down, collared shirt
  • Multiple outfits 

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Couples

You don’t need a special occasion to be photographed with the one you love. But new photos are a great way to celebrate engagements or anniversaries – from first dates to first decades. Schedule your session like you’re planning a date. Follow it up with dinner and a movie. The point is, have fun. The more romantic your experience, the more heartfelt the expressions in your photographs.

Choosing the right outfits

For couples, wardrobe is easy. Choose colors that reflect the season. But think about what makes you both feel comfortable, romantic and light-hearted. Many couples bring attire they’ve shared together – like concert t-shirts. Others have fun with matching outfits. But avoid patterns that might clash with one another.

Props make the picture. So bring items that’ll make you and your significant other feel more comfortable and add a personal touch to the photograph. Have a treasured keepsake like a menu from a first date? Bring it on! Or perhaps it’s a memento from a grandparent, a souvenir from your first vacation together. Even better, think of something that’ll add humor - like a ball and chain, for example.

Things To Bring

  • Engagement ring
  • Concert t-shirts
  • First date menu
  • Vacation souvenirs
  • Candle sticks
  • Nostalgic hats
  • Fake mustache
  • Ball & Chain
  • Vase of fresh flowers
  • Matching outfits 

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Graduation

Students graduate around the same time of year, so it’s always a good idea to plan early. Plus, you’ll want your session somewhat near graduation day so that the excitement of one of this milestone is apparent in the photographs. But remember, we’ll also take those special graduation photos you want to send out to friends and family, so you may want to plan your session well in advance.

Choosing the right outfits

Graduation wardrobe? It’s a cinch: cap and gown. But you can also bring along other related attire. For example, wear a letter jacket or even a prom dress (if you’re a girl, that is). Will parents be part of the picture? Have them wear colors that complement the star of the show. Let the graduate be photographed with a group of classmates. And feel free to bring plenty of other clothes for variety.

Adding personal touches

Props make the picture. So bring items from home that’ll make your graduate feel more comfortable and add a personal touch to the photographs. Have any trophies and honors, a sports jersey or uniform, even senior portraits? Class rings also make the grade, as do homecoming keepsakes, anything with school colors musical instruments, books or items from your time at school.

Things To Bring

  • Cap & gown
  • Trophies
  • Yearbooks
  • Homecoming keepsakes
  • Musical instrument
  • Sports equipment
  • Musical instrument
  • Multiple outfits
  • First date menu
  • Vacation souvenirs
  • Vase of fresh flowers
  • Matching outfits 

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Sports & Activities

Schedule your session during the early part of the season and on a day when football or volleyball practice isn’t taking place. Photographing several team members together is always a fun experience that leads to a variety of great expressions and playfulness between the teammates.

Choosing the right outfits

Not surprisingly, sporty attire is great for these photos. Uniforms are always a plus. But if it’s too much to suit up in football gear, a simple jersey with blue jeans works just fine. Cheerleading outfits can also pep up any picture. Helmets and other gear added to street clothes often make for a nice contrast. But feel free to bring along multiple outfits for variety.

Props make the picture. So bring any items from home that’ll make your team members feel more comfortable and add a personal touch to the photograph. Maybe it’s a class mascot; a football, soccer ball or tennis rackets. Often a school pennant or older photographs of other accomplished athletes in the family make for interesting, memorable photos.

Things To Bring

  • Team jerseys
  • Sports gear
  • Helmets
  • Tennis racket
  • School mascot
  • Football, basketball, soccer ball
  • Colorful pennants
  • Old sports photos
  • Trophies
  • Yearbooks 

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Religious & Special Occasions

It helps to schedule Christening, Baptism, First Communion or Quinceañera photo sessions as close to the big day as possible. That way, the formal attire for the respective occasion will look its best. Have other family members pose in these photographs, especially mom. Remember, these make great photo cards to send out for the holidays.

Choosing the right outfits

Many religious occasions tend to require formal attire – usually white or ivory colors for dresses and black for suits or tuxedos. However, if other family members will be photographed with main subject, special care should be taken to choose complementary colors that don’t steal the show.

Adding personal touches

Props make the picture. In this case, a rosary or other prayer beads, a cross, or anything personalized. Perhaps you have a sentimental item passed down from a grandparent, brother or sister. Bring any items from home that’ll make your subjects feel more comfortable and add a personal touch to the photograph.

Things To Bring

  • Rosary
  • Prayer items
  • A cross
  • Sentimental items
  • Christening clothes
  • Personal Bibles
  • Holiday ornaments
  • Family mementos
  • More formal attire 

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Pets

Dogs and cats are part of the family, too. And having photographs made with them can be great fun. It’s always a good idea to feed Fido and take him on a quick walk before your session so he’s relaxed and ready for his close up. But be open-minded: if he’s not in the mood to roll over or shake hands, a sleeping pooch often makes for great photographs.

Choosing the right doggone sweater or cat suit

If your pet wears sweaters or t-shirts, by all means, bring this attire to your session. Funny sayings on pet clothes are always a nice touch. And feel free to bring along his favorite pillow from the sofa, that chew toy that has seen better days, even the pair of socks he always manages to sneak out of the bedroom.

Adding personal touches

Pet props make the picture. So bring any items from home that’ll make your furry friend feel more comfortable and add a personal touch. Maybe it’s a squeaky toy to get attention, a hat box or similar for your cat to sit in, or a picture of the kids to place nearyour dog’s head. And for the holidays, nothing looking better on your little elf/hound than Santa’s cap.

 Things To Bring

  •  Chew toy
  • Practiced pet tricks
  • Pillow from sofa
  • Giant dog bone
  • Hat box
  • Bowties & ribbons
  • Catnip/ball of yarn
  • Picture of your kids
  • Practiced pet tricks
  • Santa cap

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