Having your photos taken can be a stressful affair, especially as they usually happen around important events such as engagements, weddings and family gatherings. We chatted with the stunningly talented Edmonton-based Sam Prantoomporn of Iawar Photography (and Alberta BoostR supporter) for his tips from behind the lens. Here’s how to make the most of your photojournalistic session for wow-inducing shots you’ll want to hang above the fireplace.
Decide on a style:
Sam Pratoomporn from Iawar Photography recommends doing your research to ensure the right fit. “While it might seem like getting your uncle to shoot the wedding is a good deal, you aren’t likely to get the shots you want”. Get ideas from Pinterest, look through portfolios, and be picky. Most couples agree the day is a blur, so your album will be the tangible storytelling of all the memories you were too tired to imprint.
Even though it might seem crazy far away, photographers book up fast, especially those in demand with a talent like Sam’s. Sam recommends to book your session at least a year in advance for large shoots (ie. weddings) and no later than 6 months for engagements or portraits. This allows to to have your pick, but also more time to plan your vision.
Decide on your style:
Your hairstyle is one of the details that informs your photography vision: do you want soft, romantic and outdoorsy; or classic structured glam? Include your hairstyle inspirations on the Pinterest board you show your photographer, then start the conversation early with your hairstylist about what prep needs to take place to achieve your desired look.
Get great skin:
Even in the age of Photoshop, having a breakout on shoot day can take a toll on your confidence. Take steps now by developing a solid skin care routine for your skin type. Did you know that there are products specifically formulated to combat the effects of stress? At-home treats that mimic spa offerings? Don’t forget the body! Depending on the style of your dress, your shoulders, chest and upper back might be on display.
Prep and shine:
Shine your brightest on the big day. Let the camera capture the best version of you. Get toned and glowing skin with Prtty Peaushun or Caudalie Divine Legs that capture the light and make you shine (in a good way – no glitter here). Let your makeup show off the best you and last through a 12 hour photoshoot by booking a lesson (if the party’s out of town, you might need to apply it yourself) or having the pros do the job the day of.