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Style Guide Model Session at Lake Louisa State Park

July 24, 2018

Filed in: Portraits

This week is a personal blog! Well, kind of. The session is personal and the two beauties you’ll see were handpicked to model for my style guide! If you are one of my clients, I’m sure you’ve seen the text version of my guide. If you are not a current client, what are you waiting for???

To catch you up, one of the perks of being in the Haleigh Nicole Family is that you receive a style guide for every session! This guide helps you choose your location and what to wear. I have the worst outfit luck for myself, so I understand the stress and pressure to find the perfect outfit for your session. This guide takes away that stress! Now, it has pictures too, thanks to my lovely clients over the past year, and my dear friends, Cerriah and Tamir!

Below, you will find a few quick tips from my guide to get you started with your session!

Selecting the Right Location

The location of your portrait session is up to you! For most of my sessions, outdoor, open- air environments are always my first choice. I love shooting in wide-open natural spaces because the light is divine, especially during golden hour. There are great options all around the state, so even if you’ve never seen me photograph in a specific spot before, I’m always up for exploring a new spot with you!


Styling your Session

Want your photos to look more editorial? Bring a little extra something with you! Fresh flowers bring an extra “wow” factor to just about everything, especially when they’re attached to something else, like a bicycle basket, tree swing, tent, picnic basket, balloons or car bumper. Whether you want to incorporate larger items like classic cars or bikes, or smaller ones like blankets or hats, even planning for just one extra styled item could be a fun way to make your session more unique.


Choosing Colors

When choosing colors for your outfits, I recommend selecting softer, lighter tones and more muted shades. By avoiding ultra-bright, bold colors, it will help bring all the attention to your faces and let the eye focus on the way you feel about each other. The camera loves shades of soft pink and muted blues, mixed with sophisticated light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown and white. That softer color palette fits beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments.


Coordinating the Crew

As you’re coordinating your outfit with your family, keep in mind that your outfits will look the most cohesive on camera when the color palette and wardrobe pieces coordinate, but don’t actually “match.” In fact, I recommend that you avoid thinking about “matching,” and instead think about what “fits” together. This will create more visual interest, and allow each personality to shine through.


Want to learn more? Schedule your next session today and receive your FREE style guide!

Haleigh Nicole Photography Style Guide | Cerriah + Tamir


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