SUSAN JENSEN | Cape Cod Photographer
Portrait Session Details
Expressions, personality, smiles and love: that's what I see behind the lens and what I want to capture in your photographs! I shoot exclusively on location, using natural light. Sometimes I use portable off-camera lighting as well. Late spring through fall are the most comfortable options - and comfort is key for a fabulous photograph! Choose a favorite location, whether it be a park, the beach, an urban area or your own backyard. I can offer suggestions, too! Sessions should be scheduled for mornings or late afternoons for the best lighting.
What should we wear?
Comfortable is best! Your photos will look timeless if you keep it simple. My suggestion is to coordinate without matching perfectly. Avoid lots of patterns and logos, and bring a change of clothes for variety. Pintrest is a great resource! Adults look best in casual clothing like jeans, khakis, shorts or sundresses. Children look great in simple colorful clothes (and bare feet is always an option)! For large families I recommend choosing general color scheme that is easy for everyone to follow, such as blue and green. Another option is to choose a main neutral, a secondary neutral and then a color. Neutrals include navy, any shade of gray, white and khaki.
For high school senior portraits mid tone or darker colors work well. Black, blue, brown, red, burgundy, purple and gray are especially nice. Avoid white or green as generally they don't work as well in an outdoor setting. Bring another outfit or two, even if it's just another shirt or sweater. Also, for the ladies bring a brush and lipstick, even if it's a light shade to bring out your lips.
For family sessions make sure everyone is well rested and well fed. If you have daughters, bring a hair brush and hair clips in case it's a windy day. Bribery snacks are fine, but avoid Goldfish crackers that stick in teeth, chocolate that makes a mess, and gummies that take time to chew. Smarties are perfect.
For head shots plain colors are your best choice as patterns distract and date your photo. Small prints are okay if you want a more comfortable look. Choose mid-tone colors in blue, green, wine and purple because they are universally flattering. Avoid cream, beige, pastels, peach and yellow as they will blend your face into your clothes. And avoid bright orange and red unless you are feeling super confident! Chocolate, navy, maroon and forest green are nice choices. Choose a top that accentuates your eyes! That's why jewel tones work so well.
For women a modest V-neck is universally flattering because it lengthens the neck. Fine to medium gauge knits work well because they introduce a textural interest. If you wear a jacket you can wear a collarless top to keep the neckline simple and sleek, or add pop with a contemporary print. Crisply ironed shirts by themselves frame the face beautifully.