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It's normal to have questions. The following is a list of our most asked questions along with some tips to help your session go as smoothly as possible. If you still have questions after reading this or need assistance, we're just a phone call (608-738-2412) or an e-mail (jaimie.sullivan@yahoo.com) away.

What should I wear?

The more clothes you bring the better. We may not use them all, but we'll work together to choose the ones that go best with the backgrounds and themes you like. If at all possible, try to bring two changes of a solid color, long-sleeved shirt or sweater. Long sleeved solid, dark colors are great for yearbook photos and create a nice, rich look.

It's always a great idea to accessorize as well! Hats, scarves, jewelry, boots, jackets, belts, and coats make stylish additions to your outfits that will really make your portraits stand out from everyone else's. Don't feel embarrassed or self conscious to bring something unique. We recommend that you assemble at least one outfit that represents something you might not usually wear! Be colorful. Be a little crazy. Be fashionable. This is your time to shine, so enjoy your time in front of the camera!

This is also a great time to get your family and friends involved in the senior portrait process. Take them shopping with you and ask for their opinions as you put together your outfits. Above all else though, be your own fashion editor! Choose different styles, colors, and textures of clothing to make your portraits "POP."

Do you want a variety of looks and background choices? If so, then remember that your pictures can represent all seasons and doesn't have to represent the actual weather forecast at the time. Bring in an assortment of spring, summer, winter, and fall choices to make sure you get the images you've always dreamed of!!

What can I bring?

Jaimie's photography is unique because she works hard to bring out your personality. Bring your favorite hats, musical instruments, pets, sunglasses, wheels, uniforms, sports equipment, posters, pennants, teddy bears, hunting equipment, skateboards, and collectibles. Whatever you decide to bring in, we'll find a way to incorporate it into your session. These props will help visually define who you are and will make your session different from all others. Whatever you come with, we'll create something that's unique and great for you!

Can I bring someone with me to my session?

Of course! Most seniors find it more comfortable and relaxing to bring Mom, Dad, a sibling, or a friend with them to their session. This is a special event for your entire family, so it's something that we encourage parents to be a part of as well.

How do I get the images I want?

If you have any specific ideas, please share them with us when you schedule your session. You are also encouraged to e-mail us any theme or image you like, and we'll try our best to "recreate it." It's not uncommon for people to cut out pictures from a magazine and bring them to their session.

More than anything, Jaimie wants to make sure you get senior portraits you'll love. She works hard to capture a variety of expressions and moods, so let us know what you want, and we'll try our hardest to deliver them for you.

What if it rains or there is bad weather?

If you want an outdoor shoot, we are truly at the mercy of Mother Nature. Do not worry if it rains on your scheduled session day. If the weather looks questionable, please give us a call the day of your shoot, so we'll work together to discuss things and figure out a "gameplan" for your session. The day doesn't have to be a complete loss because we can always do your indoor images.

What about my yearbook photos?

Your yearbook photo is FREE with any package you select, and we'll take care of sending it to your school for you. Just make sure you get us your yearbook advisers contact information as well as the deadline, and we'll make sure it's delivered on time. It's always a good idea to double check with your adviser just to ensure your image has arrived on time.

Any suggestions for makeup?

We advise you wear your makeup in your normal style. Simply apply it a little heavier than normal. Try to avoid makeup with an SPF in it. Although it is good for your skin in the sun, the SPF tends to create a shine. If you are concerned about your skin breaking out, you have no reason to worry. All of your finished portraits will be edited and retouched so don't worry if your complexion breaks out right before your session.

What should I do about my Hair?

The way you wear your hair is part of who you are. We encouraged you earlier to be a little crazy, but we were only talking about your clothes and accessories and not your hair. We discourage radical changes in your hairstyle because we really want you to look like yourself. Avoid changing your hairstyle or cutting your hair right before your scheduled session. Haircuts should be made at least a week before your session. Do not forget your roots if you color your hair! Highlights should also be touched up approximately one to two weeks before your session to give yourself ample time to address any problems that may have occurred. If you want multiple looks with your hair, we encourage you to practice quick easy hairstyle changes, so that you don't lose all important camera time.

Is it okay to go to a tanning salon before my session?

Tan at your own risk!! If you have a tanning "accident," we can always try to reschedule your session, but that's never ideal for anyone. Your skin will have a natural luster and color that looks great to begin with if you let it rest from tanning for at least three days before your session.

Any additional tips as to clothing choices?

The camera doesn't like stripes, plaids and detailed prints which in the end means that you'll be disappointed as well. Black is back, and it looks great on everybody. The camera loves solid colors and jewel tones. We encourage you to bring several color choices, so we can work with you to coordinate your clothes with the many different background options we provide.

Are there things I can do before my session to make things go smoothly?

A few days before your session, it's best to prepare and iron your clothes. Arrange them by outfits and group them on hangars. It's important that you don't forget to bring any appropriate under garments as well. Make sure you try on your outfit choices, and be critical of the way they look and fit. If you feel uncomfortable because something is too tight or too loose or don't like a certain "look" in the mirror, then you won't like that "look" in a photograph either. Remember to pack your make-up, jewelry, props, and hair preparation products. We guarantee that a little preparation will make your session a little less stressful so you can truly enjoy your time in front of the camera!!


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