Wardrobe Consultation with HS Senior


Senior Portraits: Create the Ultimate Experience


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Wardrobe Consultation with HS Senior

The let's bring kendra over here come on over our awesome model way so kendra and I have already bonded were being kept by this point because we didn't finish yesterday but typically this might be the first time I was meeting a client at the wardrobe consultation and what I would have them do is to bring their war drive basically and that's what she's done I tell them to bring anywhere from six eight ten outfits she brought a little bit more about toto fill it up for the camera but yeah they bring anything they think they might wear again they've maybe already looked at the what the where guys that have gotten some ideas and pulled things accordingly and so that's what we do is have her come over she would come over to my home we would have this in the end that room that I have set aside we would lay them aloud or hang them all up and we would just start talking about the clothes and what you want things like that of course he's already filled out the senior questionnaire so I kind of ...

have a sense of her style and things like that from her answers which is good because that prepares you for the wardrobe consultation so let's get started let's check out just do it okay you tell me if there's an item that is your favorite like absolute favorite really wanna wear gosh I'm terrible at choosing favorites I love all clothes give me a couple on what well this is one my favorite colors and I love lace yet and so this is one of my favorite guy say I like that I like the color that's awesome yes um uh let's see another favorite I really enjoy the skirt on the floral on it we actually wore that yet she's way yeah, those were my well I like to ask her favorites because she does have a specific favorite I really want to try to incorporate that into this session and I do think this color for this dress is awesome so I think that is a good choice I see you brought a bunch of shoes yeah so I'm going to pull a couple of things to say I love this you're damn right yes that would be really pretty with your tissues have pointe shoes for cheese yeah okay, so either one of those would be really pretty I do like that dress you've got a couple of dresses in here with your pretty and then you've got some tops see I might not show it but she's right there e could get in here okay? So genes we've got a bunch of different staffs on the lookit so usually I'll just go through her stuff and I'll look and see which outfit I'll put things together so I've already kind of done this since we had a shoot yesterday so I'm going to pull the one outfit we wore so she mentioned the skirt was one of her favorite so I pulled it and then I pulled a best again with a layer and then we pulled a tank top we have it way might have taken it home anyway so I pulled a white tank top esso I this would be one option and you know you like this but I think I think definitely maybe address would be an option with your toe shoes. Which one of these is your favorite? Do you have a favorite? Possibly this blue probably the better. Okay, yeah let's take that it was my homecoming dress this wire yeah, they were good gosh it's so pretty eleven lovely uh love it and then definitely let's take this since you said that was your favorite now what what shoes you typically wear with it with that I might wear brown shoes to tie in the adult black heels. Okay, good. Norm that's yeah, yeah, yeah, that would look good on dh then we could do the toe shoes with the with the homecoming dress and then I think it would be fun to do something funky that we I kind of did yesterday with the florals and do something fun like this because that is super cute with ayla floral they're asking how much that so? Thinking of something that's a little bit, maybe unusual, but would look cool and fun. And a federal shoot is a good option. Two. So these are three outfits that I would immediately picked for her. Ah, nde. Go over with you and you put things together. So I think these shoes with this first outfit and then so let's take this first outfit and look at jewelry. Um, do you have typical anything that you were with this? She brought her jewellery, and then I have my door here is well, so you told me yesterday this was one of the things that would be really pretty to wear with this over that tank top really would finish this outfit off, so I would say this, but that together. So yeah, I think that we really cute. Of course we have a white tank top that would go with that. So if you like that, I would say this is definitely outfit, you know, outfit number one, right? Yeah. Okay, so that would be that. Now we have this, which we are going to do with toe shoes. Right on dso, maybe point she's calling tissues thank you so, yeah, maybe something simple, as far as the necklace goes. Or a lot of really a bracelet because that would be really pretty and you've got this with your so I feel like what you brought for this outfit is probably really cute and less with that was that you can do from here poses like belly yeah exactly that would be also and it's flowing so you could actually get a loon yes I could give you a leg up on all that crap and then we have this thing this is georgia so actually I would pull something from the style closet for this one because this paint necklace would be really pretty with that neckline I love it on the pink and the green go together and then we'll just pair it with some of your shoes and I think the brown to bring in the brown belt would be awesome and nearly there you have it feels I think yeah for this yeah yeah I mean you could really almost to the photo studio so maybe you could bring both choose right and that's because ten changes that look completely and then it ties in the pink so that would be really cute too so I think that's a must and then I don't know if you want to take a look at anything in the style closet to see if there's something she's usually about three to four outfits so maybe we do three of yours and then maybe one of these now granted I traveled from across the countries that have as much, but I've got a couple of things here that and thinking about the fact that we already know where your session is going to be which is going to be on the roof I already know that so I'm thinking color I know that that on the reef is white really so popular my suggestion really I love which would be a little romper yes and it's dressy but it's a robber so have fun and different and then you've got some black shoes that would go really well with it honestly, you could do anything from that pair even a little laced oh yeah, that would be like yeah you really killed okay, I love those shoes with it and then as faras jewelry I would pay er the thiss necklace I mentioned earlier it goes with everything it kind of just gives you a little bit of bling it has no color so it's not competing with the pink of this sounds of course it's all twisted and gold ties and there's a little a little bit of gold on the shoe oh my gosh, I love you like I think that's also I mean, if that makes you happy with those four outfits I think it's a right hide range of different looks you've got casual fun with sneakers you got somewhat dressing with the lace even more dressing with that and then this is kind of somewhere in between all of that I think you've got a huge amount of stop so I would do that and I will tell you guys out there in the audience what I typically do is I have a form that is a template from missie davis I think life photography that I fill this out after we have gone over all the looks and we've sort of picks stuff and we've put jewelry with things I jot it all down on this form so then she knows what to bring what we went over I know what I'm supposed to bring so out of the style closet we've got the romper got the necklace so I know that's what I have to marie on dh then she knows she's gonna bring her pointe shoes that dress I can't write she knows every outfit and then we can kind of go over the location for each outfit. So if this word difficult photoshoot where we would go to maybe one or two different locations we would pair the location with the outfits you guys all have probably the same locations that you know, maybe a two or three locations that you kind of go through so in your head you know some items so when you're looking at the wardrobe you can say ok, so the pink romper to me somewhere like downtown not downtown grungy, but like in nineteen we have more of an uptown where it's all glass and you know things like that's, not grungy it's not like that kind of area that it's way have this place called the peace centre, which is performing arts center and it's got all this glass and that would be perfect if I were in my own hometown but that's how you can start to pair it up and you, khun jot it down on here so I would write down outfit number one we're going to go teo the peace centre and we're gonna wear dipping cropper the necklace she's gonna bring her black shoes and that's gonna be outfit number one at that location and then we would move onto the next outfit and I would have it all filled out right here on the sheet and I would just make a copy of it and given her and I'd keep a copy and then we've got that session planned out. We've got the wardrobe planned out. We've got, um, you know, the locations planned out. Yeah, I have a question, all right, consultation due in about a week ahead of time, so if for some reason they still needed to buy something or something like that, give them time, but I do it close enough that maybe they have already bought something or unit of a night you don't want to do it too far in advance because maybe they haven't even gotten to that point of thinking about what they're going to do but you don't want to do it like the day before because I mean I don't like to do it shoot that quickly I want I want to have a point you know so I usually do it about a week a week ahead of time yes and then I would look at you know the floral skirt in the best and the tennis shoes and that to me seems like a cute little either park or even maybe even more of more of a downtown area because it is kind of funky and different the scarred is really cute c but we paired it with sneakers and things that you wouldn't necessarily put together so you could do that in a more funky location if you wanted teo on dh then you know the the dress we definitely need a place where she can do her ballet moves so think about that for that particular outfit you want to make sure she's got room to do maybe elite or yesterday she did her I can't do a all of it yeah all the way back so you know maybe that's the location out here with that dress maybe two outfits per location it doesn't have to be a new location for outfit it could be two here and two there type thing. Speaking of locations, it's always good to pick a location that provides variety. So maybe you can do two different outfits in one location, but looks like you're maybe into location. I said maybe I would pick ah park for two of the outfits that, you know, I could go on one section of the park and another section for the other outfit, and then maybe we could do downtown for the other two two ones, but that's, what we would talk about here, and we would determine that because I've been sat in seattle, I don't know where I would get, so I'm kind of related back to greenville, but yeah, I would totally write down everything. I give her a copy. You know, if you have them come to your home, you can have them try that. Owned when I have her do that here that you could have her try on outfits to make sure they fit. Make sure they look good together. You could even snap iphone photo and text it to her so she can remember exactly what we put together. Those air, all of things, eh? You do in a wardrobe consultation and honestly we sit here and chat and after she's excited she loves we've got planned it's really just a great time to sit there and and like I say playing the session and get to know her a little bit more and really be able to pick those locations with staff so yeah and you you haven't tried like that cute lace dress on and it doesn't look good on like it's too tight or something that you like nice leave hey yeah well you know what another outfit mind lets try that just one I like better they trust you in fact we went to the motley nordstrom's last night and everything she tried on was cute but that but you know there was one that was my favorite you know? So you just you know, they expect you to think they want your opinion they want to know what you think will look best they trust you so I think just offering up that suggestions you know let's let's try this when we see which one I like better and then took the one that maybe wasn't as tight you don't necessarily have to point out that it's too tight although most of them probably I mean, you know when something's too tight you know domain so just just you know, be honest with them and be the professional that you are just offer reason why one would look better than the other and that will make them feel comfortable and confident no, that they picked the right outfit so yeah, anybody out there have been questions unless we have any more questions for kendra and that we could probably say goodbye and maybe not goodbye we'll see way can do a final q in and does that work? Yeah, that works. Okay, thanks. Okay, so just teo re clarify for everyone that may have missed it, can you tell us what is over on the right hand side versus the left hand side of everything we've just been looking at? And we also had a question earlier about are their shoes in your style car? And I'll just that s o this side is what my client would bring, and this side is the things that I would have in my style closet, and in fact, I do. I brought two samat items from my style closet, so what I do is I always had the girls bring outfits because obviously my style closet cannot it's not huge it's just pieces that people can add to their current wardrobe to finish it off type things to think about it in that respect, you're not necessarily giving them a complete outfit because you can't possibly accommodate every single girl with a new, complete outfit, but it allows me to take things pair with other things that kind of thing so just like you know with with this outfit we paired her shoes with outfit was mine or you know maybe I would do this outfit but with one of my necklaces or something like that s so that is what that is so we have have them bring like say anywhere from six eight ten outfits so I have a huge amount of things to choose from a lot of times I'll pay or something with it that they would never have paired with it I'm not sure if kendra's ever worn in the vest with the skirt but but it looks really good and she trusted me to put that together and ended up would be in super cute on her yesterday so things like that is what what I do and yes I always have them provide their shoes again they're certain items of clothing that you would just have to have way too many sizes they don't get me wrong if somebody wears a five and a half I don't mind them where my shoe but it's mine it's not a style closet thing so but for the most part they have to have their own shoes because there's just too many sizes that you would have to have things like that so again you're trying to give them a little bit of something that they can add too but you are gonna have to use some of their clothes too so that's what these two things are there's mine perfect together wei have any final questions in our studio audience? Yes, you do have you ever had a client pay for the session that includes the style closet and then not find like either something doesn't fit? I mean, I know you have jewelry, so is there have you ever had that happened? I haven't because mostly I compares jewellery are for had or something like that they're elf it now I have had them not wear any of the actual clothes to be honest with you the most common item is jewelry, scarves, hats, things like that, you know, every now and then you'll get somebody that can actually where some of this and I don't have like I say, I don't have a huge amount of it because I can't accommodate everybody, but usually they will pay for the the style closet and if nothing else I have helped them with their wardrobe so that's why I kind of structure them that way so that middle package per se or that middle session it really includes the wardrobe consultation is really what they're paying extra for and then yes, part of that is style closet and an option to borrow and of course they can always buy something out of here if they wanted teo but even if they couldn't wear anything and I didn't pair joy or anything else, I still took the time to wardrobe consultation so that's where that comes in so I've never had anybody you know regret booking that or whatever can you tell us again about relating the questioning her that kendra filled out too everything that just went on right? So you know you're asking them the questionnaire you're asking them what kind of outfits they plan on bringing it really helps you prepare I can go ahead get in my head okay, so she is preppy so I can know ahead of time before she gets there that I've got certain outfits that preppy profile or whatever maybe she's told me that I'm gonna wear a you know, I really wanna wear my favorite dress, which is a green lace dress, so I'm thinking ahead of time, okay? I know I've got a pink necklace or maybe I don't have anything and maybe I want to run to target something that might go yeah that's right? She said she wanted to wear her green lace dress so it's always referring back to that questionnaire to help you educate and get the proper items not that I go out and buy new adams everytime I don't, but I know ahead of time I can pull certain items based on the answers of that questionnaire, so yeah possum okay, maybe a couple more rapid fire questions were closing out today question from event bracket and a number of people voted on this question and saying it might be obvious but where do you change where the where the clients change on location on a session I'm usually in the car usually in the car and you know I tell that ahead of time listen, we're going to be changing we're going be on location so we you're gonna have to change in the car you can change my car, you can change in your car I happen to have the suv that tenant some somewhat ten and windows so a lot of times they will change in mind because it you know no, I can see him they do make pop up dressing rooms so that's always an option I've always found them to be somewhat cumbersome though because they can fly away and they're like nam you're sturdy so the car just seems to be easier but that that is an option so generally and then sometimes we are shooting at my hair makeup artist studio happens to be at this really cool mill, so a lot of times were shooting there so we'll run up and borrow her you know her studio changed real quick so that's an option too and even when I first started sometimes we wear downtown they might would go in a restaurant change in the bathroom real quick and we'll grab something to drink you know so that we didn't just use their bathroom or whatevers have done that to you but to be honest with you it's mostly the car so not not so obvious but a greedy insert now I mean you know you gotta work with what you got most girls I mean especially people like dancers and cheerleaders there used to be in like on the fly and having to change and stuff like that so it works it works on nobody's ever really been uncomfortable with that cool all right, well let's do one more question on dh that was does hair and makeup play into part of this consultation and if so is that with the hair and makeup artist is that you? Where does that play it? Well typically we for me we take the final outfits to here and make up and I'll say to katie who's my makeup artist so I'm like okay katie this is what she's wearing you know she's got a couple of different colors so we really need you know if she maybe didn't book the one that katie would come with us so I tell katie hey these air what she's wearing we need make up they don't kind of go the gamut of these colors and katie will do something that works for everything so I don't necessarily talk about here and make up too much in the wardrobe consultation unless that asked the girls hey, you know, have you thought about anything for hair like, do you wanna braid? You want this out of the other? Let me know and I'll make a note of it so that when I do talk to katie at the actual hair makeup day, you know, I can say, hey, you know, she really wants start out with a braid. I will tell you that a lot of times for katy and I kind of worked out a system where we start out with a braid because I can take it down on location and it's still curly, so work with your makeup artist to come up with little things like that the girl feels, you know, special or whatever and all I did was take down the braid and give her a new hair style because again, that is for that top session, but I took down the braid, you know, domain and still kind of gave him a different look so that's a good thing to talk about, too, and of course, ask your girls if they have any interest, you know, ideas, some of them do have very specific ideas, I will say that most of mine really trust me to, you know, help decide it also depends on their hair I mean, I'm sure the hair stylist you get somebody that comes in with this hair and like, oh yeah, I want stick straight hair not gonna happen right? So right, yeah, I can do so you know, you gotta you gotta work with what they have to mean somebody that has very fine thin hair a braid might not last very long so you know no have your makeup artist really work with what they have to so you know, they come in with this elaborate hairstyle they want that you should not be able to do that maybe you kind of said, well, you know you've got hair that maybe would look better this way and things like that so yeah, well, fantastic the questions keep coming in but for today we are out of time so everybody we love exactly we're saving your questions for tomorrow? 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