You know that daydream you have where you are photographed by {insert famous photographer here} and look just like {insert inspirational person here}? Well this is the first step in getting those photos.

Let’s talk. Why do you want to be photographed? Are you creating a Valentine’s Day or anniversary gift? Or maybe this is for your business or brand. Are you doing this for yourself? I am genuinely excited for you no matter what your reasoning for being photographed. Your answer will greatly influence the mood you want to create with you portraits. How do you want to feel when you look at them 10, 20 years from now? What is it you want to capture?



These portraits may be brightly lit with natural makeup. They are great for capturing your natural beauty in a captivating manner. Relaxed open expressions paired with movement and light give this mood and ethereal feel.


Darker portraits may take on the essence of sadness, seriousness or sexiness. They can convey raw emotive feel that conjures deep emotion from the viewer. Also they can convey strength or power. Here is my favorite darkly lit portrait from a maternity shoot.


Showing a little skin or dark eye shadow with red lips, sultry portraits are a great gift for your lover and yourself. Soft eyes with relaxed lips in poses that accentuate the hourglass shape of the body. I LOVE creating classy boudoir portraits.


Think big beautiful flowing gown in front of the Eiffel tower. Or whatever epic is for you! Maybe it’s a fine art nude portrait that you blow up and frame because yes! You are THAT beautiful and you don’t need distractions like dresses or falsies to help you out. When you have your portrait taken, it’s your world. Sky’s the limit.


Personal branding or professional head-shots have been around for quite some time. The mood behind your images largely dependent on your profession. It may be honesty, intelligence, lightheartedness, or power. Whatever your desired look, you will want to convey expressions, hair, makeup and clothing that will make you stand out in your industry.

Deciding the mood of your portraits should be the first step in planning for your photoshoot. The photographs you have always dreamed of are just a conversation away. You need to find a photographer that creates images you love and talk about exactly what you want.

I would love to hear how you dream of being photographed. Leave a note in the comments.

Happy daydreaming.


About the Author:

Katrina is a Riverside based portrait photographer. She specializes in modern glamour, personal branding, head-shots, boudoir and maternity portraits.

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