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Kayla Esparza twenty nineteen styling guide


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER ONE: WHY STYLING MATTERS

CHAPTER TWO: PICKING YOUR SESSION OUTFITS

CHAPTER THREE: PICKING YOUR SESSION LOCATION

CHAPTER FOUR: WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR SESSION

CHAPTER FIVE: THE POST-SESSION PROCESS

CHAPTER SIX: FAVORITE SAVE THE DATE VENDORS

 
 

 

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Chapter one

Why styling for your session…MATTERS

 
 
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Why does styling play a huge role in a successful session?

Yeah, I know. I didn’t believe this at first either. BUT IT’S TRUE!!! When I first started my photography career, I had NO CLUE how much style played a role in creating beautiful images. Now I’m not talking style as in “this skirt, to that jacket”…no, no, no, no…


Let’s get on the same page now, shall we?

When I say, style, I’m talking about color.

Color is the true genius behind beautiful images. Our eyes are drawn to colors that live in a world of cohesiveness vs colors that just don’t go well together and makes you look out of place when wearing them.

Depending on where your photo session takes place, its best to fit into the tones of the background your being photographed in. If your session is taking place at the beach, wearing darker earthy tones to match the water, sand rocks, etc will help you blend into the image but ultimately make you STAND OUT.

Let me show you what I mean…

 

 

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Take this photo as an example:

 
 

In this photo (above)…

In this photo, the couple stands out even though what they’re wearing blends them in with the tones surrounding them. Crazy right? You’re instantly drawn into the emotions on their face because there is no distractive colors/patterns. No hot pink or neon blue, no giant logos on the t-shirts, no mixed patterns, etc.

 
 
 

 

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chapter two: picking your outfits

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Why the earthy tones? Well if you hired me, there was something about my photos that you loved!!! it could have been the movement of my couples, the happiness of the images, orrrrrr…. the tones!!! these tones are achieved in three easy ways!!

1) how I shoot the photos in camera

2) The location of all my photos (mostly outdoors)

3) the colors my couples choose to wear during their sessions

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to ensure your RECEIVE the same happiness in your own photos, i suggest drawing ideas for outfit choices from the earthy tone color palette when you start trying to decide on what you’re going to wear!!

in my eyes, minimal is best!!!

but please, bring as many options as you’d like, and i can most certainly help you narrow down your choices at your session!!!

the colors above are just a small preview of some of my favorite colors to pull inspiration from!! please do not feel limited to only choosing within this color palette. these are your photos after all, and if anyone needs to ABSOLUTELY love them…it’s you!!!!!!!


having a hard time deciding on outfits??

Check out my engagement styling Pinterest board here.


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Be practical when planning your outfits:

When planning your outfits, think “would I wear this outside of a photoshoot?”

For example, I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t wear high heels to the beach or on a hike!!! Wear something comfortable, that shows who you are, and thats practical!!!

 

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PLAYING WITH PATTERNS:

its easy to get carried away with patterns, so take away a few tips from me in this section!!! patterns are AWESOME!!! But we don’t want to overboard with them. I love minimal, like I said earlier. So having a minimal/small pattern on one of your outfits is totally okay and I feel it won’t become a distraction in the images! Let’s look at a few examples!!


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good example of what to do (above): although this doesn’t showcase patterns, it does showcase textureeeeessss and I loveeeee texturesssss!!!!!! play around with your clothes, have fun, and show off YOUR personality!!!

good example of what not to do (below): I love the colors, location and the overall tones of the image. If I could go back, I would have changed the grooms outfit to a less distracting pattern, better yet, a solid color!!! I feel like his outfit clashes with hers, and I don’t want that!! My best suggestion would be to only have one strong pattern which dominates the images but isn’t as distracting as it could potentially be.

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CHAPTER THREE: PICKING YOUR SESSION LOCATION

Picking your session location might seem difficult at first, because you may not know where to start. But no worries, I got ya covered!!! All I want you to do, is think about what makes you and your bae happy. Is it the ocean? The mountains? Or maybe a grassy field that reminds you of home. Maybe its your favorite Tuesday night sushi date, or staying at home in your pjs. Whatever that happy place is for you guys, THAT IS WHERE WE SHOULD DO YOUR SESSION.

Nothing makes you feel more awkward than feeling out of place. So if the city isn’t your thing, but the mountains are, then we will shoot in a mountain, and not a city…make sense??

If you’ve never taken professional photos together, it might already be awkward (even though it won’t be with me…but we’ll get to that later!!!) so why pick a location that doesn’t help you instantly feel more comfortable and relaxed??


If you need help deciding on a location for your session, just shoot me an email and I can send you a list of my favorite spots!!!

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Why Golden Hour???

Sunset, or sunrise are the BEST times to shoot during the day to create that golden hue over the image. My favorite time of day to shoot in sunset…mostly because I’m not the biggest morning person, but I also just LOVE a good sunset. Running around with my couples during a good sunset is one of my favorite things to do in life!!! When planning your session, make sure to block off the last half of your day, unless we’ve talked prior to shooting during sunrise!!!

 

 

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CHAPTER FOUR: WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR SESSION

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so you’ve never had a photoshoot before…

Yayayay!!!! I get so happy and excited to shoot couples who have never been photographed before. I love giving my couples an entire EXPERIENCE vs. just a photoshoot. We are going to laugh, run, jump, and have thee best time EVER.

TRUST me.

“i’m like soooo awkward in front of the camera”

But really, who ISN’T?!? I can tell you with 100% certainty that this awkward, anxious, nervous feeling you may have before the shoot will be out the door 10minutes into our session together. TRUST ME. If you come open, and ready to have a good time, you’ll be suuuuuper comfortable in front of the camera by the end of our session!!!

 
 

WANT TO DO A LITTLE MORE IN DEPTH RESEARCH? YOU CAN WATCH SOME OF MY BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEOS BELOW:

1) COUPLES PHOTOSHOOT

2) COUPLES PHOTOSHOOT

 

 

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The post Session Process

Step One:

YOUR night of the session!!!

The first step after your session will be you two eating dinner or going on a date night together. if this is your engagement session, your in the midst of wedding planning, and yall really deserve a night out. i’m not talkin’ in n’ out either. go somewhere fancy and spend the night just the two of you and really soak in this season of being FIANCÉS!!!


step two:

my night of the session!!!

Step two is that I go home with some in n’ out burger and I backup all your photos into my backup hard drives and begin to cull. Culling means I’m pulling the best of the best images from your session to edit for you before delivery day!!! there is no proofing or needing to select images from your session, i’ll do all the magic and work for ya!!!


STEP THREE:

DELIVERY DAY!!!!!

step three is delivery day!!!! I aim to deliver all my couples sessions/engagement sessions one-two weeks post session. the session album will come in an email and i’ll be super excited yelling through your computer screen “your photos are ready!!! your photos are ready!!!!”. Once images are DELIVERED to you, you may download them to as many devices as you’d like, and you’ll have full printing rights to print your photos wherever you’d like!!! although I highly RECOMMEND mpix.com!!!

 
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FAVORITE VENDORS/SAVE THE DATES

MINTED - SAVE THE DATES

MPIX - PRINTING

CHAT BOOKS - COFFEE TABLE PHOTO ALBUMS

SHUTTERFLY - HARDCOVER PHOTO ALBUMS

PaperPlumCo - Invitation Suites

 

NOW YOU’RE READY FOR YOUR PHOTO SESSION!!!!!!