Trouble Deciding What to Wear? I've Got You Covered!
A few months ago I found out about an online styling service made for photographers called Style and Select. I keep in touch with quite a few other family photographers and they couldn't say enough good things about the service and how much their clients loved it. At the end of last year I finally went to the website, and after that I was completely sold! Let me explain to you how this new service works, and what it means for you.
When you book a session with me, we will decide on a date and a location together. Then I'll send you a contract that has all of the important information about the session (address of where to meet, time of the session, payment information, detials about how you will receive your images and the time frame of when you can expect them). In a separate email, you will receive an access code generated just for you that unlocks all of the goodies offered through Style and Select.
When you type in this code at the Style and Select website, you will be prompted to fill out a questionnaire about how many people you are styling, their gender and age, and the style of clothing you want. There are three choices for style: Urban Hipster, Romantic Boho, or Casual and Charming. The website also gives you a description for each style. Next you will be asked to choose a color palette or two, and then you click on View Results.
Then comes my favorite part- the virtual shopping! (This can all be done wearing your comfiest pajamas, just sayin!) You will be presented with a variety of clothing pieces for each person in the style and color you selected previously. When you find something you like, you "heart" that item and it will be added to the top of the page. This allows you to see how all of the pieces look together.
If you're happy with the results, you have a few options. One, you can simply email the results to yourself. This email can serve as a guide for you to know what to look for in your closets at home, or as you do your own shopping. Here is a screen shot of the email I sent myself when I was styling my four children and two of their grandparents.
Another option would be to forward this email to me and ask me if I have anything similar to what you're looking for- more on that (I call it my client closet) in a future blog post! The easiest option though is to purchase the pieces right there from the website and have them sent directly to your doorstep. Anyone else think it's crazy how this is the way of the world that we live in?? It's pretty nuts if you ask me- but so convenient not to have to go out and shop!
What if you're not happy with the initial results? Then you can go back and try again! Choose a different style, color, or colors, and see what new clothing choices the site gives you. This can be done as many times as you wish up until the time of your session, when the code will expire.
My main purpose in subscribing to this service is to make the process of getting photos taken easier for you. I used it to style my kids and their grandparents for a photo session in January and it worked out perfectly, but I also thought it was fun! I hope you do too. I can't wait for your next session when you get to try it out!
Here are some images from the session with outfits corodinated using Style and Select.
Happy styling friends!