I am gonna get a little serious here, (this photo is me trying to do a smart face?) but the dorkiness will show up - don't cha worry.
This one I have been cooking for a while. But first, let me say that I think everybody should do it once in their life for themselves.
And this is the important part. I've had clients which have told me "My husband/boyfriend/other really wants these type of photos" and great! as long as that is giving you motivation and excuse to do it.
BUT, and this is a big BUTT
1. Do not do it because you have been told to do it.
Especially if you are saying to yourself: This is not me... I feel so hoochie... I can't. Then maybe don't. Do a glamour photo session instead.
A little black dress that shows some cleavage. Or your jeans and a cool shirt with high heels. You do not have to show me anything. Or anyone for that matter.
2. You do not have photos of yourself.
There are people that hate their photos with a passion, (my mother for example) runs away from the camera or when coerced looks at some other random spot, anywhere but the camera. PET PEEVE of mine. I have one of her with my son, and where the fudge is she looking at, I have no idea.
If you are like my mother, try a glamour session first. You will love at least one.
3. You have really high expectations of my photoshopping skills.
Oh, I can do it, I will give you Kim Kardashian butt, but, do you really want to? I can also make you the shade of number 6 line of the toaster. But you are super pale. It does look a little bit fake. Go to get a spray tan at schulzbeauty.ca first.
I will fix the tank top tan from that weekend you forgot sunscreen. Or match the belly to the arms, that I can do, and do it well. It is when you are expecting abs when there is none, or worse, because another photographer did it for another session in the past. Nope. You do not have barbie skin. Or a barbie butt. It is plastic.
And I am pro-photoshop. Enhancing what is already there and fixing little things like skin tone matching and the chin pimple, and the darn mysterious super bruise.
There! I let it out of my chest, feel better now!
But again! let me emphasise! Do it for you!