How We Work by Nico Nordström

What to expect on your O + B Journey:

It isn't just about the photos. The whole experience is built around you, from the planning, set/location, hair, makeup, wardrobe decisions, helping you make your selections, to the final hand delivery of your art. We are available to you 24/7 for any questions, concerns, or creative thoughts you have along the way.

It all begins with a complimentary in-home consultation to discuss the many different options for your photo shoot. We will chat about various style ideas and looks for your photo shoot, whether your portrait session will be at a location or we’re designing and building a set for you, with what kind of wardrobe, hair, and makeup styles best suit your style and vision. This is also a great opportunity for us to get to know one another, photo shoots are quite personal. It is important we are a good fit and you are comfortable with us. We’ll also bring a couple samples of our printed work, and some of the best selling products we offer, we take a look around at good places for wall art, and we hone in on what you’re looking for. This is why the first planning session is so important. We plan the photographs, session, and whole experience with your needs in mind.  


Once we have a good shoot plan decided, we choose the shoot date, schedule the in-home wardrobe consultation, and a date for the unveil session. And don't worry, we will send all the information you need to be prepared; including tips on selecting the right outfits consultation, skin and nail preparation, plus so much more!


When you arrive…
This is your time to be pampered and enjoy yourself. We will have some snacks and beverages for you to enjoy while professional hair + makeup artists take care of your beauty needs! This process generally takes one and a half hours, depending on your look (and how much hair you have). We will be prepping the photography equipment, the set or what is needed for your location, and our wardrobe stylist will be prepping your wardrobe and choosing any additional pieces from our wardrobe + accessories closet, and/or any designer wardrobe options we’ve selected for you.


Once you are done with hair, makeup, and wardrobe it’s time for the fun part: the shoot itself! We will guide you through the entire shoot with posing direction and demonstration. Don’t worry, posing you is our job. We’ll coach you, give you tips on what angles work best and even roll around on the floor with you to demonstrate if needed. All you need to do is have fun and trust the process!


Being a model is a blast but exhausting, make sure to plan a relaxing evening afterwards!

The unveil session is a very special event we plan just for you. This is the first unveiling of your images, and it can be very exciting and emotional, seeing them for the first time. You can have anyone you want at this unveil session, turn it into a reveal party! Many times grandma, auntie, close friends like to be included. Everyone who is financially involved in your household should be there. We will sit down for your unveil session. You can relax and view your photos and choose your favorites for your album or to display in your home! You will place your order then.  We have payment plans available. Once your payment plan is paid in full, your order will be placed.


Our custom sessions start at $1,000 and depending on the products you’re interested in, which is different for everyone, some spend in the $1,500 range, and some over $6,000. If you want the moon, you can do that, or if you only want a single album, or just wall art, there are lots of options.


You are special and unique, and your portraits should reflect that. In every conversation, through your session and unveil, our team makes sure you are comfortable and relaxed. We want every client to leave their session feeling amazing, and receive images they and their families will adore for years and generations to come!

The Do's + Don'ts of Preparing for Your Session by Nico Nordström



One week prior to your session you need to increase your water intake. Well hydrated skin photographs beautifully and has a healthy glow.

Your nails can make or break a photograph if they are not well maintained. If in doubt, do a French manicure and pedicure.

Consider treating yourself to some eyelash extensions a few days before your session. If you don’t want to get extensions, we have false lashes available always! Extensions or false lashes really are a must! They accentuate your eyes and make them pop in your photos.

Whiten your teeth before you show that beautiful smile. There are tons of new teeth whiteners that you can grab at your local grocery store these days.

Moisturize your hair and skin, starting at least a week before your shoot. Moisturizing your skin makes it plump and makeup go on even smoother and your hair extra shiny and bouncy.

Get a good night's sleep for at least two nights before you step in front of the camera, helps with dark circles and under eye bags, plus your overall skin condition.

Make sure to eat a small, healthy meal just before we arrive for your session, you will need your energy to hold poses!

Grab your favorite bottle of whatever to have a glass while getting ready, be conservative, there's relaxed but not tipsy, beyond that isn't good.

Have your outfits, accessories and any props packed the day before your session.

Shave anything you'd like to have smooth the day before the shoot, take razor burn precautions, like using tend skin after or shaving cream you've used before.

Day of Shoot, have clean dry hair no product, and clean only moisturizer on your face, no makeup.


If you tan in the sun you are left with tan lines…unless you are an exhibitionist and tan in the nude, that is. The natural sun dries out your skin and makes it look older than it really is. A healthy glow is all you really need. If you must lay out in the harsh rays of the sun, do so no closer than one week prior to your shoot. Your skin needs at least 5 days to recover from UV exposure. Just be mindful of those tan lines, and be very careful not to burn. Tanning in a bed at a salon may be relaxing, but it gives the skin an orange overtone. Even if you don’t seem to see that bronzing effect in the mirror I promise the new digital cameras that we use will pick it up. Any artificial tanning method bronzes your skin. Self tanners are not good for photography as they tend to streak no matter how diligent you are at applying it. For those of you who just simply must be a few shades darker: go to a professional salon that specializes in airbrushing. The professionals are trained to give your skin a sun-kissed look without the orange tone and with no streaks.

We typically panic about our weight before big events and having our photo taken. We guarantee that you don't need to lose any weight, you already look good. But, so you know, panic diets can cause you to have no energy, no glow and look lifeless on camera. If you decide to diet or exercise to lose weight before your session, please do it safely, in a way that doesn't diminish your energy or natural glow.

The day of your session you must avoid wearing anything with elastic. Wear a robe or a loose-fitting button up shirt and some very loose-fitting drawstring pants. Or a slip on dress that you can pull down instead of over your head. Also make sure to not wear jewelry that could leave marks or hair bands around your wrists. For more on what to wear, check out our What to Wear blog post :)


What To Wear For Your Shoot by Nico Nordström



These photos will be hanging on your walls and treasured by your family for years to come. This is why we do our first consultation and wardrobe consultation in your home, for all of us to make the best decisions together :)


We look at your home decor
Do you like bright colors? Neutrals? Since you will be hanging these photos in your house you want to make sure the colors of your clothes go with the color scheme of your home. We also look at the areas you want to hang them. What sizes and types will look best, would a beautiful glass folio box or an album be better for your coffee table?


Remember Season and Location
When choosing your outfits, be sure to always keep in mind the where and when we’ll be shooting. If it's in the middle of winter outside in the snow, choose warm clothes and appropriate shoes. If it's in a field, you will want shoes that you can walk out there in. If it’s going to be a July session in Texas, you may want to choose lightweight clothing. If you are taking photos in front of a backdrop, consider what you are wearing. We’ve seen photos where families were all wearing black in front of a black backdrop, and they look like floating heads.

Before the in-home wardrobe consultation, get some things together. Here's a list to help you!


Plan ahead
Once you book your session, start thinking of the clothes right away. You may think certain clothes will fit you or your kids or that one dress is clean. It's best if you already have that done prior to the in-home wardrobe consultation. If you wait until the day of or day before you may run into an issue of clothes not fitting, being dirty or need to be dry cleaned. The day before the shoot, make sure that everything has been ironed, and you bring them on a hangers. We have steamers, irons, and just about everything you could need, but it will save an enormous amount of time the day of, and wouldn't you rather spend that time being pampered in front of the camera?


Reflect Your Style
You need to be sure that your clothes represent your personal style, but you should also wear something you are comfortable in. Something that you feel beautiful/handsome in. If you feel good, that will be reflected in your photos. Don’t try and hide behind baggy cardigans and tops, or try and squeeze into jeans that won't allow you to sit down. Garments that fit and make you feel beautiful will make you look the best in photos.


Co-ordinate your wardrobe rather than match, having everyone matching tends to make them seem to blend together and there is no real pop to the photo. Besides, it’s much more fun to see everyone’s personalities in their outfits! Smart casual is the most popular level of dress. It’s best to avoid large patterns or a bright colour that stands out from the rest, that's where your eye will be drawn to. Choose one fun accent color to build from and then add in a couple of neutrals and/or toned down colors that would complement that. Then try to keep everyone’s clothes in this color scheme as much as is manageable. You want the colors to be complementary to each other.


For little ones barefoot always looks great, but that's not always possible, definitely no white tennis shoes unless that's the focus of the shoot. They draw the eye right to your feet and away from your family’s cute faces! Neutral shoes are usually best, but sometimes a pop of color is perfect on your feet, so it's not a rule. We love sassy heels and flair on your feet, but bring along a pair of flip flops or flats to walk around in when we move from location to location. Sometimes those killer heels can be… well…. killer.

Dress them in clothes that fit rather than ones that they will grow into. Bring a couple of different outfits along. Avoid logos and large patterns that take the emphasis away from little one. Choosing simple, classic clothes will help give your images a timeless feel.

Textures and Layers
Using multiple textures such as lace, corduroy, denim, etc. can really add something more to your photos. Wearing layers is a plus, too. Layers can add some flair to your outfit, and as a bonus they can save you an outfit change if you throw on a sweater and a hat and have a whole new look… Or take off your jacket and shoes and have a new, more casual outfit.

Makeup Tips
For family sessions, makeup should be just the tiniest bit heavier than you would wear on a normal day. For engagement sessions you can choose to keep it natural. Boudoir will be heavier than daily. Some looks will be very trendy or glamorous, let us know what kind of makeup looks you're comfortable with.


Don't forget accessories
Accessories not only add to your outfit but they can be fun to use in photos. Have the man wear a tie for the woman to hold. Necklaces for the kids to play with or hats to hide behind, and scarves depending on the time of year can really add something to the image. If you have any accessories you think might work, bring them! They really make a big difference!


Avoid all white or all black clothing
If you are wearing an all white shirt then it is very easy to blow out parts of your shirt causing it to lose it's detail. Same can be said with all black, it’s easy to have on black clothing and the detail is lost. We’ll help with this, don't worry!


For more ideas – head to our Pinterest page!