April 24, 2022

Prepping for your photo session

You learned about the best time of day for photos and scheduled your session time. Now you’re looking for some advice on how to prepare for your session. I’ve got you.

It’s always a little intimidating to have your picture taken, even if it’s just an iPhone photo taken by a friend. We still want to look nice, make sure nothing is in our teeth and that our hair is behaving! I realize that preparing for your photo session can be a little overwhelming.  Here are some recommendations to make your shoot the best it can possibly be! 

Deep breaths

I’m going to help you along the way and it’s going to be a blast! Enjoy this time together, and make a date out of it! Plan dinner afterwards and celebrate!

Park entrance fees

This may not apply to your shoot, but  you always want to plan in advance for park entrance fees as I often shoot in state and national parks. We’ve had instances where this has caused some stress and stress is what we want to avoid! 


The sun sets quickly especially if your shoot is not in the summer months. The later you arrive, the less time we have to shoot! Once the sun is set, the shoot will be over.


I recommending reading in my outfit myth busting and styling blog posts. For shoots where you may change into multiple outfits, I usually recommend at least one casual outfit and one dressier outfit. If you’re unsure about a few pieces, feel free to bring all options and I can help you decide.


Empty your pockets! Literally. You don’t want to have key chains or phones showing through your pockets. (This is for the guys especially!)

Bring shoes you can walk in

If you’re wearing shoes that are difficult to walk in but look awesome, bring some comfy shoes to change to while we walk to each shooting location!  

Changing clothes

This is for sessions with wardrobe changes. As much as I would like to say that we always have restrooms for outfit changes, more often than not, our clients do quick outfit changes in their car if there are no other options! 

Lip color and hair spray

You may need to apply more lip color part way through your shoot. If you have a bold lip color, try to have a matte finish. Hairspray and a brush will be helpful if your hair struggles.

Ring cleaning (for my brides-to-be)

Clean the ring! I love to shoot a few rings shots while you change outfits! The cleaner the better.

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