How to Prepare for a Session

No one wants to be stressed out on the day of their photo session. I am here to share with you a few tips/tricks to assist you in making this day easy.

My goal is to make this a fun and relaxing experience. Hopefully the below tips will allow you to have the best session possible. As long as you remember that no single session is perfect, it doesn’t have to be! All that matters in the end, is that you are having fun.


  1. What do I wear?

To make this decision easy you only have to remember one word and that is coordination. No, I don’t mean match the colors that everyone in the photo session is wearing; pick out a color palate and coordinate from that. I have a Pinterest board on color palates that can be found here

Patterns are okay but not too many as that will take away from the overall photo. We want to highlight everyone’s face in the photo and not the clothing. Best advice is to find some neutrals and then add a pop of color; fill out your outfit to also make the colors pop.

But let me just say this: if you’re not used to wearing stilettos, don’t do it! We want you to be as comfortable as possible.

  1. Give it your touch.

Props at home? Have a place that is special to you, your family or significant other? Feel free to add any element of you that you’d like to! Unique is the key word here; let’s make these unique.

  1. Relax.

I don’t want this to stressful for you. Good news is that I’m a laid-back photographer and I’ll guide you through the whole session. Bring a bottle of wine if you want (21 and older of course!).

  1. Get close.

Photos where you can “feel the love” are known to be client favorites. You will possibly hear me a few times throughout the session saying “get in closer.” It’s all about feeling the connection between everyone in the pictures. Remember, not everyone has to be looking at the camera at the same time. As long as there are no gaps between each other, I’m okay with that.

  1. Have fun.

This is the most important part of the photo session. It’s okay to let loose a little bit because fun and laughter brings out your personalities and makes for awesome pictures.

If you have children in the photo, let them play and be themselves! Nothing screams perfection than those candid moments of children. Telling them to “say cheese” isn’t the best way for me to capture their smile and giggles.

Don’t be afraid to play with your children and each other; show me how you interact at home and in real life-toss them in the air, tickle them or give them endless kisses. Interaction with each other and gently getting those smiles to come out naturally will make for the best photos.


Final words of advice…..

  • Give yourself plenty of time to get ready. Rushing will do nothing but have everyone feeling rushed during the session!
  • Make sure children (and you) are well-rested; try to avoid scheduling a session around naptime and/or bedtime.
  • Make sure to eat! Not eating makes for some cranky children as well as adults.
  • Feel free to bring a favorite toy or small snack for children if they are going to be in the photos.

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