Preparation Tips for your Upcoming Portrait Session
I am eagerly anticipating our upcoming portrait session! Portrait sessions can seem intimidating but I promise, they don’t have to be. Let’s plan ahead and take any nerves or if you’re doing the “right thing” (whatever that is anyway, we’ll get to that) out of the equation with these last minute tips.
Last-minute tips to ensure that everything goes smoothly.
Planning ahead: When planning ahead for your portrait sessions, it’s important to keep in mind the length of the session. Our session should last about thirty minutes, sometimes an hour if we have included traveling to multiple locations in our plan. As I typically try to book multiple sessions following one another it is important to show up on time for your session. Running a few minutes late is understandable but could cost us valuable time for more portraits.
Confirm your travel route: This is crucial, as navigating any major city can be tricky due to traffic and construction. Allow extra time for travel, especially during rush hour. If we are shooting during sunrise or sunset, it is essential to arrive on time to capture the best light. Plan your route in advance, including parking options.
Consider your nails: For a polished look, consider getting a manicure or removing brightly colored chipped nail polish. Neutral colors work best for a timeless and natural appearance. This applies to children as well – remove any distracting nail polish before the shoot.
Remove clothing tags and stickers: Plan ahead and save yourself some stress by removing tags and stickers from clothing items the day before the session. You don’t want to waste time doing this while getting ready or during the shoot.
Pack your outfits the night before: Avoid forgetting anything by packing your outfits the night before the session. This is especially important when getting children dressed on location.
Pack non-messy snacks: Keep hunger at bay by packing non-messy snacks such as cheerios, marshmallows, or gummies. Avoid chocolate or anything that may melt or leave crumbs.
Get everyone excited and relaxed: Discuss the session with your family and make it a fun and exciting experience. Take a deep breath and approach the session in a relaxed manner. Build in extra time for getting ready to avoid any last-minute surprises.
Each session will have its own unique, beautiful, and unscripted moments. Embrace it all. With trust and collaboration between us, we’ll create photos that will resonate with you and bring you right back to where you were and the emotion of it all.