Yikes! How to prepare for a photo session!?!

Do you have a couple shoot coming up? Or a family session with your mom? Or a creative portraiture?

You have found the photographer, booked the date, and paid the deposit. Congrats! The first big hurdles are finally done! You are officially on the calendar for a beautiful portrait session. Yay! Here is a comprehensive checklist that will walk you through every step of the portrait process to help you feel confident and prepared for your session.


You are paying good money for these photos, so do not look as though you have just come home from the school run in the rain! You do not have to look like you are off to a gala event either but look your best! I always encourage to have your hair and makeup professionally done. Even if you are more of the natural type, get help to just put on a bit of make-up. You will see it will pay off!

This will prepare you for your pictures and when you are feeling pretty and confident, it will reflect on the photos.  Plan haircuts and other appointments (i.e. makeup, nails, if applicable) in advance.

Leave plenty of time for showers, baths, dressing, and grooming. When you show up to a photo session rushed and disorganised, it sets the tone for a rushed and disorganised session. Give yourself extra time so that you are ready before it is time to head out that door. 

Be on time or come early. This will help ensure you have a few minutes for you to get comfortable with your photographer. These few short moments are more important than you realise. It is important for you to have some time to connect with and get to know your photographer before jumping in front of their lens. 

Try on your clothing in advance and take a photo together at home to make sure the outfits all look good together. Then you still have plenty of time to find something else if an element does not work.


Dress accordingly. Photos are not something we normally have done once a month on a professional level. So, make sure you are adequately prepared for this special event. Buy a new outfit or incorporate fun props like hats or scarves. If possible, go shopping for a new outfit for the shoot!! Wearing a new outfit makes everyone feel good. And if you feel good, you will look good! It also has not been through the washing machine a million times and will look new and crisp.

For a photo that stands the test of time, opt for clothes that are classic rather than super trendy. Try to avoid trendy patterns and styles that might be outdated in a year. When picking out your clothes for the session, think on the side of comfort. You want to be confident in your clothing style but choose something flattering and timeless that will make you want to keep these portraits up for years to come. What do your dream photos look like? If they are soft and elegant, choose neutral colours with soft, flowing fabrics. Think creams, very soft pastels, oatmeal, light browns, tans, greys, and slate blues. Want to showcase the fun and spunky side of you? Then choose the clothes that capture your funky essence! 

But most of all…have fun! Natural smiles are a result of a good time. Enjoy the time capturing the memories and smiles! The photos resulting, are what you will look back on and enjoy.

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