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How To Prepare For Your Photo Shoot

Photo Shoot Roadmap

I don't know about you, but I'm not the kind of person who can jump into a car and go on a spontaneous adventure. I need to know where I'm going with directions mapped out or at the very least plugged into my completely charged phone. Why? Because being prepared can alleviate a lot of stress.


Whether you're a senior in high school, a newly engaged couple, or parents with kids to get ready - you don't want to be stressed out for your photos. Because there's already enough to stress out about in life, below is a roadmap for your upcoming shoot.

1-2 Weeks Prior

  1. Plan your outfit(s) well in advance. Make sure you select things that are comfortable. Dress for the weather and wear plenty of layers. If you're looking for a timeless look, denims and neutrals are the way to go. If you want to showcase your personality, go with bold coordinating colors. Multiple patterns don't necessarily need to match, just make sure they go together.

  2. Ladies, if you plan to get a haircut before your session, do so two weeks prior.

  3. Ask your photographer any questions you have. Additionally, tell the photographer about any expectations you have from this shoot. How do you plan to use the pictures? Photographers like to be prepared, too!

  4. Families, double check your photo shoot time. Be sure this doesn't conflict with baby's nap time.

1-2 Days Prior

  1. Fellas, get your hair cut one to two days prior to your shoot.

  2. Don't forget the nails! Have you been looking for an excuse to get a manicure? Well you're in luck. A fresh coat of paint will go a long way.

  3. Iron your clothes or hang them up to ensure there are no wrinkles.

  4. Gather up any props you'd like to bring - anything that represents you or your family.

  5. Finally, get some rest. You'll want to be refreshed for your photo session.

Day Of Your Photo Shoot

  1. Another one for the ladies: Pamper yourself. Wear your makeup a little heavier than normal or go out and get your makeup professionally done. Even if you don't typically wear makeup, a light coat can help even out your skin tones.

  2. Moms & Dads, feed the kids. Hungry tummies typically don't yield smiles.

  3. Leave plenty of time to get everyone ready. You want to come relaxed.

  4. Remember to grab your props, any extra layers, and bottled water, if you desire.

  5. It might be a good idea to incentivize your kids for good behavior. Ice cream after the shoot?

Upon Arrival Of Your Photo Shoot

  1. Relax.

  2. Have fun! How often do you get to feel like a celebrity?

  3. Remember that not every photo needs to be perfect. Candids are great because they show your true personality.

  4. Ask questions. Your photographer is there to help.

Although the road may have some bumps, preparing for your shoot in advance will help reduce any stress on the day of your session.


About the Author:

Tina O'Connor

Tina O'Connor is the Creative Director for Alpha Dog Agency. Born & raised in South Bend, Tina has a love for Notre Dame football and the Chicago Cubs. When she's not doing something creative, you can probably find her hanging out with her miniature pinscher, Deuce. Follow her on Instagram or book your shoot today!

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