How to Prepare for a Portrait Session

Speaking from experience, the first few times you have a portrait session done (whether that be family, engagement, child, etc.) knowing exactly how to prepare can be overwhelming. In this weeks blog post, I am here to give you some advice to prepare for your next session.

Procrastination is not your friend. Sounds like school all over again, right? There are several things I recommend doing a few weeks out from your session:

1. Finish wardrobe planning and any shopping you may need to do 2 weeks before the session. I have broken this rule myself a few times and regretted it in the week leading up to our family session.

2. If you or anyone taking part in the session is going to need a haircut, my recommendation is to do the haircut at least 2 weeks before just in case you end up disliking it.

What to wear? What to wear? This is the biggest question I get. Here are some helpful tips regarding clothing:

1. Choose a color scheme that will consist of 2-4 colors that will compliment each other. You don't want to all wear the same colored shirt and bottom across each family member either.

2. Try to steer clear of shirts with logos and large graphics. Keeping your outfit simple allows those that see the photograph to focus on you, the subject, instead of what is on your shirt.

Have kids? Worried how to prepare them? This is going to be the hardest if you have young children, but don't worry! Some of my clients most favorite portraits include a child who was crying because the moment capture was still beautiful. Here's a couple tips:

1. Try to ensure that everyone gets a good amount of sleep the night before and is fed prior to the session (whether that includes your standard meal or a quick snack). My children can be incredibly difficult if they went to bed late the night before, or if they haven't had a snack before we run out for errands.

2. For the older, but still stubborn kids, letting them help pick out their outfit (with your approval, of course!) can get them excited for what's to come.

There will always be something about the session that doesn't go quite right, but that doesn't mean it's going to be a bad session. It's actually the little things that "go wrong" which help to make your session memorable.

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