Portrait Client Prep Guide

Whether we’re working together on your family photos, professional head shots, or maternity images, there are some common session elements to consider and keep in mind! I hope to be able to answer some of your “day-of” questions, and provide you with some inspiration!


What can I expect on the day of our session?

Well first, let’s back up a little bit… 24-48 hours prior to your session, I will reach out to confirm with you that everything is still a “go” and, if needed discuss any weather-related issues that may be coming up (I’ll address my “rotten weather” policy a little later in this guide).

On the day of your session, I will likely arrive 15-20 minutes early to scout out the venue and pick out a few spots that I think would be perfect for your photos! You should plan to arrive 5-10 minutes so make sure we find each other, and you have time for any final prep before we start.

When it’s time to start shooting, I’ll give you some direction on how to get “situated”, but, ideally I like to capture the “in between” moments, and connection between people… so I’ll likely give you some “actions” to do. For example, I may say “Give her some kisses!” or “Tickle fight!” or “Snuggle up!”.

What should I bring to my session?

The MOST important thing is yourself and your loved ones (if they will be included)… we can work around anything else! For outdoor family sessions, I tend to bring a wagon with me to help carry my gear and any props that I bring… but I also make it available to you if you’d like to put your purse/diaper bag/snacks in it, too! As I mentioned before I like to capture candid moments… some times that happens while we are walking from one spot to another, so having our “things” in a wagon will help keep unwanted bags and other items from showing up in spur-of-the-moment shots.

If you have special items that you’d like to have included in your photos, feel free to bring those, too! I’d also really appreciate a heads up as to what you’re bringing, so that I can brainstorm ways to incorporate them into your session before I arrive.

What Should I/We Wear?

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