Prepping For The Big Shoot

What to wear, what to bring and more!

In a continuation from a prior post (see here), this is assuming you've found a photographer that fits your needs and has the look and personality you're looking for. You picked a location that has all the backgrounds you're dreaming of and you settle on a date and time. Now what?!

First and foremost is picking out what to wear, which can be much easier said than done. The best piece of advice I can offer a family is to stay in their comfort zone when it comes to outfits. Often times it can feel like you need to dress up or have a special outfit for family photos, but believe me when I say if you're not comfortable in the clothes you wear for the session it will absolutely show. If you're the kind of family that usually wears dresses and slacks and a button up, then by all means wear that to your session. On the other hand if you're more of the jeans and t-shirt types that's great too! It's not about trying to look a certain way, it's about looking like yourselves and embracing that.

Another things that's great to have is props! Blankets are always nice for those sitting together photos (or snuggling up on colder days) and offer a lot of versatility. I always recommend bringing your kid's favorite toy or toys, even if you don't want them in the photos they can be a great way to keep them calm and/or get their attention! If your kids are a little older and reluctant to participate, ask them to bring something they're passionate about to have some photos with. While it may not be what you're after, it can serve as a great motivator for them to have a positive attitude throughout the session!

If you're a pet owner, ask your photographer how they feel about them in the session. Odds are they'll be on board, but some prefer not to out of comfort or preference. Pets are a huge part of your family and should always be included whenever possible. The bonus to including your pets is they make for some amazing candid shots, especially when the family dog decides everyone needs a kiss when you tell them to get in close!

The last thing to be sure you have with you is a good attitude. This can sound a little cliche or obvious, but showing up and starting off a session frustrated or annoyed can really show in the photos. Watch a funny video on YouTube, look up some cheesy jokes or just let out a good scream into a pillow. I always love to engage in a good conversation with my clients which usually helps as well, so don't be afraid to chat up your photographer while you walk to your first spots.

Stay tuned for the next installment where I'll discuss the session itself and how you can maximize the time you have with your photographer!

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