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When getting your photos taken, there are things you rely on your photographer to do well: posing, lighting, and composition. As a client and the subject, you should be able to show up and let the magic happen, right? There are several things you can do to prepare for your photo session and make it even better. Yes, a lot relies on your photographer’s skills and abilities. But a tremendous amount also comes down to your preparation for your portrait session. Want to learn what you can do to get the best photos and also have a great session? I’ve built a comprehensive list of things you can do to make your session a tremendous success. This post will serve as a high-level guide with links to more in-depth articles. My Complete Guide On How To Prepare For Your Photo Session. Table of Contents

  • My Complete Guide On How To Prepare For Your Photo Session.

    • 1. Pick Out Your Clothes Early

    • 2. Practice Hair & Makeup

    • 3. Gather Your Props

    • 4. Eat, Drink, and Rest

    • 5. Bring The Necessities

    • 6. Shave The Night Before

    • 7. Get On The Same Page As Your Photographer

    • 8. Pre-Plan Locations

    • 9. Have a Back-Up Plan

    • 10. Know What Happens After the Shoot

1. Pick Out Your Clothes Early I highly recommend working with your photographer to get suggestions on what to wear for your portraits. Some shoots have themes or specific lighting schemes in mind, and clothing can make a huge difference in elevating the images’ overall look. As a starting point, here’s my guide for what to wear for your portrait session and which colors to pick for photos. Once you know what you should wear, make sure to assemble your wardrobe a few days before your session. Get items laundered, ironed, and anything else needed so that you’re not rushing at the last minute. Another helpful tip is to figure out how you’ll change your clothes on location. 2. Practice Hair & Makeup If you’re getting your hair and makeup professionally done for your shoot, it’s worth doing a test run of both. Make sure both come out how you want; this way, you’re not worried about how your hair or face will look on the day of your photoshoot. 3. Gather Your Props If you are utilizing props for your portraits, make sure to assemble them a few days before the shoot. You don’t want to be late for your session because you couldn’t find your baseball glove for your senior portraits. 4. Eat, Drink, And Rest Keep your body happy. This advice goes for life in general, but it’s essential for your portraits. Make sure to eat something, drink plenty of water, and get a good night’s sleep before your session. Your body will thank you! Photo sessions are a blast but can be exhausting, so you’ll want to feel comfortable and happy! Contrary to common belief, drinking water has limited benefits for your skin to make it look better.

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