Once you’ve booked your photo session, what’s next? As your photographer, it’s my job to make sure you get amazing photos, feel comfortable in front of the camera, and have fun! You can just show up and I will take care of everything. But I also know that getting professional pictures done is an investment of time and money, so I want to make sure it’s as amazing as possible for you! Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your photo session!
Over the years, I have gained a lot of experience on both sides of the camera. But I still remember my first time working with a professional photographer for my high school senior session. I was nervous and I worried I would look bad in the pictures! I didn’t really know what to expect! But my photographer helped me relax and I loved how the photos turned out! So I know a little bit of how you might feel, but you don’t have anything to worry about. I hope these tips help you feel a little more prepared.
1. Start with a Great Location
Finding a location is something I can definitely help with! First, just tell me what kind of location you’re imagining, and I will give you some suggestions. For example, you might want an urban, city location or somewhere with mountains and green trees. Maybe you’re looking for an open field or a location with a body of water.
If you already have a spot in mind, that is great too! I always love shooting in new locations.
Keep in mind that the time of year will also affect your location. We can work together to find a place that has the right look during a specific season. For example, if it’s freezing cold outside, maybe an indoor location like a studio or greenhouse would be ideal! Or if you want fall leaves in your photos, I can help you schedule the right time to get the most beautiful colors.
Your choice of location can make a big difference in the feeling of your photos and you have so many different options! If you are having trouble deciding, think about what would look best when displayed in your home. Would it fit your style? Or if you are getting an engagement or bridal session, would the location’s colors go along with your wedding colors?
When you start with a beautiful location that fits your vision, you will be even happier with how your photos turn out!
2. Get Some Inspiration Online
The internet is flooded with inspiration for photoshoots! Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, blogs, and other resources are available to help you get inspired. You can get ideas for poses you like and even watch videos that teach you how to look great in pictures. There is so much information out there!
Online resources are also very helpful when planning outfits. You can get ideas and see what looks great in photos with just a quick search on Google or Pinterest!
If you want, you can even make a Pinterest board with inspiration photos of poses or compositions you like and send it to me! That way I can have a better idea of what you your vision is and better incorporate that into your session.
This tip definitely isn’t necessary, because I will be there to help with posing and making you look great. But if you want to feel more prepared for your photo session, don’t be afraid to do a little research.
3. Be Prepared and on Time
One of the most important parts of making the most of your session is to be on time! I always schedule photo shoots for a time with ideal lighting so I wouldn’t want you to miss that window. Once the sun goes down and it gets too dark, the time for pictures is over. Give yourself plenty of time to get ready so that you aren’t rushed or stressed trying to get to your shoot.
Also, be prepared! Make sure you have everything you need, like extra outfits or touch up makeup. If your session is close to dinner time, eat beforehand or bring snacks to eat on the way there.
4. Have Fun!
Most importantly, remember to have fun and enjoy the moment! Once you get to the shoot, let go of any stress or other things you might be thinking about. Be ready to just smile, laugh, and have a good time! If you are with your significant other, don’t be afraid of PDA or being silly.
I often hear from clients after their session that the experience was a lot more fun than they thought it would be! Even if you aren’t used to it, being in front of the camera can be a total blast!
I hope these tips help you feel more prepared for your session so you can get the most out of your experience!