5 things to remember before a photo session

Hi folks! I thought I'd write up a short blog post for you all about some things to remember before a lifestyle session — whether that's senior portraits or engagement photos. I love to get to know people and laugh with them during a photo session.

 This is Kimberly — we did her senior photo session on OU's campus with the nicest warm light.

This is Kimberly — we did her senior photo session on OU's campus with the nicest warm light.

1. Location, location, location

Think about where you'd like to have your photos taken. If these are senior photos, maybe you'd like to take photos on your college campus. For engagement photos, maybe you'd want to go to the park bench where you first said "I love you." 

Since I only shoot with natural light, outdoor locations will be your best bet. I shoot during the wee hours of the morning or close to sunset to capture the most beautiful, buttery light I can, so keep that in mind too as you think of where you'd like to have your photos taken.

2. What'll you wear? 

Oh, this is a fun part. Most sessions I offer give us enough time for you to bring along a couple of your favorite outfits, so think about clothes that make you feel comfortable and happy. You'll want to make whatever you bring along is something you can move around comfortably in. If you're into heels, you may want to bring along a pair of comfy shoes you can slip on while we walk around chasing the best light.

3. Who's coming with you?

You can totally do a photo session alone with no problem — I don't bite! But if you're nervous in front of the camera, think about bringing along a friend, family member or significant other who can make you smile, and they can join you for a few photos as well. You can also have a pet come with you — if you bring along your pup, you'll also want to bring along treats and someone to help us hold your pet in between photo spots.

 Winston's such a beautiful dog, he deserved his own portrait.

Winston's such a beautiful dog, he deserved his own portrait.

4. Prop it up

What props are you bringing? Some props I've taken photos of folks with before: balloons, confetti, acceptance letters (and acceptance banners!), and yes, even pizza. Bring what you love, and we'll make it work. If you're not feeling props, no worries — lots of people I take photos with don't bring props, and that's totally fine too.

5. Pack your bag

Some things you won't want to leave out of your bag: a brush or comb (this is especially helpful if it's windy), chapstick (also especially helpful if it's windy), any other makeup you want to keep on hand for touchups, if you wear makeup, and a small mirror. Don't have a mirror? The front camera on your phone is a perfect substitute. And of course, don't forget any props you wanted to bring.