Mother breastfeeding child by Haley Sure Photography

Even in the world of selfies, many people are uncomfortable in front of the camera. Having a photography session may seem overwhelming, but you can’t let that keep you from making beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. There are steps you can take to help you prepare for a photo shoot that will help make the session seem a little more effortless. 


How to Prepare for Your Photography Session

Communication is Key

Often in life, when we’re excited about an event, we plan it out in our heads. We paint the perfect picture of how we want it to go. But if it doesn’t meet our expectations, we can be left feeling a little disappointed. 


This is why talking to your photographer about your vision is so important. Together you can come up with a plan that will meet or exceed your expectations. 


Location, Location, Location

Once you’ve decided on a vision of how you want your photos to look, you need to pick a location. Knowing what vibe you’re going for (urban, nature, rustic, contemporary, etc.) will help your photographer find the perfect location. 


Your photographer should know all the best spots that will make for an amazing backdrop, no matter what look you are going for. But first, you need to narrow it down to what vibe you’re going for. 


Looking Good

Hopefully, you will have these photos for the rest of your life. These are moments captured for you to look back on in your future years, and you’ll want to look your best because when you look your best, chances are you feel your best, and that’ll show through on camera. That’s why planning your outfit is important. Don’t wait until the last minute to throw something together. Come up with a few options and share them with your photographer to get their professional opinion on what’ll look best with their editing style.


You want something that coordinates with the other people in your photos but isn’t matchy-matchy. Be sure to try them on beforehand and make sure they fit comfortably and that they work for the setting you’ve chosen.


mother holding young child and playing by Haley Sue Photography

What Time Is It?

Your time is important, and scheduling your shoot at a time that’s convenient for your schedule is something to take into consideration. But there’s something else you need to note when preparing your photo session, and that is the best time of day for getting the look you desire. 


Lighting is crucial when shooting outdoors to get the mood you want to fulfill your vision. Timing matters. Will it be sunrise, full sun, sunset, or blue hour? This is definitely something that you’ll need the help of your photographer to decide.


A Little Planning

Getting everyone to play their role can be exhausting if you’re doing a motherhood photoshoot or family photos. It helps to plan ahead for your littles to make it easier on yourself. Coordinate your day around their naps, ensure they are fed, and adjust for potentially having them awake later than usual. It might seem like a task at first, but I promise you that one day of adjusting nap schedules won’t ruin your entire sleep training program. 


Get Personal

When you think about how to get ready for a photo shoot, gathering up personalized props might not be at the forefront of your mind, but adding those special touches to your photos–make them more individualized instead of just like every other photoshoot you’ve seen. This can also be done by choosing a location or activity that’s personalized to you as well! Such as going to an arcade, having a picnic, or going swimming. The options for personalization are endless and unique to you. 


Getting maternity photos? Bring an ultrasound or a special outfit. Having a photo session for couples? Don’t forget the champagne to pop!


Deep Breath, Ahhhh

Perhaps, most importantly, breathe and relax. The less stressed you are, the less stressed those around you will be, and the more likely they will be to cooperate. It will make a more enjoyable experience all around. Besides, it will come across in your photos if you’re uptight and uncomfortable. So remember to take a deep breath because your photos will turn out much better if you’re relaxed and not stressing about the small things. 


One More Thing

It’s not all on you. You don’t have to prepare for a photo shoot alone. Your photographer will help make it an amazing experience. From helping to pick out the best location to doing their best to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera. 


When you choose the right photographer, your photography session can be a fun and enjoyable experience, especially when you follow these tips. A positive adventure that shows in each frame. Contact me today to discuss how we can capture photos you will love-from wedding and motherhood photos to small rainy day moments in your new home. 


family sitting for natural photoshoot by Haley Sue Photography