While I meet with everyone I photograph before our scheduled time, there are some things to consider before the day of your session. I put together this tip list to make the most out of your day in the spotlight. Whether we are spending an hour together or you have set up a mini-session, all of these tips will help insure you get images you are proud to share. Even professionally edited images have limits.

  • Get a good night’s sleep and be well hydrated.
  • Floss those teeth!
  • Men: Be sure to shave unless you like that stubble look.
  • Wear clothing that doesn’t wrinkle easily and that fits you well.
  • Bring a comb/brush with you especially if it’s a windy day so we can keep your hair looking good.
  • I recommend solid colors for clothing when possible. Having said that—if your style is bright and bold, that’s what you should wear. I want you to be comfortable and feel your best.
  • Wear something you feel wonderful in, something lovely and comfortable.
  • General tidbits for women: Sleeves that come to your elbow keep any upper arm jiggle out of site, V-necks can elongate your neck, turtlenecks emphasize your face and collared tops do a nice job framing your face. None of these rules are 100% — everyone has her own style and that should always take precedence. Just consider where you might have a bit of shyness regarding your body (for me, it’s my neck so I am super conscious of that in photographs!)
  • Keep makeup and hair simple—ideally get haircuts at least two weeks ahead of time.
  • Ladies—a little lip gloss or Vaseline goes a long way in images even if you usually wear no makeup.
  • I generally shoot more than I need so that you have some excellent choices even if you think you only want one photograph.
  • Be prepared to have fun!
  • Bring something to change things up. This could be a scarf, hat, or item that is special to you.
  • Outside headshots: wear your coat and whatever you might need to the location so that you stay warm until shooting begins.
  • Bring images of any inspiration to your session. The visual information will help both of us.

Here’s to you in pictures!