How to Prepare for a Photoshoot

Producer Anne Gillies

Producer Anne Gillies

The impetus to schedule a portrait session is usually fueled by a project or a big event: you're building a new website, you need a portrait for publicity, you've gotten engaged, or you're making holiday cards. These times can feel busy, and most people feel nervous about being photographed. That is totally normal.

Here are some easy-to-follow tips to prepare for being photographed. This goes for professionals as well as family portraits.

Rest is best. Daniel Tiger is always right. Think about giving yourself some breathing room in the days approaching your photo session. Get some sleep and don’t overpack your schedule.

Healthy intake. Drink lots of water, avoid foods that irritate your skin and be kind to yourself.

Grooming. Avoid a major hairstyle change (unless that’s what you want to document!) and give yourself enough time to make appointments with your favorite beauty professionals.

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Wendy, boxer

Simple is better. When thinking about clothes, accessories and your space, remember to keep it simple and appropriate. You don’t want what you are wearing to distract from capturing the perfect expression or moment.

Try on your clothes. As far as simplicity goes, think about necklines, colors and tailoring that flatter you.

Trust your photographer. Having a portrait done is a partnership. By taking good care of yourself prior to the photo session, it allows me to connect with you, learn about you and make the best images.