Photography Tips

10 things to bring to a photoshoot as a client

In most cases, all you need to bring to a photoshoot is your pretty face. However, it’s always good to be prepared. Check with your photographer for suggestions on what to bring based on your specific session. In the meantime, here are some things that might come in handy!

Tissues and makeup for touch-ups

There’s nothing more frustrating than getting your face all made up for a photoshoot, only to arrive at your session and notice that you could use a touch-up. You might consider throwing a few essential makeup items in a small bag to bring with you, like lipstick or blush. That way, you can add another layer anytime you think you need it. You can also add some tissues to clean up any running makeup or sweat, especially on a hot day.

Water, preferably with a straw

This one also mostly applies to outdoor sessions on warmer days, but hey — hydration is important any time of year, anywhere. Bring some water along to make sure you stay hydrated, especially if it’s a long session. And if you’re wearing lipstick, you might want to use a straw to keep the color in place!

Snacks, toys, and back-up clothes for children

If you’re doing an outdoor session with kids, you can bring an extra change of clothes just in case things get a little messy. Where there’s dirt, kids will usually find it. Also, toys can be a great way to hold your child’s attention for snapping some nice photos. (Although, you probably know how much we love playful candids!) You can also pack some snacks to avoid the dreaded hangriness.

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Any outstanding payment for the photographer

Make sure to coordinate with your photographer to see what form of payment they prefer. If there’s any amount due at the time of your session, don’t forget to bring that along.

Inspiration photos

While inspiration photos aren’t necessarily required, they can definitely help with photoshoot planning. Take a look at shoots similar to yours on Pinterest so you can get an idea of poses to try out. Your photographer might have some suggestions, too! Try not to go overboard with dozens of inspiration photos, but a handful can definitely help.

Just in case: an umbrella or another clothing layer

Weather is so unpredictable. Make sure to take a look at the forecast just before your session to see if rain is possible and bring an umbrella just in case. Even if it’s just to use from the car to the building, an umbrella will make sure your hair and clothes stay dry. In the same vein, you might want to bring an extra cardigan or jacket in case it’s a little too chilly.

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