Prepare as much as you can in advance and you’ll have given yourself the best chance to stay calm the day of your session.

Outdoor Photo Session Tips

  • Look at your home decor and choose colors for your outfit that goes with the color scheme of your home.
  • Accessories not only add to your outfit but they can be fun to use in photos. Necklaces for the kids to play with or hats to hide behind.
  • Once you book your session, start thinking of the clothes right away. Your clothes should be free of logos. You would also want to stay away from large busy prints and loud vibrant colors.
  • Say no to Toy Story shirt, characters on shirts can be pretty distracting.
  • Nails and toes should be clean and groomed.  Nails should be a natural color (nude, french, light-pink, etc) for model/actor headshots and portfolios;  and any color for family portraits, etc.  You want to be careful your nail color doesn’t detract from you and your face as the primary subject.
  • Hair should be clean and nicely brushed.
  • Avoid all white or all black clothing.
If you are wearing an all-white shirt then it is very easy to blow out parts of your shirt causing it to lose its detail.
  • Textures are your friend. I am a huge fan of a cotton fitted shirt. However, in photographs I like to add textures like scarves or belts to add a little more to the image.
  • Think classic. These photos will be hanging on your walls and treasured for years to come. By choosing simple, classic clothes you will help give your images a timeless feel.
  • Plan out your outfit(s) few days before so that you can get any extra items if needed.
  • Set aside anything special you want to bring. Have snacks packed and ready day before.
  • Stay Calm. Parents emotions are infectious, and I promise you transmit them on to your child. It’s more likely to get real smiles from a child who’s mommy hasn’t been annoying in front of them all morning.
  • It’s more work than you think to get ready for your photo session. Don’t wait until the last minute to get everything together, because I promise it will stress you out!


If you see ideas in magazines, social media, friends etc that really attract your attention, feel free to bring those clipping or phone pics to your session.  How you feel about photography, what moves you and what you gravitate to provides much insight into who you are and your expectations.  Never hesitate to share your ideas with the photographer.