How To Prepare For A Photoshoot

So you've never done a photoshoot before, and you keep seeing all your friends getting their maternity or couples or pet sessions done. So you've decided to book one for yourself. But you've never POSED professionally before. And all the photos you've had taken were selfies. Whether you're shy, awkward, goofy, posing in photos is easy if you just follow a few simple tips. 


Ugh so you've heard this one before, a trillion times. But usually, when people say RELAX, you tend to do the opposite. When clients come in for their first session, I usually offer them a glass of wine to calm the nerves. (even if it's a 10 am session) but what if you're not a drinker? Well, I add other things like aromatherapy in the room, music that gets you pumped for the photos. And if you are still nervous, trust me 15 minutes into the session, you will forget all about it as soon as you see some camera shots. 


Having a photoshoot isn't just about the final product and getting your digital edits, it's about HAVING FUN! Whether you've booked an hour session or a three-hour session, make those your memorable times. When I have couples being so quiet, I try to get them talking by asking a million questions. I usually almost all the time poke fun at their partner to make them both laugh. You want to enjoy your session, you PAID for it so treat it like any other outings you would have done. Be it bungee jumping or going to the movies. Treat it like a date! 


You want to have some sort of a plan going into the shoot.

Make sure you have your outfits ready and send them to your photographer for approval! If you're doing a couples session, you definitely want to make sure you both match. Although I've never had clients who had horrible taste, there have been times where if I could've coordinated the colors, the photos would have been that much better. 

DON'T wear tight clothing that give you lines on your skin. This happens way too often, and it's a lot of work to photoshop them out, also it's an extra charge so save yourself and the photographer the nuisance and wear loose fitting clothes to your session. 

Usually I ask my clients to send me a mood board or at least a few inspiration photos they've seen online so that I can have an idea of what type of shots they want. You NEED to do this. Don't leave your photographer in the dark. It's also unfair for them to give you a price when you asked for something simple, but then during the session, you start showing them photographs that take a lot more effort than they had originally quoted you for. I usually ask my clients to send me at least 2-3 photos of what they're looking for BEFORE I confirm their booking. 

If you've booked a toddler session and it's in the studio, I don't need to tell you to prepare. Bring snacks, toys, diapers. Although some photographers will already have all these things, many don't. So bring the essentials to make the session smoother than butter on bread. 


It might sound silly to practice for your shoot. But if you've never had one before, you're going to want to do this. I typically send my clients a cheat sheet with posing ideas, boudoir and for couple sessions. Take the advice and practice beforehand in front of the mirror. While some poses might work for other people, it might not work for you. So you want to make sure you're comfortable in the poses the photographer tells you to take, but if you hadn't practiced them before, you won't really know until you see the photos, and then it will be too late!

Watch youtube videos, here's a few for example:


I had to add this in here twice because some people just take this way too seriously. I mean I totally get that some photographers may have packages that are over a few thousand dollars, but my sessions are so reasonably priced, so you shouldn't overthink your session. ENJOY your time. The more you enjoy it, laugh, relax, have fun, it will show in the photos.

Remember Pinterest is your FRIEND. From posing to outfit coordination to photo ideas, this is where you'll go. If you don't have an account, get one now and use it!

At the end of the day it's just you and the photographer. I have photographed so many women in lingerie, of all shapes and sizes, so never think your photographer is judging you, they are there to make you feel SEXY and CONFIDENT. If something doesn't feel right speak up. I usually take mini breaks between shooting (while the client changes) to get to know each other a bit better. 

The photos taken at the end of the session versus at the beginning are ALWAYS that much better. Now if only you let go of your nerves from the beginning, you can double the amazing photographs you get at the end! 

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