Leading up to your photoshoot, there are a few items you’ll want to check off your list to ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible and that you leave feeling great about your new images. From mental preparations to those for your body and health, this list covers 10 ways to prepare for your photoshoot.

1. Brainstorm 3 to 5 words.

One of the first things I have my clients do as they prepare for their photoshoot with me is brainstorm three to five words that they want to convey in their photoshoot. As they think of these descriptors, they embody them and it truly shows in the final images! For more on this subject, check out my blog post, The Power of Intentions in Photoshoots, Business, & Life.

2. Pick your favorite music.

While my clients are having their make-up applied, hair styled, and wardrobe consulted, as well as during the photoshoot itself, I like to play music that gets them in the right headspace. Whether it be energizing and upbeat tunes or more relaxing and mellow ones, the music can really enhance the environment and experience. So before your photoshoot, give some thought to what kind of mood you’d like to create in the space and let me know so that I can have it ready!

3. Get a good night’s sleep.

Make sure that the several nights leading up to your photoshoot you are getting good night’s sleeps and feeling rested. Not having enough rest can certainly show on our faces, so to guarantee that you’re looking and feeling your best, don’t skimp on your eight hours!

4. Avoid foods high in sodium.

Stay away from foods with a high sodium content as they can lead to water retention, which will leave you feeling and looking a little bloated. While it’s important to watch what you eat, DO NOT starve yourself with the hopes of dropping any last minute weight. If you show up to your photoshoot short on energy and feeling fatigued due to a lack of food, it will show in the photos!

5. Drink lots of water.

Staying hydrated is key and will help eliminate bloating, as well as keep your skin looking its best. Start being more intentional with your water drinking habits in the days leading up to your shoot, not just the day of. While we’re on the topic of liquids, avoid alcohol the day before as its effects can still show even after the hangover has passed! Insure that you wake up feeling great by skipping the booze the day ahead.

6. Get organized.

Having everything that you need for your photoshoot organized and ready to go the day before so that you’re not frantically rushing around the morning of your shoot, gathering bits and pieces.

7. Wear a button down or wide-mouthed shirt.

By wearing a shirt that is easily changed into and out of, you can avoid disturbing your hair and make-up when you change into your first outfit.

8. Arrive with a clean face and un-styled hair.

Don’t worry about arriving to your shoot looking your best. Rather, come as a clean canvas and leave the rest to our Dream Team of professional makeup artists and hair stylists.

9. Communicate with your photographer.

As your photoshoot approaches, if you have any questions or concerns, bring them up to your photographer! Do this ahead of time so that you feel prepared and confident come the day of your shoot.

10. Relax!

Get in the right headspace as you enter into your session and trust the process as we do our parts to make sure you leave with photos of yourself that you love!

Having your photo taken, whether during a Headshot Party, Social Media Portfolio Party, or Personal Branding session should be fun! Guarantee that you have the best time possible by taking care of your “to-do’s” ahead of time and leave the rest to us.