How to Prepare for Your Upcoming Shoot

Outlining Everything You Will Need on the Day of Your Shoot to Ensure You Feel Confident and Ready!

We all know that crazy bag lady who carries a small pharmacy with her at all times. And maybe, like me, that’s you on a day-to-day basis. But if you’re more the minimal type of gal, the day of your shoot is the day you pack as if you’re preparing for an apocalypse. Bobby pins, hair products, makeup, extra shoes… pack an extra of *literally* every single thing you are wearing or used to get ready. I’ve learned the hard way from styling shoots and spending days on set: you always need that one thing you didn’t think you needed when packing to leave the house. 

Keep reading for a full list of tips to ensure your photoshoot runs smoothly!

Have a few ideas handy. 

Scroll Pinterest to find images you love, whether it be the way the light hits the person, the pose they are making, or the overall look of the photo (this will also give you tons of ideas for poses to try!). The best way to prepare for this is to meet with your photographer beforehand to discuss inspiration, theme, and location details.


If you’re shooting with other people, chat with them! 

Make each other laugh and have light conversations. It’s hard to smile for a long time without starting to look forced. Chatting with each other keeps the mood light, and the photos will look more genuine. Ensure you have a discussion beforehand so you are both on the same page about your comfort levels in front of the camera and how you both want the photos to turn out.


Have a two or three outfit options on hand.

Wear clothing you feel comfortable and most like you in. If you’re shooting with another person, coordinate your outfits to complement each other, instead of matching each other. This will add more visual interest to the photos, rather than an overload of one colour or pattern. Choose neutral or somewhat muted tones- bright or neon colours will attract the eye directly to your clothing instead of you. Accessories are a great way to add a pop of colour into your outfit! Lastly, if your shoot is outdoors, make sure your outfits work with the weather. If you feel cold on the day, you will look cold in the photos!

Steam, iron, and hang!

Steam, iron, and hang the clothing you plan on wearing the night before your shoot. If possible, bring your outfit in a garment bag and change when you get to the location. Although small wrinkles in clothing can be easily photoshopped out, larger creases can pose more of a problem.


Bring extra makeup, hair accessories, and under garments! 

It’s always a great idea to have a spare pair of shoes and a strapless bra. Bring your makeup essentials for touch ups throughout the day, and ensure you have hairspray, bobby pins, and styling tools on hand for tweaks. 


A photoshoot may seem overwhelming, especially if you aren’t used to being in front of the camera. Use your photographer as a resource- ask them how you can prepare, what to bring, or any other questions you may have leading up to the shoot. Think about what you may need in terms of props, hair, makeup and clothing. Discuss your priorities of the photoshoot so you can plan out how the day will go. Just remember: the most important thing is to feel comfortable and confident in the location you choose, the clothes you are wearing, and the poses you are doing.


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