3 Things NOT To Do Before Your Photo Session

April 11, 2024

I want you to feel as prepared as possible for your portrait session for a relaxed, enjoyable portrait experience. While we will plan all the details of your session together, here are 3 things NOT to do before your photo session:


#1: DO NOT bring a detailed Pinterest board of ideas.

I get it. Inspiration is EVERYWHERE! We live in a digital world, and there is sooooo much imagery out there that causes us to react emotionally when we see it. It is beautiful, and you ABSOLUTELY want to feel that way about your own photos!

But the truth is … some of those images make us feel that way because they represent CONNECTIVITY and being “in the moment”. You can’t always recreate that … and your photographer certainly can’t be truly present if their head is buried in an overwhelming checklist! โ˜บ๏ธ Some things really do just need to be allowed to happen and be captured organically.

Sharing a few inspiration photos with your photographer is absolutely fine if there are some unique poses that you would like to try. But just remember that a seasoned photographer will help to guide you with flattering posing and prompts to get the best results possible with creative freedom! Promise … we got you!

#2: DO NOT wait to plan your outfits.

A surefire way to stress yourself out before a portrait session is waiting until the last minute to throw together outfits.


Picture it … clothes thrown all over your closet and your bed as you try to see what fits, what matches, and what you want to be seen in photos for years to come. Have you been there?

I’m a firm believer that when you dress up for your portrait session, you feel flattered and better about yourself – and it shows in your photos! Choosing flattering silhouettes and colors that complement your natural features and put less emphasis on areas about which you might be more self-conscious is the best way to ensure youโ€™ll love the way you look in your photos.

The key to coordinating outfits for couples and families is to mix up solids and patterns, as well as dominant and accent colors. Dress pants for men photograph best, and layers work wonders to create visual interest.

Local boutique stores have unique clothing that you won’t see at the mall. Online shopping is great option for endless options, and oftentimes a more expansive range of sizes. (Trust me … petite girl problems. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ) Just don’t forget to return what you don’t end up wearing … or not. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Rent the Runway is a great option to wear designer clothing for your portrait session without committing to the designer price tag. Just make sure to allow yourself plenty of time for shipping and exchanges, if necessary.

#3: DO NOT get a fake tan.

I am not beyond a great spray tan. I have done it before and have felt like a little color gave my complexion a much-needed boost!

BUT … things look different on camera. Although it might seem counter-intuitive, I recommend that you do not get a spray tan before your session. It tends to photograph a weird sort of orange even when itโ€™s applied subtly and by a professional, and it looks very unnatural when standing next to your loved ones in photos. Your actual skin tone will photograph most beautifully. Trust me … even if they haven’t told you, all photographers feel the same way about this. โ˜บ๏ธ

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Selecting Amy Simkus as our photographer was honestly one of the best decisions we made for our wedding! She is very easy to work and communicate with. While taking pictures, she is a such a hype woman!!


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