Denver Photographer | 7 Tips to take the stress out of picture day


How to prepare to ensure a stress free picture day.

It’s that time of year again folks! That time of year when this Denver Photographer (and probably most photographers) get super, crazy busy with Fall family portraits! I thought this would be a great time to focus on helping you all prepare to have an amazing experience at YOUR family photography session. I have compiled 7 tips to help you prepare for you session with your favorite Denver photographer (ahem…..its me right?!?!?)

Tip 1 – Find the outfits you want everyone to wear a month in advance and set them aside somewhere safe. Then try them on a week ahead of time to ensure everything still fits comfortably. Check that you didn’t miss any stains or holes that you couldn’t see until they were being worn.  If you struggle with outfit planning, ask us about our complimentary client closet or our online styling tool!

Tip 2 – As soon as your family changes out of their photo attire, make sure it is clean and pressed to be ready for the big day. Set the clothes together (sorted by person) and place them somewhere free from harm and dirt. Be sure to tell everyone that these are picture clothes and not to be worn until picture day. This will help to be sure that no articles of clothing go missing. Don’t forget about shoes, jewelry, belts, and other accessories.

Tip 3 – About three to four days prior to the session, start talking with your husband and kids about the session and what will happen and how they should behave. If you plan to use a bribe, now is a good time to set that in place. Continue to talk to your children daily to prepare them for the session. As a Denver photographer, I have a session guide that my clients get, which walks them through how to prepare everyone – it talks about everything mentioned here as well as some other great tips!

Tip 4 – Two days prior to the session, pack a bag of everything you will need on picture day – snacks, props, bribery, etc. Plan to put it somewhere you can grab it and go. Be sure to include wipes in case things get messy. It is also good to pack an extra hairbrush, and other “emergency” items, such as bobby pins and a backup lipstick. Bug spray is also a must have this season by all Denver Photographer s. Don’t worry if you forget that, I am always prepared!!

Tip 5 – On the day of the session, make sure everyone is well fed, but not overfed. We don’t want sick little tummies from overeating, but we don’t want anyone getting “hangry” (angry because they are so hungry) either. Do not get your family dressed in their photo clothes until after they have eaten and brushed their teeth. This will prevent spills and other messy accidents. You could even wait and plan to arrive early to your session, so you can get them dressed there.

Tip 6 – If you have young children, avoid any colored drinks the day of the session until after we are finished. Also, get them to wear a bib or drop cloth if they drink anything on the way to the session. This will save their shirts from wet spots or stains. 

Tip 7 – Once you get to the session, try to relax. If you have set a bribe, please let me know so I can use that throughout the session if the children get restless. Trust your Denver photographer – know that I will take care of things and will deliver amazing photos of your family. 

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