Preparing for your Portrait Session


When preparing for your portrait session, think about the image that you want to portray to the world. For clothing, you can be as casual or dressy as you like. If there are two or more in your group, dress in clothes that compliment each other. You don’t have to match; but, you don’t want to clash either. For example, brown and black don’t look great together in photos but two different shades of blue do. Solid colours or fabrics with smaller patterns work well, as does fabric with interesting textures. Avoid big or busy patterns in your clothing. Above all wear clothes that you are comfortable in and reflects your personalities. If you have fun shoes/boots/heels – bring them along but wear footwear that is easy to walk in. You can switch shoes for the actual photographs. You can also bring a jacket, hat or fun scarf that you can change for different photos to mix it up a bit.


Bring a change of clothes so we can switch it up. Depending on where we decide to shoot, you may be changing in a bathroom or “behind a tree” 😉 If you like, you can also bring different jackets, hats, scarves – anything that you can mix and match easily. Also bring water and a snack.

If there are young children in your group, bring a toy that will interest them. Either they can interact with it, or the photographer can hold it to capture their attention. Likewise, if there are four-legged friends in the group, bring noisemakers, treats, toys or anything else that will help to capture their attention or send their focus where we want it to be. It is also best to have a handler if horses are involved.


Unless the skies open up in an incredible downpour, we will be shooting. Cloudy/drizzly weather actually makes for some great shots with saturated colours. I have umbrellas that we can use that will keep you dry but also look good in the pictures.