A good photo-shoot doesn’t happen by accident. Here are some important tips to help ensure our success.


Make sure to drink a lot of water the day before and the day of your photo-shoot. Water helps the eyes sparkle and it makes the skin look great!


Stay natural and less make-up is often better. The exception is mascara, which is recommended (don’t go over board though). The mascara makes your eyes look amazing. If you wear foundation or concealer make sure to moisturize well beforehand. A camera picks up dry skin and it’s important to address this ahead of time.

Lip Gloss – Guys, Pay Attention

Dry lips do not photograph well. Make sure to use lip moisturizer ahead of time. Guys – this is called Chapstick.


  • Fit: The pictures are about you, not your clothes. Clothing that fits well photographs well. Avoid baggy clothes, everyone regrets this choice later.
  • Type: a dress, shorts, pants are all fine. Focus on what is comfortable and fits well.
  • Layers: Dress in layers as this often photographs well and provides options along the way. We will likely be outdoors and we will probably sit on the ground or lean on structures. In these situations we will get a bit dirty, please consider this when selecting the location and your clothing.
  • Colors: avoid over-whelming colors – neon and fluorescent colors are completely out! Bright green, red or yellow are not always the best choices either. Earth tones such as gray, light blue, dark green, maroon, black and white are all great choices.

Clothing Changes?

Bring your clothes with you to the shoot. I have a small portable cheer changing tent. This allows us to change at the location with complete privacy and make better use of our time!


Go as natural as you can and try to limit how much product you put into your hair. We are going to use your hair as a prop in the photo and move it around. Accept that your hair is going to get messy.

Parent or Friend

Feel free to bring a parent or a friend. It’s best to avoid bringing the significant other to your photo-shoot. They tend to distract from your time and I have to compete for your focus. There’s a lot happening in a photo-shoot and the fewer distractions the better!

Can I bring a prop?

Of course! If you are in sports bring an item from the game. If you are in band, bring your instrument. This time is meant to generate a photograph you will love.

Can I bring a pose?

If you find a pose that you want to try, let’s give it a shot! Of course there are no guarantees, but it’s always fun to try and recreate a pose. Just bring a picture on your phone.

How long until I get my Pictures?

Edits may take up to 2-3 weeks. This is based on when the final selection is made and communicated. It is not based on the session date. The edit queue is based on first-in, first-out. This approach is the most fair for all involved.

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