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Do you have a professional photo shoot planned? Once you hire your photographer and schedule your session, you may wonder what you can do to get ready. From events like weddings to children’s portraits, intentional planning can help the session go more smoothly. Try out these 5 tips to prepare for a photoshoot.

1. be open to the photographer’s creative vision

You’ve hired a professional photographer for their creativity and vision as well as their expertise. Keep an open mind and trust that the photographer is working to capture your memories in a way that will be meaningful and moving. You may be surprised to find that the poses you were the most unsure about end up being your favorites when you review the prints.

2. list your planned shots

Always make a detailed list of the specific shots you want to get during the photoshoot. For example, if you’re doing family portraits with multiple generations, determine what combinations of people you wish to get shots of, such as siblings, grandparents with grandchildren, couples together, all the cousins, some with pets, etc. Check them off as they are taken to ensure you don’t miss any in the hussle and bussle.

kids photoshoot with dog

3. communicate with the photographer

If you have specific expectations for your photoshoot, communication is key. You need to communicate before, during, and after the photoshoot. Beforehand, make sure you know what to expect from the photoshoot. Explain your ideas for poses, locations, and clothing. During the photoshoot, be as honest as possible with your photographer, but do so politely. Your photographer wants you to be pleased with your photos, so share your thoughts as you go.

4. coordinate outfits

If you plan to have outfit changes during the shoot, have them chosen and ready to go on the day of your session. Be sure you communicate your clothing change plans with your photographer so that the necessary amount of time can be scheduled.

5. organize your participants

Make sure that everyone who is participating in the photo session knows when and where to meet as well as what to wear. Carefully coordinate with your family and friends to ensure there is no stress on the day of the shoot because someone forgot, is late, or isn’t dressed properly.

special considerations for photo shoots involving children

Children can be the most difficult subjects to photograph sometimes, and also the best, depending on the situation. When you plan a photoshoot, be prepared for the fact that children need more time. They may need occasional breaks to play and have snacks. When you let them be themselves, children’s photos can turn out beautiful and natural.

Contact Dani Weiss Photography today or call (404) 907-4970 to schedule a photo session. We look forward to helping you capture important moments with the ones you love.

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