How to PrePare for A Photo Shoot

They're here! My pictures are here!!! The pictures from photo shoot with Blue Harvest Photography. They look fantastic! When I called up Bruce and Colleen, I told them about how I wanted to look like an adult and almost like a fashion model. They nailed it.

It's a very very different look for me - my hair is in a fro-hawk! I feel like it reflects a side of the performer in me that has been showcased before. My other photos have been very singer-songwriterish. This leans toward rocker-chick yet feminine.

Oh! Some drama: With no warning, like the weather has a bad habit of doing in this region, it turned brutally cold on day 1 of the shoot. But thank goodness Bruce and Colleen think on their toes and had a plan to keep me from freezing! The location they chose was warm. I couldn't have been more thankful. I despise cold weather. I say I'm allergic to it.

Anyway, I feel like I was much more prepared for this shoot than previous ones. So I pass along these basic tips on how to prepare for a photoshoot for anyone who has one coming up, particularly ladies:

  • Don't just pick any photographer. Make sure you're familiar with and LIKE their work.
  • Schedule your hair and make-up at least 1 month out.
  • Begin shopping for outfits at least 3 weeks out.
  • Discuss goals, location, clothing, concerns etc. with the photographer when booking the shoot. Even though it had been booked for 2 months, I had a meltdown about my wardrobe one week before and Colleen talked me through it. Thank you Colleen.
  • Pack outfits in a suitcase the night before.
  • If the make-up artist isn't coming with you to the shoot, BUY THE MAKE-UP! This can be the lipstick, mascara, or whatever you think is the most likely to get ruined. In summer shoots, I buy the foundation in case I sweat. This time, I went to Mac for my make-up. I always buy the lipstick used on me even if I don't think I'll wear it again. I like to snack, but food tends to take lipstick with it. Speaking of...
  • Bring snacks. I know I'm always eating, but seriously. Being hungry during a shoot can be a distraction.

Some bonus tips from Blue Harvest:

  • Plan a back up date for weather.
  • For those with kids, plan the shoot around their schedule