The You R Photo Pre Photo-shoot Checklist

I believe that as consumers we should be educated and feel confident in the decisions we make. Knowledge is power! The most important thing in the service industry is trust. You don't want to be let down or dissatisfied with the service you pay for. 

I have compiled a whole bunch of helpful tips for you to keep in mind before you book your photoshoot with any photographer. With this knowledge I hope you can feel confident in the decision you make, and it lends to a smooth and stress-free experience, because, if you know me you'll know that that's what I am all about!


A great way to crowd-source is based on recommendations from friends and family. Whether they had a good experience or not, they will be happy to share. It is important to see the photographer’s work and be excited by it. Don’t just settle for a cheap price, feel confident in the person you are hiring. 


What kind of vibe are you going for?

If you are looking for a more natural vibe, then look into different park options. A good time to schedule those parks sessions are in the spring and fall seasons. The summer tends to have limited scheduling options because of the heat.  

Do you prefer a posed look? Then a studio is a great option. You can schedule these sessions all year round, but a great time to schedule a studio session is in the winter time when it is too cold to be outside. 

Are you the homebody type, who would love to have photos of you and the kids baking cookies together on a Sunday morning? Then a lifestyle session is the way to go. No need to worry about getting everyone and everything packed and ready. Just show up as you are and let the documenting begin!


Know your budget and how much you want to spend. Know what’s included in the session. You don’t want any surprises later when your photographer tells you that prints were not included in the session you purchased. If your budget and the photographer's rates don’t match, it's ok to ask if they can refer you to someone whose rates are closer to what you had in mind to spend.   


Give yourself time to prepare before the session. Scheduling the session the day before can prove to be very overwhelming. A great way to secure your session is by putting down a deposit. This gives you the peace of mind to be able to take care of other things that need to get done before the big day. 

It's important to keep in mind your kids’ schedules when arranging your photoshoot. If they’re usually cranky after a nap, then it would be best to avoid scheduling a session for that time. Also, keep in mind that at certain times of the day the sun will be stronger, so ask your photographer what time would be best. 


Pinterest is your best friend. It's always good to have a clear visual of the poses you are comfortable with. It'll also help with the specifics you would like to have captured. Send your photographer the inspo before the shoot so they are able to prepare. 

With any transaction it is important to be on the same page, and communicating your needs and expectations for the photoshoot is important. You don't want to be disappointed with the end result because of a miscommunication. For example: who will be bringing props? 


What are you wearing? Are you comfortable? Do you feel good wearing it?

Here are some tips that will make picking outfits a bit easier. 

  • It is best to stay away from bold patterns. Instead, choose a solid color that is cohesive with your vibe and location.

  • The most important thing is that you're comfortable. Discomfort will show in an image, so stay comfy and stay true to you and your style. You don't want to feel self-conscious, you want to feel confident in what you're wearing. 

  • Know how to recognize if something will stand out on camera. Lay your clothing for the photoshoot on a bed or floor. If it sticks out to you then it'll stick out on camera.

  • To avoid wrinkling your clothing on the way to the session, get dressed at the location. That way you can ensure you will stay wrinkle-free!  

Armed with this information, I am confident that you have the tools you need to ensure a stress free experience.

If you have any further questions, I am here and happy to be of service.