Getting ready for a photoshoot should not be taken lightly. After all, you have a vision of how you want the day to go, and you also want to make sure you make the most of the time you have with your photographer. In my experience, there are a few things that may seem simple but are often overseen when getting ready for your photoshoot.
1. Pack a tote bag with all your must-haves & props - Make sure it's not too heavy, as you don't want it to become an inconvenience to carry around the location of your shoot.
2. Drink (and bring) water - On average, a photo session can last between 1 to 2 hours and it's important to stay hydrated throughout the photoshoot (especially on hot summer days). A thirsty person is not a comfortable person, and the more comfortable you are, the more you'll enjoy the final images.
3. Bring comfortable shoes - This is one truly depends on what you find comfortable. If you're already comfortable in the shoes you want to be photographed in, then feel free to skip this one. However, depending on the location you choose for your photoshoot, there may be a lot of walking during the 1-2 hour session. Make sure you pack an extra pair of comfy shoes if the ones you want to have your pictures taken in aren't exactly great for walking.
4. Shine control! - When getting ready for your photoshoot, you will probably make sure your makeup looks PERFECT before you leave the house. Once you arrive to the location of the shoot, and walk a few steps, you might start seeing a little bit of oil or sweat that will be extremely noticeable in pictures. And, trust me, no one likes being photographed with an oily face (I certainly know I don't). Pack some oil blotting paper and a light matte or translucent powder so you can go back to your perfect makeup look in no time.
5. Speaking of makeup... bring any item that you think might be prone to wear out and lose color. Lipstick is a very common item that is easy to pack and also very easy to forget.
6. Tissues, sunscreen, and any other personal care items - Spending time outdoors can bring out some sniffles in the springtime, sunburns in the summer, rain, bugs, and the list goes on. Make sure to keep a close eye on the weather forecast that day and pack accordingly based on what you think you may need.
7, Enjoy! This isn't meant to be a stressful checklist, but more of a guide to help bring up any items you may forget for your photoshoot. Be sure to have fun and enjoy the shoot! :)