Your session is booked...Let's start planning

I know you are busy so I like to keep the planning simple. This guide will walk you through what you can expect, where I need your input, and give my best tips for preparing for a great photo session.

1. Styling Your Session

2. What You Need to Know

3. Tips for Success

4. What’s Next

What Should I Wear?

This is usually the first question that comes up after booking a session. Picking your wardrobe can be stressful and it’s no wonder! Photos are an investment that will likely adorn the walls of your home and be passed down for generations. You want them to be perfect! Here is my step-by-step guide for coordinating the perfect outfits.


Step 1

Decide on the look you want.

Use the season to help narrow the look you are going for.

Are you striving for something flowy and whimsical, comfy and casual, or more formal?

Each season is associated with its own colors, weather, and landscapes. Spring and summer can be bright and flowy while fall and winter lend itself to cozy layers and stylish accessories.

Step 2

Layer and accessorize.

Mix and match textures.

Finish your look with layers that complement your outfits. Consider adding a statement necklace, scarf, hair piece or headband. Vests, belts, jackets, hats, suspenders, ties, and bow ties also work great. Simple, subtle touches and fabric textures add visual interest to your outfits and polish to your photos.

Step 3

Use my styling Service

Make it easier on yourself.

In your prep guide email, you received a login for your complimentary styling service. Use this to build and personalize the perfect outfits with these tips in mind. When finished, you will have access to the links to purchase the clothing or just use it as inspiration as you shop your favorite store or even your own closet.

The MOST important thing to keep in mind when choosing outfits is choosing something that you love and feel beautiful in. If you feel good, it will translate to your photos and set the tone for the whole session.

Important Do's and Don'ts

•Avoid neon colors, bright colors, and busy patterns.

•Don’t wear clothes with big logos or text.

•Choose clothing that hides tan lines.

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

—Eleanor Roosevelt

before your session

Let’s make your photo session fun and easy.

Prior to your session, check off these steps to set yourself up for success.

1. Questionnaire

Please fill out the questionnaire sent in the previous email. This tells me a little more about what you want from the session and helps me plan for anything special in advance.

2. Choose Your Outfits

Using the advice in this guide, begin choosing your outfits in advance. I am always available to help with any advice needed!

3. Begin Thinking About Prints, Albums and More

Get the most out of your investment. Plan how to use your photos. Complementary reveal and ordering sessions available upon request to help with choosing how to print your photos. Check out what will be available in your online store - SHP Product Guide

4. Final Checklist and Invoice

One week prior to your session, I will confirm the session date and time. You will also get a reminder about a final invoice for the balance due.

If you have any questions leading up to your session, feel free to reach out!

SEssion Day

Let's create some memories.


Plan to arrive to your session location about 10-15 minutes early. This allows a few minutes to get introduced to each other and walk to where we'll start photographing.


During our time together, I will pose you and tell your what to do, so you won't have to worry about any of that. You may be nervous, but you really don't have to be-I'm very easy to get along with and will make you feel comfortable soon enough. Most importantly...relax and enjoy the experience!

After your session

Phew! You did it!

You can celebrate a mini victory after your session is done. But there is more fun still to come – seeing your photos for the first time and finding ways to continue enjoying them. Here’s what to expect.

1-2 Days After Session

Sneak peek is posted. Share with friends and family.

3 Weeks After Session

Link to a custom slideshow of your images set to music is sent to you. Gather the whole family together and enjoy this memorable experience of seeing your photos for the first time.

2 Days after Slideshow

Full gallery is delivered. You'll be able to choose and download your high-resolution images that are included with your purchased collection directly from your gallery. You'll also have the opportunity to purchase additional images, prints, wall art, and albums at this time.

Your gallery will be active for one week. Please ensure you download your images and order all wall art, albums, and prints by the expiration date or there will be a $25 reactivation fee.

Complimentary reveal/ordering sessions are available upon request. Many clients prefer to have someone walk them through the process of choosing and ordering images and products. Let me know if you are interested in this service.

2 Weeks After Ordering

The beautiful photos you purchased arrive at your home ready for you to enjoy!

After Receiving Prints and Products

Check In and request for a review on Google and Facebook. As a small business owner, these are appreciated so much!

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."

—Henry David Thoreau

Important Reminders

Share Your Images

Share your beautiful images with friends and family!

Download and Backup the Images

I recommend saving your images in at least two separate locations. This could include your computer's hard drive, an external hard drive, a flash drive, or a cloud based service.

That's a wrap

Thank you again for the opportunity to work with you!

If there is anything I can do for you along the way, please don't hesitate to ask. I'm here to serve you the best that I can. 

I’m so excited to work with you and can’t wait to see what we create together! These will be memories that you'll treasure forever.


Phone number: 317-434-4855