Tips on How to Prepare For Your Sessions – For Girls | HOUSTON FAMILY & CHILD PHOTOGRAPHER

You've just booked your session with Zinn Photography, and you're super excited (as am I). But you're probably wondering: "what's next?" This guide will help walk you through just a few helpful tips needed to prepare you for your portrait session with me.   I'm so excited to work with you.. If you have any questions along the way, please just let me know. I would love to help you!

1.   Outfits:

Have your clothing chosen in advance and make sure that your outfit choices are definitely comfortable and attractive looking.  For your session, I recommend you bring about two to three outfits to wear for your session.  Make sure they are laid out, and cleaned night before.  If you need to iron anything, please iron the night before and then hang the clothes for your shoot. If you’re wearing something that wrinkles easily, don’t wear it in the car on the way to the shoot – just change at the location.

·       When you are standing in your closet figuring out what to wear I want you to ask yourself this question what do your dream photos look like to you?

a)     Are they soft and elegant?  Then choose neutral colors with soft and possibly flowing fabrics.  In a way, imagine creams, very soft pastels, oatmeal, light browns, tans, grays, and slate blues. 

b)    Are they showing your fun and spunky side?  Then choose coordinating colors (let's avoid being too matchy) with bold accent colors, such as hues of gray with a bright accent color.  Adding fun accessories like scarves, headbands, hats, etc. can add a modern twist and sassy flair to your images.

c)     MAKE IT YOUR OWN! This session is about you! And it's so important to make sure that your personality shines through in every aspect. 

2.   Accessories:

Speaking of accessories, don’t forget to pack any accessories you’ll want for each outfit – jewelry, scarves, headbands, etc. Bring matching socks/tights, and shoes for each outfit.  Trust me when I say that one pair of shoes can not go with every outfit. 

Also, I always like to say that it is better to be safe than sorry.  So if there is something you would like to have in your photos but not 100% about it.  I say go ahead and bring it then we will decide during your session if that item fits or not. 

3   Shoes:

For shoes, bring the ones you are going to take photos in and then bring comfy shoes for walking from location to location. Nothing makes a session less fun than blisters!


While you’re at it, if you plan on bringing any props – your ballet shoes, favorite book, softball gear, a bouquet of your favorite flowers, your favorite pieces of your grandmother’s jewelry, the family quilt that you love, etc. – go ahead and lay that out as well.

5.   Hair:

Get your hair cut about one to two weeks prior to your session. Don’t drastically change it from your normal style in case you don’t like it. Have the hair stylist show you some easy styles you can do during outfit changes to switch it up a bit.

Arrive with clean dry hair. If we are styling your hair please set your hair in rollers for overnight to at least 2 hours before arriving. We will take down your hair to style it.

6.   Hair Accessories:

If you’re shooting outdoors, be ready to put your hair up and make it look nice in case of a windy day. Bring bobby pins, hair clips, headbands or any other favorite accessories.

7.   Rest:

Get a good night’s rest the night before so you can look well rested for your session.  Trust me, if you are exhausted the day of your session then you will look exhausted in your photos.

8.   Drink Water!

Drink lots of water! Good hydration will make skin glow and look fabulous.  Cut back on sodas as soon as you can before your session. 

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9.   Skin:

Now, this may be obvious, but your skin is just as important as what you wear! Here are some ways that will get your skin glowing! 

  • Moisturize your skin & keep hydrated for a natural glow. 

  • If you wake up two days prior to your session, or the morning of, and acne has appeared on your face

    • a)     Don’t pick at it and make it worse while trying to get rid of it.

    • b)    Apply some makeup over the area (not too heavy) and leave it at that.

  • Stay out of the sun to avoid tan lines and burns

  • Avoid high salt and high-fat foods for two to three days in advance of your shoot. Being bloated will sap your confidence and comfort in front of the camera.

  • Scrunchies or hair bands off your wrists, we don’t want to see band marks on your wrists

10.  Makeup:

Hire a good makeup artist that understand how to make you look your very best. (I can recommend you a couple of talented ladies to fit any budget.).  If you decide to do your own makeup keep makeup simple yet elegant, and make sure it matches your skin tone, or your face may look orange compared to the rest of your body.

11.  Lips:

You will probably wipe or lick your lips during your shoot, so bring fresh lip gloss or lipstick to do the touch-up. Use lip balm for a few days in advance of your shoot to make your lips looking their best. 

12.   Nails:

Get a manicure the day before or day of your session to ensure your nails look their best. Don’t forget that the color needs to match all of your outfits. For this reason, and to keep a clean appearance, I suggest going with the French manicure or just a clear coat of paint.

If you are in the Sugar Land & Missouri City area I absolutely recommend Revive Day Spa . The service is great and they treat you like a queen. Guys are welcome too! Jolie Quy Van and her team do an amazing job and the color lasts for a long time. They even provide services for little girls too. They would absolutely love sitting in their own princess butterfly chairs while getting their mani pedi done. For those, like myself, who are unsure about color(s) to choose. Jolie’s team even helps you with that too, by giving you advice/ recommendations on what would be best.

13.   Tanning:

Don’t do it and please do NOT use self-tanners.

14. Time:

Please arrive at your session location at least 15 - 30 minutes beforehand to allow time to find parking, make any last clothing adjustments, and find our meeting spot. If you know you tend to run late, I would even recommend getting there an hour ahead of time.  Arriving early is the single most helpful thing you can do for a smooth session. Especially with this Houston traffic, you never know what these roads are going to be like. 

15.   Relax and have fun with this and know: You will end up with breathtaking photographs!  

Let me know if there are any questions that you may have.  I would love to help you make this an awesome portrait session. 

Hey there, and thanks for stopping by to check out my blog! I love helping my clients get ready for their upcoming sessions. I hope that this blog post, among others, will give you a glimpse into what to expect should you invest in Zinn Photography Baby, Maternity, Family, or Senior Portrait Photographer. While my very favorite images are posted here on my blog and within my website, if you are interested in booking and would like to see a full gallery, never hesitate to ask!

I can promise all of the images you receive will be completely frame worthy!

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Zinn Photography specializes in family and senior lifestyle sessions, and outdoor family photography. With services to the Houston area, including Katy, Cypress, Richmond, Fulshear, Sugar Land, Pearland, Spring, The Woodlands, The Heights, West University Place, River Oaks, Rice Village, Bellaire, and Friendswood, we are the premier studio for your photography needs.