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Preparing for
the big day
(Ladies Edition)!


Thank you for booking your special day with me! I am so excited to capture this very important milestone with you and I am here to make sure everything goes perfectly! We are going to have the best time & I am going to make sure you know just how beautiful you are!


  • 3 outfits is the magic number. This provides for plenty of looks but without feeling like you are spending the entire session changing. With each wardrobe change the hair and makeup do start to wear

  • wear your favorite outfit first as this is when hair and makeup are at their best

  • first of all I want you to wear what you love and feel comfortable in! I want you to look like YOU and your wardrobe should reflect your personality and also go with the location you have chosen.

  • be sure to try on your outfits about a week before your session day so that if there are any issues you have tome to respond. Please practice sitting and bending to make sure you will be able to pose.

  • as far as WHAT...anything goes. I love shorts and jeans, dresses and skirts, layers are always a hit and so are accessories like hats

  • make sure you have proper undergarments, I always recommend nude bras. We do not want underwear lines or bra straps!

  • iron your clothes and bring them on a hanger

  • colors: while this is somewhat personal I will say my number one suggestion is wear a color that compliments your skin tone. This is almost never going to be black, white, or gray although these colors can work well in certain locations. NO neon. That is one rule I would suggest not breaking. It does not like the camera! I prefer bright colors (that are not neon) and jewel tones.

  • patterns: the camera does not love stripes or tiny prints or repeating patterns. They often pixelate and cause some strange effects.

  • feel free to send me your choices and I am happy to weigh in and provide suggestions



  • HYDRATE, drink lots of water & use lotion and chapstick the week leading up to your session and avoid sunburns.

  • I do not recommend self tanning for your portrait session and if you do, please do so 3-4 days beforehand. Self tanner often leaves orange hands and elbows and I am unable to edit this for you

  • Hair & Makeup: I strongly recommend booking this service. My artist is one of the top professionals in the industry and will come to your home 2-3 hours before your session, color match your skin to the day it is on your session day, and uses professional level products for your hair and makeup and these will have more staying power for those hot, humid days.

  • Hair & Makeup (cont'd): please wear makeup even if you usually do not. Natural light photography can be very picky and makeup needs to match your skin tone, not be streaky, and needs to stick to your face, Make sure mascara is not clumpy and please wear lip color and bring it along to reapply.

  • Nails: please make sure your nails are manicured and I do not suggest bright or neon or too trendy. Natural nails are fine too, Just no chipped polish please.

  • tan lines: please try to cover these with clothing. I can edit out some small lines but not all.







  • bring your wardrobe changes. I suggest putting jewelry for each outfit in its own baggy and clipping to the hanger for the outfit it goes with

  • shoes for each outfit

  • safety pins, bobby pins, hairspray, a hairbrush, lipgloss, touch up makeup

  • insect repellant if it is that time of year

  • a makeup mirror


In the case of high winds, very heavy overcast, weather warnings, rain, or illness: I will contact you 3 hours before your hair and makeup appointment or session time (if you do not have hair and makeup scheduled) and we will reschedule. This day is too important to fight with bad weather. I want it to be comfortable and relaxed and fun with no worries.

still have questions? 

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