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The Ultimate Photoshoot Prep Guide

Congratulations on booking your upcoming photo session! We are thrilled to work with you and capture

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some amazing memories. Whether you're a seasoned model or this is your first time in front of the camera, we understand that preparing for a photoshoot can feel overwhelming. That's why we've put together this guide with some helpful tips and advice to help you prepare and make the most of your experience. From wardrobe choices to communication with your photographer, we're here to help you feel confident and at ease during your session. So let's dive in and get ready to create some stunning images!


Taking care of yourself is an important part of preparing for your portrait photo session with Montrose Photo Video. Here are some additional tips to help you feel your best on the day of your session:


Practice self-care:

Woman getting a relaxing massage

Prioritizing self-care in the days leading up to your photo shoot can make a big difference in how you feel and look in your photos. Make sure to drink plenty of water and get a good night's sleep the night before your session. This will help you feel more energized and refreshed on the day of your shoot.

You may also want to take some time to pamper yourself before your session. This can include taking a relaxing bath, getting a massage, or doing a face mask. Taking care of yourself in this way can help you feel more confident and relaxed during your photo shoot.


Consider getting your makeup done by a professional:

Having your makeup done by a professional can help you look and feel your best on the day of your session. If you're interested in this option, we can recommend a talented makeup artist who can create a look that complements your natural features and enhances your beauty.

If you choose to do your own makeup, we recommend keeping it natural and subtle. Avoid using heavy makeup or bold colors that can be distracting in your photos. (unless of course that is what's called for to create your vision 😉) Don't forget to bring your makeup with you to your session for touch-ups throughout the day.


Have fun and be yourself:


Photo of a woman singing on stage

Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and be yourself during your photo shoot. Our team at Montrose Photo Video is dedicated to creating a relaxed and enjoyable experience for our clients. We want to capture the real you, so don't be afraid to let your personality shine through.

If you have any special requests or ideas for your photo shoot, don't hesitate to let us know. We're here to work with you and create photos that you'll love.


Choose your outfits carefully:


What you wear for your portrait photo shoot can have a big impact on the overall look and feel of your photos. We recommend choosing outfits that make you feel comfortable and confident, while also considering the location and theme of your shoot.

Avoid wearing clothing with bold patterns or logos, as these can be distracting in your photos. Instead, opt for solid colors or subtle patterns that complement your natural features.

Don't forget to also consider accessories, such as jewelry or hats, that can add interest and personality to your photos. And don't be afraid to bring multiple outfit options to your session, so that you can switch things up and create a variety of looks.


Bring props or sentimental items:


Senior portrait of a young lady in a graveyard

If you have any special props or sentimental items that you would like to include in your photos, be sure to bring them with you to your session. This can include things like family heirlooms, sports equipment, or even your pet.

Including these items in your photos can add a personal and meaningful touch to your portraits, and create memories that you'll treasure for years to come.


Communicate with your photographer:

People chatting over coffee

Communication is key to creating beautiful photos that you'll love. Before your session, take some time to talk with your photographer about your vision for the shoot, any specific poses or shots that you want, and any concerns or questions that you have.

During the shoot, don't be afraid to speak up if there's something you don't feel comfortable with or if you have an idea for a particular shot. Our team at Montrose Photo Video is here to work with you and create photos that you'll cherish.


Consider the weather:


Family photo with dogs in the snow

Depending on the location and time of year of your photo session, weather conditions may play a factor in your preparations. If you're shooting outdoors, be sure to check the weather forecast in advance so that you can dress appropriately and bring any necessary items like a jacket or umbrella.

If there's a chance of rain or other inclement weather, don't worry! Our team is experienced in working with various lighting conditions and can help you create beautiful photos regardless of the weather.


Relax and have fun:

Wedding party posing with funny faces at the Black Canyon

It's normal to feel a bit nervous or self-conscious before your photo session, but try to remember that this is a fun and exciting experience! Our team at Montrose Photo Video is dedicated to making you feel comfortable and at ease during your session. Take some deep breaths, relax your shoulders, and have fun! Don't worry too much about trying to look perfect - we'll guide you through the process and help you create beautiful photos that capture your unique personality and style.


Bonus tip 8. Plan for after your shoot:

Once your photo shoot is over, you'll likely be excited to see your final images. Be sure to discuss with your photographer the timeline for receiving your photos and any options for prints or digital files.

You may also want to plan to share your photos with family and friends, or to use them for professional or personal purposes. Consider creating a social media post or printing some photos to display in your home or office.


By following these tips, you can make the most of your portrait photo shoot with Montrose Photo Video. We're here to help you create beautiful memories that you'll cherish for years to come, and we can't wait to work with you!




Hello, my name is Johnny Lee and I'm your friendly neighborhood photographer / videographer. 😉 I LOVE telling stories!!! I adore traveling, exploring, and learning new things. I hold myself to the highest standards, and try to make people feel comfortable in their own skin. I find the beauty others don't see in themselves, and can help you share it with the world. This is your story, but I can help you tell it.

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