How to Prepare for a Photo Shoot

A photo shoot is something we don't do everyday & the thought of preparing for it could be overwhelming! So here's a step by step guide to make the process effortless.


After you've spoken to the photographer on the phone and booked in your session, you will be invited in for a consultation to really find out what photographs you want and why. You will discuss wardrobe, make up, number of people in the photo shoot, timings and overall you will be comforted on any nerves or shyness you have around having your photo taken.

Meeting your photographer beforehand means on the day of the photo shoot you're not meeting a stranger, you're meeting a friend. Someone who you already feel comfortable with.

What to Wear

Although this will be discussed with you in detail on the consultation, it's good to prepare!

Bring a wide range of clothing from formal to casual - even lingerie if you want a few boudoir photos (but don't want a full boudoir shoot!) Bring along neutral colours, bright colours and dark colours. But most of all bring along clothes that show your personality! We recommend avoiding big bold logos or patterns, just because this distracts the focus from the image and can clash with other people in the photo.


The consultation will be 1-2 weeks before the photo shoot and the viewing will be 1-2 weeks after depending on your availability. Plenty of time to plan and shop and get ready to view your photos!

The Photo Shoot

You will start of by having a make over - why not!
Images are incredibly important. They're a documentation of our lives, something our children and grandchildren will treasure. Look and feel your best! And take time out for a little pampering! 

You Deserve it!

After that, your photographer will guide you through simple posing designed to flatter & enhance. And you don't need any previous posing practice! Anyone can do it! Nobody walks into the studio a professional poser! It's all taught to you on the day so you can feel confident and happy and enjoy your photo shoot.

Your photographer will spend as much time with you as you need. This means you don't need to rush through wardrobe changes, you can try every outfit to get variation in your images. This extra time means you can have multiple combination photos if you choose to bring family with you.


When you walk in you will be greeted with your beautiful images printed on the wall. You can buy as many or as little as you want. The important thing is, there's no hard sales. The images do all the selling.

Finally you will have stunning images of yourself and your family to treasure forever. Finally images you can be proud of.

If you're interested in learning more of the ins and outs of a photo shoot at Laura Rachel Photography, have a look at the behind the scenes blog & video here!

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