Your Photo Shoot — What To Know

Thank you so much for choosing Aaron M Smith Photography! I can’t wait to see you for your portrait session very soon!  This is a short guide to answer some questions you may have about your upcoming session and a list of things you should expect on that day.  


Don’t forget to drink plenty of water between now and the session, so your skin looks as good as possible. Also, have a think about the places in your home where you’d like the images to be displayed; we’ll have a chat about that before we start shooting. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

  • If your session includes multiple wardrobe changes then be aware that on-location shoots may not have adequate places to change. You may be doing your best Superman impression (although I don’t provide the phone booth).  I also recommend dressing in layers that can be quickly taken on or off.


  • Your outfit changes – for families with kids be prepared for spills
  • Hair ties for long hair on breezy days (just remember not to keep them on your wrist during the shoot!)
  • A blanket to sit on for outdoor sessions, one that matches the style of your wardrobe
  • For family session with kids bring their favorite toys and comfort items for little ones
  • Coordinated accessories, hats, shoes, umbrellas, etc.
  • Tissues and wipes
  • Lip gloss and makeup for touch ups
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Manicured and trimmed nails
  • Squeaky-clean faces and hands
  • Glare-free eyeglasses, but no sunglasses or transitions lenses
  • Yourselves well rested – be sure ALL family members get a good night’s sleep before the session Once you have your bag packed, there are just a few more things to think about.
  • Talk to the kids, even little ones, about the session ahead of time so they know what to expect. Tell them they are going out for some fun family time and a photographer will be there taking pictures!
  • Arrive early and dress the kids on-location to avoid them getting their clothes dirty beforehand
  • Come with full hearts and empty pockets – put phones, wallets and keys, etc. in a handbag instead
  • Keep smiles and looks of love on your face, so that when the photographer gets the best shot of the little ones, you look great too!
  • Keep on looking at the camera, not at any toy or person trying to get the attention of the little ones
These tips are just a few ways you can ensure you will get wonderful images from your session.  If you have any more questions please feel free to send me a message.

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