I share a lot of advice and tips about what to DO when planning your photo session and today I'd like to tell you what NOT to do!!
1. DON'T overthink how you look
You're all dressed up and looking your best, so relax and let your photographer do the worrying for you. All you need to do is make sure you dress in something that makes you feel comfortable and confident.
You may be concerned about angles or how to sit, stand, or pose. If you aren't sure what to do during the session, just ask. If you aren't feeling comfortable, then speak up. You are the number one priority and your photographer wants you to feel confident. They should direct you in posing and they will take care of worrying about the angles, lighting, and if anything is out of place...they do this all the time. Be yourself, be natural, and smile. You are gorgeous!
2. DON'T experiment with a new hairstyle or make up
First of all, you want to look like yourself, not some version of yourself people won't recognize in the photos. For example, I wear my hair up 99% of the time. When I had my photos taken I did some with my hair down, then put my hair up for some. Guess which ones I liked better? The ones with my my hair up of course, because I looked like myself. Second, you don't want to try out new makeup or skincare the day of your photos. You may experience some sort of reaction or irritation to your skin. Or you may end up not liking the look and have to wash it off and start over, which will only add stress to your day. If you really want to try something out, then try it a few weeks ahead of time and practice getting the look right. Just be YOU!
3. DON'T stress about the weather
One thing in life that we have absolutely no control over is the weather! So it is definitely not worth worrying about because there is nothing you can do about it. Be sure to discuss cancellation policies due to weather with your photographer. Also discuss a Plan B. If the weather doesn't cooperate, what is the plan? Will you reschedule or move your outdoor session indoors? Having these conversations ahead of time and setting expectations will help avoid any misunderstandings. It will be OK!