At Crystal Clear Photography, understanding my clients and their needs is one of the most important things to me. If you follow me on Facebook then you will have noticed I like to post Photo Session Tips to address specific questions and concerns, and advise clients, both current and prospective, on their photo shoots. Below I’ve compiled a list of what I believe to be the Most Valuable Tips to help you get through your photo session!

  • Outfits: Begin thinking of what you want to wear a couple of weeks before your shoot. When you’ve chosen your ensemble, make sure to have a backup and coordinate with anyone else who may be in the shoot with you.

Family: Correlating outfits without overdoing it is a popular concern. My best tip is pick a common color with which to coordinate. Take Navy for instance. If Mom has a Navy stripped dress, Dad has a Navy plaid shirt, Daughter has a navy skirt with a white shirt and so forth… everyone will be coordinate but different in a flattering way.

Business: Brand is HUGE! Who is your audience? Do they dress up in a suit or are they the everyday family in jeans and a comfortable t-shirt.  How they see you is very important in who you are trying to attract. Also remember your brand colors, whether you are doing more browns, beiges or pinks and greens you want to pick colors that will coordinate well with your marketing and website layout.

Fitness: It’s important to pick your outfits based on your style of fitness; whether it’s yoga, Pilates, bodybuilding or bikini, or crossfit. Be sure to choose outfit that are going to accentuate the features that are most important to you, such as your abs, legs, etc. Focus on your strengths and make sure your choices reflect your industry in fitness. You can also bring along casual type clothes for a lifestyle image that reflects you and your personality.

Boudoir: Whether it’s classic soft, vintage, or edgy picking your boudoir attire is important. You want to make sure to select and try on pieces that are not only flattering but fit your personality and comfort level. Also, try to check with your local lingerie store. There are several that work with photographers and can provide helpful tips and advice on what looks best.

  • Hair: Ladies, if you’re getting a haircut for your shoot, do so about two weeks beforehand, just in case it goes wrong – you just never know. For men, a fresh cut a couple of days before the shoot is fine. If you’re shooting outdoors, be ready to put your hair up and make it look nice in case of a windy day. Bring bobby pins, hair clips, headbands, or any other favorite accessories
  • Acne and Blemishes: What happens if you get a breakout on your face!? Try using different treatments for your breakout for a week in advance of your shoot to help reduce and limit pimples and blemishes. For fever blisters, try using Abreva. Equally important– DO NOT cake on makeup to try to hide blemishes. If all else fails, there’s always Photoshop!
  • Glasses: If you wear glasses regularly, especially as a business person, it’s essential to keep your appearance consistent. Since wearing or not wearing glasses can sometimes drastically change a person’s appearance, it’s important to wear them for your headshots, etc. so that your clients, customers, etc. will recognize you.  The only disadvantage of wearing your glasses during the photoshoot is the risk of reflection and glare. So what do you do? Vanity glasses. Use a pair of frames without the lenses. If you have a backup pair, ask your eye doctor if they can temporarily remove the lenses. And if none of those are options, you can use the 3D glasses frames from the movie theater, on camera they look real enough!
  • Bloating: Yes, I’m being serious. Bloating can seriously impact your shoot, but not for the reasons you think. When you’re bloated, it’s easy to feel self-conscious and that will reflect in your images. How can you stay away from that dreaded bloating feeling? Avoid high salt, high fat foods, and carbonated drinks for a couple of days before your shoot. If possible, on the day of your shoot try to wait to eat until after your session. Stick with water instead. Avoiding bloating isn’t only working towards your appearance in the photographs, but your self-confidence, too!


I’m providing these tips to help you be comfortable and feel prepared before walking into your shoot. As a photographer, my clients, my subjects, my muses, are the most important part of what I do. This is only a few of the Most Valuable Tips to help get you through your photo session, so please check back for more at a later date. But until then, I hope these tips will be as valuable and helpful to you as they are to me!




Questions or comments? Email me at

Writer/Editor: Crystal Hollman, Chelsie Cummings

  • 5
error: Content is protected !!