10 things I bring to every photo shoot (and the one thing you should pack!)

If you’re anything like me, you want to be prepared for the apocalypse. And sometimes family photos feel like you’re preparing for the last big event on earth – I get it!

But the key word there is *want*. You want everyone to look good, and to be happy, and to thwart any meltdown that may come your way. But guess what: sometimes what you want to happen, and what you’re able to control are two completely different things.

A newborn baby, in a beautiful neutral swaddle, cries during a newborn photo shoot in the West Village in New York.
Proof that even in the most beautiful, perfect photo sessions there will be a moment when the baby fusses – that’s inevitable! But it’s all about preparing for those moments and pivoting to get back on track.

Not to mention you’ve got a lot on your plate! You shouldn’t have to be focusing on the little things.

That’s where I come in!

I have a background in television production, so I know how to prepare for…well, basically every scenario under the sun. Plus I’ve done this a million times! I may come across as laid back (or at least I hope that’s how I come across!), but trust me when I say that I am high maintenance in all the right ways.

That doesn’t mean I’ll hyper-control your photo session! It means I’ll prepare for everything on the front end so that you can show up on the day of our session and feel completely at ease. I want you to feel so confident that I’ll have everything covered, that all you have to do is sit back and smile at your family.

An in-home family lifestyle session for a first birthday on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. The birthday boy sits on his dad's lap while him mom grabs his hands and laughs.
The goal is for you to feel so comfortable that I can just step back and capture your family’s joy!

With that being said, here are 10 items that I will bring to a photo shoot so you don’t need to:

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Lint roller
  3. Tide pen
  4. Bug spray
  5. Band aids
  6. Hair spray / bobby pins / comb
  7. Hand warmers for the cold season
  8. Bubbles
  9. Booze (just in case!)
  10. Snacks!

Plus I’ll have the standard COVID supply pack of Lysol wipes, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and alcohol wipes! Safety is definitely a major priority this year.

But there is one thing I suggest you have on hand: a change of clothes.

If we’re doing an in-home session, this is a little easier, but if we’re out and about you should definitely consider having a change of clothes on hand. Doesn’t matter if you’re 2 or 42, you never know what can happen!

A family of five stand on their front porch during a COVID photo shoot. The baby is crying and the mom is making a face that means that baby needs a change of clothes, STAT!
If you’re a mom you know what this face means – time for a quick change!

With all this prep in mind, what I really want all my clients to know is that I’ve got your back. If you’re ever unsure of what to bring to a photo shoot, just ask me! I’m an open book and I don’t want you to ever feel lost or confused.

Fill out my contact form, get in touch, and let’s plan something wonderful together! All of my clients get a full prep guide before the photoshoot with even more tips, too. I’m here to make a photo session feel easy…and less like an apocalypse.

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10 things I bring to every photo shoot (and the one thing you should pack!)

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