The EXACT way I plan a photography session

I take a lot of steps to plan the best photography session for you. I wanted to go ahead and explain everything I do so you can get an inside look at the work I do.

First

I go based of the inquiry you send me. What are you interested in? If you say the mini session I am going to decide to do something less elaborate so we can squeeze as much as we can in that small time frame. If you say, the premium session, I know we have a lot more time. We can even decide multiple locations, different outfits, etc.

Second

Then I send you the questionnaire. Once you fill this out, I can REALLY start planning. I come up with ideas to present to you during our session. I can even use this to come up with follow up questions to try to get a better idea of what needs to be done. I look through Pinterest, find bloggers, and even come up with some locations right then and there. I will get a presentation ready for you, but it’s not a definite and can easily be changed.

Third

Consultation time. During this consultation, I will ask any follow up questions that I need and present to you my ideas. We can come up with new ideas as well and use this time as a planning session to get everything we need for the session.

Last

We make the final decision. We decide when, where, and what is going to happen during the session. We will decide if you or I need to bring anything extra and if there is any last things to tie up before the session.

I send you all this information and collect a bunch of answers so that way I can have something ready for you come time for the consultation. This way you aren’t waiting on me to come up with something right on the spot.

Hopefully this was informational and you can see how I plan a session before you even book with me.

Your checklist for the holiday season!

Talking about the holidays seems a little crazy to be doing already, right? Not if you are a planner like me. Honestly, I have to have a checklist to make sure I am not forgetting anything. Things can get hectic and I don’t want to have to worry anything last minute when it “suddenly comes up.” I have created a little list for you to help you out this season.

1. Holiday Cards

I recommend doing this as the first thing to check off. You have to make sure your photographer can do it, wait for them to get you the photos, design your card, wait for that company to ship it to you and then you can send them out. See? Lots of work and it takes a lot of time.

So you need to get these photos taken, order them and send them out. I recommend making a list of everyone first and then adding at least 10-20 more cards. This ensures that you won’t fret when you “forget someone” or need to add someone last minute.

2. Gift Planning

This can take some time, but I recommend doing the work up front then worrying about it during. Plus it can save you some headache in the long run.

Make a list of everyone you need to buy gifts for. It doesn’t matter if you know what you are buying them or not, just who are you buying gifts for. Ask these people for any wish list’s they have made or things they could use. If they don’t have any, ask them what their favorites are (scents, thing to do, what they enjoy, etc.).

Then, make a budget. You are able to adjust this later, but at least you have a baseline. This way you can come up with things that fit in your budget, but still get gifts that everyone wants.

3. Events

It’s that time of year for traveling and getting together with family/friends. It can get a little crazy and possibly even with miscommunication, cause unnecessary drama. That is why it’s important to plan ahead.

Write down any holiday get togethers/parties/events you need to attend and then let all the party goers that will be coming with you know what is going on as well. I even use a Google Calendar that I can share with everyone so no one is lost or confused and everything is in one place.

Next, figure out any food you need to make/bring to these events. There is nothing like a pitch-in without any food that has been pitched-in. It happens. I add these even to the calendar so I know when to plan to make them and to know what to get at the store.

If you are hosting event, go ahead and book a cleaning service ahead of time. This ensures that you will not have to search around for one that has availability that day.

4. Traveling accommodations

Like I have been saying, plan, plan, plan. It’s so important to get all of these things figured out before it’s too late. Make sure any planes/trains/cars/boat rides are booked in advance. Get any hotel rooms/Airbnb’s etc. booked. Also, plan for your pets to have everything planned out. Is someone sitting or do they need boarded? These little details booked ahead of time will save you a lot of stress when you can’t find anything closer to the day.

I hope these tips will help elevate any stress or help you remember anything about the holiday planning. I even have made a little card for you to print out and keep. All you need to do is click the picture above and it will let you download it.