3 Ways to Prepare for Your Photo Shoot | Flagstaff Wedding Photographers

Finding a photographer to take your photos is only half the battle if you want to get the BEST photos you’ve ever had. Whether its wedding photos, engagement photos, or family photos: there are certain things you can do that can dramatically enhance the quality of your photos. While a great photographer should help guide you along every step of the way to get you some spectacular photos, there are some things to consider ahead of your photo session.

Here are three ways to prepare for your photo session

Mental Preparation

For some, getting their photo taken is a chore or worse. Some people simply DON’T like getting their photo taken. If you or your spouse is one of these people it can make for lackluster photos. In order to combat some of these fears or insecurities, being supportive and understanding is vital. If someone feels they have been dragged to a photo session, it WILL translate to the photos. Before booking your photographer, make absolutely certain your partner is comfortable.

“If someone feels they have been dragged to a photo session, it WILL translate to the photos”

Picking a photographer should be a team effort, even if one partner does a majority of the research. Line up your best three picks and ask your partner which they prefer and why. Once a selection has been made, go through a few photos on instagram or their website and ask your partner if they like that posing style or would feel comfortable doing those things. For something as monumental as a wedding, MEET your photographer ahead of time and see if they are someone you or your partner jive with.

Preparing for the Weather

I live and work mostly in Flagstaff, Arizona at an elevation of above 7000ft. Photographing in the mountains, I have learned to be prepared for ANYTHING. It can go from sunny and fifty degrees to bitter cold and snowing in less than an hour.  Bring multiple sets of clothing and layers. Shivering cold is not necessarily a great look for the camera! 

“Unique weather conditions can make for some of the most breathtaking photos!”

If it is projected to be rainy/snowy/overcast DO NOT DESPAIR. Unless having a sunny bluebird day as the backdrop for your photos is a requirement, your photographer should be prepared to work in different lighting scenarios and weather. Unique weather conditions can make for some of the most breathtaking photos!

Clothing/Colors

What you wear to a photo shoot is ultimately up to you, and I would never recommend wearing anything that doesn’t suit your personality. That being said, there are certain things to avoid. Bright fluorescent colored shirts, jackets, or tops can reflect undesirable color onto your face and skin. Wearing a neon green shirt will likely result in a green tinge to you or your partners face especially in brightly lit situations. Neutral colors are best, like grays and browns but muted greens, blues, reds, and oranges generally do not cast color. 

“Bright fluorescent colored shirts, jackets, or tops can reflect undesirable color onto your face and skin”

Another clothing choice to avoid is closely knitted patterns or tight stripes. In a photo, these can cause an effect called moire. Tight knit patterns when captured by a camera can sometimes produce an image that looks like it is “moving” or “bending”. There are things a photographer can do to reduce this effect after the image is captured, but sometimes it is too severe to fix.

Don’t stress! You will do awesome!

Photo sessions can seem foreign and anxiety inducing to those that aren’t often in front of the camera, but they don’t have to be! With a little forethought and the right photographer, you should enjoy the experience as much as the photos you get afterwards.

Aldric Meints,

Grain and Veil Photo Co.


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