Portrait Photography Tips

Portrait Photography Tips – RedIvy Portrait Studio

An important part of the experience is being prepared. That said, we put together a short list of things to think about before your photography session.

Prior to the Day of Session

Please fill out the Client Information Questioner you received from our team, and email it back to us at info@redivy.studio. This helps us know you better so we can plan the perfect portraits for you. If you are looking to be more creative with your photo shoot it is best to request a consultation with one of our Portrait Photographers prior to the day of the shoot. Contact us.If you have something we should add to our Portrait Photography Tips page, email it to us. We will be glad to include it.


Day of Session

Please arrive on time and be prepared to spend an hour with us. For family or group sessions it could take longer.

If you like, you may bring a wardrobe change and any props that fit the session as well.

Please make sure children are rested and fed to ensure a smooth session. If your child has a special toy please bring it to your session these make especially memorable portraits. You may bring other toys or balls if you wish to include them in your session as well.

Other props to bring –

  • Sporting gear / Uniform
  • Letter Jacket
  • Hat
  • Instruments
  • Special toys for children
  • Special baby blanket for little ones


Tips to help you get ready for your session:


  • Avoid really baggy or clothes that are to tight, Stripes, large patterns and plaids as they can make you look larger in photographs
  • Remember your accessories’ (shoes, jewelry, hats, hair bows or ties, etc.

Nails / Makeup-

  • Make sure nails are filed as they often show in your pictures
  • Girls, make sure toenails look nice as well if you intend to take any barefoot pictures.
  • Have make up done prior to arrival – Bring what you need for touch-ups
  • Bring lipstick, Lip-gloss or chap stick with you to your session


  • It is best not to try anything new with your hair right before a session this includes cuts and color
  • You may want to bring a brush or comb with you to your sessionAgain thank you for choosing RedIvy Portrait Studio!
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