You know I’m ready for a hot summer, but are you? Here are 7 Tips for Preparing for Your Summer Session to make sure it goes off without a hitch

1. Dress appropriately and be ready.

Summer means hot and humid weather, which can lead to sticky bodies. Choose breathable, lightweight fabrics that don’t weigh you down. As for shoes, sweet flats or flip flops are a great option to be able to kick off easily. I offer a great client closet with a few flowy dresses that photograph really well.

2. Think about your hair.

If you or a family member’s hair reacts to humidity in a negative way, opt for a hairstyle that won’t leave you feeling insecure. For example, a pretty braid or an updo is a good choice. Or you can wear a headscarf, or use a little extra product to keep frizz at bay.

3.Pack necessities.

When packing your photo shoot necessities, I recommend bringing the following items: lots of water for all, a snack for sustenance, sunscreen, bug repellent, umbrella for shade, water mister and makeup for touch ups.

4. Get creative with session ideas.

Summer offers a host of activities that lend themselves to amazing photo sessions. For example, there’s the fair (elephant ear, anyone?), the circus, festivals, pool, beaches, lakes and plenty more. I’d be more than happy to shoot a really creative session with you. I love to get in the water with you and just have fun. It ends up being the kids’ favorite time too! Just bring some towels.

5. Think about head to toe details.

For example, if you’re wearing flip-flops or open toed shoes, you want to have manicured feet. If it’s really breezy, a hat or scarf can keep things under control. High heels are never a good choice for walking or posing in grass, opt for something you are comfortable in and can kick off.

6. Rest assured knowing I won’t let you overheat.

Sometimes it’s hard just to walk outside when it’s scorching outside, but know that we’re going to have an amazing shoot. We’ll spend lots of time in the shade {maybe even IN water}, dive into the cool A/C when we can, and I will never push your family into staying longer than they can or want.

7. Incorporate “props”.

Outdoor summer shoots are loaded with imagery as is, but we can always incorporate a few props into the mix. Vintage step stools in a field look gorgeous, as do blankets, balloons, and even visually striking treats (lollipops, ice cream, etc.).

Please don’t hesitate to reach out about working together! I’m a Downers Grove family and small business photographer, but I work across Chicago and the western suburbs, including Hinsdale, LaGrange, Oak Brook, Elmhurst, Western Springs, Clarendon Hills, Wheaton, Burr Ridge, Glen Ellyn, Lemont, Naperville, Westchester and Lisle. If you’re wondering if I’m able to travel to your area, just ask!