• Letty W.

Supporting Local Photographers

I have gotten professional photos taken a handful of times. There are a number of things I wish I knew before my first time.


  1. Get recommendations from friends on photographers they've collaborated with previously that did a good job and made them feel safe.

  2. Research the artist. Take a look at their portfolio which is usually on their website and nowadays sometimes on the gram.

  3. Make sure the fees per session are clear so that there are no hidden surprises. You should clarify if you would be receiving raw photos for the price that you pay or if this includes full edits of your photos including brushing up your skin.

  4. Find out an approximate timeline of when you will receive the photos and when you pay for the service. I usually paid after I received the photos but this may vary per photographer.

  5. Bring a family member, friend or partner to the shoot if you want to feel extra safe.

  6. Avoid free sessions in remote areas or even free sessions in general, unless it is with a trusted person like a significant other, close friend or family member. Unfortunately it is not uncommon for people with questionable intentions to use this as an opportunity to do something inappropriate and proactive awareness will help you steer clear out of these situations. Artists deserve to be fairly compensated for their time, there are no free lunches in this world.

  7. Think about outfit choice when pairing with the venue. If you are shooting in a nature setting, maybe a long-flowing dress would suit the vibe you are going for. If you prefer an urban location, perhaps a more casual attire would be the look for the day.

  8. Check the weather consistently before the day comes to avoid rain or other poor weather conditions. Pay attention to the weather around the time of the shoot, normally late afternoon is a good time to catch the evening lighting and then the sunset.

  9. Look up models on the gram to consider poses to do on the day. It's harder than you think to come up with poses on the spot and you don't want to end up with a bunch of photos with similar poses. Your photographer will likely recommend poses but brainstorming ahead of time can ensure you will like the results of the photos.

  10. Familiarize yourself with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Even if the photos will be edited for you, it's good to be able to adjust little details yourself if needed.

  11. Consider how you will curate your feed if these are going on the gram. It helped to put the photos side-by-side on my screen prior to uploading to see if they go together.

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