It goes without saying that you need to bring or have on hand your usual essentials, purse or bag for brush, hair “fixers”, diapers, makeup to “powder your nose” and “freshen your lips”, and things along those lines. If you want a portrait that is personalized and captures more of your personality, here are some ideas and suggestions.
Themed portrait sessions for children are amazing and you probably already have things around the house to make for a session that will create a portrait that is completely them. A favorite toy or two, the pillow or blanket they go no where without, bows, hats, balloons, or even a ball can make all the difference in their session.
For seniors and grads, personalizing is essential for great invitations. Don’t forget your class ring, your cap and gown and cord (if you have them), a jersey, instrument you play, a bat, your golf clubs, saddle, lasso, boots, cleats, gloves, pom poms, dance shoes, professional implements like a stethoscope, books, apple, scales, or anything else that says, “This is who I am or what I do.” If they are allowed at the location where your session will be held, grab some confetti bombs too!
Baby and maternity sessions can be prime opportunities to gather a few heirlooms, your framed sonograms, the baby’s coming-home outfit, those cute shoes that your best friend bought for you, giant letters or numbers, that ugly sweater that grandma made, or even your baby’s bedroom theme items.
Couples, whether you are just going to a formal dance at school or announcing your engagement, you really ought to bring more than just your significant other. Rings, corsages, a giant letter of your new last name, bouquet, something with the date of the event on it, and anything to personalize what your session is. School colors, masks if required or desired, announcements or invitations, flower petals, you get the idea.
If your pet is your whole life, then you will definitely want to have a session that includes this very important part of you. Your furry or scaly friend may be just the ticket to a portrait that captures that part of you that only your pet truly knows.
Clothing changes and layers are another way you can make sure you get some portraits that show your diversity and the many layers of who you are. A school jacket, a scarf, a jersey, or even pajamas can be fun additions.