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How To Prepare For Your Branding Photography Session

06 - 02 - 24

All of my commercial & branding photography clients receive their own pre session prep information. I also talk to them either in person or via Zoom, giving them an opportunity to ask any questions. However I thought I would share a little post here to answer some of the most common questions I get asked before any branding sessions.

1. What should I wear?

This will depend on the type of session you are having, and the overall message you want to convey. However some of the general rules I suggest to my clients are to not wear anything with stripes, no logos unless it is your own, and nothing too bright. Neutral colours and colour co-ordination always work best! You could also subtly bring your brand colour palette into your clothes. You can of course wear anything specific that you would wear to work too i.e. an apron. I have a dedicated client outfit inspiration board on my Pinterest account below:


2. Should I get my hair and makeup professionally done?

I am never one to say no to being pampered! However if you are going to have someone else do your hair and/or makeup, I would suggest something subtle, and if you can, have a trial done beforehand. I have had clients that have had their makeup done professionally, but as they rarely wear makeup, they didn’t feel themselves on the day. And it is SO important that you feel comfortable on the day!

3. I want specific shot requirements, when should I let you know what they are?

As soon as you can! Please don’t leave this until the day of your shoot. Personally, I run through this with my clients before the shoot, ensuring I have a written shot list on the day. Of course if you forget anything, then say so on the day, but the more prep we can do beforehand, the more productive the session will be.

4. I feel awkward in front of the camera, how can I relax?

Firstly, I get it, I am exactly the same when a camera is pointed in my direction! My best advice is to not take it too seriously and allow yourself to have fun. I aim to make all my sessions enjoyable and collaborative. We will chat away, take breaks, I will give you direction, and the best shots will be captured without you even realising. Once we have had a coffee and taken a few test shots, my clients tend to find they surprisingly relax into it!

These are some of my most common questions and I hope helped you feel a little more prepared for your branding photoshoot, whether that’s with me or another photographer. I photograph clients all across Buckinghamshire, so if you need some new headshots or personal branding photography, feel free to get in touch below.

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Amy Foster is a professional photographer in Buckinghamshire.