Preparing for a Shoot

The Pinterest Board:

I have found that creating a vision board on Pinterest together can help us get on the same page as far as the mood of the shoot is concerned. All of the ladies below had dramatically different desires for their photo shoots, and because we made boards before the shoot, we were able to create photos that they loved! Take a look for some inspiration!


What to Wear:

No matter what style we’re shooting, make sure you bring clothes that make you feel great!

Bringing 5-6 options is highly recommended. I’ll help you choose what will work best for your desired look that we created with the vision board! Below I have included some search terms, ideas, and websites that may help you find inspiration for your shoot! You certainly don’t have to purchase anything, but sometimes it’s nice to have a little something special!


Swing dresses, wiggle dresses, 1950’s style, rockabilly style, headscarves, sunglasses, saddle shoes, crinoline, vintage, retro, 1940’s pinup, vintage hair.


Lingerie, bridal lingerie, foundation wear, corsets, stockings, robe, a boyfriend’s button down or superhero t-shirt, your favorite heels, a chunky sweater, your favorite blanket, and, if you’re comfortable, your birthday suit!
Secrets in Lace


High saturation, bold colors OR dark colors, texture, layering and sheer materials can work really well. Spaghetti strap tank tops, scoop necks and v-necks are really great. Generally, keep the shirts darker than your skin tone (though white and cream tones can work great if you have darker skin).

Avoid baggy clothes, bright patterns. Don’t worry too much about bottoms or shoes unless you want 3/4 or full body shots as well. If you like the way you feel in heels, have a pair handy. If it’s cold, bring gloves in case we go outside.  Your clothes should fit well so you don’t appear boxy and most importantly, bring whatever makes you feel GREAT, even if it’s the opposite of all of the above suggestions. I have a steamer on hand just in case anything wrinkles in transit.

Hair and Makeup:

(A message from Christina)

IMG_1182The week before: be sure to stay hydrated and keep alcohol consumption to a minimum.
The night before:  lightly exfoliate your face and lips with a washcloth followed by moisturizer.
The Day of the Shoot: Bring your make up bag (ideally, I like people to bring the makeup that they own so the foundation and base is the right color for you). Arrive with a freshly cleansed face (not makeup-wiped, but water cleansed face).
Hair: Please come with your hair done (dry and styled the way you want it for the first look). I am handy with hair, but we’ll want to spend the majority of our time together on makeup. If you’d like to arrive a bit early and style your hair in the studio, just let us know.




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