Queen Session Getting Ready

Queens “FYI”

(I know this is a lot to read, but if you follow these tips, you will look like a rock star!)

  •  Sleep - Try to get a lot of REST the night before your shoot. Don’t stress over it; trust me - we’re going to have a great time together! If you are getting early AM shots, I suggest applying cold compresses to your eye area for a few minutes before applying your makeup to reduce puffiness. Make sure you EAT before your session so you’re not miserably hungry. If you are bringing family or friends to your session, feed them, too! And be sure they’re aware we’ll be photographing for a couple of hours.
  •  Skin – AVOID SUNBURN! Not only is it bad for you, but it is bad for your appointment, because we will probably have to reschedule. Red or peeling skin is not a good accessory!
  •  Acne - Don't worry about having a few blemishes! These will be removed during retouching. Please below regarding severe acne.
  •  Hair - QUEEN HAIR PLEASE. Play around in the weeks beforehand to see what works and what doesn't. You might even want to have a professional do this for you. Get a haircut at least a month in advance for girls so that the hair has time to grow a little and look more natural. Don’t do anything drastic that you might regret later! Especially a color change!

If you maintain coloring on your hair, try to schedule a color appointment that will give you the right amount of washing before your photos. (Everyone who colors has that “sweet spot” they like better than the first day!)

Remember, you still want to look like YOU in your photos. So if you’ve had long hair for quite some time, now might not be the time to get a short haircut if you’re not sure that you’ll love it.

 Makeup - QUEEN MAKEUP  ( no charge for edits)  

Horse show makeup tutorials


  •  Nails - Your hands will be showing in many of your photos. Be sure that if your nails are painted, the polish is not chipped. 
  •    Glasses - If you wear glasses, please see your optometrist about loaning you a pair without lenses, or have your lenses removed for your session. If this is not an option, I will do my best to avoid glass glare, but there may be an extra charge of $10 per image for glare removal when ordering your portraits. Glare will not be removed from proofs.
  •  Braces – Braces will not be removed from proofs, but can be removed from your portrait order at a charge of $10 per image.
  •  Scars/Birth marks/severe acne - Scars/birth marks will be removed only at your request. Please tell me at the time of your session what your preference is. Severe acne may require extensive retouching. If extensive retouching is necessary, it will not be done on proofs, but will be done on the prints that you order, at your request. Basic retouching is included in your package, but extensive retouching requires an additional fee, which is outlined in your session contract.


 Try your clothing on in advance to be sure it fits comfortably and is flattering. Bend over, sit down, etc. and make sure that you don’t have skin showing where it shouldn’t be in certain positions and that you’re able to do such movements.

 Make sure each piece of clothing is clean and wrinkle-free,  

  •  Regarding clothing colors; dark colors are slimming and are perfect for studio shots. If you are having photos taken outdoors, wear a solid color or something with a splash of color to it for a nice contrast in your photos. Bring a variety of colors – not 3 blue outfits.
  •  Avoid horizontal stripes, loud patterns,  and shirts with writing or big logos on the front. Solid colors work best; especially for studio portraits. We want the clothes to accent you; not the other way around.
  •  Do not wear baggy clothing that may give the appearance that you are larger than you really are and avoid tight clothing that you are uncomfortable in, as you may not be able to do certain poses this way. A very short skirt can also really limit the variety of poses that you will be able to do.
  •  Remember that during outdoor sessions in particular locations, there may not be a place for you to change your clothes, so plan accordingly (wear clothes that you can layer or that can be changed in the car)
  •   ▪  Boots should be clean and in good repair.
  • What to BRING....

 People - One person per girl allowed in the area we take photos.  Parents are strongly encouraged to be present during the entire session. (Mom and Dad – I do discourage barking orders or bickering during your child’s session... remember, this is supposed to be fun, and we want him/her to be happy and relaxed.) Please do not coach your daughter during session. I need the attention and eyes on me and the camera.   You can be helpful by watching for hair out of place gap in the shirts, dust or wrinkles on clothing.  

 Your wardrobe changes, of course! Go through EVERYTHING one more time before leaving the house to make sure you’ve got it all. Make sure you bring shoes for every outfit!

 Touch-up stuff – lip balm, lipstick, powder, hairspray, etc. accessories bring earrings bracelets and necklaces.  



 I know it sounds silly, but practice DOES make perfect. Practice different expressions and poses in the mirror before your session. Here are a couple of things to try:

Look in the mirror and form a smile with your mouth. Now try it again, this time thinking about whatever makes you happy, and try to let that smile reach your eyes. By this, I mean, do you see how when you naturally smile, the lines form around your eyes and they light up? THIS is what we’re aiming for – not a “deer in the headlights” look.

Try some different expressions, such as the dreaded “serious face” or smiling with no teeth showing. See what you like and what you don’t.

Look at the Queen photos on Pinterest.  Take note of some of the poses you'd I like to use, and try to mimic them in the mirror. Girls’ hands should be open with the fingers slightly bent; Arms and legs – if it bends, bend it! No locked limbs. Don’t worry – I will talk you through this during your session. But practice helps!