Photo Preparing and Planning Guide

What do I wear?????  What do I bring?????

So you’ve decided on Thirsty Pixel Photography.  Now, what should you wear and how do you prepare for your shoot?  Think about yourself…your style.  Don’t stray from that.  Think about the location and the message that you are wanting to portray.   Here are some more tips to help you prepare for your big day.

Clothing Tips:

  • Too tight outfits will show everything you may want to hide; too baggy outfits will add size and make you look heavier.
  • Bring multiple outfits (formal and casual) that express who you are.
  • Solid colors and long sleeves photograph best.  Avoid outfits with busy patterns, stripes, flowers, signs, logos, etc.  It’s better to use 2-3 matching solid colors.  Clothes with large logos are also distracting.
  • One exception to the above is flannel….flannel often photographs very well.
  • Bring matching shoes, socks, jewelry and accessories to complete your outfits.
  • Iron wrinkled clothes prior to your session.
  • Consider bringing extra accessories, sports equipment or other tidbits that express your interests and will make your portraits personal.


Along with each outfit, try to bring jewelry and/or accessories which will accent or match the outfit, but keep them simple.

  • Earrings
  • Bracelets
  • Necklaces
  • Bags
  • Hats
  • Hair accessories
  • Scarves

Hey Girls!

  • Trim/file your finger and toe nails.  If you chose to paint your nails, clear or neutral colors work best.  Avoid vibrant or dark colors or decals.
  • Style your hair before your session, choosing a comfortable style you know looks good.  Do not experiment with new hair styles and colors before the shoot; it may not work as expected.  Do not trim your hair within a week before the photo shoot.  Remember to bring hair product with you for touch-ups.
  • Clogs, Uggs, flip-flops, jelly flats, slinky flats hold the title of the ugliest footwear. Leave them at home.
  • Apply concealer and powder if necessary to minimize blemishes and then stop worrying!  Portrait retouching on your final order can eliminate small blemishes and under-eye circles.
  • Apply make-up before you arrive and bring product with you for touch-ups if necessary.
  • Limit sun exposure prior to your portrait session avoiding burns or tan lines.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.

Yo Guys!

  • Trim finger and toe nails.(You never know if the shoes will come off.)
  • Style your hair before your session and bring a comb or brush for touch-ups if necessary.  Consider getting a haircut approximately one week prior to your session.  Bring hair product with you as well.
  • Shave before your session.
  • Limit sun exposure prior to your portrait session avoiding burns or tan lines.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.

Senior Portraits

We understand that you want a variety of portrait styles. While mom and dad may want to display formal poses, friends may prefer a more casual style.  Thirsty Pixel Photography will work with you on location choices that will provide the most variety and flexibility but we need your help in making your portraits personal.  Below are a list of items to consider bringing with you to personalize your session.

  • letter jackets, uniforms, sports equipment, sports bag and musical instruments to express your interests
  • Cap, gown and tassel
  • Class ring
  • Year Book

Photo shoot duration

On average, a photo shoot with me takes about 1.5 – 2 hours. I do not look at the clock during photo sessions. I tend to shoot until I feel I have enough material for processing and as long as the client and I have ideas.