Catherine Murray Photo | Prepping For Your Location Shoot


What to Expect

  1. If you have plans right after your shoot, please alert me so I can make sure to get you out on time. Otherwise, I'll let the shoot take its natural course to guarantee the best photos. 
  2. The shoot itself will go by in a flash. I'll suggest a general direction like "How about sitting on the bench?" and then chat with you while taking a bunch of photos. Clients will sometimes ask "What should I be doing?" and I usually say "You're already doing it." 
  3. I'll have checked out the location before your arrival to find the best spots. When you arrive, we'll wander through those spots together. If you're not loving a certain location or pose, feel free to speak up. I'm happy to move onto other ideas.
  4. Photo shoots always go surprisingly smoothly, even with the most unwilling subjects. I shoot a ton of photos to make sure I catch illusive smiles and lightning fast kids. I've never had a client leave without loving their photos and usually they have a hard time narrowing down because they love so many of them.

What to Bring

  1. If you're not sure what to wear, here's a helpful guide
  2. Bring a few accessory options like cardigans, scarves, necklaces, jackets or hats. If you're comfortable changing in public (a public restroom or in your car), bring as many outfits as you'd like and we'll choose the best ones together.
  3. Bring hair ties, a comb and any makeup you might like to refresh. 
  4. If your child has something that always makes them smile, bring it. One 2-year-old's successful bribing tools were yogurt raisins and playing the Frozen soundtrack on her parent's iPhone. Whatever you bring might end up in the photo, so make sure it's something you like, too. 
  5. Location shoots have props built in, like benches, trees, skipping stones, and flowers, but some clients bring a few things from home like books, blankets, favorite toys, silly glasses, and stuffed animals. The props can be silly or sentimental whatever fits your style. My favorite client-provided props have been a bicycle, a violin and an entire tea set! 
  6. Pets are welcome! Just make sure your pet can be contained when needed and doesn't get too upset by new surroundings.
  7. Some clients bring along a helper like a sister or mother to help carry things and to get the kids to smile at the camera. This is especially nice to do when the family member is from out of town--it doubles as quality time AND they get to sneak into a few shots to remember the trip by. 

For Babies

  1. Bring at least two baby outfits in addition to the one they're wearing. 
  2. Bring any baby accessories you like. (knit caps, headbands, etc.)
  3. If possible, bring cloth diapers or diapers without colors/prints (like 7th generation). The fewer logos, the better.
  4. Extra diapers, wipes, toys and snacks will keep them clean and happy throughout the shoot.
  5. Pack a few outfit choices for yourselves, too. Consider natural fabrics, similar toned neutrals, shirts without a lot of buttons, layers or patterns. 

For Headshots

  1. It's nice to have a few options ranging from business professional to casual, like wearing a t-shirt and throwing a button down and jacket over it.