Everyone knows portrait photography doesn’t come cheap, so it only makes sense that you would expect the best results after paying your hard-earned cashed. That being said, photographers can’t perform miracles; they can’t change your facial expressions for you, and they also can’t read your mind. So to make the best of your photo shoot, I have outlined a helpful guide below.

Come With a Good Mood and Attitude

This may be common sense, but if you aren’t feeling great, you won’t look great in your photos. No amount of lighting, makeup, posing techniques, and Photoshopping will alter the appearance of someone who looks nervous, uncomfortable, stressed, annoyed, or angry.

In order to avoid any bad mood or attitude showing up on your portraits, you should consider the following tips:

  • Leave and Arrive Early. If you have a frantic trip to the shooting location, you will look stressed in your photos. You should give yourself plenty of time to travel to the location and a good amount of time to relax and transition into looking like a million dollars.
  • Remain Calm. Have a cup of tea, a snack, or whatever tends to put you at ease. Bring someone you know and trust to the shoot who can calm you down if you get nervous. Bring encouraging music to make the shoot more enjoyable.
  • Sleep Well. Get a good night’s sleep the night before. You will look better and be in a better mood.
  • Stay Positive. Not all photo shoots run perfectly. Try not to let uncontrollable things like the weather affect your mood and thus your appearance. Be patient and the perfect photo will come to you.

Preparation, Preparation, Preparation

You should always be prepared to look your best before a shoot, just as you should always prepare for anything that might go wrong. To be ready for anything, keep the following tips in mind before a shoot:

  • Practice facial expressions in the mirror. This might seem silly, but it can make night and day differences in your photos.
  • Keep your selected wardrobe clean and neat. Using a garment bag would be best.
  • Try your clothes on before the shoot to be sure they fit.
  • Bring an extra change of clothes, just in case an emergency happens.
  • Groom yourself appropriately.
  • Bring makeup and grooming supplies to the shoot in case you need to make adjustments.

With all of these tips in mind, you will be sure to have an incredible shooting experience with jaw-dropping portraits as proof.