You know we’re ready for a hot summer, but are you? Here are seven ways you can make sure your summer portrait session goes off without a hitch.

1. Dress appropriately

Summer means hot and humid weather, which can lead to sticky bodies. Choose breathable, lightweight fabrics that don’t weigh you down. As for shoes, sweet flats or loafers are a great option.

2. Think about your hair

If you or a family member’s hair negatively reacts to humidity, opt for a hairstyle that won’t leave you feeling insecure. For example, a pretty braid or an updo is a good choice. Or you can wear a headscarf or use a little extra product to keep frizz at bay.

3. Pack necessities

When packing your photoshoot necessities, we recommend bringing the following items: Lots of water for all, a snack for sustenance, sunscreen, an umbrella for shade, water mister, makeup touchup.

4. Get creative with session ideas

Summer offers a host of activities that lend themselves to fantastic photo sessions. For example, there’s the fair (elephant ear, anyone?), the circus, festivals, and plenty more. I’d be more than happy to shoot a really creative session with you.

5. Think about head-to-toe details

For example, if you’re wearing flip-flops or open-toed shoes, you want to have manicured feet. If it’s really breezy, a hat or scarf can keep things under control.

6. Rest assured, knowing I won’t let you overheat

Sometimes it’s hard just to walk outside when it’s scorching outside, but know that we’re going to have a fantastic shoot. We’ll spend lots of time in the shade, dive into the cool A/C when we can, and I will never push your family into staying longer than they can or want.

7. Incorporate props

Outdoor summer shoots are loaded with imagery as is, but we can always incorporate a few props into the mix. For example, vintage step stools in a field look gorgeous, as do blankets, balloons, and even visually striking treats (lollipops, ice cream, etc.).