Preparing to be Photographed

Planning for a session with a professional photographer can be a nerve-racking experience, especially if you have in your mind this idea of achieving the ‘perfect picture’. You know the one where everyone is perfectly polished, smiling and looking at the camera?

But that’s not MY idea of the perfect photograph!

I love the natural moments, the ones that make you feel something. The ones that happen naturally when you trust your photographer.

How do you prepare for your photography session?

This thought can be overwhelming…  Here are a few tips I’d like to share about making the most of out your photo experience.  Afterwards, you’ll realize the ‘perfect picture’ was the one you least expected!

What about Props??

My style of photography is simple and sweet. Props are necessary; however personal items CAN make your session more memorable. I encourage putting together a few things significant to you and your family.

This can range from a favorite book, a sport you do together, a favorite blanket or stuffed animal.

Remember, this is about telling your story and capturing a moment in your life! What is important to your child today? Don’t worry about how this will be included, just bring it and leave the rest to me!

  1. Don’t overthink it. RELAX- this should be a fun memory making experience!  I will offer gentle guidance throughout friendly conversation.  We’ll joke, laugh.. the kids can show off their dance moves.  I pride myself on the experience: trust & comfort+ a little fun= AMAZING memories.
  2. Let kids be kids. Sure, kids misbehave, they will want to show off… it’s completely normal.  Let them! They are kids!  I am looking to tell their story, who are they TODAY?  Parents don’t need to worry about ‘perfect’ behavior.
  3. Wardrobe, keep it simple sweet. Color coordinate but avoid contrasting patterns & anything that might take away from the true emotion of a moment.  Grab a clothes basket, throw in your favorite accessories, a few options for clothing.
  4. Last but not least, Trust me!  You’ve hired me for a reason.  Together we can create beautiful images but you have to trust me!  Let me help guide you into the light but most importantly, try to relax, enjoy yourself & things will happen naturally.
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Who is Adrienne

Internationally award-winning photographer, Adrienne Maples weaves together powerful narratives using light & a camera.


She's an AI enthusiast passionate about teaching others how to use technology responsibly for the greater good.


Known for her 'spunk & pizazz', she uses her creative eye to direct & curate images that transform mediocrity into something extraordinary.

In her free time, you can find her digging in her garden, hosting impromptu dance parties with her daughter or practicing her evil laugh.

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