6 tips – how to prepare for your photo session

How to have a great portrait session with Misty Carter Photography:

6 tips for preparing for your photo session

Misty Carter Photography, located in Franklin, TN, specializes in children and family portraits, as well as high school senior pictures.Misty Carter Photography serves Franklin, TN | Brentwood, TN | Nolensville, TN | Nashville, TN | Thompsons Station, TN | Fairview, TN | Spring Hill, TN | Columbia, TN | Belle Meade, TN | Forest Hills, TN | Murfreesboro, TN | Williamson County, TN | Leipers Fork, TN and other surrounding areas throughout Williamson County and the greater Nashville area.


  1. Cool and Calm: Milestone sessions for kids are best in the morning when they’re at their happiest. Well rested and fed, a calm, fun energy should make for the perfect shoot time for kids and siblings.
  2. Get the Look: Decide before the shoot what look you’re going for. Where in your home will your portraits be displayed? If in a more formal room, be sure everyone’s clothing is coordinated to this look. If the room is less formal and more “family,” keep this in mind as well.
  3. Hair Aware: Get haircuts at least a week before the shoot. It might take a few days to grow into (or fond of) a hair cut, especially if the scissors went amiss. This buffer allows for some growth, tweaks and perfections to the hair style prior to your session.
  4. Can’t Buy Me Love: Build up the session to children as it really is – a time for fun and togetherness. There’s no need for bribes when the event itself is the reward!
  5. Chill Pill: Calm your own lens nerves. Relaxed parents have more fun, which helps kids become most comfortable for the best shots.
  6. Pets Allowed: If you bring your pet Sparky to the family shoot, make sure to get some brisk exercise with your pup before coming. This will allow for a (hopefully) slightly calmer canine during your shoot. Also, arrange a backup for your best friend if he just doesn’t want to participate. A trusted friend or family member that can take Sparky away when done will help the rest of the session move smoothly. **For larger four-legged friends, we are happy to schedule a session at your barn or stable.