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.

Extended family portraits – Nashville, TN family photographer

Oh you know this is one of my favorites!  Large families all gathered together always make my heart sing. And this special group just took the cake.  27 family members (and counting) – 4 generations – gathered together to commemorate a very special 40th anniversary.  They came from several towns (and states) to spend the big day together.  They worshipped together in the morning, posed for their gorgeous portraits in the afternoon and then topped it all off with a celebratory dinner.   I feel so blessed that I could be a part of their day and capture this memory for them.  I pray they will treasure these images for years to come!

This is just a small sample of the wonderful variety we captured that day:

27 family members for large extended family picture of four generations model family what to wear for family pictures family in neutrals for large family picture outdoor family portrait three generation family portrait franklin tn grandparents and grandkids family portrait photographer brentwood tn

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 | Rutherford County, TN | Davidson County, TN | Leipers Fork, TN | Westhaven, TN | and other surrounding areas throughout Williamson County, Rutherford County and the greater Nashville area.

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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 | Rutherford County, TN | Davidson County, TN | Leipers Fork, TN | Westhaven, TN | and other surrounding areas throughout Williamson County, Rutherford County and the greater Nashville area.

High School Senior Portraits – Franklin, TN

Continuing my “summary series,” I am highlighting what I love, what I’ve learned and what I recommend for each type of session I offer.  Today we are talking about…

High School Seniors!!

thoughtful senior picture with purple flowers at sunset

 

Here is what I love about senior portraits – they are all unique.  Each one is different.  Each girl or boy brings their own style and personality to the picture.  Whether it’s a sport, hobby or fashionable flair, they are all different.  

sunset glow over flowers and classically beautiful girl

What I’ve learned about successful senior portraits is that variety is key.  Planning a few (3-4) different outfits adds to the session.  Try to pick an array that includes something dressy, something casual, something trendy or funky, something sporty…  They shouldn’t all be the same style.  Something you would like and something your grandmother would like are probably two different things (if not, your granny rocks). We want to please everyone with a good collection of images.

high school senior pictures with horse

Another tip for success, consider getting your hair and make-up professional done.  If you are a style maven and have a finesse for contouring and curling, you can skip this.  But looking and feeling your best in front of the camera adds so much confidence and strength to your portraits!!  If you love the way you look, it will show in your portraits.  I can recommend a salon that uses gorgeous, natural looking makeup that leaves you glowing and not at all over done.  Let’s chat!

senior boy in front of urban brick wall

Want to know more tips for a successful senior portrait session?!  Click here to schedule your personal consultation!

 

old fashioned jeans and white t-shirt senior picture

 

Misty Carter is a portrait artist best known for her masterful use of color and light to create rich, emotive images.  Located in Williamson County, Tennessee, Misty Carter Photography serves Franklin, Brentwood, Spring Hill and the greater Nashville, TN area.  MCP specializes in children’s fine art portraits, family portraits and high school senior pictures.

Children’s portraits – Franklin, TN photographer

Continuing my “summary series,” I am highlighting what I love, what I’ve learned and what I recommend for each type of session I offer.  Today we are talking about…

Children’s Portraits!

wall art portrait of young girl in sunflowers

Child portraits are the most magical of all.  These little ones grow so quickly.  Everyday is something new.  I will never forget the days my daughter lost her two front teeth.  She lost them each two days in a row.  Oh how I wish I could have gone back and recorded her sweet tiny voice before that day.  As soon as her teeth were gone, her words changed.  It was adorable in a new way.  But her old voice was gone.  Everything sounded different.  I do my best to document all of their little quirks and mannerisms before they out grow them.  I know I will miss these days when they are gone!

elegant family wall art

This is exactly why I treasure these portraits so much.  That little smile, those twinkling eyes, the way their nose wrinkles when they laugh – these are the memories we want to keep!  This is the story of their fleeting childhood!  Especially when the days are long and weary, I adore looking at their precious faces on the walls and being reminded of their joyful innocence.  This is my journal.  This is my love letter to my children.  And I want to help you with yours as well.

artful picture of girl picking wildflowers

What I’ve learned about children’s portraits is to just slow down.  These are not quick sessions with anxious, cheese-smiles.  I want to give  kids time and space to explore and show their own true nature and personality.family wall art portrait of young girl

Let’s talk today about your little one’s special portrait! 

Misty Carter is a portrait artist in Williamson County, TN.  Best known for her masterful use of color and light, Misty specializes in high school senior pictures, fine art children’s portraits and family portraits.  Now serving Franklin, Spring Hill, Thompsons Station, Brentwood and the greater Nashville area.

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