What to expect from your first photo-shoot

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I’ve had my fair share of clients who were first-timers when it comes to their photoshoot. Even though most of them had an idea of what they wanted from the shoot, they were almost always nervous because they did not know what to expect. 


To clear up some nerves and confusion, I thought I’d write a piece on what you can expect before, during, and after your on-location portrait, couple or family photography session with Maverick Coltman Photography.

Before your session

After you’ve paid your deposit and signed the contract, we can talk about the fun stuff like the location for your session! I am always up for going to any location that is special to you, interests you, or somehow represents your personality! I want your photos to be unique, which brings me to this important point – BE YOURSELF.


My rule of thumb is PLAN, PLAN and PLAN some more. A successful photo shoot is a result of successful planning. You’ve made the investment in a professional photography and may as well go the extra mile and detail out the day. I’m usually very open to my clients’ ideas and will guide you where necessary so that we can produce great, timeless images together. 


One of the most common questions I get is “What should I wear!?”It’s best to bring along both dressy and more casual outfits so you have a good variety. Layers are your friend. I also recommend wearing neutral colors with small pops of color in your accessories. I would avoid wearing too bright of colors and patterns all over. Neutral colors will remain timeless and fashionable for years to come and will almost seamlessly fit any location. 


Overall, wear something that represents who you are and something that you like to wear. If you don’t feel good about what you’re wearing, it might show up in the images we’ll produce. On the flip-side, if you feel good, you’ll worry less about how you’ll look in your choice of clothing and we can focus on other things that’ll make your images beautiful.


What about family sessions?

Dressing for family photos is about coordinating, not necessarily matching. The same clothing guidelines apply to a family photo shoot. Choose 2-4 colors, some neutral, some brighter, and mix and match them among family members. If you need help on this, Pinterest is a treasure trove of ideas and information.


Couples/Engagements sessions: Like family photos, it’s about coordinating.

With engagement and couple’s sessions, you’ll probably want two or three outfits depending on the length of your session. Have something dressy and something casual. Choose something you would normally wear and your personalities and love will shine through.

During your session

I am exclusively an on-location photographer. No stuffy studio photography here! With that being said, I prefer to shoot a mix of both candid and posed photos. 


When we meet for your session, we’ll dive right in. I’ll probably make a fool of myself by acting out poses (because I sometimes suck at conveying my ideas verbally). If you’re a couple, I’ll make you kiss, touch your noses together and laugh a lot. Usually, the awkwardness of laughing on-queue will make you laugh even more. 

In the first half of the session, I generally try to get more candid, natural shots. If your session type allows for an outfit change, you’ll change outfits and we’ll begin again. 

During this part of the session, we’ll try to get more posed shots (the one your aunt or grandparent wants on their wall). If your session allows for multiple locations, we’ll drive to the new location.

Always know that if the session goes into overtime for reasons such as bad weather, long distances between locations, or other delays that are my fault, there is no cost to you. All I ask is that you are on time. Being late will cut into our valuable shooting time and cut down on your final selection of images.

Unless special circumstances come into play, you can generally expect to get 40-60 images per hour of shooting. 

After your session

When the session is over, I’ll go straight home and upload your RAW images onto my computer.

A few days after your session, I typically try and send you one or two sneak peek images while the excitement of the shoot still lingers. Then I will continue to cull and edit the rest of your photos. 

During the editing process, I will keep with my normal style of editing – the style that you booked me for. Some things I will never do to your images – selective colouring, heavy vignettes, extreme photoshopping of bodies to make people look younger, thinner, etc., sepia-tone (GOSH! Imagine that) or other crazy, filter-like editing.

After I am finished editing and culling, I will upload your final images into an online gallery, from which you can download and share your images. I will send you the link via email or your communication method of choice. 

Once I know that you have seen your photos, I will showcase your photo session on Facebook and Instagram. I love seeing the excitement from family and friends as they get to see your pictures!

Because of limited cloud space, your online gallery will be up for 6 months after which it’ll be removed. Not to worry though, because I will save additional copies for up to 24-months that may be ordered from me. 

I hope this post has fully prepared you for your photography session! If you’ve considered booking me, check out this link.


I can’t wait to take your photos.

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