Bring a friend. Or better yet, bring mom or dad
Mom or dad are most likely the people who know you the best and having them around during your photo session will be comforting and a great time to bond and create a long-lasting memory. They'll be able to help out in finding your most authentic expressions and smiles, since they'll most likely be the ones appreciating your photos for years to come.
About your outfit
You know that dress, or shirt that makes you feel great every time you wear it? Wear that! If you feel great in it, it's probably because the colors look good on you and it also enhances your best features and that's going to be transmitted into the camera.
Layer up. Bring layers. It's the easiest way to create a different look by just adding a light sweater or shirt - or removing it. It also comes in very handy when the temperature suddenly changes. The goal is for you to always be comfortable.
Bringing at least an extra outfit (and up to three) will give your session images a wider variety and will make your photos more interesting - you, being an interesting person as you are! You will be able to show off how versatile and fun you can be.
Solid colors are recommended, since they're classic and timeless. Avoid large prints and logos, since those might be trendy now, but will most likely be dated in a few years.
Ensure that your outfit choices pair up well with your location choice as well. You'll want everything to align, be cohesive, and coherent.
The day of your photo session is probably not the best time to try that new hairdo, or haircut you've been wanting to try. If you do want to try something new, do it at least two weeks prior to your session, so that you have enough time to get used to it and to learn how to make it look its best. Just like with that favorite clothing piece, stick with what you feel comfortable with.
The same thing applies to makeup. I know you want to look your best, but experiment some other time. Show up to your session with makeup that enhances your features and not something that's going to make you look too different than your usual self. Should you hire a makeup artist? Sure! Just make sure to let them now you'd prefer a natural look.
Along those lines, I'd recommend avoiding spray-tanning right before your session, because it tends to look orange on camera.
If you wear glasses, a good option would be to get a frame-only pair. That will, for sure keep the glare away. Otherwise, just be patient with me while I work on finding the best angle, so as to avoid any glare.
Your hands will be VERY visible, so be sure to spend some time making them look nice and clean. Or just get a manicure from a professional! :)
Smile with your eyes
You know that genuine smile of when you see someone you really like? That's the smile we're going for! The one that starts on your lips, but goes on to your eyes and brings that twinkle to them. There's a difference, trust me!
I'm here for you and my goal is to serve you to the best of my abilities.. However, what I like might not be what you like, so don't be shy and speak up! I'll guide you along with how and where to stand, where to look, etc., but if you'd like to try something a little out of the ordinary, just let me know and we'll give it a try.