This photo shoot survival kit is a list I put together of 8ish things you should consider bringing with you to your photo session to make sure you keep looking your best! These are things people have needed at some point during a shoot, so I’m passing this list off to you to help you be prepared!

This list is mostly for women…because let’s face it…we have a lot more to take care of. You guys have it easy!

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1. First of all, make sure you bring some extra makeup for touch-ups. If you’re getting your makeup done professionally, sometimes your makeup artist will give you a sample or some extra lipstick she applied. If they don’t have extra, bring some with that might be a similar shade. Also bring some extra blush or a compact so you can reapply if needed.  If you’re like me, you could use the front-facing camera on your phone to check your face, but a mirror would probably be better.

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2. I’m pretty sure oil absorbing papers are one of the best inventions. Especially in the summer when it gets hot and sticky, these things will save you. Just dab the oil off your face to get rid of shine and your makeup will stay put!

3. Another thing I didn’t include in the photos which would also be a good idea to bring along are makeup remover wipes. You can wipe off any smudges, or if you wanna switch up your lip color you can take off the old color quickly.

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4. Next is hair styling products. Depending on how your hair is done, it might be a good idea to bring a brush, hairspray, or bobby pins. Usually if you tell your hair stylist you’re going to a photoshoot they’ll pile on the hairspray, but some extra wouldn’t hurt if you have some fly-aways. Especially with the wind here in Chicago, you never know what your hair is going to look like halfway through your shoot. You’ll probably only need bobby pins if you put your hair up.

5. If you’re wearing dark clothes or if you have pets, lint rollers are a life-saver. I keep one in my bedroom, bathroom, and my car because I shed more than anyone’s pet I’ve ever met and I hate when I have a thousand blonde hairs all over my clothes. Also, the less time it takes for me to have to edit little spots off your clothes, the quicker you get your photos! Hooray!

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6. Now that spring is rolling in (finally), it’s likely you’ll have bare legs at your shoot. Everyone always forgets to bring lotion and then they’re worried about having dry looking legs. Bring a tiny little lotion with you to moisturize your legs, hands, arms, any exposed skin (hopefully that’s it though besides your face) to keep your skin looking fresh!

7. If you’re planning on your session being a little more formal or if you’ll be wearing heels, bring some comfy shoes to change into between locations. If I need to explain this any further, you’ve never walked around in heels for very long. Flats or sandals will save your life.

8. Lastly, you want to make sure you have something to put these things in as well as your phone and wallet. A tote bag will hold everything and you don’t want bulging pockets in the photos! If you’re driving you can keep the bag in your car for when you need it, but a tote bag will be easy to carry with you otherwise.

The stuff in these photos and what I’ve linked to are just what I use. Obviously use whatever you normally do. You can find any of this at Target or Sephora.

Is there anything I may have missed?

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