After the long winter we had here in New England, I’m very excited that summer is here!  So, even though a few weeks ago, I made a video discussing summer photo sessions (See here: Outdoor Summer Photo Sessions), I’ve decided to discuss summer photo sessions again. Only this time, I’ve come up with some tips, in no particular order, on how to prepare for your outdoor summer session.


  1. Apply (or bring along) insect repellent.  It’s summer.  Bugs and mosquitos abound. You don’t want to be eaten up alive.  Aim for one that is non-greasy.  I personally like to use a homemade concoction of water with a few drops of citronella oil mixed in.
  2. Bring some water or cold beverage along for you and your family.  Even at dusk, it can still be quite hot outside.
  3. Wear sunscreen/block – again, non greasy and make sure to rub it in really well.  Even as the sun goes down, you can still catch a burn.  Which brings me to my next tip.
  4. For the week or two leading up to your session, be very careful about sun bathing.  Keep sunblock on, and if you’re going to be outside for a long length of time, choose a hat with a wide brim over sunglasses.  Otherwise, you will wind up looking like you’re wearing a mask in the photos!   Most likely, you won’t have to worry about tan lines/burn lines in other areas, as you’ll most likely be wearing tops and bottoms that will cover that up.
  5. If, you do wind up with the remnants of tan or burn lines on the day of your session, you can mix some bronzer in with some moisturizing lotion and apply.  Then touch up with some light tinted powder.
  6. If you have an old burn/tan that is peeling a day or two before your session, make sure to use a loofah in the shower for the day or two beforehand and scrub as much of that dead skin off as you can.
  7. My final tip is to relax and have fun!