est. 2006
Washington, DC • VIRGINIAKPC & Co. photography

Portrait Planning Guide


Your step-by-step guide to your portrait session



Thank you for choosing to work with me. I am so excited to get started on your portrait session.


I want to make this experience helpful and stress-free so I have created a step-by-step guide to plan your perfect portrait session. Simply follow each step below to get started.

  1. Select a location
  2. Pick your style
  3. Getting ready tips
  4. Personalize your session
  5. Submit your session plan

Step One

Select a Location

When selecting a location for your portrait session consider the season and style of images you want. Beach images during the winter months will look very different than beach images during the summer. There is no right or wrong; just be mindful of what type of images you want to have.



Our studio includes a variety of background, props and stylings for your portrait.


In the event of incremental weather, the studio space will be used.



Sandy Pebble Beach Front


Arrowhead Private Beach Club


Crestview Lake Point


Pacific Point Cliff

DC National Monument Engagement Session



Washington, DC


Heights Graffiti Park


Belmont Art District


Belmont City Center



Airbnb Rental***


Tiny Home Rental***


Your home


***May cost extra

Step Two

Pick and outfit & Style

What kind of style fits you? Look for outfits that are similar to these tones and styles.


Olympia Maternity Photographer - Pioneer Park


Boho Chic

Northern Virginia Senior Photography - Centerville High School Senior Photos

Soft Elegance

Step Three

Getting ready tips

Getting ready for your portrait session doesn't have to be stressful. Here are some simple tips to have a stress-free and fun portrait session.

A note for her:

Select an outfit that makes you feel confident and beautiful. When it comes to your portraits, your attitude will reflect greater than your actual outfit. When you feel beautiful and confident in your own skin, the other style details will all fall into place.


So don't get overly stressed about your outfit selection. Go with your gut and what makes you feel like you! Here are some general tips for getting ready:


Best places to shop for gals:

  • H&M
  • ASOS
  • Rent the Runway
  • J. Crew
  • Anthropologie


Hair & Makeup (for brides):


If you're hiring a hair & makeup artist for your wedding then consider doing a trial run for your engagement session. This is a great opportunity to test if you like a specific style of makeup or preference of hairstyle.


Don't Forget:

  • Clean your ring or jewelry
  • Get a manicure or take nail polish completely off

A Note for him:

If you're like most guys, then you dread taking photos. We challenge you to throw out all your doubts, insecurities, and frustrations toward taking photos because this is NOT your average portrait session. If you promise to have an open mind I promise that I will do everything in my power to make you feel comfortable and excited during your portrait session.


Best places to shop for guys:

  • H&M
  • ASOS
  • Rent the Runway
  • J.Crew
  • Urban Outfitters


Don't Forget:

  • Bring your ring
  • Trim your beard or facial hair
  • Relax, just be yourself

Step four

Personalize your session

Personalizing your session is how you make your images feel unique to you. I welcome and encourage you to bring items and props that feel like you. If you're not sure what to bring just ask, I can provide some ideas.

Pets & furry friends


Do you have a furry pet that feels like family? Feel free to bring your pets along to your portrait session.


Please note: some locations work better for pets. Please notify me that you will bring your animal so we can pick an appropriate session location.

Blankets & comfort items


Are you the snuggle up and get cozy type? Bring your favorite blankets and comfort items with you. Cuddling up next to each other with your favorite items will put everyone at ease and make for some amazing photos.



Consider bringing fun props to your portrait session. Sparklers, bubbles, ice cream, instruments...whatever your ideas are we welcome them!


Let us know what your prop ideas are so that I can prepare a plan to photograph them.

Step five

Submit Your session Preferences

Please take a moment to tell us about your portrait session plan. Within 24 hours of submitting your session plan, we will reach out via email to confirm your session plan and location details. We are so excited to connect with you very soon!

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