Getting ready for your session

Congratulations on your upcoming photo shoot with Brittany Bays Photography!



The Studio:

The studio provides street parking only, but there are usually plenty of spots available right out front or on 12th/MLK street.. Please enter through the iron gate on Holman Ave and go to the first door.

Studio Address:  1209 Holman Ave, FL 1, Covington, KY 41011

On Location:

If we are meeting on-location (at a park, for example), we will meet near where we park. I will be driving a grey Chevy Cruze. :)



Portrait sessions are either done at my Covington, KY studio or on-location. I have a few favorite spots to shoot at outdoors but I am always up for a new adventure. When it comes to locations, I love trying someplace new, so I’m open to any ideas you may have! Note that when shooting on-location, wardrobe changing will most likely be done in your vehicle.  If you aren't comfortable with this, we can drive to the nearest bathroom, but keep in mind it will cut into our session time. In the colder winter months it may be best to schedule your shoot in the studio, but if you can tough out the cold, I am up for it, if you are!

On your photo shoot I will help coach you on photo movement techniques and help you get camera ready. To better prepare, practice moving in front of a mirror. Try different expressions, movements, and laughing.

It is also important that you arrive fresh and ready for your session. A good night sleep, eat something before arriving and come well hydrated. I want you to look and feel comfortable, and depending on where we go, there could be some walking involved, so I don't want you to pass out!


I suggest coming with your hair styled down but also bring your hairspray, bobby pins, hair accessories such as flower pins, clips & headbands. I'll help do a few different styles. Do not dye your hair the night before. Hair died a few days prior to your session will photograph much better.


Please arrive camera ready, but I recommend starting with a more natural look. Then you can build on it throughout the session to create different looks, so make sure to bring your makeup with you.  


BRING LOTS OF CLOTHES! I always suggest that you bring as many items as you can so we have a lot of different looks to choose from. I usually suggest to stay away from a lot of black items and clothes with heavy wording or logos are discouraged. Also please stay away from pin stripes. This stripes tend to look really wonky on screen and in print. I suggest bringing an array of casual to dressy attire. If your shoot is for your modeling portfolio I recommend bringing formal wear or bridal attire! Cincinnati has a huge bridal industry, so having wedding type shots in your portfolio can help you get those types of jobs. If you are interested in fitness modeling, bring that type of wardrobe too. You are also welcome to bring swimwear!

Also remember to bring appropriate undergarments to wear underneath wardrobe items. Nude colored bra and panties are best. 


Please bring several pairs of shoes with you, heels are always best, but funky boots and flats can be good too. A comfortable pair of quick slip-on shoes is good for walking between takes if shooting on-location.


Accessories can really help bring your photos to life. Pease bring any jewelry, hats, scarves, sunglasses, purses or belts you may have.


Depending on the season and location, I recommend bottled water & insect repellent if shooting outdoors, and quarters for meters if shooting downtown


Don’t forget to shave legs and under arms. Remember to have your toes and nails freshly manicured and painted. Neutral colors are best. If you regularly get your brows waxed, please do not do so within 24 hours of your session, 3-4 days is usually best.


After your session:

Within 1-2 days after your session, a sneak peek photo will be up on the Facebook page.  Make sure to like my page and go ahead and tag yourself! 

Your completed images will be available to you approximately 4-6 weeks after your session. You will receive an email with the login information so you can download them directly to your computer from your private online gallery.

Social Media:

I absolutely LOVE it when my clients post their images to facebook, twitter, and instagram. Feel free to put them on any social media you like! HOWEVER, any image you post must attribute photo credit to Brittany Bays Photography.  Client must refrain from using any photo filters, as they alter all my hard editing work. :)


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