1) Camera-I borrowed my friend's camera. I cannot take professional photos with my cell phone. Well at least those pictures will not have good pixels for when I want to print or enlarge those pictures. My very own camera is on my Christmas list this year.
2) Battery-Make sure your camera is charged. When I called my friend to borrow her camera she mentioned needing to charge it. This has happened before that when you need the camera it is not charged. So plan ahead and charge your battery.
3) Memory Card-Make sure your memory card is not full. Download your pictures after each session. Delete the ones you don't need before downloading. Then you don't use up space on unwanted pics. This will also prevent your session from being cut short. No space, no pics.
4) Theme-What are your pictures going to be for? This will help with the next tip...
5) Location-Find a location that works for you. A park, your house, your favorite spot.
6) Outfit-Coordinate your outfit with your theme. Christmas pictures-maybe wear green, and red. Birthday or Anniversary-your favorite colors.
7) Props-Your theme may call for props. Bring some mistletoe, a blanket, or accessories, etc..
8) Assistant-You may need help taking pictures, carrying the props, or outfit changes. It is also good to have someone assist when you are working with kids. Help fix hair, fluff dresses, or make the person in the picture laugh.
9) Fun-I always say, if something is a chore then don't do it. Leave it to the professionals. Taking a picture is capturing a moment in time. Portraying a memory. Giving someone your vision through an image.
10) Display-Print your art. The pictures you take are an artwork. Your own. Print out wallets for family. Enlarge the print you took and display it.