There are many things you can do to help the photo shoot go smoothly.
First and foremost, don't be late. There are good reasons why we aim to start at specific times, ultimately, it is to get you the best possible outcome in the end.
If the session is at your home, please take time to tidy up before my arrival. Clutter and mess can and will show up in the background of the photographs and cannot be removed later. May I also refer to my previous comment; be timely, so please don't wait until the session begins to tidy up around our shoot.
Have your outfits picked out in advance. To help you choose, consider what you feel best in, what are your favorite colors, what kind of feeling to you want to express? You can do so very easily with what you decide to wear. Color coordinating outfits for families is always nice, but if you want to be more expressive then pick solid bright colors different for each person. If you want something more emotive, choose darker colors or contrasting colors. For something more delicate, choose pale or light colors. I do request that you have no writing or visible logos on your clothing though.
In a nutshell, have your outfits picked out a couple days prior to the session and communicate to me exactly what you plan to wear. It will help me know how to photograph you best.
Consider having your hair and make-up done professionally. May I again refer to my first request, and plan to allow enough time for you to get home and dress prior to the start of the session. If you choose to do your own make-up, be cautious and pay attention to the detail of it. I have some very helpful links in the Styling and Costuming section of Client Access & Tips, take advantage of them! Link to Styling & Costuming
Have your fingernails and toenails clean, trim and if necessary, painted. Believe it or not, you will be able to see chipped polish or ragged nails in the photos, especially if I decide to catch some close-up detail shots.
Music helps! We can really set the mood with some of your favorite tunes. Feel free to load a bunch to your music player and play during our session.
If we are shooting outdoors, I need to know what locations mean the most to you, what places are the most significant to you and tell me a little story about why. It will help me identify with the feel we are looking to achieve for your photographs.
If you are feeling nervous, have a close friend accompany you. Sometimes, the extra hand is nice to touch up make-up and minor adjustments. If you are of legal drinking age, a glass of wine will calm nerves some. My point, relax, have fun, and let your spirit shine!