Must have items for your senior session | Melissa Braden Photography

Congratulations you have made it to your session day! There is probably a lot going on in your mind, might even be feeling a bit nervous and you want to make sure that you have everything that you need for your session. We’ve made a quick check list to help make sure that you have all the essentials you need!


Weather you had your hair professionally done or did it yourself we want to make sure that it looks fabulous throughout your shoot. Make sure you pack :

  • Mirror
  • Brush & comb
  • Hairspray
  • barrettes, clips, scrunchies (hair-tie), and bobby pins

Keep in mind that you may want to change your hairstyle with each outfit that you are wearing to give your senior session different looks.


As you are running around doing all those fantastic poses, you make up will possibly start to fade, particularly your lips. Here are some must haves:

  • lipstick and lip gloss
  • eyeshadows
  • blush
  • mascara
  • brow pencils
  • eyeliner
  • makeup wipes
  • tissues
  • Q-tips

These are great items to have incase you want to change up your look or just to fix some areas that need it.


Some of us have dry skin (I am one of those) and it is alway a good ideas to bring some face and body lotion. This is a good and quick way to ensure that there isn’t any flaky or ashy looks in your photos.


One of the most important things to me is to make sure that you are comfortable. We will be doing a lot of walking, talking and laughing. Here are a few items to pack to ensure that you stay comfy!

  • walking shoes
  • plenty of water and other hydrating drinks
  • snacks (we don’t want anyone getting hangry!)

Since you have a lot to pack and lug around with you we suggest that you bring a friend or your mom with you to assist with all your items.  What kind of bag works best for packing all these items? we suggest you use a garment bag with hangers.  Something with lots of pockets and internal storage areas is best. This will ensure your clothes look their best! You won’t regret it!! NEVER stuff your clothes into a bag. Remember, EVERY WRINKLE will show in your pictures!

There you have it!  Without getting into the specific details around different hair styles and wardrobe ideas, these are the things you should bring with you at a minimum.

Can you think of anything we missed?  If so, share your thoughts by leaving a comment below! 🙂

Have you scheduled a session for senior pictures yet? If not, please call us at 719-213-8693 or use the contact form and we will help ensure you LOVE your senior pictures!

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