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I'm Dolly — a Nashville based family & branding photographer AND a systems + workflow educator (and Podcast Host) for creatives who want to be more streamlined and organized with Systems, Workflows & SOPS to better impact the backend of their businesses. I'm here to help you look awesome (for your photos) & feel great about workflows!
After you’ve booked your branding session, it’s time to start planning for your portraits. It’s important to think about the content that you’re going to promote using these images and what makes your business unique. Once you know the answers to those questions, you’re ready to plan out what to bring with you to your branding session! Today, I’m sharing my TOP FIVE things to bring for your branding session!
Make a list of what you use every day to do your job. A computer? Notebook and pen? Camera? Once you know what items you’ll be bringing, you can plan a shot list with your branding photographer to use everything strategically. Remember, one of the benefits of branding portraits is that you can really show what makes you unique. So lean into that when thinking about your tools of the trade.
When you plan your outfits for your branding photoshoot, think about what matches your brand AND attracts your clients. For example, if you’re a real estate agent, you probably don’t want to show up in ripped jeans and a stained college sweatshirt. You’re probably going to wear something more business casual in your brand colors – or what makes sense for your brand. These images are meant to showcase you and your brand, so plan carefully!
Depending on where your portraits will be, it may be wise to order a solid color backdrop from Amazon for some fun headshots. If the space we’re photographing in isn’t super clean or clear, it’s worthwhile to grab another backdrop!
I know this one might sound strange off the bat, but hear me out! Bring a few clothing clamps in case you’re in a pinch and need to adjust your clothing. Sometimes, we want our outfits to look more fitted in images, so clamps like this can make that adjustment way easier (and faster)!!
Bringing a steamer is a great way to make sure you look your best! Steam your clothing prior to your session so that nothing looks wrinkled. I promise, it 100% will show up in your images – and we’re not here to photoshop every wrinkle in your shirt. Take a little time to prep for your session and it will make all the difference in the world! PS. If you’re thinking about planning your own outfits, consider hiring a personal stylist for your branding session!
Dolly DeLong is a Nashville-based family & branding photographer and a creative business owner who educates other family photographers on how to best streamline their family photography business by using powerful automation tools in order to find the JOY in workflows and systems. Dolly loves serving families, and business owners with her timeless, radiant photography. And, she also loves educating other creative business owners on how to set up systems and workflows that will ultimately help them save time in their business-she does this by producing weekly blog posts and weekly podcast episodes on The Systems & Workflow Magic Podcast.
She has a heart for serving the larger business community. Dolly shares her knowledge of tools like Dubsado, Email Marketing, and Business Systems with new creative business owners & family photographers in an encouraging and supportive way because she believes that anyone can find joy in automation! Plus BONUS: Systems is where the MAGIC happens!
Dolly’s faith and love for her family motivate her to help other business owners find the joy and freedom she’s found in running a successful small business.
Whenever she has a spare moment, she enjoys watching TV (i.e. Survivor), loves eating way too many sweets, and listens to podcasts while running or walking. To work with Dolly DeLong Photography LLC, fill out her contact form here.
Interested in learning how to best automate a part of your business but you have no clue where to begin? Check out www.dollydelongphotography.com/automate to begin your automation journey today!
Or maybe you're not really sure how you'd use your new collection of branded images? Download my free planning guide to learn how to plan an elevated brand photography session to impact your business!