1). Picking a wardrobe or outfit.
Choosing the right outfit for your photoshoot is crucial. You want to feel comfortable and confident in what you're wearing, but you also want to make sure it looks good on camera. Avoid busy patterns and bright colors, as they can be distracting. Instead, opt for solid, neutral tones or soft pastels. If you're unsure of what to wear, consider bringing a few different options to your photoshoot so you can try them on and see what works best.
2). Location, Location, Location.
The location of your photoshoot can have a big impact on the overall feel of your photos. Consider the time of day, the weather, and the available lighting when choosing a location. You may also want to think about the background and whether it complements your outfit and overall aesthetic. I'd always recommend having a backup location as well, because weather happens.
Or, you can even just leave the location finding to the photographer. A lot of us have had many years of experience and may know a number of cool spots that exactly fit the type of photo you're going for!
3). Hair and make-up.
If you're planning on doing your own hair and makeup for your photoshoot, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get ready. It's also a good idea to do a trial run beforehand to ensure that your look is exactly what you want it to be. Typically your photographer will discuss what hair and makeup style they think will fit the shoot. For a happy, daytime, or celebratory shoot? Maybe bright, vibrant makeup and enegetic hair stying. Or maybe it's a more melancholy/moody shoot, in which case muted makeup and more reserved hair may work better. If you prefer to have your hair and makeup professionally done, be sure to book your appointment well in advance of your photoshoot. I also can offer you hair and makeup referrals.
4). Pose and expression.
It's normal to feel a little bit awkward in front of the camera, but try to relax and have fun! A natural, genuine expression is always more attractive than a forced or fake smile. If you're feeling self-conscious about your posing, that's okay! I always suggest prompts. Instead of thinking "I need to move this and do this" try something more along the lines of "my body language if I was feeling____". It helps to create a more natural expression and posing while also being unique to you.
Secondly, part of the photographer's job is to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera and offer you direction and posing suggestions. Not everyone is a model or has modeling experience and a good photographer will be able to convey posing to his/her subject to bring out the exact post that he/she needs.
Finally, make sure you're well-prepared for your photoshoot. Charge your phone, bring any props or accessories you want to use, and arrive on time. By taking care of the little details, you can help ensure that your photoshoot goes smoothly and that you end up with beautiful, memorable photos.