When you make the decision to book your photography session, the first thing on your list of “to do’s” is to book your session! But, when? How far out in advance should you book your session? Every photographer is a little different in the flexibility of their schedule. Some photographers book out months in advance while others may only need a few weeks notice to book your session.

When To Book Your Photography Session | North Dakota Lifestyle Photographer

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When you make the decision to book your photography session, the first thing on your list of “to do’s” is to book your session! But, when? How far out in advance should you book your session? Every photographer is a little different in the flexibility of their schedule. Some photographers book out months in advance while others may only need a few weeks notice to book your session.

My personal preference as a photographer is for my clients to book their session around three months in advance. This leaves me plenty of time to find space for them in my schedule. Summer is a particularly busy time for me personally because two of my kiddos have busy sports schedules. I don’t usually receive their summer sports schedules until May so I tend to book tentatively for the month of June until I can finalize a specific date for a session.

Expecting mother in red dress for winter maternity session in the snow in North Dakota.

Booking your session three months in advance ensures you aren’t stressed over potentially not booking a session on time. Maternity and newborn sessions specifically are very dependent on booking a session during a specific time frame. The beginning of your second trimester is a good time to start planning your maternity and newborn session and get on the books to secure your spot!

Mom and dad cuddle newborn baby boy for in home newborn session in North Dakota.

Booking early is also important for family and senior sessions. The photography business gets extremely busy in the fall months and my schedule tends to get booked up quickly. Why does this happen? Fall is a beautiful season for photos full of gorgeous colors and the weather is perfect for beautiful and flattering outfits! It’s also a perfect time to grab photos in time for Christmas cards. So if you plan to book a session in the fall, plan to book early!

Senior girl in white dress for senior session in North Dakota.

Booking early also gives you plenty of time in advance to prepare and coordinate a wardrobe for your session. I have a client closet available for my sessions and I also use Style and Select to help my clients coordinate their outfits for their session. Booking early gives us plenty of time to plan, order and try on outfits you’d like to wear for your session. Wardrobe has a huge impact on the quality of your session!

Book your photography session with me three months in advance for the best experience! Photos are a wonderful investment and you want them to be as stress free as possible. Giving yourself and your photographer time to prepare ensures you get the best images back from your session! If you are interested in booking a session with me, contact me so I can help you get started! Happy Booking!

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