Preparing for your session

Spedale Jr. Photography

Capturing the emerald coast since 2013


To have the BEST session, we need your help. SAFETY is #1. A smile is #2. Scroll down for more info.

See you today at your appointment time.

If you don’t know you time/location please text 850-832-1390 and ask.

You’ve just booked your session with Spedale Jr. Photography LLC.,

You’re probably wondering: “what’s next?” This guide you through all the steps you need to prep your family for your photography session with us,

We will go over everything from wardrobe to getting the kids (and dad) ready.

We are very excited to work with you and your family. If you have any questions along the way, please just let me know. We love to help! Also, feel free to stop by the F.A.Q. page.

Clothing: “What will we wear?”

The most challenging question everyone asks themselves after booking a photo session is: “What will we wear?”. We understand! We are here for you!

When you start styling your session, We suggest starting with Mom and then working out from there. Whether you want to buy all new clothing, or you want to use that dress you love most, that’s a great place to start.

(Things to think about)

It’s Florida. It’s hot. Ask yourself this question, “When is my session?” You may say, “Summer” June/July Ok, so now ask yourself how hot will it be for an afternoon session. Panama City Beach is (89 to 102) degrees in the summer from late May through late August.


It’s extremely important to understand we all sweat, and you do not want any sweat marks showing in the photos. We don’t edit out sweat spots free of charge. For more clothing ideas, stop by there you’ll find color ideas to help hide wet spots.


Be comfortable: you want everyone to be comfy at your session. Make sure you put yourself and the kids in something that moves with you and isn’t itchy or too tigh. You’ll be hearing all about it on the session, trust me.

(Do your own thing)

Your session is about you and your family! It’s very important to make sure that your family’s personality shines.

(The thing to avoid)

Very large logos: shirts that have logos on them can distract from your beautiful look. No to neon colors: just say no to hot pink and lime green To much matchy-matchy: matching outfits are nice, we know, but they can be very redundant and and boring.
Having different colors, patterns, textures, to create interest and diversity in your family’s images is a good thing.

What to expect: “What will our session be like?”

Our main focus is to capture your family in the season of your choice! We want to “capture your perfect moments”. Not always the poses. We love and want to embrace all the beautiful imperfections. At our session, we will pose at the start, hug, snuggle, run, jump, and maybe even get a little dirty in the beach sand.

We’ll start our session by getting that perfect posed “Beach Shot” out of the way. If you have a request, please let Joe know.

We usually like to do them standing and maybe one sitting.

Be thinking of things that you like to do together as a family, beach walk or small things you want to remember.

(Remember the small things)
An example would be how your daughter doesn’t like to get kisses on the lips, so we kiss on the cheeks and/or forehead.

We like to start my sessions within one hour before sunset; We have a few locations picked out already. Most families want a beach session and water/pier in the background. No problem. Most sessions are at “M.B. Miller County Pier” otherwise, any other location upon agreed location.

The week before:

“How do I prep the kids for our photo session?”

The week or two before your session, start bringing Spedale Jr. Photography (the fun guy) up in conversation. You can refer to me as the, cool guy, cameraman or Mr. Joe. Tell your kids about the fun beach session we’ll be having soon.

Guess what works! Bribery, tell me what will get them smiling. The ice cream date after our session works well! If they think about behaving perfectly or feel uptight, it could show. Joe loves talking to the kids, being silly, and having a good time. We want them to smile & laugh. (Whatever works) Joe has kids too!

“How do I prepare for the “dad”?”

Tell dad he can get icecream too! IF HES A GOOD BOY! Tell him, Joe get’s it, Joe understands and to relax and have fun! He’s a good guy just for tagging along, hes loving and caring for going on this session. Take all pressure off him. He’ll do well because he loves you and the kids.

“How do I prep myself, mom?”

#1 Relax! Treat yourself. You deserve it! Get your hair or nails done. Don’t stress, and remember to just have fun with your family. This is the time to be yourself with your family.

Need help? Just ask:

Stop by the F.A.Q. page.
We are here to help in any way. If you have a question about anything, please don’t hesitate to ask our booking agent. (Rachelle) text (850-832-1390), or send a facebook message.

Session Day: “It’s finally here!”

The day of your session is here! We’ve picked out the perfect time and location, and your wardrobe is ready to go. You’ve spent weeks preparing, and it’s finally time. I’m getting just as excited as you are.

Things to remember:

No shoes, No keys, No cell phones, no hair ties on the wrist. No hats, no sunglasses (unless they are props)
Have fun!
This is so important that you and your kids enjoy this experience because it will show up in your photos if someone just isn’t having it.
Relax and love on your family. Maybe talk about the bribe? 🙂 If there is one.

After the session: “How long do we have to wait to see our photos?”

That is a great question!

We go over all of your images and pick out the best of the best. We don’t delete the images from my memory card until after we have edited your session. From time to time, we will edit one or two for a sneak peeks. These will be posted on my Facebook page (If you agreed to allow us to use the photos on the booking form)

Our turn around time for your full gallery 24/48 hours and 2-3 weeks in June/July.

We don’t limit the number of images we give out. It’s all based on time. The more time you book, the more photos, you’ll get.

All photos come with a basic edit, print release, and free downloading from our online photo downloading site.




Click the buttons for a very detailed map and information regarding your session.

Once you have read this page please text Joe 850-832-6093 the following

* Name:

* Location of session:

* Time of session:


This will let us know you have read the prep guide and that you’re ready for the BEST session ever.

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