It’s no secret that brides these days are carrying little “emergency kits” at their ceremonies! It’s usually a brilliant little kit filled with things that they may need to deal with minor hiccups on their special day, and it’s a concept that works beautifully for seniors, too! Now, before you panic about having to do “one more thing” before your shoot, don’t fret! I usually have just about everything on hand that you may need, but some seniors love feeling extra prepared, so this is a handy list if it will make you feel more comfortable:
- A great pouch or plastic box: I prefer a small wristlet or zipper pouch, which you can find inexpensively at places like Hobby Lobby or a craft store. In fact, if you find a simple one, you can also personalize it with your initials or a monogram if you’re feeling fancy! If you want something more simple, a little Tupperware bin will be great. A pouch about 10” in size is perfect to hold the things you need.
- A comb, brush, and bobby pins: Throw anything you may need for your hair in a small ziplock within the pouch. Include hair ties if you have long hair, preferable clear ones. Although we handle the glam part of your session, some clients feel most comfortable having some hair things with them, too.
- Wrinkle guard spray and stain remover: If you are bringing a steamer for your clothes, leave it in the car, but tote your small fabric items with you in case something wonky happens! If your dress or skirt gets wrinkled, you can spritz it with some fabric spray and it will smooth right out. Test it out on a small section of your dress before you try it on the day of.
- An extra pair of shoes and feet care: Okay, it sounds funny, but throw an extra pair of shoes in your car (not the emergency kit) in the off chance that a heel breaks, or you get a really terrible blister. Yes, it can change the look of your photos, but if you’re miserable, it will reflect in your images. Throw in a pair of neutral colored shoes that will go with any outfit, just in case. But in your emergency kit, throw in flesh toned band aids and blister pads. The best prevention is to also break in your shoes before your session.
- A small, non messy snack. A granola bar is a great choice, one without chocolate or frosting. Crackers would also work, and wouldn’t risk staining your outfit.
- Miniatures of your perfume, lip gloss, etc: if you’re wearing a special scent or gloss, throw in a spare, or remember to tuck it into your emergency kit.
- Baby or cleaning wipes and hand sanitizer: Having a little travel pack is a great idea for coffee spills, and hand sanitizer is a great idea in general if you end up touching lots of surfaces. Of course, we strive for a super clean and safe experience, no matter what!
Many people suggest carrying a small sewing kit, but I don’t know many seniors who would want to stitch a strap or tear back up, so maybe throw in some safety pins, instead! Having some items put together really makes many seniors feel prepared, but if you would rather ask us questions about our “minor emergency” processes, let me know! We have everything handled, and cannot wait to work with you!