1. Arrive a few minutes early and don't be late!
I often stack sessions in the fall due to the volume of clients who want fall sessions so please make sure to account for traffic, getting lost, kid meltdowns, bathroom runs, and adjusting outfits/prep when you arrive. Arriving late isn't great for anyone and starts the session off in a mode of stress!
2. Dress for the weather and in layers + try on outfits ahead of time
I'd recommend not forcing your kids into warmer clothes on hot days and avoiding jackets on colder days. Plan your outfit options with a warmer and colder day in mind. Also, consider layers given sessions on colder days often start with more layers and these are quickly shedded once your kids get moving! Also, make sure you have tried on any new outfits for the session ahead of time to make sure everything is comfortable, fits, and your kids will like. September and October in Boston can be very unpredictable!
3. Bring water and small snacks + small tote bag for items
Given sessions often occur around the sunset hour, your kids might get thirsty and may want a snack. Given photoshoots happen once a year, this isn't the time to worry about a snack ruining dinner or adhering to a strict meal structure! The happiest kids are the ones who aren't hungry. Avoid packing any snacks that could linger in their hands and are small and quick to eat. Also, make sure to bring a bag to put your phone, car keys, etc. Specifically for dads - avoid having your keys or cell phone in your pocket!
4. Bring bug spray!
Many locations in the greater Boston area (even urban ones) will have mosquitos or gnats this time of year! If you're like me, you're a constant target for these little suckers. I always make sure to pack bug spray for fall sessions and encourage clients to do the same. Also, in grassier areas, ticks can be present so please make sure to do a tick check before getting back into your car.