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Madelyn & Carter

Madelyn and Carter drove down from Indianaoplis for their session and minutes before they arrived, the sky got dark and thunder was rolling in the distance. Needless to say, I was a bit worried. However, they were cool and said "Let's roll with it" and we did. The result? A full gallery of images that I think anyone would love to have!

While we are on the subject of weather, let's talk about the elephant in the upcoming forecast- HOT weather. It looks like it will be mid to high 90's starting later this week and on into the foreseable future. I thought I would put together a list of ways that we try to beat the heat when rescheduling isn't always an option.

  1. We minimize the time we spend outside- especially in the direct sun. We go over poses and locations before we get out of the car. I pick locations on shade versus sun and always try to limit time spent with the sun beating down on us.

  2. We try to push the start time to as late in the day as possible to beat that heavy afternoon heat.

  3. If pushing the start time doesn't work, we will sometimes try to move the shoot to the morning. This is usually a great alternative if the senior is available and willing to wake up early and get ready first thing in the morning.

  4. Pack a cooler full of water, Gatorade and snacks. Staying hydrated is key and keeping your blood sugar up with some good snacks is vital to not wearing out too fast in high heat situations.

  5. Reconsider your outfit options. If you have an outfit that is warm anyhow, you may want to look at planning an alternative.

  6. Buy those cooling towels that you can wet and toss in the cooler. Sticking it on your neck and around your wrists between shots will greatly help keep you from overheating.

  7. If it's just too hot and the humidity is nuts, let's talk about rescheduling. Sometimes you just need to know when to call it. Unfortunately, sometimes you just can't beat the extreme temps and you need to be the one willing to adjust.

  8. We will often leave the cars running and the AC blasting so that you can jump in and cool off between locations.

  9. Sweat is going to happen. Getting the bloting cloths and being careful will help to save your makeup. It also helps to have a professional hair and makeup artist do your final look. They are pros at helping you make sure your makeup looks amazing from the first outfit to the last with makeup that is designed to last in warm situations.

What are some other tips that you can think of for beating the heat? I'd love to add them to my lineup for seniors planning sessions during those hot summer months!

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