How to Survive a Summer Photoshoot in Florida

2020 has been a weird year. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, we basically skipped past spring and straight into the deep, buggy, frizz-inducing inferno that is Florida summer.

You've likely been cooped up for months with your partner, pets, kids, various family members -- whoever your quarantine tribe is and I'm sure your best-laid plans have been thrown straight out the window. Whether it is senior photos, engagement photos, a wedding, 1st birthdays -- it feels like a lot of important milestones have been put on hold.

Now restrictions are lifting and it's pretty safe to have an outdoor, socially distant photoshoot, it's basically the least pleasant time imaginable to be outside, let alone trying to look fresh and awesome for the camera. But don't let that stop you!

Maybe you're accustomed to the swampy heat that is Florida summers, or maybe you're just visiting and have no idea what to expect -- there are tips to help you survive a photoshoot in the Florida heat and as a born-and-raised Floridian photographer, I'm here to share them with you.

Quick list for surviving a summer photoshoot in Florida:

  1. Keep your session short

  2. Pick a location near water

  3. Opt for mornings, not evening shoots

  4. Bring a (reusable) water bottle

  5. Wear fewer clothes

  6. Humidity-resistant hair products

  7. Keep makeup light and bring your bag for touch-ups

  8. Facial spray

  9. Bug spray

1. Keep your session short

I promise that you're not going to want to endure the summer Florida heat for a two-hour photo shoot that includes changing your outfit a few times in the heat of your car.