Branding Session Checklist

Preparing for your brand session

Wondering what needs to be prepared prior to your branding session with me? Here are a few things to think about organizing about 1-2 weeks prior to your session. Download your free Branding Checklist!


Make sure your clothing, accessories, and shoes are planned and organized. I recommend to clients that they prepare 2-3 tops/outfits together for our session to provide diversity to your galleries. Think about your brand as a whole–showing your professional and personal style. Here’s a more in-depth blog on Clothing for your Professional Branding Session.

Branding session with stationery designer Salt & Paperie Huntsville Design House


Procure props that represent you and your brand to include in your session. Many clients bring their laptops, planners, mugs, and work tools/materials. Use props based around your daily routine and work operations. Pro tip: Less is more to create a clean visual feed. Here are 5 Things that should be included in your branding session.

I love making sure to capture you creating your magic. Plan for at least one round of you doing your craft.

Pamper Yourself

About a week prior to your session, start treating yourself to services that add to your appearance and confidence–hair cut/color, facial, mani/pedi.

Branding Session with Lustre Theory in Norfolk, VA

Makeup & Hair

Consider having your hair and makeup done prior to your session by a professional stylist. Gari-Ann can make arrangements for a stylist to meet you at your home the morning of your session. Here’s why I think having your hair and makeup is so important: Go Pro w/your Hair & Makeup.

Finalize the Plan

Make sure you’re good to go with your session plan–timeline, locations, details. Make sure to download our Branding Session Checklist!

meet Gari-Ann

Gari-Ann Kia is an accomplished Branding and Product Photographer with a passion for helping creatives and professionals elevate their brand by showcasing their product, promoting their services, or simply enhancing their brand image. Gari-Ann's expertise in branding and product photography will help you stand out from the crowd. With years of experience in the field, Gari-Ann has honed her skills and developed a unique approach to visual storytelling that resonates with her clients and their target audience to help them stand out from the crowd.

Gari-Ann currently lives in the Washington DC area with her husband and two children. She enjoys traveling with her family, some of their favorite destinations have been Santorini, Wanaka, Paris, & Aix en Provence. In her free time, Gari-Ann enjoys giving back to her community by supporting fellow military spouses & their families and mentoring other small business owners.