- Navigation. It is imperative you know which hike you are going on before you head out for your session. Be sure to print a physical map, pick up a map of the location and check the weather to ensure your location is safe to hike the day of. Even if traveling to a popular trail it is always best to practice being safe and have a GPS system, compass and know how to utilize them.
- Headlamps. Be sure to bring headlamps or flashlights and extra batteries. Especially when hiking for sunset or sunrise we are likely to get caught hiking one direction in the dark.
- Sun Protection. I know we are in Washington and we neeeever see the sun, but the rays are always beaming through the clouds, the reflection from snow is extremely strong and you never know when the clouds will disappear here in Washington. Be prepared and pack sunscreen, sunglasses and sun protective clothes. My favorite sun shirt is Kastel.
- First Aid. You never know when an emergency will happen, and it is best to be prepared for anything. I recommend having a large emergency kit in your car at all times and a smaller kit for your hike.
- Knife. Always useful.
- Fire starter. Matches or lighter are perfect to have on hand in case of an emergency and you need to make a fire.
- Emergency Shelter. Bring a packable, waterproof and light emergency shelter.
- Extra Food. Definitely plan an adorable picnic or a fun lunch at a local pub, but also pack tons of extra meals and snacks in case you are out on the trail longer than anticipated.
- Extra Water. Even if it is not hot out YOU NEED WATER. Staying hydrated is extremely important so make sure to pack the amount of water you will think you need and some more.
- Layers, layers and more layers. We are in Washington which is well known to have abrupt weather changes so it is imperative to pack for all extreme weather options including wind, rain, hail, snow, and heat. I have been at Mt. Rainier when it turned from 90 degrees to snowing in an instant and the only thing that saved me was all the layers I had packed.
If you are unsure of exactly which items you need I highly recommend REI. The employees have extensive knowledge and will be able to assist you with finding all necessary safety items for your adventure.
Along with the essential layers you need to bring along for your hike (and worn in hiking boots), we need to make sure you have rocking looks for your photos! I bringing 3 looks to your session, we can either change along the hike or leave outfits in the car and fin a couple unique places off the side of the road for the other outfits.
Look 1: Fancy and Flowy
Look 2: Night Out
Look 3: Your Style
For general outfit tips I recommend staying away from patterns and clashing colors. Stick to a neutral pallet and add one color to the mix if you want a bold color in your images.
Make sure to bring accessories to the shoot. Hats and scarves can showcase your personality and add a fun aspect to the session. If you are looking for the perfect accessory I recommend Gigi Pip hats. They are insanely beautiful quality and photograph extremely well. They also have a wide range of hat options so you will definitely find one to match your personal style.
Planning on Zip Lining, Kayaking, Camping or another adventure that requires additional preparation? Don’t forget to do all your research and properly prepare. I am more than happy to help you figure out everything you need for your adventure and I know the experts that work these adventures will be full of knowledge to share with you.