From Start To Finish: The Portrait Shoot Playbook

$89.00 $79.00

Love portrait photography, but don’t know where to start when it comes to doing a portrait session? Or have you been doing sessions but feel like you could use some clear guidelines to follow so you don’t miss anything? If so, this is the book for you!

Tamara will step you through each aspect of a portrait photography session, from what to do to prepare for the shoot all the way to some best practices for delivering your final shoot to your client. And everything in between!

The Portrait Shoot Playbook is normally $89. But we have some awesome discounts and gift cards that will come with all orders, so if you purchase now during the pre-sale you will actually come out $6 ahead! (More detailed info below.)
$89 retail price
-$10 Pre-sale price
-$25 Nations Photo Lab credit
-$20 On1 credit
-$15 Westcott credit
-$25 Imagely credit (pre-sale only)
= +$6 in your pocket!


One of the most common questions I get in my 3-day portrait workshops is, basically, some form of this: “What are all the things I need to know when it comes to shooting a photography session?” My answer is a long one, with a good amount of detail. Yes, I can break down the preparation part and the inspiration part and the gear selection and the process flow part and all the things you need to consider when on a portrait shoot, which is a lot – and then all the aspects to cover when delivering the image. But I also finish by saying,  “And that’s only some of it. I could write an entire book on this!” And, so I did.

This manual on how to shoot a photography session is comprehensive. Because photography is amazing and running a photography business can be incredibly fulfilling. But there are also a lot of little things that can make a big difference on not only how well a portrait shoot can go, but also in how much value and impact the images can garner afterwards. Sometimes just following a manual of sorts can help you pull it all together. This Portrait Shoot Playbook covers pretty much everything you need to know when it comes to how to prepare for a photography session, how to shoot a photography session, and how to deliver a photography session, and I step through each part clearly and as succinctly as possible. Because, although there really is a lot to shooting a session well and effectively, when it’s all laid out as clearly as possible, step-by-step, it suddenly becomes a lot easier to process it all and to master it.

The cost of this entire, detailed guide, which is downloadable and can be used while on a photo shoot for reference, is $89. For this pre-sale time, however, there are a few great offers. First, we are running a pre-sale price of $79, but we are only running that price until the book has been released, which will be before Thanksgiving. In addition, I have also had some wonderful support from my favorite print lab, Nations Photos Lab, and they have offered a $25 gift card to all book purchasers. That $25 credit can be used towards any of their prints, canvas pieces, gallery blocks, holiday and year-round card selections, metal prints, albums, holiday gift options and more. Use that amount in addition to the promo codes we share on our website, and you can get some amazing products for a very low to no cost. 

In addition, Imagely, my favorite source for WordPress themes and plugins including the amazing NextGen gallery, will be offering a $25 gift card for all pre-order sales! This can be used for the first year of your annual subscription to any of the products at

AND, On1, my go-to for all of my editing with On1 Photo RAW 2018, is offering $20 off for all purchases, as well as Westcott, my go-to for constant lights and the Ice Light, who are offering $15 Westcott cash. These are ongoing offers, even after the pre-sale!

We also got a fun offer from Adorama – a $25 gift card to the first 10 purchasers of this book. That will go quickly, of course – but, altogether this $89 book will give the first 10 people $31 (counting the gift cards) and $6 for those after that if you purchase it for the pre-sale price now!

I think anyone getting into portrait photography, or wanting to take their photography shoots to the next level, will find this guide to be exceptionally valuable. I know that I certainly would have loved to have gotten my hands on it when I first started out.

As I always do with our products, services and offerings, 10% of all sales of The Portrait Shoot Playbook will also go towards Beautiful Together, our non-profit 501(c) organization in support of children waiting for families and those living in extreme poverty.

Playbooks will be sent in pdf format by December 1st, 2017.