Okay, summer’s on its way, school’s almost out and senior portrait season is just around the corner. So let’s talk about how you can prepare for your senior portrait session and make sure you come away with super-awesome, beautiful senior pictures!
Coming into your session well prepared can make a huge difference in the look of your senior portraits. This is one of the reasons why all of my senior portrait sessions include a pre-session consultation, I spend as much time on the phone with my senior portrait clients as we need, and we’ll text and email back and forth as we work together to plan your perfect senior portrait session – from outfits to props to location and more.
Here are some tips to help you plan for your session and make sure you look your best. As always, if you have any questions at all, whether you are a current client or not, don’t hesitate to contact me with your questions!
Go out in style with the perfect senior portrait outfits!
Your high school senior portraits should show off your personality, style and be as unique as you are. So take the time to find clothing for your portrait session that is comfortable, looks great, and reflects who you really are. My senior portrait sessions come with unlimited outfit changes, so there’s plenty of room to be creative and try new things. I always encourage my senior portrait clients to bring A LOT of clothing options. We might not use all of the outfits you bring along, but we’ll be able to mix and match and make adjustments so that your clothing matches the environment and background. Group your outfits as best as you can on hangers, and make sure everything is ironed because wrinkles WILL show in your senior pictures!
Don’t be afraid to accessorize!
Tasteful jewelry can really compliment your clothing choices and add polished detail to your senior portraits. But, keep it simple. Big, shiny jewelry can be distracting and we want you to be the focus of your senior pictures, not your accessories. Just like clothing, bring along a lot of choices and we can mix and match during the shoot.
Props are great too! Don’t be afraid to bring some of your favorite things that show off your hobbies and interests. Popular choices include musical instruments, items related to activities like dance or school clubs, sports uniforms, and sports equipment like soccer balls, basketballs, volleyballs, and bats.
Hair and Makeup can make your Senior Portraits Pop!
Well done makeup is one of the best things you can do to prepare for your session, and professionally done makeup can really give your images a “wow factor.” I have access to talented hair and makeup artists and I am happy to help you find and add a professional stylist to your senior portrait team. Good makeup applied well will even out skin tones and give your favorite facial features some extra pop in your senior pictures.
Be sure not to make any drastic changes to your hairstyle right before your senior portrait session. Chances are you’ll regret your last minute decisions! And, be sure to bring hair spray, clips, pins and whatever other tools you might need to keep your hair out of your eyes, especially if we’ll be outdoors and it might be windy. You’ll also want a brush and small mirror for quick touch-ups (or bring along a best friend to help you out). I do my best to help you look for out of place hairs during your portrait session, but having an extra set of eyes and some helping hands never hurts!
Check your Attitude!
Come to your senior portrait session prepared to have a ton of fun! Forget about all of your other plans and worries for a few hours and tell yourself to just live in the moment. The emotions you are feeling on the day of your shoot are going to have a big impact on the expressions that you’ll see in your pictures. Don’t stress about what you’re going to look like or how you will pose! On the day of your shoot we’ll teach you how to pose like a model and we’ll work together to create beautiful, amazing photographs that you will love!
Timing is Everything!
Chances are good that if you booked a senior portrait session with my studio we carefully chose a specific time of day for your shoot to take advantage of the perfect outdoor lighting. Even in the summer months, as we approach sunset, we start losing natural light very fast, which can have an impact on he types of images we can create. Be sure to be on time for your portrait session so that we can maximize the amount of time we have to create awesome senior portraits. Make sure you plan for things like rush hour traffic and that you know in advance how to get to the shooting location we’ve decided upon.
What other questions do you have about preparing for your senior portrait session? Send me an email and I’m happy to give you my best advice! And, for more information about planning and styling your senior portrait session, Click here to get my free senior portrait style guide!