Senior Portraits!~ How to Prepare for your Session!
PREPARATION IS KEY!
I strive to ensure we have a fun and relaxed session together– and to just capture you— being you! However, there are some key things to consider before your session– so that you can relax and not worry about the little things– or wonder how something may look in your pictures later on. If you have any further questions, or need extra advice– please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Just be You!
Have fun! the best pictures are most often the ones where you are just happy and relaxed! I know it can sound silly…relaxed in front of the camera!? Have no fear though, that is why you have me! Don’t think too much about making the perfect posed face…or that you may be making a silly face….just be you, and I will guide you when needed. No pressure on you– it is my job to make you look great!
Arrive a few minutes early to your appointment. This will help you to relax a bit….as well as ensure that we have the full time to shoot, and get as many fantastic photos as possible!
If you’re coming from out of town, give yourself plenty of time to find your way around. Denver, or any suburb area, traffic is never just a “breeze”! Better to be early than late! (PS– this is great advice in general, as you enter into the “real world” next year! 😉
YOUR style. I’m offering guidelines here, but in the end, the point of these photos are to capture you at this point in your life….so I want you to dress how you feel confidant and comfortable! (Please look over the guidelines though to avoid a few things that will be a bit too distracting for photos)
Be you…but be stylish! 😉
Depending on the package you have selected, will determine your number of outfit changes. If you only have one, please bring a second outfit that looks a bit different (colors, etc.) anyway. Depending on our outdoor backdrop and weather, etc…I may ask you to put on a different outfit. This will give us flexibility in matching your clothing to backgrounds and the surroundings.
Group your outfits together on hangers. Make sure items are ironed and ready to go.
Plan on changing quickly. The faster you change, the more time we have to photograph and the more photo choices you’ll have later.
Make sure you’re comfortable in your clothing and that it flatters you. If you are self-conscious about a certain part of your body, be sure to dress in a way that flatters and makes you feel comfortable.
Avoid any busy (Cheetah print, etc.) pattern. Bright/Bold Solid colors look great— and LAYER LAYER LAYER! Layering a bold undershirt with a great button up, vest, or top shirt of a different texture, and then pair with accessories (scarves, necklace, etc.)– looks great!
Bring a variety of colors and mix the level of styles. Some should be dressy, some dressy-casual, and some casual. You may want to consider one Casual outfit, one Dressy outfit. If you are incorporating a Uniform or Jersey outfit, make sure that you have ALL parts of the uniform to make it look complete (shoes, the ball, etc.)
Boys, unless you are terribly attached to wearing Shorts…I recommend Pants. Even if it may be hot….Pants tend to look better in photos (Khakis’ and Jeans, etc. NO HOLES)
Girls, If you’re comfortable in dresses, wear them! They photograph really well and offer a nice variety from your other casual clothing choices. We can mix dressy and casual dresses for some great looks. Please be aware of the length of your skirt or dress though, as you may be sitting on the ground, etc…
Also, girls, please be aware of the neckline of your shirt. Watch those Bra straps as well! Please ensure that your match your Bra strap type with your shirt style.
Ladies, wear heels! They can be pumps, boots, wedges, etc—- whichever you choose, they make for great photographs, and make you look taller and slender! If you are not comfortable in any type of heel, that is fine too– but if you want to try them out– this is a great time! 😉
Flats or non-heeled boots can also work well if you mix them with the right outfit– just bring a backup pair of heels if you can 😉
I do not recommend Flip flops at all— unless for a GUY it is part of the overall look of the outfit (but ladies– for picture sake, they are not the best).
If you are going to cut, color, or change your hairstyle before your session, do it at least 2 weeks in advance…in case it needs to grow a bit, needs to be changed, etc. Also, if it is a “new” style, it may take you a bit to be comfortable with it– and really fee like YOU!
Bring hair spray, clips, pins, and whatever else is needed to keep your hair out of your eyes if it’s windy. Also bring a brush and mirror for quick hair touch-ups. I will help how I can with your hair, and keep an eye on stray hairs, etc….but I am not a stylist 😉 If this is something that you are not comfortable with, and feel like you need more help with, bring a friend along to be your “hair and makeup toucher-upper!” Or, let me know, and I can recommend a great Hairstylist!
Well done Makeup makes a big difference in pics! (Especially up close ones!). Even if you don’t normally wear makeup or wear very little, take the time to do it well and your photos will look their best. “How do I do it well?” Well, I always say that this can be a perfect time to splurge a bit (if possible) on a makeup artist for this occasion…OR, you can check out some of these great times to help add a little more “professional” feel to your look!
— Aside from my normal advice, please do NOT wear SUNSCREEN. It gives a oily and shiny texture to skin for photos.
— Makeup Primer– a must! Helps smooth out skin before makeup is applied, and then helps it to STAY.
— There are other similar products that can help too– eye shadow primer, etc.
— Concealer. 😉 (take a peek at what types of concealers help with certain blemishes…yellow, pink, and Green)
— Some sort of translucent powder— this will help curb Shine.
— Lip color!! I recommend using a little lip stain (in a berry color– or a semi-darker shade that compliments your coloring), and then a bit of a gloss over top. Do not go with a Nude color for this.
— Mascara is a MUST. (Make sure to comb those clumps out though!)
Overall, you want to look Natural to your age, and your style, but colors are muted in Photographs. So, think about just taking your normal Makeup routine, and stepping it up a notch! If it looks a slightly heavier, or more than what you wear normally, to you in the mirror– it will probably look perfect in pictures!
Bring a “touch up” kit with you as well…so we can fix you up if need be!
ATTENTION GUYS!!! Please do not wear Sunscreen. Thanks!
Be you. Jewelry and accessories are a great match with the right outfit— so bring along your jewelry with your outfits (you can put them in baggies and hang on the hanger with each outfit). I would recommend NOT wearing huge hoops, or earrings that are extremely large…as it will distract from your face. I will happily look over your jewelry when I see you and let you know if I think anything is a bit too much for photos.
This is a perfect time to get some photos of you with whatever you have been keeping busy with in your High School years! Could be any of the following:
- Sports equipment (soccer ball, basketball, softball bat, climbing gear, etc.)
- Musical instruments
- Activity related items (dance, art, school clubs, etc.)
- Favorite books, hobbies, etc.
- Letter Jacket
- Sunglasses (these are just fun sometimes!)
- Your best Friend! 😉
For reasons of Glare…it is best not to wear them. If you need to wear your glasses for safety reasons, and do not have the option of contacts….please let me know, and we’ll work it out!
Don’t over do it. Tan lines are a very distracting problem in photos. If you get a burn accidentally close to your session time, try to choose outfits that will conceal your burn, etc. If it is on your face, your will definitely need a good concealer and foundation with powder (as a burn will leave you shiny!). Please don’t’ feel the need to “get a tan” before your session. If you are looking for a nice glow— they make fantastic tanning sprays and gradual tanning liquid options, that are less drastic and less likely to stick out in photos (and much safer!!).
I do standard editing on all photos– so any Minor (a few pimples here and there) is nothing to worry about! If your acne is more severe, I can still take care of ya! We will just chat about any more extensive retouching that may be needed ahead of time!
Your parents and/or sibling or friend/boyfriend/girlfriend (Did I cover it all?;) are welcome to join you to cheer you on if you would like! However, sometimes it can actually make people a bit uncomfortable or feel embarrassed in front of other people…so if you think this may be the case– just say “no thanks! I got this on my own!”.
I will keep an eye on the weather prior to our session. and contact you if I feel we need to reschedule (which would mean a Blizzard, pouring rain….and that’s about it 😉 Clouds or sun is perfect– so we are pretty safe here in Colorado! Obviously, I cannot control the weather, and living in Colorado, we know all to well that things can change in a few minutes— so please be prepared by bringing a light jacket of need be, extra deodorant (TMI…sorry!), and again, extra clothes.
If you are really not comfortable in your braces, or bothered by the,, they can be removed in post production at an extra charge. Otherwise– don’t’ worry about them! You have a naturally beautiful smile– and that is what I want to capture!
Please make sure that your finger and toe nails are not chipped, and not a distracting color. If you are going to have them painted, try to keep it a natural, or neutral tone, as you will be changing your outfits and such– and not able to change your nail polish.
Chances are, you may already know all of this, or it may seem like common sense, but I would rather you feel comfortably prepared, then no idea at all! If you need any additional guidance, or have any questions, please just let me know! Pinterest is a FANTASTIC reference site for good outfit ideas for guys or girls!!
Lastly, check out some of my Pinterest boards to help show you a few good examples of good Photo Style (and a few tips!)
See you soon!!