SENIOR SESSION GUIDE
It’s finally your senior year. It’s been a long road, and this next year is going to be such an exciting time for you. Lets capture amazing senior portraits that everyone will talk about before you embark on your final 9 months of high school & prepare for the next phase of your adult life. Regardless if you are planning on going off to college, starting a new job or still unsure what the future holds, this is the time of your life you want to remember. I am here to make memorable portraits that you will love for years and years to come.
I’m SO excited about your upcoming senior session with me. Your session is going to begin at a pre-determined location. . We will meet there approximately 15 minutes before we plan to start shooting so that I can help you finalize outfit choices! Please try your absolute best to arrive on time, if not a few minutes early. As a natural light photographer, your senior session is scheduled around the time that the sun sets. Once the sun is set, we can no longer shoot. Therefore, if you arrive to your session even 10- 15 minutes late, it will affect the amount of time that we can shoot and the length of your session as well as picture count! If you are more than 30 minutes late to your session, we will have to reschedule for my earliest available date (which is usually 2-3 months out!).
Don’t know what to wear??? I am here to help! Choosing your outfit choices can be difficult and at times stressful. If you accidentally wear something that isn’t flattering on camera or something that you don’t feel confident in...it can ruin the experience for you! Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks to help you guide your outfit choices!
1. Be Comfortable
If you don’t like fitted clothing (super tight/ short dresses or pieces that fit awkwardly) then leave them at home. I always recommend to stay away from items that are fitted tight in the tummy area. Remember being comfortable and confidant in your clothing will definitely come through in your photos, so be sure to spend time choosing the right options for you. Additionally, you will be sitting on the ground, walking, laying down and doing things that could be difficult with clothing that is uncomfortable.
Be Bright, Be Different, Be You
Try including different colors to your outfit. When choosing outfits for your senior session, try to choose colors that pop and compliment your eyes and skin tone.
You can always experiment with complementary , vibrant or monochrome color palette.
Here are some colors that are great for that extra pop accent: red, royal blue and yellow photograph beautifully as well as emerald green, bright purples, pinks and oranges.
Adding layers to your outfits always looks STUNNING in portraits! Plus you will benefit from layering your outfit that will give you an extra verity in your pictures without changing outfits. Sweaters, flannels, vests, necklaces, hats or scarfs add so much dimension to your images and make for super fun posing options. Even in the warmer months (spring + summer) you can add layers and dimension by wearing a tank top with a cute sheer cardigan or by throwing a denim vest over a dress! Girls experiment with hair eccesories! Boys try including your favorite baseball hat.
Play With Textures
Sequins, furs and sparkles can be considered “daring” or “over the top” in real life but, in portraits, they are the BEST! Maybe try a layering piece with sparkle, fur or crochet. Adding texture to your outfit makes the biggest difference, and it prevents the images from looking dull! Combining textures that you may not normally use together make GREAT pairs in pictures!
Don’t Be Afraid to Accessorize.
Accessories are amazing for any photo shoot. The more the merrier!! So when you are planning your outfits don’t forget about bangles, long necklaces, statement pieces, scarves, hats and bright shoes. All of these add-ons can make or break an outfit. And we can always remove an accessory if it seems too much and “over the top”.
Mix it Up
Variety of looks is very important for your senior session. I always recommend to my seniors to include different outfit categories. Such as: casual, cozy, dressy, school-related, preppy or edgy. Are you in any sports? Those are aways great to include in your session and it also makes it very personal and very YOU! Choose 2-3 of those categories and plan your outfits accordingly. This will provide a beautiful array of looks during your senior portrait session, so each outfit looks dramatically different!
HAIR AND MAKEUP
I highly recommend to all of my senior clients investing into professional hair and makeup. Wearing camera ready makeup will make a drastic difference in the quality of your photos and your photoshoot experience in general. I have amazing makeup artists recommendations who will take care of your beautiful face and accentuate your beautiful features.
However if it is not in your budget , your going-out-on-a-hot-date makeup and hair will be fine too. Make sure to include fake lashes, extra blush and don’t forget lipstick or lipgloss. Please bring chapstick to your session as well. All of these things can really flatter your look.
And please don’t forget about your nails. This is a great excuse to pamper yourself!!!
I’m looking forward to meet you and photograph your senior session! Please fill free to concat me with any questions or concerns.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. - Jeremiah 29:11