Your Senior Portrait session can be one of the many highlights of your final year of High School. It is exciting, but the process of booking and preparing for your session can seem daunting at first. It is my goal to make the process as fun and stress-free as possible.
My Philosophy – It is my aim to make your Senior Session both simple and fun. My philosophy when planning a Senior Session is to showcase your true beauty and personality. I want to [capture] you as you are rather than a sexy, overdressed and over posed version of your self. My goal is for you to look at your Senior Portraits 10+ years from now and see a glimpse of who you were at this exciting and unknown time in your life.
Timing – Most of our area high schools’ yearbook staffs have deadlines for Senior pictures to be submitted to them in the Fall of your Senior Year (typically, late September to late October depending on the high school). You will want to be sure to check on the deadline for your specific school in early Summer if possible, and you will want to schedule your session well in advance of this deadline. You’ll also want to consider what season you’d like your session to showcase – whether it’s winter snow, spring flowers, summer sun, or fall leaves, you’ll want to keep all of that in mind when you schedule your session. Some of these might need to be scheduled during your Junior Year.
Your Style – Take some time to consider your personal style as you plan for your session. If you like adventure, you might want mountains and hiking trails in your session. If you have a modern, sophisticated flair, you might consider a more urban setting with nice architecture. If you are most comfortable in your cowboy boots, you might consider a session of a more rustic nature with wood fences and an old barn. If you aren’t sure what your style might be, I encourage you to spend some time looking through magazines and Pinterest picking out the things that catch your eye. This is one of the best ways to determine your personal style for any photo session.
Locations – Once you’ve decided what your style is, let me know! I have some fabulous locations that incorporate many of these ideas. Of course, you might have access to a special spot – family property with an old barn, a lake cabin with shoreline access, or there might be a spot you drive by often that catches your eye – whatever it might be don’t be afraid to mention it.
What to Wear – This may be the question I am asked most often. It’s not everyday you dress up to be photographed, so what are the best things to wear that will flatter you and show well in your portraits?
Guys– For you gentlemen, we want you to look like yourself, so if you are a shorts kind of guy, a nice pair of shorts would work well. All of my packages offer outfit changes so you can also bring a pair of pants for your second outfit if you would like. As for your shirt, we won’t want anything busy or with large writing/graphics on it. You’ll want to avoid an all-white shirt unless you are wearing a shirt over it. Again, we want you in something that is what you might typically wear and that you feel comfortable in. You might have one outfit that’s more casual and one with a nice button up (not necessarily formal but a step up from a T-shirt). You’ll also want to consider the shoes you will wear. That’s a common guy-thing – you just grab a pair to wear, but sometimes your shoes can really stand out from your outfit, particularly in current times as so many of the tennis shoes incorporate neon coloring.
Ladies – As for you, Ladies, I encourage you to stick with your style and dress it up a little if you’d like. Accessories such as jewelry, scarves, etc. are always fun and add some fun depth to your portraits. You have a couple outfit changes in your session, so pick the outfits that make you feel beautiful. It’s always fun to have one dressy outfit too – again, if that fits your personal style. We want to [capture] who you truly are in this session. You’ll want to note, too, that shirts with straps or no sleeves will accentuate your arms. I know some of you love your arms and don’t mind showing them off, but there are also a lot of women who don’t like how their arms appear in their photos. If that’s you, you might want to wear some kind of sleeve. Keep in mind your personal style.
And Ladies, if you’d like, these sessions are a great time to pay a professional to do your makeup. You’ll want to let them know you want a natural look that’s ready to be photographed. Professional makeup artists have some tricks that help your face show well in photos, and we have some very talented makeup artists in our area.
Have any questions that I didn’t cover? Feel free to leave your questions in the comments below, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am more than happy to help!
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I hope you’ve enjoyed these Senior Portraits Tricks & Tips!