Have fun! I’m going to make you look great and we are going to have a great time!
Relax. I am easy get along with and although the camera can initially be intimidating, it will bring out your best, I promise. Plus, I help you with posing, so there’s no pressure on you.
Arrive early or on time to your session. Showing up late means you lose camera time and the best light – and the light is what makes the photos magical.
You are unique and beautiful. I will send over some tips before your session, but be yourself in how you dress.
Be fashionable. Wear clothing that’s stylish and put a lot of thought into your choices. This is a unique opportunity and I want you to look amazing!
What do your dream senior portrait photos look like? What do you want to share with your friends and family or have hanging on your parent’s walls for years to come? How do you want to remember this special time in your life? Think about the location of your session and plan your outfit to complement that place.
If you envision soft and casual::
Choose neutral colors with soft, flowing fabrics…. think creams, very soft pastels, oatmeal’s, light browns, tans, grays, and slate blues.
Want to showcase your fun and spunky side?
Choose coordinating colors (but not matchy-matchy) with bold accent colors, such as hues of gray with yellow or bright red accents. Adding fun accessories like scarves, headbands, hats, shoes etc. can add a modern twist and sassy flair to your images.
Solid-color, casual sundresses for summer; jeans or skirts and solid-colors for fall. Jewel tones are often the most flattering on everyone. Try to steer away from white or black. The least flattering top would be a white, button-down shirt. Try to include a mix of subtle patterns with solids and some texture. Avoid or limit stripes and plaid. Solid colors photograph much better than busy patterns in portraits. No prints.
Bright, warm colors are great for fall pictures. And color really pops against the barren tree or snow-covered background of winter.
You will have the opportunity for a couple wardrobe changes, so bring as many options as you want. The more outfits or accessories you have to choose from, the better. This will give us flexibility to match clothing to backgrounds and the surroundings if needed.
- 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. This will ensure that you like how you look when viewing your photos.
- If you’re self-conscious about your arms, avoid sleeveless or cap-sleeve shirts and tank tops, as they tend to make arms look fuller.
- If you’re comfortable in dresses, bring them! They photograph really well and offer a nice variety from your other casual clothing choices.
If we are in a more urban setting - ladies wear your heels! Whether pumps or boots, dressy or casual, plain or sassy, heels really make you stand out and look glamorous. Guys can dress it up or down in this same setting.
If we are shooting in a natural setting where we will need to walk on prairie or dirt trails, bring an easy change of shoes to walk in between locations as heals and soft ground don’t mix and leather or suede shoes can get damp.
Flats for women can also work well if mixed them with the right outfit.
Although I am a HUGE fan myself, steer away from flip-flops. Yes, they’re comfy and we all love them, but they don’t photograph well.
Makeup that is well done is one of the best preparations you can make for your session. It will even out skin tones and help give your photos that extra pop for a model-like look. 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.
Makeup should only be slightly heavier than normal. Mascara should be clean and not clumpy. Avoid makeup with an SPF because it tends to create a shine. Summer shine can be controlled by using translucent powder that knocks out shine without adding additional color.
Keep it simple. Big, shiny jewelry can distract from the important subject, you. If you have different jewelry for different outfits, you might put each set of jewelry in a plastic baggie and hang it on the hanger with that outfit.
All that being said, the proper jewelry can really complement your outfit. It’s nice to have a variety to choose from and it doesn’t hurt to bring numerous options with you.
My style of photography lends to a more natural, more personality focused photo session, so I don’t encourage a lot of props in my lifestyle sessions. However, for Seniors, they can often help tell your story --so if you have something that helps you express yourself, bring it!
Bring props that help show who you are such as:
• Sports equipment (soccer ball, basketball, softball bat, etc.)
• Sports uniforms
• Musical instruments
• Activity related items (dance, art, school clubs, etc.)
Most lenses have a glare which can be a challenge in photographs. The best option is to photograph you without glasses. If you wouldn’t be recognized without your glasses on, the safest option is to check with your eye doctor and ask if they’ll loan you a similar pair without lenses.
Tan lines are a distraction and take away from your photos. If you tan before a session, I suggest you use a tanning bed and varied swimsuit tops to minimize any existing tan lines. If you choose to tan outside or in a tanning bed, don’t overdo it!
Makeup helps a lot here, but I do retouch your photos, so please don’t be concerned about minor breakouts. I have you covered! If your acne is more severe, you’re still okay. I had bad acne is high school and understand! I am happy to help you out with some extra retouching.
Friends & Parents
Friends or parents are welcome and often can be a help. However, if they distract you, it may be best to meet them when the session is over. You’re welcome to have a couple of shots with a boyfriend, best friend, sibling, or parent at no extra charge.
Don’t worry about clouds because they actually even out the light and make for ideal shooting conditions. But falling rain is an issue and we will have to reschedule. I will be keeping an eye on the weather and be in contact if we run into a snag.