Senior session Getting ready guide

 
 

Being well prepared for you senior photo session can make the difference between average and fabulous photos. Follow these easy tips and you’ll be well on your way to looking your absolute best. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact me.

Mindset

• Have fun! I’m going to make you look great and you’ll have a great time.
• Relax. I like to think I’m rather cool and easy to get along with. Plus, I help you with posing, so there’s no pressure on you.

Arrival

• Arrive early or on time to your appointment. Showing up late means you lose camera time, and I don’t want that.
• If you’re coming from out of town, give yourself plenty of time to find your way around in case you get lost will save you some stress.

Style

• You’re unique and beautiful. Follow our guidelines 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!
• As a general rule, guys are more complacent when it comes to photos. Even if it’s just for your mom, please come prepared.  We (Mom and I ) want you to look your best. Dress in a style that expresses who you are, but dress nicely.  If your style is a bit sloppy or you’re rather apathetic, have your mom, girlfriend, or other girls that are just friends help you. Trust us on this one.

Clothing

• 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 I 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.
• Avoid stripes and plaid. Solid colors photograph much better than busy patterns.
• If you’re comfortable in dresses, bring them! They photograph really well and offer a nice variety from your other casual clothing choices. I can mix dressy and casual dresses for some great looks.

Shoes

• I cannot say it loudly enough... wear heels! Whether pumps or boots, dressy or casual, plain or sassy, heels really make you stand out and look glamorous.  
•Guys, I don’t expect you to get as excited as the ladies about shoes, but bring a variety of casual and dressier shoes. Avoid gym shoes since these will appear too casual when viewing your photos.
• Flats can also work well if you mix them with the right outfit.
• I will not photograph you in flip-flops. Yes, they’re comfy and we all love them, but they don’t photograph well.

Hair

• Although I try to help with hair, it is hard to know what your hair “is supposed to look like.” Make sure you like the look or let the photographer know your preferences. Any hair changes during the session should be quick and simple so you have as much camera time as possible.
• 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.
• Do not make drastic changes to your hairstyle right before your photo session. This could add unneeded drama to your life.
•Guys, if you have longer hair, make sure it will stay out of your eyes during your session. Have it trimmed if necessary. Don’t make any drastic changes like shaving your head or dying your hair around your session date. Otherwise you’ll look back at your photos and wonder “What was I thinking?”

Shaving

• Guys, please come to your session cleanly shaven. Retouching stubble costs extra and won’t look as good as a clean shave. If you have facial hair that your mom despises, do her a favor and shave it off. I promise it will grow back.

Makeup

• 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 yourphotos 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.

Jewelry 

• 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.

Glasses

Most lenses have a glare. The safest option is to check with your eye doctor and ask if they’ll loan you a similar pair without lenses.

Complexion

• Makeup helps a lot here, but I do retouch your photos, so please don’t be concerned about minor breakouts. I’ve got you covered! If your acne is more severe, you’re still okay. I’m happy to help you out with some extra retouching.

Friend & Parents 

• Friends or parents are welcome and often can be of help. However, if they distract you, it may be best to meet them when the session is over.

Weather

• Don’t worry about clouds because they actually even out the light and make for idealshooting conditions. But falling rain is an issue and we will have to reschedule.

Undergarments

• Please make sure the colors of your undergarment coordinate well with your outfits and don’t show through your clothing. If you need a strapless, please bring one to your session. Tucking or moving straps will not always work or give the most pleasing look. Check ahead
of time to ensure that undergarments don’t leave unpleasing lines underneath your clothing.

Finger & Toe Nails 

•Ladies, if you paint your nails, make sure they’re done well for your session. Chipped nail paint will show and distract from you. Avoid bright colors that will distract from you and may not work with all your outfits. Instead, opt for basic or natural tones.

I KNOW I JUST GAVE YOU A LOT TO THINK ABOUT!

I created this guide to help make your portrait session experience something you’ll look back fondly on for years and years to come.  Hopefully this guide will help you prepare for your big day in front of the camera, and will make your experience a little more stress-free.Your future memories are the most important thing to me, and I want your session to be a time for you to just be yourself and enjoy it. Have fun and I’ll take care of the rest! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Can't wait to see you soon!

Warmly,

Lina