Senior portraits are about celebrating a life stage – for many of you, your entire senior year is filled with milestones. Each one worth noting and celebrating in many ways, including a senior photography session. Your senior year is about being on the cusp of something great – your future! But your senior picture session is about capturing who you are in this moment, and all the years leading up to now. It’s about documenting your hobbies and passions, your favorite places and spaces. It’s about giving yourself and your family a photo that allows them to look back and remember who you were at this time in your life.
Style Tips for Your Senior Picture Session
What To Wear
I recommend bringing at least 3 to 5 outfits to really show the many facets of your personality. At least three of those should be “regular” clothing and then any uniforms you will want to bring like a jersey, marching band uniform etc. If you’re having trouble agreeing on what to wear I always recommend “one for you, one for mama.” We want to highlight who you are and what represents you but it’s important that you’re both happy with these photos. So bring one for you, one for mama and then agree on the rest!
When it comes to choosing your outfit, I think it’s always great to have one “dressed up” outfit. It’s also good to have a pair of jeans. A single pair of jeans can easily be paired with multiple tops and different shoes/accessories to create totally different looks. This goes for guys and girls!
Do’s and Dont’s For Your Senior Photos
- DO make sure everything is clean, fits well and is wrinkle free.
- DO wear clothing that reflects your style!
- DO layer, layer, layer. You aren’t finished with just top and bottoms. Think about belts, hats, scarves, camis, long necklaces, hats, vest, cardigans, headbands. etc
- DON’T wear oversized clothing or clothing with advertising logos.
- DON’T show up with wrinkles. There’s no photoshopping those out!
Hair and Face Tips For Your Senior Photography Session
It’s important that you come to your session camera ready. For girls, makeup and hair is always recommended. I can even arrange it for you for an additional fee, just ask for more details! That being said, here are a few tips to make sure your hair, skin and face are camera ready for your senior photo session.
- Two Weeks Before (and no closer) have your hair cut, this goes for guys and girls.
- Make sure you’re well moisturized the morning of – lotion and chapstick!
- Clean, trimmed fingers are important. Avoid dirt under your nails, paint-stained hands or chipped nail polish.
- Avoid overtanning. Orange skin is never in style and the camera really picks up on orange tones.
- Guys, facial hair needs to be neatly trimmed or clean shaven.
Show Me Your Passion
Your senior photos should be a reflection of who you are and what makes you a unique individual. I want to know your passion. It might be playing an instrument, singing, sports, fashion design, riding horses, drama or hiking.
Whatever it is, your passions will help us craft a portion of your senior portrait session. So when it’s time to book your session make sure you leave us a note describing your favorite things to do, your hobbies, and your dreams. Let me know how you envision your senior photography. This will help us team up to create the ideal senior picture session for you and your family.