If you want to walk away with incredible senior photos, here are a few important tips to follow: 1. Be on time. When you arrive late to your appointment, you end up losing out on time in front of the camera. If you will be traveling from out of town, give yourself some extra time for traffic or if you happen to get lost. 2. Incorporate your own style. These are photos you’re going to want to look back on so make them your own by being true to you. Read through our wardrobe tips before choosing an outfit but make sure that your overall look is uniquely you. 3. Add a few props. Your photos should tell a story so if you play sports or have a hobby that’s important to you, bring in a few props that we can incorporate into your photos.
4. Relax and enjoy. We’re here to help you look and feel great so take a breath and enjoy your session.
Make-up Tips & Pointers
Many of our clients often ask us whether it’s necessary to use a professional hair stylist and makeup artist and we highly recommend it.
When you use a professional to help you with your hair and makeup, you’ll not only benefit from their skills and experience but their professional products too. Drug store makeup and hair products will only last so long and we always achieve much better photos when a professional is there to ensure that you look amazing from start to finish. A professional will also know what works best with your face shape and complexion.
Bonus, doing your own hair and makeup will also be one less thing for you to worry about on the day of the shoot.
If you would still prefer to do your own makeup, we recommend that you apply a heavier layer in order for it to show in the photos. If possible, avoid makeup that contains SPF because it may give shine to your skin. With that being said, you can always opt for a translucent powder to help control the shine. Also remember to keep your mascara looking smooth and not clumpy.
l Before you come through for your session, put a few outfits together that you can bring along on the day. The more varieties you have the better as it gives us more options when selecting backgrounds and putting together looks for your session. l You will need to change quickly so it helps if your outfits are already organized on hangers when you get to your shoot. Having everything ready to go will also ensure that you get more time in front of the camera. l Your clothing should flatter your body type otherwise your discomfort will show in your photos. For example, don’t wear a tank top if you’re self-conscious about your arms. l Mix up the colors and style of clothing that you bring along but try and avoid stripes or busy patterns.
For the ladies l Don’t shy away from flowing skirts and heels, they make for great photos but there are a multitude of clothing and shoe combinations that work really well too. It’s all dependent on what you feel comfortable in. l Bring along a few clips and pins if your hair has a tendency to fall onto your face. Whatever hairstyles you decide on, make sure that you can also quickly switch between them when you need to otherwise you will have less time in front of the camera. l Make sure that your nails look neat for your session and avoid any bright or distracting styles and colors. l If you will be wearing glasses in your photos, opt for a pair without lenses to avoid a glare. l Try choosing jewelry and accessories that will work with most of your outfits to avoid additional wardrobe changes. It’s also important that your jewelry doesn’t distract from you. l Make sure that your undergarments won’t show through your outfits and that you have a strapless bra available if necessary.
For the guys l If you have longer hair, it’s important that it stays out of your eyes during the shoot. It’s advisable not to make any drastic changes to your hairstyle before the shoot. l Try staying away from gym shoes and flip flops. Bring a pair of casual and dressier shoes along that you can interchange. l A cleanly shaven face makes for much better photos. l Avoid shirts that feature graphics on them and it’s always best to bring along a dark or gray t-shirt to wear under other shirts if necessary.