It’s time for your Senior Portraits! You made it through what has probably been the hardest part of your life so far and you’re now a senior. There’s been 12 long years of homework, extracurricular activities, school assemblies, studying, finals and so much more. Maybe you even got a chance to have some fun along the way.
You’ve earned it! And now that you’re graduating it’s time to celebrate! But before you do, you’re going to want to commemorate this special occasion with a portrait session. You want to remember your Senior Year and what better way to do that then by having a portrait session with a professional photographer.
I want to help you make your senior portrait experience one to remember for years to come. In order to do that, I want to help you prepare for your session. Below are my top tips for making your senior portrait session picture perfect!
During your Senior Portrait session, you’ll be moving a lot – like a lot, a lot. I’ll have you pose in a variety of ways from sitting to standing and even moving around by walking or jumping. You don’t want to constantly be adjusting your outfit because it doesn’t fit or your shoes are giving you blisters. You want to be relaxed and really live in the moment. Wear an outfit that makes you feel good.
While still wearing an outfit that you love and is comfortable, take it up a notch. Dress up a bit, but still wear something that makes you feel like you. Don’t wear a dress or a suit if that’s not really your style. Makeup can help your features pop in front of the camera, but if you never wear any, don’t pile it on. If you feel your best, you’ll look your best.
If your favorite color is black or white, I hate to be the bearer of bad news. On camera, solid black and white can make some skin tones look washed out. Instead, use those colors as an accent. Try to choose colors that pop and that compliment your hair and skin colors! Primary colors like red or royal blue are great for blondes, pink or green make a brunette stand out and red heads should try yellow or bright blue. Remember, many colors are universally flattering so try your outfits on before your senior portraits.
Adding layers to outfits always looks STUNNING in portraits! A sweater with a flannel underneath, paired with a vest and a statement necklace adds so much dimension and allows for variety with posing! You can even try wearing a tank top with a cute sheer cardigan or by throwing a denim vest over a dress. These layers alone add texture but if you want to have even more fun, add sequin, fur or sparkles. While it might be considered wild, they are THE BEST for senior portraits! All these elements can make a big difference and prevent your photos from looking dull. If you want to be really daring, combine sequins and a sweater or leather and fur. Have fun with it!
When you arrive for your Senior Portrait session, you may have one outfit in mind and then want to change it up. Having a VARIETY of looks gives you options! When trying to decide what to bring, choose from these categories: casual, cozy, dressy, school-related, sports-related, preppy or edgy. I always recommend bringing outfits within 2-3 of those categories. This provides a beautiful array of looks during your senior portrait session, so each outfit looks dramatically different!
If it’s in the budget, have a professional do your hair and makeup. This will make a drastic difference in the quality of your photos. Adding a manicure and pedicure is a great idea too! During your shoot, a lot of the poses we do will have your hands in the frame so we want to avoid any chipped polish or crazy patterns. You are already making an investment, so why not make it the best it can be?!
It’s your Senior Portraits and we want to showcase all of you. Do you play an instrument? Are you on a sports team that you love? Have you been an artist throughout your time in school? Regardless of which extracurricular activity you do, bring a prop to showcase that element of fun in your photos. Having the prop with you will not only make you more comfortable, you’ll be able to share your passion with your friends on IG!
Then get my FREE guide that will help you prepare for your Senior Portrait session. It will give you these tips (plus even more info) and even more ways to make your experience one that you’ll love forever!