Tips for your Senior Portraits

March 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

2017 Seniors here are some helpful tips to prepare you for your upcoming Senior Portrait Session.  

 

LADIES

Personal Hygiene:

1)  Makeup:  Be sure you wear makeup (even if you don't normally).  You can swing by the makeup counter at a mall or a local salon to have it done before hand.  They can make it look very natural, but be sure you like the way you look before you leave.  Eyes are critical, so be sure you were mascara and have straight eyeliner and no pale lipsticks.  Avoid makeup with sparkles and glitter as they show up as unflattering white spots in the photographs.  

2)  Hair:  Don't change your hairstyle or cut your hair just before your session.  A slight trim and normal styling by your stylist is fine.  You want to look like yourself, only enhanced.  Let your hair be natural, clean and well groomed.

3)  Eyebrows:  Well groomed is a must. 

4) Nails:  I recommend that you get a mani/pedi before your session.  Both your hands and feel will be showing in photos so make sure they look their best!

5) Blemishes:  It happens and I'll retouch so don't worry about it. 

6)  Tanning:  Avoid spray tanning or self tanning lotions as they can be streaky and can make your skin color look unnatural.  Tan lines are not attractive in portraits either.  Avoid getting sunburns!

7) Eyeglasses:  If you wear glasses, I recommend you go to your local eyeglass store and have them take the glass out of your frames for your session or ask to borrow a pair of frames in a similar style for the session.  We want to be able to see your eyes and nothing is worse than the glare that can occur when wearing glasses.  If you choose to leave the glass in your frames for the session, additional charges will apply to digitally remove the glare caused by your glasses. 

 

Clothing:

1) Bring a variety of clothes.  Some casual (jeans and shirts), some formal (prom dresses), some high fashion and sundresses.  This will five you the best variety in your photos. 

2) Darker clothes minimize body size

3) Don't forget to bring the proper undergarments to go with each outfit you bring.  There is nothing worse than having a red bra and a white top or pink underwear with a white skirt.  Flesh colored undergarments are usually best.  If you bring a sleeveless top or strapless dress, be sure to bring the appropriate bra that goes with it.  Tucking in your bra straps doesn't tend to work and it shows in the photographs.

4) Accessories!  Bring your accessories that you wear with each outfit (necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, hats, scarves, shoes, etc.) but don't go overboard.  Sometimes less is more! 

5) Shoes!  If they are part of the outfit, bring them. 

6) Plan each outfit from head to toe.  Think about layers (jackets, coats, hoodies, etc.)  some shots will be close up and some will be full length.  Try to have as much variety with each outfit as possible. 

7) Group your outfits together on HANGERS.  Do NOT bring clothes in a suitcase or shopping bag.  They will be wrinkled and it will show in the pictures.  I recommend putting your accessories in plastic bags and hanging them on the hanger with the outfit.  This will allow you to easily find all your pieces and change your outfits quickly. 

 

Things you should bring: 

1) Anything that shows your personality.  If it represents who you are and your personality BRING IT!  If you like to shop...bring lots of shopping bags.  If you are into shoes...bring your shoes.  If you are into sports...bring your uniform and any gear.  If you play a musical instrument...bring it!

2) Bring a comb, brush, hairspray, hair clips or other accessories

3) Touch ups: Be sure to bring a least lipstick and powder to your session.

 

Gentlemen

Personal Hygiene:

1) Hair:  Don't change your hairstyle or cut your hair just before your session.

2) Facial Hair:  make sure you are clean-shaven or well trimmed. 

3) Blemishes: it happens and I will retouch so don't worry about it. 

4) Nails:  Get a manicure/pedicure before your session if possible.  We don't want your hands and feet looking totally gross in your photographs.

5) Tanning:  Avoid spray tanning or self tanning lotions as they can be streaky and can make your skin color look unnatural.  Tan lines are not attractive in portraits either.  Avoid getting sunburns!

6) Eyeglasses:  If you wear glasses, I recommend you go to your local eyeglass store and have them take the glass out of your frames for your session or ask to borrow a pair of frames in a similar style for the session.  We want to be able to see your eyes and nothing is worse than the glare that can occur when wearing glasses.  If you choose to leave the glass in your frames for the session, additional charges will apply to digitally remove the glare caused by your glasses. 

 

Clothing:

1) Bring a variety of clothes.  Some casual (jeans and t-shirts), some formal (suits, button-up long sleeved formal shirts,) and some stylin' clothes (dressier than jeans and t-shirts, such as cargo pants/shorts and nicer shirts.  This will five you the best variety in your photos. 

2) Darker clothes minimize body size.

3) Make sure your underwear won't show over the waist of your pants.  It may be in style now, but you don't want to remember the underwear you wore that day 20 years from now! 

4) Be sure to bring dark t-shirts to wear under dark shirts and white to wear under light shirts. 

5) Bring matching shoes to go with each outfit.  I shoot from head to toe so don't bring one pair of tennis shoes to wear with a suit!

6) Plan each outfit from head to toe.  Think about layers (jackets, coats, hoodies, etc)  Some shots will be close up and some will be full length.  Try to have a s much variety with each outfit as possible.

7) Group your outfits together on HANGERS.  Do NOT bring clothes in a suitcase or shopping bag.  They'll be wrinkled and it will show in the pictures.  We recommend putting your accessories (belts, socks, ties, etc.) in plastic bags and hang them on the hanger with the outfit.  this will allow you to easily find all your pieces and change into your outfits quickly.

 

Things you should bring: 

1) Bring things that you might want in your photos such as sporting equipment, uniforms, musical instruments, hats, hunting trophies, vehicles, etc.

 


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