Senior session tips


You finally made it! You are a high school senior! It’s such an incredible time full of memories that will last forever: growing, planning, senior events, college nights, campus visits and big decisions. I want you to know that I have been exactly where you are. I remember my own senior year like it was yesterday! I loved everything about it, except I wasn’t lucky to have my portraits taken, except the boring ones with uniforms. I guess it wasn’t a thing those days.

You are a High School Senior once, so let's make it fun and what you (not mom) want, let's capture you, your personality, your interest and hobbies. Let's show the best version of yourself and create images that reflect who You really are.

Top TIPS how to rock your senior session:  

- Location: If there is a place that brings an automatic smile to your face, then that is a good place to consider for your senior session location, as long as it is practical. Do you love the feel of sand between your toes and water lapping at your ankles? Then consider a beach location. If you like being downtown, we can plan a session in downtown, or wherever you like to hang out! If you are more of a nature person, there are lots of forest preserves and parks around. I’m happy to make suggestions, but it’s ultimately up to you. 

- Hair and Make up: Professional make up is not required, however it’s recommended. Wear a foundation makeup that doesn’t have oil in it. Don’t use makeup with spf protection in it for your session. Foundation that contains spf protection has a reflective quality, it looks shiny in photos. Don’t use a lot of hairspray, gel or other product in your hair. Your hair should move with you when you tilt your head and blow nicely in the breeze. Don’t get a last minute haircut or hairstyle change, give your hair some time to grow from the haircut. For the guys, it’s best if you schedule a haircut 1-2 week before your senior session. This will give your hair a little time to grow out so you don’t have such a “fresh” haircut look.

- Wardrobe: You want to make sure you look great for your senior photos and that starts with picking the right clothes for you to show off your style and personality. No matter what outfits you choose for your session, make sure to think about every detail so your outfit looks complete. I suggest you pick outfits that are more flattering. Try to be prepared to change outfits quickly so you aren’t spending the entire session changing in and out so we can get more photos instead. Every wrinkle will show up in your pictures. If your shirt or dress looks like it was stuffed in a drawer or you are so "busy" and had no time to take out of a dryer in time, you or your mom (good luck asking) should probably iron it before your session.

- Nails and Polish: Don’t forget to remove chipped nail polish - it will show. Girls should really stick to neutral tones. Guys! Make sure your fingernails are clean and clipped.

- Jewelry: It’s nice to include special or important jewelry in your portraits however keep in mind that too much jewelry can be distracting. Pendant type necklaces will be tough to keep in the proper place when you move around as you pose. 

- Props: Whatever your hobbies or talents may be, bring some kind of fun prop that describes You! Guitar/musical instrument, books, hats/fashion, sports, etc. 

- Phone: Take your phone and blast your favorite music the entire session. It will keep you relaxed, and we will get great smiles, laughs and sometimes dancing.


Few rules on what NOT to wear for your photos: 

- Don’t wear anything uncomfortable or overly fussy. You want to be able to move freely and comfortably. It will come through in your photos if you are uncomfortable.

- Glasses: If you wear your glasses on a daily basis, I definitely want you to wear them for your session  too. That being said, glass lenses tend to have some glare on them and those with transition lenses will be so dark and make it impossible to see your eyes. There are a couple ways to get around that. First, you can always borrow or buy a pair of prop glasses that are similar to yours and pop out the lenses. The other option would be to speak to your optometrist about taking the glass out of your own frames for your session. 

- Guys (I mean moms - I doubt guys are reading this) and girls, stay away from tank tops or spaghetti straps. Most of the time senior sessions are being held later in the season when you have been able to spend some time outside. Unfortunately, this creates a lot of tan lines. Wearing a shirt that covers that up will be very helpful. And, wearing a strapless dress can have some unintended side effects. We don’t want to be limited in posing to make sure you don’t appear naked in the pictures!

- Stay away from patterns, lines, stripes, large logos or outrageous graphic tees. You are the main character in this session, we don’t want anything to distract from that. But if you love these styles and you feel that they represent you, then bring an outfit that has them and we’ll give it a try.

- Don’t wear neon or red colorsBright colors and red tend to be overwhelming in pictures. Super neon colors tend to stand out and not blend or match the background, which makes it look harsh. And if you put red in a field of green, it is going to look like Christmas.

- No Spray Tans! If you do not go tanning or use spray tans regularly, please do not do so this time! Fake tans tend to be extremely obvious in pictures- often turning you orange. Orange is not a good color for skin!

In the end, this is your session and your time to shine, feel amazing and capture a huge part of your life. Wear what you love and what you feel comfortable in. If you feel confident, not only will you rock your photo session, but even you’ll love your pictures much more.

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