We want your senior portraits to be the best they can be. And, we want you to have fun while you are with us. Give us a quick call with any questions prior to your session. Take a few minutes to read the following tips and make sure to read them all!
Avoid stripes, plaids, and very large patterns! Solids and small prints/patterns photograph much better. Make sure to bring a varity of outfits. Different colors, styles, and dress levels. Bring 1 or 2 outfits that mom likes and then we can move onto the stuff that you want to do! It's better to bring too many outfits than not enough. We can help you choose when you get here. Some ideas would be a long sleeve, solid dark top, an white long sleeve shirt for white on white, a timeless outfit suitable for grandparents, a trendy, fashionable outfit, and your favorite casual outfit that shows your unique style. Don't forget about a great coat with fur, prom dresses, hats and scarves, boots, your school or favorite college gear, bandanas, sunglasses, etc.
Bring all the items you need for each outfit; shoes, belts, jewelry. And, for the girls, proper undergarments including trapless bras if needed. Please bring your outfits ironed, on hangers. You would be surprised how many show up with everything stuffed into a bag. And, yes, wrinkles do show.
There usually isn't a place to change when on location for your outdoor session. You can change in our SUV. But, you girls might want to consider a tank under your clothing to help with changing situations.
Your nails will show. Guys and girls should make sure that your nails are clean and manicured. This doesn't mean that you girls need to run out and spend big bucks on nails. Just make sure they are filed, cuticles taken care of and neatly polished, if desired, in neutral colors. Most girls love those barefoot, casual shots. Make sure your toenails are in top shape and avoid brightly or unusual colored nail polish.
Make-up should look natural, applied as if you were going on a date! If you never wear make-up, then consider a light coat of mascara and a little blush. You WILL still look like yourself! Please bring something for your lips such as lipstick, lip gloss, chapstick, etc. Lip gloss with color is a perfect choice! You also need to bring powder for those shiny spots that will pop up during your session. Please have your make-up applied before you get here. We can make adjustments if we need to. Guys! If your lips are dry, cracked, or sunburned, you will need chapstick.
Don't try anything new with your hair right before the session. This means color or cut. This goes for both girls and guys. One or two weeks before, depending on how fast your hair grows, is about right. Girls, remember to bring a comb or brush and any hair products you may need. Hair spray can be very helpful for those stray hairs that won't stay down.
Guys and girls - make sure you shave the day of your session. And, girls, be careful with the deodorant. We all know how it can get on your clothes and show if you raise your arms in a tank or prom dress.
Nearly all glasses glare. Most optometrists will remove your lenses for you if you are not comfortable doing that. Many will also loan you a pair of look-a-like frames for your session. Just ask!
Tanning and Sunburns
Tans photograph well. Sunburns don't! Avoid too deep a tan for your skin type. Too deep a tan will actually make your face look fuller and your skin will have a flat, dull appearance. If you are sunburned or peeling, you will need to reschedule your session. Please avoid trying to get some last minute sun either naturally or in a tanning bed. You also need to be very careful with self tanners and spray-on tans. We see orange, streaky girls arrive at the studio and we cannot retouch out the results of a poor application of self or spray tanners. Girls - be careful of tan lines if you plan on wearing tanks or strapless styles. Guys - avoid those ball cap lines on your forehead or those telltale new haircut lines!
Bring them! Sports gear (ball, uniforms, football pads, medals, running shoes, etc.), instruments, cars, motorcycles, pets, and yes, even friends! Make sure everything is clean, including the friends! If you can see it, the camera surely will also.
Bring your iPod for plugging in to our sound system. Or, tell us your favorite style or artist and we'll turn on Pandora or Songza.
Mother nature dictates when we can shoot! Outdoor sessions need to be earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon. That high, mid-day sun is a no-no! An overcast day is fine. Clouds can actually be a photographer's friend. If it is raining though, we will still photograph in the studio but will reschedule the outdoor portion.
OK, Let's Review
1. Bring enough clothing and follow the rules.
2. Flawless make-up applied at home. And, bring your make-up bag with you.
3. Clean nails, shoes, ironed clothing.
4. You shaved.
5. You're not bright red from tanning or from a ballgame.
6. You remembered your uniform and anything else you wanted to bring like sports props, sun glasses, high heels, jewelry, guitar, etc.
7. Your iPod is loaded with great tunes.
8. Arrive at the studio wearing your first outfit, on time or 10 minutes early, ready to have fun.
If you read this page of tips, follow the guidelines, and mention it to us at the session, we will give you 8 free wallets (not valid with other offers). You will be much happier with your portraits if you follow these tips!