Session Tips

|| Senior Session Tips ||


Plan your outfits at least a week before your session::

Bring 1-2 more outfits above what you’re planning, better to have extra than not enough. Bring them on hangers + Be sure they are pressed {wrinkles can’t be photoshopped}. Include different styles {casual, semi-formal, formal} My Pinterest boards are updated often for ideas.  Bring accessories for all outfits, from footwear to jewelry to hair accents.  A full-body shot might be your fav so be sure your shoes sparkle too.

Don’t bring outfits with words, designs or pictures::

High school or college shirts are okay {shows your past chapter and the one to come}.

Think about color::

  • Solid colors and small prints look best
  • Wear colors that compliment your complexion
  • Bright colors can add a POP to images
  • Good Spring & Summer colors: light blues, greens, pinks, magenta, dark peach
  • Fall colors: reds, golds, deep orange, emerald green are compliments to the season
  • Use clothing to accentuate your best features:: Soften sharp chins or narrow faces with rounded-neck tops
  • Wide belts work best with long torsos while thin belts look best on short waists

Jewelry + Makeup::

Classic jewelry pieces are best. It can be tempting to go glam with your photos, but remember to look like YOU.

The night before your portraits use a face cleanser {such as St. Ives apricot facial scrub} and liberally apply moisturizer before bed.

The day of your session, do not apply foundation with SPF on your face {SPF gives a sheen to your images}. Apply make-up as normal, just a TOUCH heavier. Be sure to BLEND along the lines of your face. Bring your makeup with you {especially powder to touch up shiny spots}.

Avoid glitter or sparkly anything (powder, eyeshadow, blush)  it tends to reflect and leave spots.

Hair Style::

Go with practiced hair styles. It’s a good idea to work with your preferred hairstyles a few days before your portraits to get the perfect look.

Get a haircut at least a week in advance to give your hair a chance to look natural. Please do not make a drastic change in color or cut before your portraits.

Guys need a fresh shave::

A fresh shave is recommended, and mustaches or beards should be neatly trimmed.

Blemishes + Self-Tanners::

Don’t stress about a minor blemish or bruise. We take the “love it ~ hate it ~ doesn’t matter” approach.

Don’t overdo the tanned look – It can look unnatural in photographs. Having color & not the winter-white look is a shade most of us want to avoid here in the Midwest, but careful not to overdo it.

Glasses + Glare::

If you wear glasses either buy or borrow a pair of suitable frames without lenses to prevent glare and reflections from the glass.  Some glasses have anti-glare coating which help, but they too can give off flares in certain types of locations/poses.

Presentable Hands::

Like shoes, hands will show in some of your poses, so be sure to make them pretty.  Paint a clear coat if you don’t like polish. If wearing a color be sure the painted manicure have are no chips, it gets very distracting when hands are in the photos, especially in close-ups.

Guys should trim their nails.

Practice Facial Expressions + Personalize::

Before the session, practice your facial expressions in front of a mirror. Try various smiles, serious but relaxed looks + animated expressions for movement shots.

Look through magazines for poses that you like + feel comfortable. By the time of your session you want to feel natural in your expressions + poses.

  • At our session, I’ll direct poses, but you know what feels natural to you.
  • Bring your favorite props to the session, it’s all part of the experience…Balloons, books, musical instruments, special flowers, or hobby items.
  • There have been seniors with their classic car or fav motorcycle…their fav books, painting and kindergarten photo.
  • Filling out the SMP Senior Questionnaire helps get a good idea of what you’ll be bringing + style that brings out your SPARKLE!

Bring a Friend, Mom, Sibling::

Bring your bff or relative that helps relax you and take a natural picture. They are also helpful with clothing changes + double check while you’re being photographed. Their job as “Reflector Girl” {or Boy} is an important one.

Only do the Session if You’re Feeling Your Best::

If you’re not feeling your best due to a bad cold or flu, we need to reschedule your photo session. It’s important to look and feel your best and we will set up a follow-up time when the SMP schedule allows.

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