Hello gorgeous. Right now you’re probably going into your senior year thinking about all of the amazing things that are about to happen in your life. New friendships, new changes and life decisions, your last homecoming, prom, and your senior portraits! Your senior experience should be one you remember for the better. I love to help my seniors have a fun and unforgettable experience from the time you see me on my blog to after the photo shoot!
My job as a senior portrait photographer is to educate you on how to make yourself look and feel your best and then the rest is up to me! I wish that I had read a blog like this one or asked someone how I should prepare for my senior photos! Hair, makeup, and wardrobe can make or break your session! Making sure you pick a photographer with the style you are looking for is key as well! I put together this list of a few things to help you through your senior process! My philosophy is that everyone should feel beautiful and I want to share that with you!
If you accidentally wear something that’s not flattering on camera or something you don’t feel confident in it can ruin the experience for you! I want you to make sure you have all the tools you need to be as comfortable as you can and to have fun!
#1 Be comfortable
If you don’t like super tight clothes then leave them at home! I personally stay away from clothes that are short sleeved because I’m self-conscious about my arms and always wondering if it looks bad. So, if there are pieces in your closet that make you feel self-conscious don’t wear them and choose something else! Also, you never know what your photographer might ask you to do! You could be standing, sitting, or even laying down and you want to make sure you are comfortable for posing!
#2 Be bright, and think outside of the box
On camera, solid blacks and whites can make skin tones look washed out and unflattering. So, when choosing pieces try to pick colors that pop + compliment your hair and eye color! Colors like red, royal blue, and yellow photograph beautifully as well as emerald green, bright purples, pinks, oranges, and any other colors that really pop! Sometimes certain color combinations that look strange in person end up photographing beautiful on camera!
#3 Add Layers
Adding layers always looks STUNNING in portraits especially in the fall or winter months! A sweater, paired with a vest + statement necklace or scarf adds so much dimension to your images and makes for some super fun posing! Even in the warmer months (Spring-Summer), you can add dimension by wearing a tank top with a cute sheer cardigan over it or by throwing a denim vest over a dress!
#4 Play with Textures
Sometimes textures like sequins, furs, and sparkle can be seen as “daring” or “over the top,” but in portraits they are the best! Adding texture to your images can prevent the images from looking dull! Combining textures like sequins + cable knit sweaters or leather + fur make GREAT pairs!
#5 Don’t be afraid to accessorize
During a senior session, or any photo shoot, the more the merrier! When planning your outfits don’t forget to accessorize! Stacks of bangles, long necklaces, statement pieces, hats, scarves, bright shoes, and other add-ons can make or break a an outfit!
#6 Mix it up
When planning your outfits make sure you have a VARIETY of looks! I tell my seniors to choose from these categories: casual, cozy, dressy, school-related, sport –related, preppy, or edgy. I always recommend choosing 2-3 of those categories and choosing outfits accordingly. This provides a beautiful array of looks during your senior portrait session so each looks dramatically different!
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