Senior Portrait Tips

Senior Portrait season is just starting and I wanted to post a few suggestions on how to prepare for your senior portrait photo shoot. For most of you it’s the first real photo session you’ve had aside from sitting in front of the camera for that awful yearbook shot that’s been on your ASB card for the last 3 years. Now is your time to shine. You get to express yourself through your photos and say, “This is me!”

This is where the fun starts, as an experienced senior portrait photographer from the Spokane area I have shot many seniors and every shoot is different. We’ve only got an afternoon together for me to get to know you and tailor your photos to express exactly who you are. These aren’t your run of the mill “lean against a tree and smile” photos like your parents sported. You’re guaranteed a superior product that you will look back on fondly for years. In order to make things run smoothly on the day of your shoot there are a few steps you can take ahead of time.

Pre-planning:

Make a list of what school based activities you want to highlight:

  • Sports, art, band, theater, math team, foreign languages, debate, ROTC, etc are all great. It doesn’t matter what it is, if you are proud of it we want to show case it.

Make a list of outside interests:

  • Biking, boarding, horseback riding, skiing, fashion, building models, cooking, playing video games, walking your dog, volunteer work, church, etc. Whatever defines you as a person is an important element in your portrait session.

Outfit Planning:

  • Keep it simple and classy. Darker colors help slim, white/beige/grey can dominate a photo and make you look ghostly pale. Patterns can be distracting.
  • Plan on bringing at least 3 different tops, jackets or dresses. Bring letter jackets or sports uniforms if you have them.
  • Pay attention to accessories. Sunglasses, bracelets, belts, etc. will make the pictures more personalized.

Make-Up:

  • Girls, believe me when I say less is more. Don’t get all glammed up, wear it light and make sure it compliments all of the outfits that you chose.
  • No glitter! In photos it tends to reflect light and create little white spots, same goes for super shiny lip gloss. Stick to matte or transparent face powder to cut that shiny greasy look.

Posing/Locations:

  • Look at your friend’s portraits and yearbook photos from the years before you and   think about the various poses and what interests you. If you see a photo you are really excited about it let me know and we’ll try our best to replicate something similar.
  • If there is a place that is special to you then let me know and we’ll see about shooting there, whether it be an urban setting, your favorite farm, the lake where your family has a cabin or just your favorite park I want the location to be comfortable for you. If you have no preference I have plenty of suggestions as well.

The day before your session & morning of:

  • Drink lots of water to make sure you are hydrated; your skin will thank you.
  • Make sure you are well rested.
  • If you aren’t feeling your best then reschedule, it will reflect in the pictures.
  • Eat a small meal and bring a light snack so you aren’t bloated but aren’t starving.
  • Come ready to have a fun session and make some awesome images.

Hayley
I know it’s a lot to take in but I will help guide you the whole way to insure that your pictures are amazing and you are proud to show them off for years to come. If you have any questions please contact me and I’ll get back to you in a timely manner. I’m available for portraits anywhere in the greater Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area. If you are outside of the area it never hurts to ask as well because I do travel quite extensively.