Senior Portraits – Tips, Tricks & What to Wear!

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Hello Class of 2018 Seniors, thanks for checking out LaDuke Photography! As a portrait photographer with over a decade of experience I know a thing or two about how to create great photos that really express who you are.

I have done many senior portrait sessions and every shoot is different. In order to make things go as smoothly as possible I’ve compiled some tips and tricks you can use to prepare for your session. We’ve only got a couple hours to to make amazing photographs so coming prepared is going to keep things flowing smoothly.

Pre-planning:

When you book your session let me know what you’re into.  Are you involved with any sports or clubs at school? Do you have a cat, dog, horse or turtle that your photos will be incomplete without? What do you enjoy doing outside of school? These are all things that we can use to make your photos unique to you. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever have another opportunity like this to do a photo session that so boldly encompasses exactly who you are. Do you love hunting and fishing? Are you captain of the volleyball team? Have you been doing something crazy like pyrotechnics your whole life? These things are an important part of who you are, why not include them?

What to wear:

  • Avoid strong patterns (plaid, paisley, overly floral blouses, etc). They can be distracting. If you want to wear patterns layer them under a jacket or blouse.
  • Avoid BRIGHT colors. Neon hues will reflect off of your face making you unnaturally colored.
  • Darker colors such as black, navy and dark green will slim you. Shirts with 3/4 or long sleeves are also slimming if you are self conscious about your arms.
  • Light colors such as white/beige or light grey can dominate the photo and make you look ghostly if you are already pale or they will make you appear orange if you have tan skin. – Pair them with a darker color for best effect.
  • Bring at least 3 different shirts, jackets or dresses. If you can dress in layers it will add variety. Don’t forget letter jackets and sports uniforms.
  • Accessorize! Sunglasses, bracelets, scarves and hats all personalize your ‘look’. Pay attention to how your shoes go with your outfits – they will be in some photos.

Make-Up:

Less is more. Wear it light and natural for your session. Go easy on the eye make up especially. Also no glitter! It will reflect light and leave you with shiny little pock marks. Some eye make-up has a certain ‘shimmer’ which is okay, but body glitter and lip gloss tends to reflect light unevenly. Consider bringing a matte or transparent face powder to cut down on shiny skin.

Posing/Locations:

Don’t stress over posing, you might practice your smile in the mirror that morning, but otherwise I’ll help you pose once the session begins. The general rule is, “If it feels awkward, you’ll look awkward.” Always look for a comfortable natural feeling pose as close to what the photographer suggests as you can.
As far as locations go, if you have a place that is special to you like the high school track, your favorite park or your family’s own backyard speak up! I’ve got a ton of great suggestions from the rustic charm of the old buildings in Harrisburg to the top of Spencer Butte, I’m always up for an adventure!

The day before your session & morning of:

  • Drink plenty of water. Being hydrated makes your skin vibrant and fresh and will ward off dehydration headaches.
  • Get a good nights rest the night before to avoid tired eyes.
  • If you aren’t feeling well please reschedule – You need to feel your best to look your best!
  • Eat a small meal and bring a light snack prior, it will help stave off hunger but not leave you feeling bloated.

Collage 2018 SMI realize this is a lot of information to digest, just take a deep breath and know that I am here the whole time to help you out. Let’s go out and have some fun while taking memorable senior portraits that you will be proud to show off!

Contact me today to book your session!

Lacey LaDuke Photography

Call me: (509)954-3885

Email Me: LaDukePhoto@Gmail.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/LaDukePhoto

Instagram: LaDukePhoto

Senior – Whittaker Creek – Walton, OR

Listen up Eugene and Springfield High School Seniors! Senior Portraits are a rite of passage for teens finishing school. Let’s go out and take some fun creative images that are going to last a lifetime. For this session we went out to Whittaker Creek Recreation Area and explored the campground and creek. This spot outside of Walton, OR embodies everything that is Oregon. Green trees, running water, rocks and moss make this spot feel magical. Travel within an hour of Eugene/Springfield is free!

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Dorris Ranch – Springfield Senior Portraits

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Dorris Ranch in Springfield, Oregon is a gorgeous location for high school senior portraits near Eugene. The winter storms did some damage, but the hazelnut orchards have been cleaned up and are back to being a beautiful backdrop. There are tractors and hay bales and groves of beautiful old trees. You also have access to the new trail to Clearwater Landing Trail. I had a great time wandering around the park with Jeffrey and his family. The weather was great and the green canopy above us was beautiful! Since Dorris Ranch is just down the road from Springfield High School I’d love to do more senior portraits there. Contact me if you’d like to run over there after school some time and do an amazingly fun senior portrait session!

10.13 Jeffrey SR 037Click here for packages and pricing. To see more of my portfolio click the link at the bottom of this post. Don’t forget to ask about my referral program and my weekday discount.10.13 Jeffrey SR 044I’ve included a few of my favorites from Jeffrey’s session, but there are several other awesome shots. You can view them here onJeffrey’s Complete  Senior Portrait Gallery. 10.13 Jeffrey SR 002 If you are a class of 2015 graduate and you are looking to get a jump on your senior portraits ask about my senior ambassador program. You get a ton of awesome perks and free photos and all you have to do is sign your friends up with you for a shoot! I only accept one representative per high school in Eugene or Spokane on a first come first served basis so be sure to inquire today and reserve your spot!

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Eugene Senior Portrait Photographer – Pricing and Specials

Take advantage of the Oregon summer sun by getting your senior portraits done early! LaDuke Photography is booking select dates now though the end of September and we would love to do your senior photos!  I even wrote a great article of tips and tricks to prepare for your photo session with us! Check out the post here. Our new packages and prices have something for everyone. We can also add ala carte items to any package to make it a perfect fit for you!

Eugene photography is unique in that we have so many great options close to town. There truly is something for everyone! From the bleachers at Sheldon or Creswell High School to the shores of the Willamette River or even riding your horse through the fields around Coburg or Veneta we can personalize any session. Do you love to rock climb, mountain bike, scuba dive, etc? We do too and we can make your session a fun adventure! Of course we also do traditional portraits during the session but we really want to make fantastic images that you will enjoy and be proud of!

If you are looking for a great senior portrait photographer in or around Eugene who knows how to make any session fun call LaDuke Photography. I can’t wait to hear from you!


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Lacey LaDuke Photography

Call me: (541)954-2458 or (509)954-3885

Email Me: LaDukePhoto@Gmail.com

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Football Senior Portraits in Eugene, Oregon

Senior portrait season is in full swing and there are few things I love more than taking creative senior portraits here in Eugene. I love being able to encompass a bit of who my senior portrait clients are into their personalized session. Football and other sports portraits are really popular subjects to include. Last week I got to go out with Tyler from North Eugene High School and do a sunset photo session. He’s the quarterback for the team and is an avid University of Oregon football fan along with his many other hobbies. Since he has a two part package we’re hoping to incorporate his love of scuba diving into the next set along with his more traditional senior portraits. If you’re looking for a chance to take some unique senior portraits and have some fun doing it contact me today. I have a skills and knowledge to create images for you that you will be proud to show off for years to come.

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Lacey LaDuke Photography

Call me: (541)954-2458 or (509)954-3885

Email Me: LaDukePhoto@Gmail.com

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Senior Portrait Photo Tips

Hello Class of 2013 Seniors! As an experienced Eugene portrait photographer who loves doing creative senior portraits I know a thing or two about how to create great photos that really express who you are.

I have done many senior portrait sessions and every shoot is different. In order to make things go as smoothly as possible I’ve compiled a short list of steps you can take prior to your session. We’ve only got a couple hours to to make amazing photographs so coming prepared is going to be vital!

Pre-planning:

When you book your session let me know the things that interest you. Are you involved with any sports or clubs at school? Do you have a favorite pet you want to bring along? What do you enjoy doing outside of school? These are all things that we can use to make your photos unique to you. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever have another opportunity like this to do a photo session that so boldly encompasses exactly who you are. Do you love mountain biking? Are you captain of the debate team? Have you been doing gymnastics your whole life? These things define you as a person, why not include them?

What to wear:

  • Avoid strong patterns (plaid, paisley, overly floral blouses, etc). They can be distracting. If you want to wear patterns layer them under a jacket or blouse.
  • Darker colors such as black, navy and dark green will slim you. Shirts with 3/4 or long sleeves are also slimming.
  • Light colors such as white/beige or light grey can dominate the photo and make you look ghostly if you are already pale or they will make you appear orange if you have tan skin.
  • Bring at least 3 different shirts, jackets or dresses. If you can dress in layers it will add variety. Don’t forget letter jackets and sports uniforms.
  • Accessorize! Sunglasses, bracelets, scarves and hats all personalize your ‘look’. Pay attention to how your shoes go with your outfits – they will be in some photos.

Make-Up:

Less is more. Wear it light and natural for your session. Go easy on the eye make up especially. Also NO glitter! It will reflect light and leave you with shiny little pock marks. Some eye make-up has a certain ‘shimmer’ which is okay, but body glitter and lip gloss tends to reflect light unevenly. Consider bringing a matte or transparent face powder to cut down on shiny skin.

Posing/Locations:

Don’t stress over posing, you might practice your smile in the mirror that morning, but otherwise I’ll help you pose once the session begins. The general rule is, “If it feels awkward, you’ll look awkward.” Always look for a comfortable natural feeling pose as close to what the photographer suggests as you can.
As far as locations go, if you have a place that is special to you like the high school track, your favorite park or your family’s own backyard speak up! I’ve got a ton of great suggestions from Alton Baker, to the top of Spencer Butte or even in an urban setting like downtown Eugene or Springfield.

The day before your session & morning of:

  • Drink plenty of water. Being hydrated makes your skin vibrant and fresh and will ward off dehydration headaches.
  • Get a good nights rest the night before to avoid tired eyes.
  • If you aren’t feeling well please reschedule – You need to feel your best to look your best!
  • Eat a small meal and bring a light snack prior, it will help stave off hunger but not leave you feeling bloated.

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I realize this is a lot of information to digest, just take a deep breath and know that I am here the whole time to help you out. Let’s go out and have some fun while taking memorable senior portraits that you will be proud to show off!

Contact me today to book your session! I am available for portraits within a 50mile radius of Spokane or Eugene. A small travel fee applies outside of my service area.

 

Lacey LaDuke Photography

Call me: (541)954-2458 or (509)954-3885

Email Me: LaDukePhoto@Gmail.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/LaDukePhoto

Instagram: LaDukePhoto