6 Tips for the BEST Senior Portraits


September 5, 2018

Preparing for your Senior Portraits

1. Arrive on time!

I know this is a no brainer, but every moment counts! Being a lover of natural light, my timing for your session isn’t a coincidence, it is scheduled so that we have the best lighting for your photos. (I’m that lady looking at the sunset schedule way in advance!) Please allow enough time when you find yourself planning and include time for travel or traffic. We will shoot until the sun sets, so if we begin a bit late, we won’t stay late! This ensures that we are in the right place for the right light for the best results.

2. Come prepared! 

A lot of my clients opt to get their hair and make up professionally done for their session. Make sure you allow enough time to enjoy that experience prior to the photos. If you want to arrive in your first outfit, we will get right to work (after a big hug and a little small talk!) Small details like having manicured nails or the right colored socks help ease stress, so consider setting out your outfits the night before and making sure you have every accessory you want photographed ready!

3. Bring a change of clothes:

I love to offer the opportunity for an outfit change halfway through the session. This gives you the opportunity to get a few different looks with your session while maximizing our time together. Many seniors opt for one dressier option and one more casual option (think James Bond style for you gentlemen.) Warning: You may need to change in your car, depending on where we are shooting! Just be prepared for the adventure! I’ll stand guard!

4. It’s more than okay to feel nervous! 

Please know that I do not expect you to be a model. My job is to direct you in a way that helps you relax, feel natural, and be your true comfortable self in front of my lens. You do not need to practice poses, study Pinterest pins or let the nerves take over. By the end of the session you will feel like Tyra Banks and wonder when your big break in modeling will come!

5. Location, location!

If you have location that is near and dear to your story, please don’t hesitate to tell me about it. I am true believer in telling your story in a way that is meaningful to you but also remember that the session is about you as a beautiful, unique individual and not where you are.

6. Props, puppies, instruments etc! 

If you’re wondering about how you can make your experience personal and memorable, feel free to bring along any props that are special to you. I want your session to be unique to you, so if that means bringing your four legged friend along or props that tell your story, please do! We can incorporate them into your photos in a fun way. Maybe it’s something from a hobby you love and share, maybe it’s a sports equipment you love or a guitar you’ve played for years. Whatever you want in your photos, I’ll do my best to make it happen.

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