Well we are well into the Senior portrait season and it seems that year after year I have two groups of Seniors, the prepared and the not prepared. So I hope this post will help my future Seniors prepare for their sessions and get the most out this great experience.
First thing - Do not schedule at the last minute! I see too many Parents and Seniors schedule their sessions as an after thought. Part of the senior year experience is your senior portraits. This is your celebration in pictures and stepping into a new faze in your life. I recommend scheduling your shoots several weeks in advance so you can plan and not rush.
Second - Get the right clothes! I can't tell you how many times a Senior would show up to the studio with just a couple of T-shirts. You at least want to bring 3 or 4 full outfits with a variety of shoes and accessories. If you do not know what to wear it is always good to call a friend. This is always a great excuse to go shopping!
Third - Hire a makeup artist. Yes I know you do your own makeup and you fancy yourself an artist but for your senior photos you want to hire a professional makeup artist. Professional makeup artists understand how much application is necessary for photography and how to provide coverage a for a day of shooting. They can achieve the right tones and blend to create a natural and polished look.
Third - Hire a photographer that fits your unique style. No one photographer is for everyone, example a professional baby photographer may not have the right connection to you as senior in high school. Do your homework, interview your photographer and make sure you love their work.
Last but not least - Enjoy yourself! Your photos are to reflect you and your interests. This is you at your best and we want to capture it. If you follow these simple tips your experience will be as advertised.