Preparing for a senior photo session is an exciting and significant event in a high school student’s life. It marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. Preparing for a senior photo session can also become overwhelming, and that’s why I’ve put together these tips to help prepare your senior for their photo session.
- Schedule your session in advance: To ensure that you get the date and time that works best, it’s essential to schedule your senior’s photo session well in advance. I begin booking summer senior shoots in the new year! This will give you plenty of time to plan and prepare. Be sure to communicate about any special requests or needs you may have, such as a unique location.
- Choose a location: I’m aware that having your pictures taken can feel awkward. That’s where location can make a difference. I typically shoot in clients’ homes. Plan on shooting both inside and outside. If shooting in your home isn’t a possibility, I can make a few suggestions.
- Plan the outfits: Planning the outfits can make a big difference in the final product. It’s a good idea to bring multiple outfit options, so there is some variety. I want there to be choices as your senior makes their final decisions.
Avoid black. I have found that some things photograph better than others. It may look great in real life, but it just doesn’t translate into a photograph. An example of this is the color black. It can appear shapeless and heavy. The nuance of the details is better in real life. Instead, choose color! Color can lift their complexion and enhance their eyes.
Keep it simple. For either gender, you want to see the child, not the outfit.
For boys: A collared shirt, button down, or polo
For girls: If they are going through Panhellenic Recruitment (aka Rush) they will need a full-length picture so consider the entire outfit, including shoes.
- Haircuts for the boys: If your senior plans on getting a haircut, make sure to do so at least a week before the photo session. This will give their hair time to settle and look more natural in the photos.
- Makeup for the girls. If hair and makeup are something they would normally do for a special event, then yes, they should have their makeup done (I have vendors I can recommend!) I would encourage the most natural, no-make-up look possible. (And, yes, I’ve seen it go badly with too much makeup.) You really want your senior to look like themselves, just a bit more polished.
- Do some research. Take a look at old yearbooks. See which pictures your senior likes and let me know. I’m more than happy to accommodate favorite angles and poses!
- Relax and have fun: The most important tip for preparing your senior for their photo session is to encourage them to relax and have fun! This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and they should enjoy the moment. I will guide them through the shoot and help them feel comfortable and confident so their personality shines through.
Preparing for a senior photo session can be a fun and exciting experience with the right preparation and mindset. By following these tips, your senior can feel confident and prepared for their senior photo session! Remember to communicate openly with me throughout the process, ask any questions, book the session well in advance, and have fun! These photos will reflect who your senior is and will be cherished for years to come.