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Senior Girl Photo Session Tips

Updated: Feb 20

Senior Girl Session Tips

You've booked your session and now it's time to begin the planning! Here are some guidelines to help you get started. Remember to have fun! Wear clothing that reflects your style and put thought into your choices. This is a unique opportunity to be a bit more elevated and over the top so don’t shy away from being a fashionista! Clothing: Bring at least 3 outfit options: One casual, one dressy, and one to reflect your personality. ie: hobby/sport/clubs/cap & gown/school jacket. -Group your outfits together on hangers. Make sure items are ironed and ready to go. -Please plan on changing quickly. The faster you change, the more time we have to photograph and the more photo choices you’ll have later. If your outfit is elaborate or takes very long to change into, it takes time away from our session.

-Make sure you’re comfortable in your clothing and that it flatters you. This will ensure that you like how you look when viewing your photos. -If you’re self-conscious about your arms, avoid sleeveless or cap-sleeve shirts and tank tops, as they tend to make arms look fuller. Tube tops also are another garment that do not photograph very well. -Layers Layers! Don’t be afraid to layer your outfit with cardigans, jackets, scarves, hats, accessories etc. Layers add visual interest. Steer clear of super busy patterns and graphic prints unless you’re going for a high fashion look. School shirts/team logos are a fun option for a casual look. Undergarments: Please make sure the colors of your undergarment coordinate well with your outfits and don’t show through your clothing. If you need a strapless, please bring one to your session. Tucking or moving straps will not always work or give the most pleasing look. Check ahead of time to ensure that undergarments don’t leave unpleasing lines underneath your clothing. Nails: If you paint your fingernails and toenails, make sure they’re done well for your session. Chipped nail polish will show and be distracting. Avoid bright colors that may not work with all your outfits. Instead, opt for natural tones. Pink or nude are timeless and go with everything. Jewelry: Keep it simple. Big, shiny jewelry can distract from the important subject, you. If you have different jewelry for different outfits, you might put each set of jewelry in a plastic baggie and hang it on the hanger with that outfit. Hair & Makeup: Consider having this done professionally done. Makeup that is well done is one of the best preparations you can do for your session. Proper hair styling and makeup application will give your photos that extra pop for a model-like look. Even if you don’t normally wear makeup or wear very little, take the time to do it well and your photos will look their absolute best. This is not the day to change your hair or look drastically, so it's recommended that you don't color your hair the day of your shoot as the hair dye may still be visible in your photos.

Makeup should only be slightly heavier than normal. Mascara should be clean and not clumpy. Avoid makeup with an SPF because it tends to create a shine. Summer shine can be controlled by using translucent powder that knocks out shine without adding additional color. Complexion: This is also where having a professional doing your makeup will help. Please don’t be concerned about minor breakouts. I do some light retouching so if there is a blemish here or there I have you covered! Shoes: Bring several pairs of shoes. Heels, boots, sandals, and ballet flats are all great to bring. Make sure there are no noticeable scuffs as they will show. Heels really make you stand out and look glamorous. Flats can also work well if you mix them with the right outfit. I don't recommend flip flops. Unless you just really love your feet showing, they aren’t a good option. Props: This is a fun chance to incorporate your hobbies, passions, and creative side. If you play an instrument, bring it! If you are a dancer bring your shoes or even a dance costume. If sports are your thing, then bring your gear. The sky is the limit!

These tips are here to help you have the absolute best outcome from your session. Start a pinterest board with inspiration for your shoot. Pin hairstyles, makeup ideas, outfits, poses and anything that speaks to your aesthetic. This is all about you, so have fun with the creative process! -Lindsay


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