When I think about my seniors and my upcoming senior sessions, I just get so excited! Senior sessions are my absolute favorite sessions and I love getting to work one on one with high school and college girls during such a pivotal moment in their lives. Senior sessions are when I get to be my most creative and take my time making the client comfortable in front of the camera. If you’re a senior preparing for you upcoming session, I’ve put together some tips on how to prepare to make the most out of your experience!
Choosing your Photographer
The first thing you’ll do when thinking about your senior pictures is to book the photographer. There are many different styles out there, so do your research on what types of photos you like! My personal style is very bright and light-filled and I love skin tones that are creamy and true to life. The style opposite mine is called dark and moody and of course there are plenty of styles in between! Find what you like and then search for photographers with that editing style. I also recommend booking a photographer with a shoot and share policy. What this means is that after your session, you get a full online gallery of the edited images and you don’t have to pay extra to download them. I love doing this because it means my clients get to enjoy all of the photos from their session!
Choosing your Locations
The photographer you choose will probably have recommendations on locations for you to shoot, but it is something you really want to think about because it affects the overall look of your shoot. Do you really love fields and trees? Would you rather have a more urban session? Something in between? Some seniors have family land they want to use for a shoot or some other special location that holds meaning for them that the photographer may not know about. So don’t be afraid to speak up and share a location that you’d love to include in your session!
Hair and Makeup
If you get nervous doing your hair and makeup for important events, or if you’d just like to treat yourself for your senior shoot, then think about hiring a hair and makeup artist! They can make sure you look picture-perfect and don’t have to stress about doing your hair or your makeup on your own.
Choosing your Outfits
Outfits are usually the hardest decisions to make for your pictures! You can find some inspiration in my portfolio and on pinterest. I usually encourage my seniors to dress it up a bit! Dresses, rompers, and maxis look super cute in photos. However, I encourage you to stay away from any patterns that are too distracting. Bright colors can make your pictures really pop as can accessories! I have a full outfit guide pdf that I send to my seniors when they book with me that goes in depth on this!