Be prepared! Here are some tips to make sure we have TONS of fun and you look incredible. As always, you can contact us directly if you have any specific questions.
An additional note for guys, we’re sure you’ll figure out which sections aren’t for you. In general, dress smart and get a haircut a week before your session. Fit is the most important part of clothing for guys. If you want to go all out, check out http://www.reddit.com/r/malefashionadvice and go through their FAQs and guides. It’s a pretty awesome place.
Have loads of fun! We’re going to make you look great and you’ll have a great time. Don’t worry if you’ve never been in front of a camera before. We’ll take care of all the hard work. 😉
Arrive early or on time. More important than making sure we get enough camera-time is the feeling of not being rushed.
If you’re coming from out of town, give yourself plenty of time to find your way around.
You’re unique and beautiful. That’s not even a joke, you really are! Our guidelines are just guidelines. Be yourself in how you dress. Some rules are meant to be broken.
Be fashionable if that’s your thing. Wear clothing that’s stylish and put a lot of thought into your choices.
If you’re a “simple” sorta person, dress in your best looking “simple” stuff. We encourage you to break out of your comfort zone for at least one outfit.
We don’t actually have hard-limits on the number of outfits you can have. The numbers we give in our packages are practical suggestions based on the time you have. Bring at least one more than we suggest. The more outfits we have to choose from, the better. This will give us flexibility in matching your clothing to backgrounds and the surroundings.
Group your outfits together on hangers. Make sure items are ironed and ready to go.
Plan on changing quickly. The faster you change, the more time we have to photograph and the more photo choices you’ll have later.
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.
Avoid small stripes and plaid. Solid colors photograph much better than busy patterns.
Bring a variety of colors and mix the level of styles. Some should be dressy, some dressy-casual, and some casual.
If you’re comfortable in dresses, bring them! They photograph really well and offer a nice variety from your other casual clothing choices. We can mix dressy and casual dresses for some great looks.
Chucks are fine for some shots, but bring some heels! Whether pumps or boots, dressy or casual, plain or sassy, heels really make you stand out and look glamorous.
Flats can also work well if you mix them with the right outfit.
Although we try to help with hair, it is hard to know what your hair “is supposed to look like.” Make sure you like the look or let the photographer know your preferences. Better yet, bring your best friend with you for the session and he or she can help. Hair style is ultimately YOUR responsibility. Any hair changes during the session should be quick and simple so you have as much camera time as possible.
Bring hair spray, clips, pins, and whatever else is needed to keep your hair out of your eyes if it’s windy. Also bring a brush and mirror for quick hair touch-ups.
Do not make drastic changes to your hairstyle right before your photo session. This could add unneeded drama to your life.
Makeup that is well done is one of the best preparations you can make for your session. It will even out skin tones and help 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 best.
Makeup should only be slightly heavier than normal. Don’t go cray.
Think natural. Think natural. Think natural. Makeup should be flaunting your given features.
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.
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.
All that being said, the proper jewelry can really complement your outfit. It’s nice to have a variety to choose from and it doesn’t hurt to bring numerous options with you.
We, personally, like a good prop. But don’t bring a prop for the sake of it. Most of our sessions don’t have any, so don’t feel you have to force something that shouldn’t be there.
But yes, the following are things to think about:
Sports equipment (soccer ball, basketball, softball bat, etc.)
Activity related items (dance, art, school clubs, etc.)
With certain props, you may want to consider if it fits the locale. Sports equipment doesn’t work everywhere. They can look really forced in a garden, for example. Instruments work just about anywhere.
Most lenses have a glare. The safest option is to check with your eye doctor and ask if they’ll loan you a similar pair without lenses. But don’t sweat it. If you are a glasses person, wear your glasses. We’ll work the angles to reduce flare.
Tan lines are a distraction and take away from your photos. We suggest you use a tanning bed and varied swimsuit tops to minimize any existing tan lines. If you choose to tan outside or in a tanning bed, don’t overdo it. We don’t want you looking orange and leathery.
Pale is no less attractive than tan. Promise.
Makeup helps a lot here, but we do retouch your photos, so please don’t be concerned about minor breakouts. We have you covered! If your acne is more severe, you’re still okay. We had bad acne is high school and understand! We’re happy to help you out with some extra retouching.
One thing that may seem counterintuitive is to not touch pimples. If you wake up the morning of your session with a big ol’ pimple, DON’T TOUCH IT. If you pick at it, or do anything to make it go away fast, you will merely irritate the entire area around it and make it more difficult to remove.
Friends & Parents.
Friends or parents are welcome and often can be a help. However, if they distract you, it may be best to meet them when the session is over. You’re welcome to have a couple of shots with a boyfriend, best friend, sibling, or parent at no extra charge. Just remember that these photos are about YOU, so YOU are the focus. Everything else is just a “prop.” 😉
An additional note on parents; they are always welcome but we find the most fun and natural results are when they aren’t present. Unless you have one of those mother-daughter-best-friend relationships from the movies, you will never completely be yourself with your parents around. If you are uncomfortable coming alone, we definitely suggest a good friend. Typically we have an assistant on our end so even if you bring no one, it’ll be a party.
Don’t worry about clouds because they actually even out the light and make for ideal shooting conditions. But falling rain is an issue and we will have to reschedule. We will try to contact you first, but please call us at 317.344.9434 or email us at email@example.com if you have any doubts or concerns.
Don’t worry about them! Give a natural smile and enjoy yourself. A good smile with braces is far better than the awkward smile that comes when you try to hide them. For an additional charge we can edit them out, but we’d much prefer not to. Not because of the extra work, but because that’s who you are! Your senior pictures represent you as a senior. Em-brace them. Haha. Yeah, we went there.
Please make sure the colors of your undergarment coördinate 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.
Finger & Toe Nails.
If you paint your nails, make sure they’re done well for your session. Chipped nail paint will show and distract from you. Avoid bright colors that will distract from you and may not work with all your outfits. Instead, opt for basic or natural tones.