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Planning Your Senior Session

Being a senior is a huge milestone and what better way to capture it than with a Senior Session. But like with any session you need to do a little planning beforehand to make sure you get those STUNNING pictures you are looking for. Below is a lot of information regarding hair and makeup, and outfit selection to help you plan for your upcoming Senior Session.

Outfit Tips

Choosing what you will wear for your photo shoot can be daunting and often left to the last minute. Please, please don’t leave it to the last minute because if you accidentally wear something that isn’t flattering on camera or something that you don’t feel confident in.. it can ruin the experience for you! So, here are some of the best ways to choose what to wear.

1. Be Comfortable

If you do not like fitted clothing (super tight dresses or pieces that fit awkwardly) then leave them at home! Personally, I try to steer clear of items that are fitted in the tummy area because it makes me selfconscious and I’m constantly pulling at my clothing making sure it looks right. So, if there are pieces in your closet that make you feel self-conscious or uncomfortable, don’t include them in your senior portrait wardrobe! Additionally, we will most likely be sitting on the ground, laying down, walking and doing other things that could be difficult if your clothing is uncomfortable!

2. Think Outside of the Box

When choosing outfits for your senior session, try to choose colors that POP and that compliment your hair + skin colors! Primary colors like red, royal blue and yellow photograph beautifully as well as emerald green, bright purples, pinks, oranges and any other colors that really POP! Sometimes, color combos that may seem odd in-person end up photographing BEAUTIFULLY on camera!

3. Add Layers

In the cold months (fall + winter), adding layers to your outfits always looks STUNNING in portraits! A sweater with a flannel underneath paired with a vest + statement necklace or scarf adds so much dimension to your images and makes for super fun posing options! Even in the warmer months (spring + summer) you can add these layers + dimension by wearing a tank top with a cute sheer cardigan or by throwing a denim vest over a dress!

4. Accessorize

When planning your outfits, don’t forget to plan accessories!! Stacks of bangles, long necklaces, statement pieces, scarves, hats, bright shoes and other add-ons can make or break an outfit!

5. Mix it Up

When planning your outfits, make sure that you have a VARIETY of looks! I tell all of my seniors to choose from these categories: casual, cozy, dressy, school-related, sports-related, preppy or edgy. I always recommend choosing 2-3 of those categories and finding outfits accordingly. This provides a beautiful array of looks during your senior portrait session, so each outfit looks dramatically different!

Hair and Make-Up

I highly recommend spending a little bit of extra time on your hair and make-up to make sure it looks amazing. Plan to wear slightly heavier make up than normal, including blush and lipstick/gloss that are at least slightly darker than your lip color. I also highly recommend false eyelashes. These can be purchased for very affordable prices at CVS or any pharmacy in the area. They will really make your eyes POP!

Don’t Forget Your Nails

And, one last tip!! In all of the chaos of senior session prep…don’t forget to pamper your nails! During your shoot, a lot of the poses we do will have your hands close to your face and in the frame, so make sure that your nails look just how you want! Try to avoid any chipped polish or crazy patterns. French manicures, light/natural colors and even nails with no color at all photograph best!!

Hopefully, these tips will help you plan your Senior Session and make sure you those STUNNING pictures you are looking for.

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