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Three Ps to Better Senior Pictures – Part 2 – Prepare!

To do list for better senior pictures

In our previous post on the three P’s of Better Senior Pictures, we talked about planning. Planning involves answering the questions; what you want, what to wear, where to go and when. This post breaks it down even further into how to prepare for your senior pictures!

The first step is to talk to your photographer.  You need to both be on the same page and you need to schedule your Senior Portrait Session!  Your photographer should be able to give you more advice as to what to wear and where to go.(unless you have somewhere specific in mind) Most photographers are not mind-readers, so you have to tell them what you want or at least what you think you want. Remember, the photographer wants what you want; Awesome Senior Portraits!

Once the date is set for your Senior Portrait Session, it is time to prepare!

  • Plan to have your hair cut/colored no later than 2 weeks prior to your session. (Especially in the summer). Do NOT decide on a new hairstyle right before your senior session…This includes shaving your head for sports camps!!!! Gals if you are getting your brows waxed, schedule it a few days prior.
  • Shop or select the clothes you plan to wear. Make sure everything fits well and is comfortable. If it needs ironing, do it now.
  • Each outfit should be put together on a hanger, and any special undergarments, accessories or shoes go into a plastic bag, also on the hanger. Hanging clothes prevents wrinkles. Wrinkles are bad!
  • If you plan to have Sportraits or other photos in a sports uniform, contact your coach ASAP, so you can have access to the uniforms you will need. If your sports portrait also requires a special location, such as a swimming pool or gym, make sure you will have access on your selected date as well. Reconfirm the week of your Portrait Session to make sure everything is a go!
  • Sports uniforms, like other outfits all go together on a hanger. All gear associated with that sport should go in a duffel bag. This includes headgear, helmets, pads, goggles, balls, bats, poms, EVERYTHING you need goes into the duffel.
  • If you want photos in your letter jacket, make sure it is up to date with your most recent letters and patches.
  • Avoid the sun for the days prior to your Portrait Session. More specifically do not make plans to go to the beach, boating, fishing, or any event where you will be in the sun for hours on end. Not only do sunburns hurt, they are ugly when they peel and are more difficult to contend with in post production.
  • Get sleep the night before…enough said
  • Gals make sure your nails, fingers and toes have either no polish or are freshly polished…chipped, nasty nails just look bad.
  • Guys…shave(I don’t care if it’s “No Shave November”)

senior girl with guitarSo, you have talked with your photographer. You have scheduled your Senior Portrait Session. You have your outfits planned, and on hangers. You have your sports gear and permission from coach to use the pool, gym, etc. Your hair, eyebrows and nails are all done and beautiful. You have rescheduled your trip to the amusement park and the all night gaming party scheduled for the night before. Guys have a post it on their mirror that says: SHAVE!

You are officially prepared. Next we will talk about the fun part…Participation!

Thanks for reading! Hope everyone stays safe and warm through this next round of winter weather! Laura T

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Three P’s to Better Senior Pictures!

Planning for better senior pictures

Everyone wants awesome Senior Pictures. To get awesome, there are three things you must do…Plan, Prepare and Participate! Today I am going to address the first P: Plan! With the wealth of online images and glossy magazines, this is probably the easiest part. Go to Pinterest(a link to my senior girls inspiration board is HERE), Google or your other favorite image search and type in Senior Pictures, Senior Portraits or Senior Poses. Start a folder on your desktop and whenever you see an image that you like, copy it to that folder. Even if its something that you found that isn’t a “senior” image. Other searches may be fashion, trends, sports,(Joel Grimes is a favorite of mine for his incredible sports photos) or whatever you are in to! The goal is to figure out what you like and what you want your senior pictures to look like.

What does your schedule look like? Are you into Fall Sports? Crazy busy with school, work, sports, looking at colleges, applying to colleges, applying for scholarships, hanging with friends and other activities? Then you should plan to have your Senior Session during the summer between your Junior and Senior year. I highly recommend having your senior pictures photographed during the summer so they are done and you can start your senior year with amazing images and one big thing checked off of your Senior Year To Do List!

Where do you want to go to have your photos taken? Is there someplace that has significant meaning to you? A family farm, the cabin where your family spends the summer, or someplace or thing that always reminds you of home. Maybe you don’t have any place special to you, but you know you would rather be photographed in the woods or near a lake, or maybe in a downtown urban area. All of these things get taken into consideration when selecting locations for your photos. Maybe its not a where, but a what. Where is secondary to including some THING in your photos. Your car that you rebuilt with your dad, your dogs that are like your babies, your guitar, your drums, the list goes on…What is your passion? It’s your story, TELL IT!

senior picture location examples

What to wear? Go back and look at your folder, there is probably a trend towards what you like and do not like. Are your images filled with soft dreamy flowy dresses, or vivid colorful clothes? Maybe your a fashion forward kind of gal and want to dress to the nines…..Look at the limitations set by your photographer on the number of clothing changes and then shoot for that number plus 2. Why bring 2 extra? Because you never know what might happen the day of a shoot or you just may not be “feeling it”. It happens. It is most important that the clothes  fit well and are something you are truly comfortable in. Your senior portrait session is not the time to “try out” a new look. However, you also don’t get to plead “I am only comfortable in sweats” either. (HERE is a link to my pinterest “what to wear” inspiration board to get you started) Figure on at least one very casual, one dressy casual, one dressy and one other look.( other being sports uniform, favorite prom dress, etc) I tell my seniors that shopping for new clothes isn’t required, but its usually a lot of fun!

Congratulations, you have completed Planning for your Senior Pictures! You have:

  • an idea of what you like in terms of style
  • when is going to be best for you and your schedule
  • where you want to go
  • what to wear

Stay tuned for the second P of Senior pictures – Preparation!

Take care and stay warm!!!