Preparing for your session:

Here are a few helpful wardrobe, hair, and makeup tips for planning your senior session. Above all, try on the whole look before the day of! Bring extra hairspray, makeup, double sided tape, wrinkle releaser, and shoes for touchups as needed.

Clothing

  • Avoid neon colors, graphic shirts with big words or logos.

  • Stay away from fabrics that are prone to wrinkling or cling to you in unflattering ways.

  • Choose both casual and formal outfits to offer variety during the shoot.

  • Incorporate a variety of colors that are still consistent with your everyday style.

  • Avoid too much solid black. Break it up with other colors and patterns.

  • Choose flattering fits, styles, and fabrics that complement your natural shape from all angles.

  • Accessorize with hats, scarves, necklaces, etc. but don’t go overboard.

  • Never be afraid of incorporating patterns, as long as the pattern isn’t overwhelming.

  • Be yourself and comfortable in your outfit choices so you can focus on the shoot, not fixing your clothes, throughout the session.

Props

  • Flowers are a great touch if going for a natural, romantic, soft look. You can incorporate them everywhere from floral crowns, hair details, clothing, or simply as handheld props.

  • Know what college or university you’re going to? University apparel, banners, and logos can be a fun addition to your session.

  • If you are interning somewhere special, think about incorporating an object or clothing piece that tells that story in your images, i.e., a stethoscope & lab coat, a sports team folio/clipboard,etc.

  • Musical instruments add a personal element to your photos. If you play an instrument that is portable (guitar, violin, flute…) consider incorporating this into your session for a few shots.

  • Free spirited and artsy more your vibe? Bring color smoke bombs, bubbles, balloons… Anything you can run, jump, and twirl through!

    NOTE: Your props should enhance your photos, not become the focus. So pick one or two elements that resonate the most.

Hair & Makeup

  • Wear your natural look! If you wear your hair long and straight 364 days of the year, consider wearing it the same on your session too. It’s never the day to experiment with a brand new look. Which brings me to…

  • Try your look several times before committing to it. Wear it, love it, and be sure you can replicate it with washed hair and 2nd day hair. This way you know it will work for your session.

  • If you’re working with a stylist, ask for a more enhanced version of your everyday makeup. You should look like a more polished version of yourself, not someone else. And try wearing the look for a few days before your session.

  • If you don’t normally wear makeup, that’s okay! No need to go crazy with foundation, etc. The idea is to even out skin tone. A great concealer for dabbing on blemishes and brightening the under eye area goes a long way. If you’re feeling fancy, a powder can even out your face;add a dab of blush on the cheeks and an eyelash curler to make those peepers pop and finish your look. Boom, you’re done! Did I mention, try out the look???

  • If you’re going for beachy waves, bring some salt spray or texture spray to reapply and revive your look as needed.

  • If you’re going for an updo, try a look that isn’t too formal. You want to look like an enhanced version of your everyday self, not like you’re going to a ball. ;)

 SMILE!!

It is your best asset and can truly express your personality. So don’t be afraid to laugh, have fun, grin, show off those pearly whites, smile, and be yourself!