Senior Portrait Session Prep
I'm so excited to spend some time together for your senior portrait session! To help answer some common questions for those with upcoming shoots, this post will (hopefully!) provide some helpful information, tips, and advice to help you prepare for your upcoming session.
Remember these portraits are a fun keepsake and nothing to be stressed or nervous about. So, come ready to celebrate your school memories, share fun stories, and spend some time together!
What To Wear
One of the first questions that comes up about a senior portrait (or really any portrait) session is - "what do I wear?!" The most succinct answer I can give is simple - wear what makes you feel most comfortable. Our clothing is so often an extension of our personalities so whatever personality you have, own it!
Most people choose two - three outfits that are an extension of themselves. I recommend thinking about what you are going to use these portraits for to determine what to wear. Maybe you want a more casual outfit for fun pictures for family and friends and a more professional outfit to use for a head shot on job applications or your LinkedIn page? That is completely up to you.
Generally, I recommend staying away from neon colors, small patterns, and really loose-fitting clothing. If you have questions or want to run outfit ideas by me, I'm always happy to help! Think about the color scheme you want for your portraits. If you are into lighter, airier photos, think lighter colors. If you are into more bold colors, find some bold solids to bring.
I suggest keeping your hair and make up looking natural or close to how you present yourself every day. If you don't typically wear gel in your hair or don't wear eyeliner normally, don't try it for the first time the day of your session. A good tip is trying out your outfits, accessories, etc. a few days before to nail down your look. Take some time getting settled with this before our session so that you aren't worried about what you look like the day of our shoot.
In a typical senior portrait session, we visit three or four locations on campus or in a close area to one another. Many seniors like to pick places that have significance to them. It is a good idea to have some locations mapped out and in mind before the shoot. While I will have some ideas for locations, these are your portraits and I want you to have keepsakes that are of significance to you and your experience! A few days before our shoot, I'll reach out and we will get a game plan together for our session.
Some things to keep in mind when thinking of locations:
Will there be lots of people in the background during the time of day we are shooting?
What does lighting look like? Will there be shadows in the shot?
Proximity of locations to each other in context of our time together
Are you into a more urban look or a earthy look? Think about backgrounds for portraits
We will monitor the weather and if it looks like it's going to rain or be too cloudy, I'll reach out a few days in advance and we will reschedule if need be. If you have questions or concerns, you can always reach me at email@example.com or via text at 405-659-4269.
Many people like to bring props along for some of their pictures. I'm game to try any and everything so bring it along and we will work with what we have. I've included a list of prop ideas below. Again, don't feel like you have to bring these things - it's completely up to you.
Graduation cap and gown (don't forget tassel, cords, and other regalia)
Your favorite book
Your dog (warning - I will pet and dote over said dog)
Class or school gear
Full senior sessions typically last an hour and a half. That being said, I'm not stressed about time and want to make sure you have lots of picture options. If we go over time, it's all good. No hidden fees or anything there.
I want to be respectful of your time and I hope you are of mine so we will make the most of our time together. Plan on changing outfits quickly and moving from location to location fairly quickly as well. I suggest bringing comfy shoes to walk in if we are in a location where we will be moving from spot to spot. You can always put on other shoes when we arrive at each shooting location.
If you are like me, you have probably spent a considerable amount of time on Pinterest checking out ideas and finding inspiration for your portraits. If you have wish list items or things you really want to try, shoot me a message and we can definitely incorporate it into your shoot. I'm always happy to hear new ideas and try new things so pin away!
I love to show off photography keepsakes on my social media, website, and blog. If, for some reason, you don't want images of you shared on these mediums, just let me know and I'm always happy to honor your decision.
Family + Friends
Feel free to bring family or friends along for the ride. They are always a good source of encouragement (or at the very least another set of hands helping to carry around your stuff!). I've had everyone from grandparents to sisters to dogs accompany a shoot before so, feel free to bring others along if you want - the more the merrier.
Turn Around Time
Typically, my turn around time for senior portraits is fairly quick - less than a week. After our shoot, I'll go through your images (I'm click happy so there are typically a lot) and will narrow it down to the ones that look the best. I'll then edit those pictures (providing a black/white and color copy of each photo) and load them onto a online sharing site.
You will end up with anywhere from 75-100 edited images. As soon as they are ready, I'll shoot you a message to let you know. You will have a few months to download your images to use as you'd like! If you would like images on a flash drive, just let me know and we will add $20 to your total. Even with a flash drive, you will still get a link to an online download site as well.
Again, I'm looking forward to our time together and if you have questions, feel free to reach out. I'm always happy to help. Looking forward to creating some great keepsakes for you!