HIGH SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

Our High School Senior sessions are fun and exciting. To help it run smoothly, we hope you take some time to read through the information we have included. {You can use these tips for any session}

 

HOW TO PREPARE

WARDROBE

The right clothing allows your face to dominate the portrait, all other elements in your photo should be secondary. So our goal, is for the face to be prominent, not the clothes. For this reason, we discourage busy patterns and bright colors in your clothing, they will draw the eye to the clothing instead of the subject

  1. • Never wear a lighter colored pant with a darker colored shirt, it will make your bottom half look larger than your top and that is not a good look for males or females

  2. Short skirts or dresses really limit your posing options, so think carefully before choosing a lot of this type of clothing. It’s a good idea to vary your clothing styles, not all of one type

  3. • Big stripes will add at least a dress size to your looks as well as distract from your face, don’t wear them

  4. • Big logos across your chest are not only distracting, but they’re also going to date your portraits. Strive for a classic, timeless look, something that will be in style now as well as 20 years from now

  5. • Choose varying styles of clothing. Shirts with different necklines, casual and dressy clothing. Sweaters and other garments with textures are a good choice

  6. • Jackets can be added for a completely different look

  7. • Include scarves and hats to add more different clothing looks

  8. • Wrinkles WILL show up in your portraits. Iron your clothes if necessary and bring in on a hanger

  9. • Make sure your clothing is clean

  10. • Plan ahead

  11. • Your senior portraits are only going to be as good as the combined effort of your photographer and you.         You cannot expect the photographer to work a miracle and make your clothes perfect if you haven’t done       your part

  12. • Girls need to try on their clothing with the undergarments they’ll be wearing

  13. We discourage clients from wearing white shirts for most portraits, because white tends to draw the viewer's eye, and detracts your eye from the face of the subject. Bright white tennis shoes will stand out as well

  14. • Long sleeves or sleeveless shirts are best. If you are concern about the size of your upper arms, then of course, you’ll want to wear long sleeves. Mostly short sleeves visually cut the arm in two, short sleeves should be avoided except in the most casual of photographs, however, three-quarter sleeves are fine.

 

NAILS & POLISH
  1. • Girls and guys should have fingernails clean and filed.

  2. • Remove chipped nail polish: it will show

  3. • Black and blue fingernail polish keep popping up as a fashion trend

  4. •Don’t wear either for your senior portraits, it’s too trendy: it’ll make your fingernails look odd and they’ll        look even stranger 20 years from now

  5. • Neon polish may draw too much attention and may clash with some outfits.

  6. • Girls should really stick to neutral tones, light to mid pink is a good choice.

 

Makeup
  1. Oily skin, especially on your face really is the enemy, the oil will show up as unattractive shiny spots on your face in a photo, ( especially on your forehead)

  2. • Wear a foundation makeup that doesn’t have oil in it and if you do have oily skin, refresh your makeup with translucent powder during the shoot

  3. • Face blotters work well-keeping makeup intact

  4. • Don’t use makeup with SPF protection in it for your session

  5. • Makeup or “base” or foundation that contains SPF protection has a reflective quality, i.e. it looks shiny in photos

  6. • Use a fresh tube of mascara so you don’t have clumps

  7. • Close up photos will show

  8. • Neutral eye colors, such as grays and browns are best

  9. • Avoid pastel shades and especially highly frosted shadows

  10. • Don’t use eye shadows, lotions, blush anything with glitter in it

  11. • Highly frosted eyeshadow will do the same thing, it’ll show up as tiny white spots all-around your eyes

  12. • If you use lotion of any kind, especially on your face it will show up as shine

  13. • Chapped or cracked lips are going to show in your portraits

  14. • Moisturize your lips BEFORE your session

  15. • Don’t wear super glossy lipstick or lip gloss because they make huge white spots from the shine on your lips wherever the light hits it.

 

JEWELRY
  1. • It’s nice to include special or important jewelry in your portraits however keep in mind that too much             jewelry can be distracting

  2. • Pendant type necklaces will be tough to keep in the proper place when you move around as you pose

  3. • Organize jewelry by putting in baggies and slipping over the coordinating outfit hangers so you won’t be hunting around for it.

 

SHAVING - GIRLS AND GUYS
  1. • Girls should have shaved under your arms the day of your session

  2. • Poses may have hands overhead and even wearing a sleeveless top, stubble may show and it won’t look     pretty

  3. • Boys should make sure to shave their beards for the same reason.

 

HAIR
  1. • Don’t use a lot of hairsprays, gel or other product in your hair

  2. • Your hair should move with you when you tilt your head and blow nicely in the breeze

  3. • Hair spray can be used to tame flyaways on top of your head or keep hair out of the face

  4. • Don’t forget to take your ponytail holder off of your wrist

  5. • Don’t get a last-minute haircut or hairstyle change

  6. • Try to get your hair cut the day before your photo session.

 

SUN TANNING
  1. • Sunburns are nearly impossible to fix or retouch

  2. • Suntan lines are also tricky so you should vary your shirt sleeves and bathing suit tops when tanning to         avoid lines

  3. • Don’t spray tan before a session, it will photograph orange and it will probably be blotchy, darker in the         knees, elbows, hairline and other dry areas

  4. • It’s best not to over tan even if you do your tanning the sun. There’s a reason models do not tan much,           untanned or lightly tanned skin looks better.

 

EXCEPTIONS

Of course, there are always exceptions, if your favorite outfit in the world falls under any of these categories, bring it and we’ll use it for a few poses with a carefully chosen background.