Planning Your Senior Portrait Session

July 30, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

You’re a senior, now what? Being a senior can be quite overwhelming. There are college tours, applications to fill out, graduation requirements to complete, you seem to be deciding your whole future in a few short months. Well, relax and enjoy the process. This should be one of the most exciting times in your life. You are on the brink of being an adult and the pursuit of your dreams. Don’t forget though one of the most fun things in the process is your senior portrait session. This is the time where you can really show off your style.

Your school may have some requirements for your senior portrait, due to yearbook constraints and I am sure your mom and grandmother have a request or two, but the remainder of your images are yours and should reflect who you are at this moment in your life. So take a moment or two to organize your thoughts, your wardrobe and work with your photographer to plan your session.

The first planning item is your wardrobe and while back to school fashion can be quite fun, remember for your senior portraits pick timeless pieces. Timeless doesn't equal boring and you can still put in some fun trendy pieces together that shows your unique style. If you need some inspiration you can look on line at sites like Pinterest or Tumblr, but if that’s not your style head to the mall to check out a few of your favorite stores. Most stores display whole outfits and by visiting a few of the stores you can really get a feel for what the current styles and colors are. Also make sure you inform your photographer about any activities, hobbies, interests or sports you are involved in. It is always fun to include some of your interests in your session.

Here are some tips for you when choosing your portrait session.

  • Loud colors and big prints don’t photograph well and will quickly become outdated so try to avoid those. Look for complementing solid colors that allow you to be the subject clothing. This is even more important when you are in a group.
  • The color of your clothes can also make you look larger or smaller.
    • Examples
      • Brights make you look larger especially reds, oranges and yellows.
      • White top dark pants will make your top look bigger.
      • White pants dark top will make your bottom look bigger.
      • Similar tones on top and bottom will ensure that none of your body parts look larger than the other.
  • Choose a tops with sleeves that come at least to the elbow. This is important because your arms have more skin area than your face. By showing more skin attention will be drawn away from your face and to your arms which may make your arms appear larger.
  • Choose long pants for men/ladies or a skirt below the knee for ladies for the same reason as above. Also you will be able to sit and bend without showing too much leg.
  • Choose dark socks and footwear (unless it’s a barefoot photo) because white just sticks out like a sore thumb and that’s all you’ll notice in your portrait.
  • Jewelry and nail polish should also be kept simple so your face is noticed in your portrait not your accessories.
  • Do your hair the way you’d normally wear it and if you will be getting a haircut do it two weeks before your session. Most people aren’t comfortable will their new dew and it will be noticeable in your session. Also match your makeup and hair to the clothing you will be wearing at your session. If you want a formal look make a second session time or make time at the end of your session for formal hair and makeup.

 

 

I hope this gives you some good guidelines to follow for your portrait session, just remember keep all your deadlines straight on your calendar and have fun, this is your senior year and your new adventure is about to begin.


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