Senior portrait time is coming right up. I take appointments for the 2015 senior graduates starting now. Many tend to postpone their sessions until later in the summer, however I do not recommend that. In fact, my first tip for a spectacular senior session is:
1. Schedule early. Spring is a fabulous time for a session. The weather is great. The mosquitoes won’t eat us alive, and you can wear either summer or fall clothes and be comfortable.
All the pictures in this post were taken during my senior model session in El Dorado, Arkansas. The location won’t make or break your portraits, but if you have a specific location in mind choose wisely. Which leads me to my second tip:
2. Trust your photographer to help you choose a location. Discuss your personal style and what you have in mind before getting your heart set on a specific location. Unless the location is meaningful to you, such as your home or family land, many locations offer a variety of settings and can actually offer a wide variety without much travel.
I made a few suggestions on clothing for my models, but for the most part I told them just to be comfortable and don’t go buy a whole new wardrobe, just maybe one or two new items. I would suggest the same to you when you are scheduling your session.
3. Shop your closet. Bring in several options and work with your photographer to choose outfits that compliment you best. Fun accessories are always a great thing to remember too.
4. Relax and have fun. One of my sessions even offers the option of bringing friends or family to join your in part of your session. This is a great option and will give you a lot of variety in your images especially if you are planning to purchase an album.
You only graduate from high school once. This is a special time to remember so take time to do it right. Schedule time for hair and makeup, get your nails done, bring in some of your favorite or meaningful things to add personality to your session. And most of all:
5. Order prints. All my sessions include in person ordering so that you will end up with wall portraits, keepsake items, and prints. This is not a time to get disc of images and forget about them. You’ll never get the chance again to remember this senior moment. Make it count.