Preparing for Your Senior Session
I remember getting ready for my senior photos. I carefully picked out my favorite sweaters, stirrup pants and booties. I did my bangs with lots of hairspray and took along a can for touch ups (hey, it was the ‘90s). I wore big hoop earrings and made sure I had just the right lip gloss. It was a BIG DEAL to me. I wanted them to be perfect.
Fast forward to today and really not all that much has changed! You will soon be picking out your favorite clothes and accessories and thinking about how to wear your hair and do your make up. I totally get it! And that’s why I’ve put together this special blog post to help you get prepared so your special senior session has you looking and feeling amazing!
Your senior photos are important. I mean, think about it. This is your final year of high school. For 12 years you have worked to get to this point from a toothless kindergartener to awkward middle schooler and now on the verge of adulthood. You have learned so much and come so far. In my opinion, these photos are the most important ones you will take until your wedding day. I want this experience to be stress free and fun! You are going to have a great time and love the images we capture.
So…. how do you prepare?
Book Your Session Early
Yep, spring of your junior year is the time to start thinking about your senior session. I know what you are thinking. You aren’t even a senior yet! But summer is just around the corner and that is the PERFECT time to have your special senior photo session. You don’t have school obligations and schedules to work around, the days are long, the weather is good and you will have that yearbook photo done in plenty of time before the fall deadline! June-September is as good as it gets around here in Skagit County for photography sessions so please, plan ahead and get your senior session booked.
Once you’ve got your date reserved the planning begins!
What to Wear
I’m not going to lie. What you wear for your senior portraits is important. You want to look and feel amazing. If you wear something that is uncomfortable or unflattering, it will really take away from your experience and the end result. So let me walk you through how to choose the perfect outfits.
Because you’ve planned ahead and your senior session is a bit down the road, you have time to look for wardrobe inspiration. My favorite place to go for a little inspiration is Pinterest! I have a Pinterest board just for Senior Style that will give you lots of ideas of what you might like to wear and looks you like. You can also search on Pinterest and Instagram yourself for #seniorstyle and see what pops up. Once you have an idea of what the style you like, turn to your closet and see what you already have.
Are there favorites in there that you love? Put some outfits together from what you have and look at yourself in the mirror. Or better yet, have your bestie take some Iphone shots of you wearing the outfits. Move around and try different positions. Is it comfortable? Does it cling too much in the wrong places? How does it look when you sit down? Do you LOVE IT and feel AMAZING? I will have you moving, walking, sitting and maybe even lying down during your session so be sure that you are comfortable in all sorts of positions.
Layer it Up
When you create outfits with layers, it will add so much more to your photos. Try a tee shirt, with a flannel and then a cute jacket paired with your jeans and converse. Or maybe try wearing a tank top and skirt with a chunky necklace, light sweater and a super cute hat. When your outfits have multiple layers and elements, it adds visual interest and also give us something to play with while I pose you. When we take off that denim jacket that you are wearing over your dress, it creates a new look and adds variety to your wardrobe.
Color Your World
I admit to loving black and wearing it… almost everyday. But color is awesome! Don’t be afraid of color in your senior photos! The color in your outfits will help your eyes pop and your skin glow. What colors compliment your hair and eyes? Do you have a favorite color? Try building at least one outfit that has a strong pop of color!
Necklaces, bracelets, that funky scarf you love or that floppy hat you bought… wear them! Accessories are fun and add a little extra WOW to your images. We can layer them up and take some off, but always bring some to play with. Your senior session is going to be fun and we are going to have a great time playing with all of the different looks and even creating some new ones on the spot!
Variety is the Spice of Life
Make sure to bring a variety of outfits! Something dressy, something casual, something your mom loves. 🙂 Maybe you want to wear a sports or cheerleading uniform. Be sure to bring that too! The more variation you have with your outfits and style, the better your gallery of images will be. But remember, no matter what you choose to bring you must LOVE it and feel BEAUTIFUL in it!
Fingers and Toes
Don’t forget your nails! Your hands are guaranteed to be in some images, so make sure your nails look great. Chippy polish doesn’t look pretty on camera. You want your nails to go with all of the outfits you bring so keeping them neutral is a good idea. And you never know when I might have you kick off your shoes, so just in case you might want to have your toes camera ready too. 🙂
Hair and Make Up
Just like your wardrobe, hair and make up can make or break your senior photos. Yes, that may sound dramatic but it’s true! You want to look polished and put together. Just the right amount of make up and styling can complete your look and really make your face pop.
I do recommend booking a hair stylist and make up artist the day of your senior photo session. You want to look like you, but just kick it up a notch. Make up artists can contour your face to bring out your favorite features and use shadows and colors to make your eyes really stand out. Many of my senior clients choose to have false eye lashes applied as well. That always makes your eyes pop!
Hair stylists can add volume to your hair and create effortless looking style that make your mane look amazing on camera and keep you from stressing about having a bad hair day! If you have long hair, I highly recommend wearing it down so that we can capture the movement in it throughout the session. I love the way light catches just the rim of hair and when it is down, this really adds to the ethereal beauty of the light. When you book your session, I will recommend both a hair stylist and make up artist who have created a special offering just for my senior clients!
If hair and make up isn’t in your budget, don’t stress! Just practice applying your own make up beforehand and doing your hair how you wish to wear it. Don’t forget to bring extra makeup and hairspray for touch ups throughout your session!
Lastly because I love being Skagit County photographer, I want to support my fellow local businesses. Here are the links to just a few of the boutiques in the area that I have worked with and LOVE! When you stop by, tell them Melissa Corcoran Photography sent you. 🙂 Click the links below to visit their sites!
Remember, Senior Week is coming up May 22-26th! Be on the lookout for more info on how you can win prizes from these three local boutiques. Giveaways will be open to ALL high schoolers, not just seniors!
Ready to learn more about your own amazing senior session? Contact me today and we can chat!