SENIOR CLIENT GUIDE
Your senior session is the ultimate chance to capture who you are during one of the most exciting times of your life. We absolutely understand that there are a number of questions people often need answered. What should you do, or not do? What if you've never taken professional images before? For goodness sake, what do you wear?
We're here to help you with all of these questions! Below are a few very popular tips that we hope will make you more comfortable. If you feel that you have more questions after reading, please feel free to email or call us at 971.220.5392.
MAKEUP, HAIR, AND WHAT TO WEAR
If you elected to purchase hair and makeup, you're already in wonderful hands. If this isn't something that you elected to do through us, our main suggestion is to keep makeup light, airy, and fresh. That being said, in order to show up on camera, makeup often does need to be a little heavier than usual, so if you're a huge lover of glitter and glam, a few fake lashes or wild colors won't hurt -- just keep in mind that you are the centerpiece of your images, and sometimes going a little too dramatic can be distracting.
When planning your outfits, you'll want to pick things that are a little nicer than everyday wear; that being said, try to think in terms of colors rather than specific pieces. Blues, deep reds, pinks, and muted colors like beige and tan all tend to pop on camera. Blacks and dark jeans should probably be avoided.
A good rule of thumb is to also avoid the three P's: plaid, paisley, and patterns, as these all tend to be too noisy. Solid colors allow you to shine your best!
All of this being said, we want you to be comfortable more than anything else, and every rule has an exception. If you have a piece that you feel might work well, please reach out, and we can give you real-time advice.
TIPS FOR POSING ON CAMERA
So, you can let out a deep sigh of relief -- you will not be expected to know how to pose! Your photographer has worked with with all body types and levels of experience, and you'll be guided as much or as little as you need throughout the session.
A few things that can help your photographer, though, as you work together are as follows:
Smile, but only if you want to -- In our opinion, no smile at all, or a small smile not showing any teeth is much better than a wide, faked, stressed-out one. Some of your best images could be ones where you aren't smiling in the slightest! Only do what you're comfortable doing, or the stress can come through on camera. Which brings us to the next tip:
Relax -- We know, we know, for some it's easier said than done! But the calmer you are, and the more ready for the fun that you are, the more fun it will be. The more fun you have, the better everything will look. Remember: your photographer is with you every step of the way to help you, laugh with you, and talk to you -- no judgment whatsoever. So think of this as a time to let go and make fantastic images!
Communicate -- If you feel uncomfortable with something, or are unsure as to how to stand or where to look, please don't be afraid to say something. The same goes for if you're worried about the way something will look on camera. It gives us the chance to allay your fears, and to address the concern either on set, or in post production. We want you to feel as wonderful as you'll look!
DO'S AND DON'TS
- Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of water the day of your session.
- Bring a friend or family member, if it makes you feel more comfortable.
- Bring any props or signs that you'd like to incorporate into your session.
- Bring up any concerns about blemishes, angles, etc before the session -- we promise we've heard it all!