How to Prepare For Your Senior Photography Session- What to Wear and More
Updated: Jun 9
Graduating from high school or college is such an exciting and pivotal time in life. Having a senior photography session for either High School or College Graduation is a great way to celebrate and preserve that memory forever.
My senior sessions typically last about 1.5 hours at one location. It's always possible to do more than one location if they are close enough and it's timed just right, or you can have an extended 2 part session. Some of my favorite locations to shoot are at North Mountain Park , SOU Campus or downtown Ashland or Medford. Whether you want a nature inspired or city inspired background, there is something for everyone.
Here are some tips on how to make the most of your Senior Session:
Bring 3 outfit changes. Make one of your outfits more casual and the other more dressy.
Accessorize: Wear a scarf, belt, or cute jacket to create a layered look, and/or jewelry.
Show off your talents: If you play sports you can wear your letterman jacket or bring a piece of sports equipment. If you play an instrument, bring it along. Whatever you want to showcase, we can get creative! Cap and gown shots are also fun!
Have your hair and makeup done by a professional. Even if you don't usually wear makeup, a little will go a long way (at the least wear mascara and lip gloss) in helping your photos look polished and professional. Use LUMIFY eye drops to make the whites of your eyes more white and to keep from getting bloodshot due to wind or makeup- it really works and does make a difference, especially with close up shots.
Bring a brush and hairspray with you to the session for those pesky fly aways! Also bring touchup makeup with you and blotting pads if your skin is usually oily. Ask me for suggestions if you need an MUA.
5. Get a manicure or clean your nails and remove all nail polish.
6. Don't think too much about it- JUST BE YOU!
7. EXFOLIATE!!! Make sure to exfoliate your facial skin, hands and lips a couple of days or day before the session and to use moisturizer and chapstick. You would be amazed at what a professional camera and lens pick up.
8.Glasses- If you wear glasses, be sure to clean them right before your session. Also, glasses glare is almost impossible to edit, so if you can go without them or wear contacts, it may be a better choice. I always try to position you to try and reduce the glasses glare as much as possible.
9. Do you have favorite looks/poses or want to do a styled or themed session? You can always go onto PINTEREST and search senior photos, fun senior photos etc and choose your favorite poses to bring to the session as well. I am always open to ideas and trying new things.
10. Uncomfortable in front of a camera? Ya, me too!!! Try practicing some poses in front of a mirror or just around your house. It's really true that the more you practice, the easier it becomes.