Senior Photos 101
Back in my day senior photos were just yearbook images. Yes, I just said, “back in my day” =) But, seriously the options now a days are way more fun, and way more exciting and can be ultimately anything you want! Literally, any style you want to accomplish, the sky is the limit!
I love senior photos! They are pretty much my fave sessions! Seniors are extremely opened to any ideas I come up with, and because my style is very editorial driven, we definitely make sure the shoot feels like it came off the latest Teen Vogue, or Seventeen magazine.
So what’s the experience?
Alright, let’s get to the details..
So it starts out with you inquiring about a shoot. We figure out we both love the same music, and clothes, and now what, right!! So ultimately my goal is for us to be besties, and for you to feel utterly completely comfortable when I am shooting. If music helps create the mood, I will have my IPhone ready and Pandora blasting for your entertainment. Whatever it is, we will get it done!
For your shoot we figure out two locations. Preferably these locations will be nearby one another. Once we square out the locations, we will than figure out what your favorite hobbies are, and what defines your style and lifestyle at this age (so, this is important, because ultimately you want your senior photos to reflect where you were at at this point in your life, and how you looked, what you liked, and just something fun to reminiscent about). For example if you are a gypsy soul that loves water anything. We will probably do some photos at a nearby downtown coastal area (so seeking really cool wall patterns, and colors) and than perhaps we will incorporate the water into our shoot, either being in it, or doing some sort of water activity in it.
If you are more into glamour and just really want a soft and feminine shoot. We could send our gears more to maybe an arboretum or garden setting. I’ll play on blooming flowers, and maybe we will figure out outfit choices that are really pretty and dainty. Dresses, floral shorts, or pants, cute tops and accenting with fun jewelry.
What if I am an out state client? For out of state shoots I like to use google maps. This way I can scout locations virtually and still build a location map of where we will be and how your ideas will come into play. Traveling is not an issue at all when planning our senior shoot.
To makeup or not to makeup?
I think because your getting your photo’s done and it’ll be something special, I suggest getting your hair and makeup done professionally. It will just add to the look of the images and also make you feel camera ready. I can definitely provide some suggestions of my favorite makeup artist and hair to give you a new fresh look for your shoot. If you feel like you got this, don’t hesitate to test it out a day or week prior to the shoot to make sure your in love with your idea.
Pinterest is a great tool to use for makeup and hair ideas. I have a Pinterest board that might help. (Hair help)
Also something we will go over is your wardrobe choices for the shoot. Accessories are always a must, so the more pieces you have to play an outfit, the better the image is. Feeling stumped on your wardrobe ideas, check out your fave magazine, or use Pinterest for inspiration.
(Seriously though, Pinterest is like a gal’s best friend 🙂 )
How I pose…
In terms of posing, you can kinda get an idea of my posing through some examples below, and of course examples in my other work. I love lifestyle editorial images. Our movements will be talked through and Ill be snapping photos of you doing actions or moving into a pose. You’ll hardly ever be in a statue format. I love fun images, so we will laugh and I’ll do my best to make you laugh to get those candid and genuine moments.
So, if you are someone who doesn’t feel comfortable in front of the camera, no worries! I’ll guide you through it! And, if you are confident and you want to try some new things, we can so do this too!!
After the shoot..
After the shoot, you will receive a digital gallery of your images. You can share these on facebook, twitter, instagram, on a blog, with a neighbor, with a family member, whomever you choose! The turn around for your images is two weeks. A final copy of your images is than placed onto a USB or a DVD format.
To get in idea of the type of shoot you could have, check out the examples below, and I can’t wait to share your ideas and get your senior session started!