Senior portraits are a time to showcase your personality and style. I know that getting in front of the camera can be intimidating. However, you deserve to rock your portrait session! These five quick tips will have you feeling confident and relaxed during your session.
Your senior portraits give you an opportunity to show off your style. You should aim for 2 different looks: one casual and one professional, with the option of adding a look that represents your school.
The casual look is a refined version of what you typically wear to school. Find your favorite jeans and shirt and iron them! It will take your outfit from everyday comfort to model ready.
The professional look does not need to be complicated. A jacket that fits well, a button up shirt with khaki pants or a three piece suit will all give you a refined look. Your comfort in the professional clothing matters just as much as the way the clothes look. If you cannot stand a tie then your portraits will show that.
The locations of your senior portraits should build off your clothes and personality. Do not fall into the trap of selecting the same location as everyone else. Make your location represent either who you are now or who you plan to be after graduation.
Locations that have contemporary and modern architecture are great for the professional look and trendy clothes. This is an exceptional choice for those pursuing degrees in business, technology, or arts.These locations include concrete buildings that use straight lines to draw the eye in and use metal elements to add interest.
These locations include concrete buildings that use straight lines to draw the eye in and use metal elements to add interest. Skylines and modern bridges will also add to the contemporary feel of your portraits.
Parks and Gardens
Trees, shrubs, and flowers add warmth and life to senior portraits, while water will have a calming effect on your portraits. Nature adds interest to your portraits while highlighting your best features.
Personal to You
Selecting a location that is personal to you will make your portraits stand out and have you relaxing in front of the camera.
Sports fields, stadiums, and dugouts are great locations for those of you who played sports in high school. It is a way to add your high school experience into your portrait session without putting on your uniform.
There are the unexpected places like the library for book worms, Whataburger for the fast food fanatic, and even grandparents’ farm to show off what you learned growing up.
3. Stay Hydrated
Texas is hot! You are going to sweat and dehydration is not good for your pictures. Drinking water before your session will help to keep your skin hydrated and looking its best. You should drink water during your session to keep from looking parched and tired.
4. Stay Dry
Sweat and oils from your skin can create shiny spots in your portraits. Since we cannot control the heat we manage the sweat by having a towel and oil reducing wipes to keep you looking great!
You will probably want to wear an undershirt. That way between poses you can cool off.
Playing around will give your portraits authentic and bright smiles. Bring a friend to tell jokes, have music playing on your phone, or dance around. Whatever you do, have fun and enjoy your farewell to high school!
Contact Shannon today to book your fall high school senior portraits.
The model, Aidan Alvarez, participated in the Senior Portrait Model Call.