* Have a show at home and try on all your outfits. Make sure you are happy with your choices and that they fit properly. If you don’t feel good in them, or they don’t fit well, they don’t photograph well either.
* On the day before your session, prepare and press your clothes. Arrange them by outfits and group them together on hangers so that nothing gets left behind.
* Be sure and get plenty of rest the night before your session. Without a good nights rest, your eyes may look tired or have dark circles under them.
* Have a light meal before your session and be sure to drink lots of water to stay hydrated. It is best to be well hydrated the day BEFORE your session too.
* Try to be 10-15 minutes early to your session, so that you won’t miss any of your allocated time. It helps you start your session relaxed! If you need to apply make-up or style your hair, plan an extra 15 minutes beforehand to do so.
* Darker colored clothing is concealing and will make you look thinner.
* Be careful with extra baggy or loose clothing; they tend to be unflattering and actually make you appear heavier than you are.
* Avoid clothes with slogans, logos, or other distractions. Your face, eyes, and expression should be the attention-getters.
* Bold stripes and large patterns stand out and tend to draw attention away from your face.
White clothing can wash out a fair complexion.
* If there is something about your body that you don’t like, cover it up. (If you don’t like your upper arms, don’t go sleeveless.)
* Bring different styles and colors of clothes to ensure variety in your session. Your photos can represent all seasons, so bring a range of clothing despite the current outdoor temperature.
* Be mindful of yearbook regulations – most high schools will not allow bare shoulders/spaghetti straps, anything with logos nor hats.
* Check out our Pinterest page for ideas here for what to wear and some make-up tips too. http://www.pinterest.com/brianarnoldphot/senior-portraits-what-to-wear/
We have another Pinterest page with pose ideas HERE http://www.pinterest.com/brianarnoldphot/senior-portraits-pose-ideas/
* Hats, scarves, necklaces, earrings and hair-pieces all bring attention to your face. A simple scarf or bold necklace takes your simple outfit to statement status.
* Heels lengthen the leg line and slim the body while making your legs look fabulous! But, don’t stress about shoes for every outfit because we take plenty of shots from the waist up and focus on your face.
* Boots and/or heels are fun shoe accessories for an outfit, and give your looks variety.
Make-up and Salon Tips
* Be sure to have lip-gloss! Even if you do not wear lipstick
* Make sure your eyebrows are well-groomed ladies. Tweeze stray hairs on your brow the NIGHT BEFORE your session so that it will not look swollen or red the day of your photo shoot.
* Some gals hire a make-up artist for the photo shoot.
* Add an extra layer of mascara for the photo shoot. Be sure and curl your lashes BEFORE applying mascara.
* Nails will show in your photos, so be sure to have fresh polish on both fingers and toes. Choose a more neutral color that will go with all your outfits.
* Hair should be cut and/or colored a few days to a week before your session, as dark roots are accentuated in portraits.
* Quick and easy hairstyle changes during your session add variety, but be sure and practice for speed so you have maximum time in front of the camera.
* Your skin should rest from tanning at least three days before your session and it will have a natural luster and color. Tanning right before your session will swell the skin and may cause you to look red in your photos.
* Be sure a spray-tan or other type looks natural, not too orange-y, and is smooth – lines will show.
* Skin problems popping up the day of the photo shoot? Don’t worry, our finished portraits are fully retouched to eliminate blemishes and soften hard lines.
* If you have a visible scar, please let us know whether you want to have it retouched or softened.
* GUYS – get rid of all excess facial hair, unless that is the look you are going for. Sometimes guys like that look but Mom wants the clean-look; if so, bring your shaving gear with you to shave (quickly) during the shoot and have both looks. (This may not be possible if out on location.)
* Bring any props that show your personality and will show what types of activities you are involved in. Some popular choices are: sporting equipment and uniforms, musical instruments; awards, trophies and ribbons; class ring and jacket; performing arts costumes, playbills or dance shoes; snowboard, skis and skateboard; mountain bike, hunting gear, motorcycle and appropriate equipment.
* When planning on a themed shot, be sure to pack all head-to-toe elements of your “uniform” such as: shoes, helmets, hats, socks, cleats etc.
* Ladies – be sure and grab the proper undergarments and don’t forget a strapless bra. Nude colored works best and will not show through lighter/thinner clothing.
* Pack ALL of your clothing, make-up, hair products, jewelry and props you think you will need. It’s always better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.