I've been realizing that I focus on weddings a lot on this blog. It's a little strange because I shoot so many seniors too! I was sitting at my desk thinking back to my first session, guess what it was, a senior session. Since then, I have been hooked. I am so grateful that so many girls (and a few guys) have trusted me with the task of capturing this awesome time in their life.
When I was a senior (five billion years ago!), I was amazed at the images that my photographer took. It was such a confidence boost to see how good a looked, and let's be honest, we can all use a little self-esteem boost from the likes and comments we get when we post those pics to social media!
As a photographer, part of my job is to help you plan your dream session. I want you to roll into your senior session stress free and ready for some fun! Here are a few tips I complied to help you plan and get ready for your shoot...
1. Go Colorful
I, as I am sure many of you do, have a wardrobe filled with black. I think this started sometime in the early high school years and it has yet to leave haha. That being said, bright colors are the way to go when choosing your outfits. Pick colors that compliment your skin tone or bring out your eyes. Even a pair of blue jeans can be taken to the next level with a colorful top or bright pair of shoes!
This would mainly apply for fall and winter seniors, but I think you can rock a scarf in any season! Vests, scarves, jackets, and hats make great additions to an outfit. My suggestion is always to bring more than you need. Think solid shirt with a patterned vest or a cute coat with a fuzzy hood. Scarves especially make good accessories and props!
A great way to spice up an outfit is accessories. Statement necklaces, bracelets, rings, and hats make images pop. I don't think I have ever had a senior over accessories, so the more the merrier! Check out these images from Maddy & Karis' sessions. The rocked that accesories!
4. Add Variety
Sporty, dressy, casual, why not bring one of each! Everyone has so many different facets of their personality and I like for your sessions to show all of that. Most of my senior bring 3 outfits to their session. I suggest something casual, dressy, and one outfit that is inspired by any extra curricular activities that you may have been involved in.
5. Be Comfortable
I saved the most important thought for last, be comfortable! You don't want to spend the whole session pulling up your shirt or trying to pull down a dress. Also, make sure your outfits don't accentuate anything you may be self conscience about. For example, my arms are one of my big worries, I try to wear three quarter sleeve shirts or cardigans when being photographed because it helps me feel more relaxed and confident. Choose outfits that make you feel awesome.