Plan for Three Separate Looks
Look #1: Express yourself - This is your day to show the world who you really are. What's the most "you" thing you do? Bring along any items that express your personality. You'll also want to show off your fashion sense. And don’t forget to think outside the season!
Look #2: Show off your talents - Sports, music, theater, chess club - extracurricular activities are probably a large part of your high school experience. Wear your team jersey or concert outfit to commemorate your achievements. Think creatively and include what’s special to you!
Look #3: Please your parents - Your parents will proudly share your portraits with everybody. In fact they will probably still be on the mantle when you're married and bring your kids home for the holidays. So let them have some input. Parents usually appreciate a dress-to-impress outfit.
Senior portraits usually include close-ups, full-length poses and everything in between. So be sure to wear complete outfits from head to toe. Please bring at least three outfits. Plan for a tried and true outfit - one that people will recognize you in. Have fun with layers and textures, but avoid large stripes, plaids and logos. They tend to look faddish and can draw attention away from you.
Make sure you are well rested and hydrated. And don't worry about blemishes or scratches. We'll retouch the images you select to your specifications.
Have fun planning for your portrait and enjoy the process. If you’re in doubt whether or not to bring something, bring it along. Relax and be yourself. We will have plenty of time set aside just for you!
Tips For Girls
Hair and Makeup - Do a practice run with your hair and makeup at least one week before your session. Avoid drastic changes. Makeup should be only slightly heavier than normal. Avoid makeup with an SPF as it tends to create shine. Don’t forget to bring your brush and makeup for mid-session touch-ups.
Nails - Your hands will show in some of your portraits so make sure your nails are done. If you wear nail polish, avoid bright colors if they don’t work with all your wardrobe choices.
Undergarments - Check ahead of time to ensure that undergarments don’t leave lines under your clothing and colors or straps aren’t intentionally showing through. It’s fine to bring multiples to wear with your different outfits.
Tips For Guys
Hair - Get your hair cut at least a week in advance to avoid the light tan line around your hairline. Shave the day of your session and avoid the 5 o'clock shadow. If you have facial hair, make sure it's freshly trimmed and groomed.
Wardrobe - Make sure your outfits are complete and go together with coordinating shirt, pants and shoes. Don’t forget the accessories like a watch, belt or hat. And bring along any extras you would like to include in your portraits.