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How to Prepare for your Senior Appointment
Great senior portraits begin with planning and preparation. Review the information below and give us a call if you have any questions or suggestions. We’re here to help.
Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early. That gives you time to look through our sample books and pick what you like, and it gives us time to look at your clothing and help you decide which outfit will look the best with each background.
Can I bring someone with me?
By all means bring a friend or your Mom or your Dad or someone you’re comfortable with.
We’ll take a free “Buddy Shot” as part of your sitting. Bring your boyfriend, girlfriend, Mom, Dad, brother, sister….even your dog.
What about pets?
We’d be happy to take a photograph with your pet. We do ask that someone come along to handle your pet while we’re doing the rest of your sitting.
Outdoor portraits are very popular (and we don’t just go to the park anymore) but what if it’s bad weather? If the weather isn’t good for photographing outdoors, we’ll try to call you before you leave home. We can then do only the indoor session or reschedule both the indoor and outdoor sessions.
If it’s a cloudy day, count your blessings. When we photograph outdoors we always work in the shade. So if we have a cloudy day, every area is in the shade and we can do things we can’t do on sunny days.
Black and White Portraits
As part of almost every sitting, we do some black and white portraits. Some of the previews in your preview book will be shown in both black and white and in color so you can decide which you like the best.
The type of clothing and the number of outfits you bring will vary depending on the type of session you’ve chosen. When we send your “Sitting Reminder” we’ll let you know how many outfits to bring. If you have questions about an outfit, bring an extra one and we’ll help you decide which would look the best.
Choosing your clothing is a matter of personal taste, but the guidelines below are good, general rules to follow.
*Solids generally photograph better than prints. When someone is looking at your portrait, their eyes should go to the face, not the clothing you’re wearing.
*Long sleeves (especially for more formal or traditional poses) are strongly recommended. Short sleeves and sleeveless tops make your arms look bigger.
*Baggy clothes make you look bigger than you really are.
*Vary the style, color and “dress level” of your clothing. Don’t bring all “dress-up” outfits or all “grunge” outfits. Mix it up.
*Some poses will be close up, some full length, so be sure to remember the shoes, socks, stockings, etc.
*Sunburn and peeling skin DO NOT photograph well and are very hard to correct.
A classic long sleeved sweater in a medium to dark color works best for traditional poses. A black top or dress is good for a “classic” look and works very well in black and white poses. Jeans, leather jackets and assorted tops work great for a casual look. Special items might include your prom dress or sports or cheerleading uniforms. Be sure to bring the correct shoes and accessories for each outfit.
A coat and tie might make Mom happy, but it isn’t necessary. A traditional sweater (medium to dark color) and collared shirts can be used to create a traditional portrait. For casual poses bring jeans, tee shirts, and polo shirts. Special items might include your letter jacket or sports uniforms. At least one of your outfits should have long sleeves.
You should use your normal day time makeup. Avoid frosted makeup and eye shadow. If you use nail polish, be sure it isn’t chipped and is in a neutral color that will go with all of your outfits. A cover stick for blemishes is available at the studio or you may use your own.
We have a cover stick available at the studio to help cover blemishes. Be sure you have shaved recently (unless you have a beard). “Five o’clock shadow” is hard to remove and if you can see stubble in the mirror, it will show on your portraits.
Before your session
Don’t make any drastic style changes right before your session. If you plan to get a haircut, do it a week or two before your appointment so it will be at the right length.
During your session
Quick and easy hairstyle changes during your session are ok. However, if you want to make dramatic hairstyle changes we may have to schedule you for two different appointment times.
Although our photographer will watch your hair during the session and fix any “strays” that pop up, we suggest you check your hair carefully after each clothing change. Your hairstyle is your responsibility.
Tan and strap marks
Tan lines are not attractive in portraits and are very difficult to correct. A little color all over is better than too much. Avoid sunburn. Additional charges may be required if we need to remove tan lines.
If you wear glasses most of the time, you’ll want to wear them in your portraits. To eliminate glass glare and distortion, we recommend you borrow an empty pair of matching frames from your optician to use during your session. Or if your frame style is such, he may be able to temporarily remove the lenses from your frames.
A good rule of thumb is to keep it simple. The attention should be on you, not on the jewelry you’re wearing. If you have different jewelry for different outfits, be sure to bring it all, and don’t forget your class ring.
Bring props that define who you are. These might include sports equipment, musical instruments, hobby equipment, skateboards, skis or awards and trophies you may have won.
If you have any questions about any aspect of your sitting, be sure to give us a call.