Your senior year is finally here! Besides all the fun school activities you’ll take part in, you’re probably considering your senior pictures. Many seniors ask me some common questions when planning their senior pictures, but mostly, “How do I plan fun senior pictures?”. I’ve had the opportunity to shoot many senior picture sessions and here are some things to consider to make your senior pictures a fun time for all.
Choose a Fun, Interesting Location
The location possibilities are endless here in Southern California. If you’re undecided, I’ll probably ask what you love to do in your free time–hiking in the mountains, or walking in the sand while you smell the ocean? Or maybe exploring a city and people watching? Whichever location interests you, that’s where we’ll head. Because we live in Southern California, we have access to a great variety of “looks”. Yes, we have the beautiful beaches, but we also have some amazing mountains and great architecture. So if you’re not quite sure where you want to do your senior pictures, we can figure it out. I have plenty of ideas. And if you know exactly where you want to go, that’s perfect too!
Bring Several Outfits
When planning your outfits, think variety but start with these two concepts: something dressy and something casual.
For the ladies: say yes to that dress! Long, flowy dresses and skirts look amazing on camera because they bring extra movement to the photos. Cute, shorter-length dresses photograph beautifully as well. Dresses and skirts look most stunning on camera because they really flatter the female body. Remember, there’s no such thing as “too dressed up” for your senior pictures! When thinking about something casual, think of bright colors that pop on camera. Pair a patterned blouse with a pair of jeans and heels or boots.
For the gentlemen: Don’t be afraid to put on a nice shirt and tie, seriously your momma will appreciate you getting cleaned up. Also bring along a polo shirt that you’re comfortable in, and lets brighten it up! Black and white are classic looks, but throw in a great pop of color.
Add layers and accessories! Items like beanies, scarves, big hats, flannels and sweaters look great on camera! They add another dimension and depth to your pictures, so wear them.
Last but not least, don’t stray from your own personal style. If you aren’t comfortable wearing it- don’t bring it. There’s nothing worse than being in an outfit that you aren’t thrilled about, right? If you’re comfortable and relaxed in your outfit, it will translate into great senior pictures.
Don’t Worry About Posing
What if you think you are not great at posing for pictures? Well, that’s why you’re hiring a professional photographer for your senior pictures. My expertise is not only clicking the camera, but also in putting you in the best, most natural looking poses. It’s always fun (for me too) to think outside of the box when it comes to senior pictures. This will not be your typical “school photo shoot”, meaning, I’m not going to ask you to sit down, tilt your head and smile. I’ll ask you to smile and sometimes I’ll ask you not to smile, but leave the posing to me. I promise, you’ll be happy with the results.
Bring Some Stuff
Props are a great way to document what’s been meaningful thus far in your life. Props can include something as simple as a letterman’s jacket, a piece of equipment from your favorite sport, or a musical instrument, even your favorite afghan crocheted by your Granny. And yes, you can bring something sentimental too, like maybe your Dad’s letterman’s jacket. If it’s important to you and you’d like to include it in your senior pictures, then bring it along.
Bring a Friend
I always love when seniors bring a friend along! Isn’t life so much easier with a friend by your side? Bringing along your BFF will help you feel comfortable and let’s be honest, it’s always nice to have a cheerleader telling you you’re rocking your senior picture session! You and your BFF can even do your senior pictures together.
Hopefully this guide helps you to plan incredible senior pictures. If you have questions, or would like to discuss scheduling your senior pictures, contact me today!