Hands down … the most often ask question from my High School Seniors is “what should I bring to my portrait session”. The easy answer is bring your entire closet !!! The point is for you to bring lots of choices. Even if you’re doing just 3 wardrobe changes you should bring lots of possibilities.
- Bring variety… meaning some casual looks, formal & dressy looks, and even a few crazy & unexpected looks. Some examples would be your prom gown or for the guys a suit or sports jacket, button-down dress shirt & slacks. Of course you girls want to bring some “girlie” looks such as dresses and skirts (an don’t forget the coordinating heels). If you don’t own heels then borrow them from a friend. Even if you don’t wear heels they do look great in photos to make you look tall and lean. Additionally you’ll want some casual choices like skinny jeans or that favorite pair of jeans with holes. With the casual in mind don’t forget the T-shirts and all those tops with the great lace and embroidery at the neckline.
- Your Senior Pictures are all about YOU being YOU… so bring wardrobe and props that express your personality and interests. If you play sports them bring the uniform and equipment. If you Cheer then bring your Uniform and Poms. Do you play a musical instrument ??? Bring it !!! Got a Dog, Cat, Bird ??? Bring them along !!!
- Jewelry & Accessories are always great to have. These items add personality and “icing” as we call it. Earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets, your “hello kitty watch”, scarves, belts, hats, caps, cool kicks, gloves, shoes & boots etc. are great points of interest and personality.
- Make-up !!! Even if you don’t wear make-up, I guarantee that you girls will photograph better with some mascara and some color on your lips. Photographic lighting has a way of washing you out a bit. At the very least, the point of make-up is to bring back what the lighting takes away. The amount of make-up that you wear is more of personal taste but everyone needs a little. Even you guys look a bit better with some cover stick under the eyes and a dusting of powder to hide a shinny forehead. One last thing… bring your hair brush. Most photo sessions last a couple of hours and it is likely that your hair is going to get tossed around.
- Make-up is a secret weapon and often makes a rather Ok portrait into a very beautiful one. Don’t under estimate the power of mascara, a hair brush, and lip gloss… Given that I find make-up to be rather important to a good portrait, I am going to post a variety or make-up tips on this blog in the coming month.
Just remember to bring a lot of wardrobe and props choices. You’d be amazed at how much better you will photograph wearing a great outfit and holding a fun prop such as a basketball, guitar, or a tennis racquet.
Let me know if you if you have any questions or suggestions.
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