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High school graduation is an exciting time, and high school senior sessions are one of my favorites to photograph! I love being able to document this life event with personality and flair unique to each senior! In each session I encourage props that represent each senior’s talents, hobbies, sports and personality, and select locations and backgrounds to match their individuality!
Although you are required to take the generic “Yearbook” photos, you are not required to do anything with them, even purchase them. Graduation announcements or invitations and pictures to hang up in your house can be creative and unique, and are a way to document this monumental time! You are unique, your senior photos should reflect your unique personality!
Top-notch hair, makeup and wardrobe are of course fun parts of Senior Photo Sessions for girls. But high school graduation is equally as important and worth documenting for both girls and boys. Capturing guys in active-sports shots or candid shots of a genuine smile are priceless memories. And let’s be honest photo shoots can be fun for guys too!
Capturing the individuality and personality of each senior is one of my favorite parts about Senior Sessions. I will correspond with you prior to your session so I can incorporate some of your interests and personality in your session. Let me know if you have any great ideas!
What should I wear to my Senior Portrait session?
You don’t necessarily need to “dress up” for your portrait session. The best images are usually captured when you wear clothing that you are comfortable in and outfits that match your unique style. We recommend trying to keep things simple by picking solid colors and coordinating your wardrobe as much as possible – avoid wearing solid white, unless we have spoken about a specific look you want.
Steer clear of busy patterns, bright colors, or logos and consider bringing along several different clothing changes. Adding or removing a jacket, changing into different shoes, or putting on a different shirt can change your outfit just enough to make it appear that you are wearing an entirely different wardrobe. Also be sure that your clothing is clean and free of wrinkles. We offer several other recommendations for ladies and guys below.
Do you travel?
Yes, I am located in Spring Hill Florida, but I have done senior session all over Tampa Bay, Brooksville Florida, Clearwater Florida, Clearwater Beach Florida, St. Pete Florida, Ocala Florida, Central Florida, and Orlando Florida. During the senior consultation, we can go over the location details.
Start by getting plenty of sleep the night before. Tired and baggy eyes will show up in the final images. On the day of your portrait session, be sure to apply your makeup the same way you would on any other day. It’s usually not a good idea to try out something new right before having your pictures taken. We want your images to be a true reflection of you!
Consider bringing a brush, lipstick, powder, hair clips and a pocket mirror with you to have on hand during the portrait session. Applying lipstick (even if you don’t typically wear lipstick) will help your lips standout. Dry, chapped lips never look good in high resolution photographs! Your hands will probably be in a few of the images so consider doing your nails right before your portrait session. Along with that, kicking off your shoes can be a fun way to shake up the look of the images so you may want to get a pedicure too. Don’t be caught by surprise with chipped or worn out nail polish!
We recommend bringing at least two outfits. Most senior girls change into three or four outfits during their session. Select a wardrobe that can be coordinated together (for example, pants that look good with two or three different shirts, etc.). Watch out for bra straps that might be hanging out. And of course, be careful not to wear a dark colored bra under light colored shirts or you might be surprised what shows up in the final photographs.
Consider getting a haircut a few days before the session. On the day of the session, take a shower, shave and comb your hair. Get ready for the portrait session like you’re planning to meet someone important or special. Bring at least one extra change of clothes. We totally understand that most guys don’t want to change multiple times, but you should have at least two extra shirts and pants on hand. While we want you to wear clothes you feel comfortable in, keep in mind that your mom, grandmother and the rest of your family may want to display a few of the photographs from your session. Bring a comb and at least one reasonably conservative set of clothes so that everyone is happy!
Can I bring my pet, props or accessories?
YES, yes and yes! Bring along anything that represents YOU – this includes musical instruments, athletic gear, sports jerseys, dancing shoes, purses and pets. Be sure to bring someone along to help if you bring a pet.
Bring a box with trophies, and anything that represents YOU!!
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