5 Secrets About Your Senior Pics
Shhhh…I’m Gonna Tell You a Secret (or Five)
Every trade has its tricks, its magic ways—and photography is no different. If I were a magician, I would be banned from the business for divulging the magic behind my tricks, but lucky for you, I’m merely a wizard…a wizard who wields a camera like it’s a magic wand. My point is, there are secrets, and before your big day gets here, I want you to be in the know. Why? So you’ll have the most perfect pictures ever, of course!
You’ve already heard a lot of talk about your big day, the spotlight, the hair, the outfits, and all the glam that goes along with senior pictures. It’s a lot of pressure—for you AND for me. After all, we’re tasked with wrapping up an entire academic career into one amazing photo shoot that will showcase exactly who you are. No problem, right? Exactly. No problem.
The insider information I’m about to expose is meant solely to make your day even more awesome and (hopefully) put your mind at ease about all the fun that’s about to happen.
Secret #1: It really IS all about you.
That means you don’t have to be someone you don’t want to be. Don’t like dresses? Cool. Don’t wear dresses. Not a fan of high heels? (I mean, who is? They’re pointy and pinchy.) Wear your kicks. Or go barefoot. Or wear those funky toe-shoe things. The point is, no one wants you to be uncomfortable. Just be yourself, and you’re guaranteed to have a great time and end up with some awesome pics. We’ll help you style every single outfit to match the location for magazine-worthy senior pics!
Secret #2: Fashion isn’t complicated.
You know that one outfit? The one that makes you feel like you have a little bit of sass, a little bit of edge, and a whole lot of “Look. At. Me.” Yep, that’s the outfit. That’s the one that defines your style and your personality. That, my dear, is fashion. Sure, it could be fancy. Or it could be casual. Or it could be a mixture of sequins and denim—with a little bit of leather thrown in the mix. However you define fashion and style, whatever floats your boat and makes YOU shine, that’s fashion. Besides, with our exclusive Style Closet, you’ll have even more options for outfits and accessories!
If you’re ever in doubt, just reflect on the words of Coco Chanel,
“Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
When in doubt, keep it simple and wear what makes you feel good.
Secret #3: Weather doesn’t always cooperate.
Fashion, we can control. Weather, we cannot. Things we try to avoid include monsoons, haboobs, temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, flash flooding, and pretty much any natural disaster. They don’t tend to be conducive to helping us produce the best photographs, plus, it can be a bit difficult to get the dust and bits of debris out of your hair if we get caught in a dust storm.
The good news is that YOU don’t have to worry about mundane things like watching the Weather Channel—because that’s what I do! I’ll be on top of every weather forecast leading up to your photo shoot, and if we need to move things around, we’ll do exactly that. I literally have an app that tracks wind for me, and that is my #1 photography session killer! Never fear, we’re flexible! Being low volume allows you to be more than just a number and our schedule is designed to allow for last-minute changes if Mother Nature has other plans for your photo shoot! Find out what we do if you have bad weather for your senior pics.
Secret #4: Zits are OK, but fix your fingernails.
Let’s get serious for a minute. No one plans for the last-minute zit, and sometimes they’re so big they merit being given a name. My last BIG ONE was named Martha, and she didn’t go away for a week. Martha was a monster, and she staked a claim right in the middle of my nose (not cool). So, if you get a surprise “Martha” on the day of your photo shoot, don’t panic! We can work through it. Remember, I have my magical ways, and Martha will NOT make an appearance in your pictures.
However, let’s chat about your nails. These are fixable. Ahead of time. Picture talons, long talons swooping out of the sky, maybe attached to a dragon or a hawk or whatever bird of prey suits your fancy. It takes a little more work and creativity to edit these down so that they are not the single biggest focal point of your photographs. Yes, they are pretty and long and lovely. But let me give you a tidbit of advice (you can take it or leave it)…those long and lovely clickers are going to seriously stick out when you are running your fingers through your hair or putting your hands by your face in your pictures. It might be a good time to consider a file.
Secret #5: Beauty shines…inside and out.
There’s magic behind that lens, and together, we’ll land on exactly the look you’re going for. Wake up with a bulging zit? I can fix that! Have a few stray hairs? No problem! I want you to look fabulous, not photoshopped! Yep, that’s right, you can look as natural as YOU want, and I professionally retouch each image by hand. Nobody needs to know except you, me, and the camera lens.
Your photos can be fun, flirty, or serious. And we can add some nice effects to some already-awesome images, so let’s work together to come up with some fun options. The best part is that it’s up to you, and we can be as creative as you want to be!
Now you know what the professional photographers know!
Cat’s Out of the Bag! Now that you know several trade secrets, I hope you’re feeling ready to tackle your upcoming photo shoot with all the style and confidence that makes you the amazing person you are. The best part about my job is that everyone I work with is unique—which means that every single photo shoot is an opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind collection of memories!
Great tips for your clients.
I love all these tips! It’s great for high school seniors to know all this before their senior portraits.
I’m so glad it was helpful for you Tonya!
OMG! The tip about nails is SPOT ON! What a great blog to help be prepared! Love love love!
Right Danielle?!?! I swear once you have to fix nails ONE time, you’ll make sure every single person knows to take care of their nails before their photography session!
I love tip #4. Finger nails!! Get em done! Great tips for your high school seniors
Right?!?! I learned my lesson years ago, had an absolutely gorgeous headshot of a teenager, but her nails were all chipped. It just ruined the portrait. It’s really not their job to know these things, it’s our job as professional photographers to remind them!
I love that you relax and inspire your seniors with tips to help them portray their best self! It’s all about them. Love your tips for senior photos!
Thanks so much for the compliment Andrea! Always love hearing from other professional photographers!
Your Senior photography is gorgeous! I love the way you capture personality! Your senior portrait session tips are very helpful.
Thanks so much for the compliment, Jeanine! I hope the tips help your clients too!
Absolutely love all these tips! Especially the fingernails! It’s a minor detail they don’t even think of, but a big deal for the outcome of the pics ! Love your photos!
Thanks Shawna! Yes, I never would have thought some of these minor details were so important when I first started out as a photographer.