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Tips for your Senior Portrait Session

Updated: Jun 12, 2023

Are you excited? I know I am! I absolutely LOVE Senior Sessions. They are so much fun and I REALLY want to help you put your best foot (or face) forward. So I want to help you prepare for your session to help you come in feeling relaxed, confident, beautiful, and ready to ROCK this thing! So I've put together a great list to help you be camera ready. Don't wait till the night before your session to start getting ready. Check out this list and start thinking about how you can do a few things now, to make your session run smooth, stress free and looking and feeling your best!


- Haircuts at least one week prior. We all know we get frustrated with our hair the first couple of days

after a new haircut! Give yourself plenty of time to master that new cut and style. (1-2 weeks is best.)

-Hair color at least one week prior. This will ensure that your skin is not stained from color. It also allows enough time for color to settle down and soften up. If you have it done much before two weeks, depending on how far you color is from your natural color, you could have lines from grow out.

-H20 Staying hydrated helps your skin by preventing breakouts and giving you beautifully glowing skin. Start making it a habit now, weeks before your session, to get the best results.

-Facial Blemishes tend to get WORSE when handled/scratched/picked, so do your best to refrain from handling those bad boys. If you don't already, start a routine now, to wash and care for your skin daily. Clear skin is a HUGE confidence booster. Don't worry though. We all get surprises and I can edit out the small stuff easily!

-Sun Summer skin is tempting but avoid harsh tan lines. Editing these out may result in extra costs or

look unnatural.

-Nails (Make sure you have fresh polish or shine on hands and feet both. Expect them to show-chips stand out!)

-Bring Extra outfits! (More than you think.) Wear what you love and be who you are. I want to capture your unique style and personality! Be sure to choose a variety of colors and styles. Vary the dress level from casual to dressy to in between. Start putting it all together, or shopping for items you need. Bringing plenty of items will give us flexibility in matching your clothing to backgrounds and surroundings.

-Hang It Up This makes for quick on-the-spot clothing decisions and keeps clothes looking great.

Make sure clothes are wrinkle free as they can only be smoothed so much in post processing. Guys,

especially those button up shirts.

-Accessories & Props These can really bring personal style to your session. (jewelry, scarves, hats,

fresh flowers, sports equipment, items that represent your favorite hobbies, etc.)

-Bold/ Solid colors look best. Not a rule, but they often photograph better than patterns. Shirts with logos can be distracting.

-Glasses Most lenses have a glare. The safest option is to check with your eye doctor and ask if they’ll loan you a similar pair without lenses. Otherwise, I'll do my best to shoot at angles to minimize the reflection. Or you can remove your glasses entirely for the shoot.

-Friends & Parents are welcome to join you and often can be a help. However, if they distract you, it

may be best to have them meet us the last 15 minutes of the session. You’re welcome to have a couple

of shots with a boyfriend, best friend, sibling, pet or parent at no extra charge.

-Weather Don’t worry about clouds because they actually even out the light and make for ideal

shooting conditions. But rain may be an issue depending on the look of the shoot or how severe the

weather may be, and we may have to reschedule. No need to worry. I promise to have time to


-Location and props It is up to you to secure any permissions necessary for private locations. If you choose a public park, make sure there are not any special events scheduled the same day as your shoot. Props are welcomed (balloons, flowers, mirrors, baby pictures, chairs, etc.)! Even cars, trucks, and pets are great! Pets are best to join us the first or last 15 minutes of the session.

The Night Before

Expect a message from me confirming your appointment time and place. We will also discuss the weather if needed.

Get all your clothes, accessories and props together and ready to go. Iron those wrinkles out please!

Stay Hydrated (It makes a big difference in the skin too!)


Day of Your Session

Start in the morning, and while getting ready, drink water throughout the day to STAY HYDRATED

Style your hair! You will have these images for years, later on you will appreciate that you took a bit of time to prepare for your session. On this day, styling products, flat irons and curling irons will be your best



Arrive a little early, or on time to your appointment. Showing up late means you lose camera time, and we don’t want that. If you’re coming from out of town, give yourself plenty of time to find your way around. Please don't forget to turn off your Cell Phone at the session and remove it from your pocket. And lastly, if you have a remaining balance on your Session Fee, it's due when you arrive.


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