Being well prepared for your senior portrait session can make all the difference in the world! Your photos can go from average, good looking portraits to absolutely fabulous by following a few tips. You only have senior portraits taken once, let's make sure you're as prepared as you can be!
"I'M A BIT SHY....SO...I'M A TINY, ITSY-BIT NERVOUS ABOUT THIS WHOLE THING"
Relax. Come to your session and be ready to have fun! I'm going to make you look great and you're going to have a blast- after all that's why you chose A. Rivas Photography right?
Did I mention to relax? I'd like to think I'm a pretty laid back guy and easy to get a long with. I have a very natural posing style and I help you with it so there's no pressure on you. Just step back, take a deep breath, and repeat after me; Relax.
"WHAT TIME IS OUR APPOINTMENT AGAIN?"
If you or your parents forgot just shoot me an email or give a call or text. Otherwise, don't be late for your appointment. Showing up late just means you lose camera time and we defiantly don't want that!
"WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?"
Some people are all about clothes. Their clothes is a representation of their very being. Others just don't care all that much as long as they're covered up and won't get arrested. <----that last part's the joke by the way. Did you get it? Are you chuckling? Ok- moving on....
Just as clothes are an important part of you who are, in one way or another, they're an expression of your style and how you see yourself. That also makes your outfit selection a very important part of your senior portraits.
What to wear is probably the single most asked question prior to ANY portrait session. The best answer is....whatever you want. That being said though, here are some tips:
An extra thought for the girls; if you're going to wear skirts or dresses wear something underneath that will give us the maximum flexibility in poses with the least chance of embarrassment. You know what's best here. Spandex shorts or cheer pants (aka spankies) are a great idea! They also make quick changes in the car a whole lot easier.
If you wear a tank or something similar underneath your outfit it will make quick changes a lot easier too.
Lastly, help minimize bra straps. Wear the appropriate style for each outfit. Let's be honest, bra straps are downright distracting.
"THAT'S A LOT TO THINK ABOUT. DO YOU HAVE ANY GENERAL GUIDELINES?"
There's a saying amongst photographers that says know the rules so you know when, and how, to break them. The same saying can go for a lot of other things and clothing is no exception. Here are some general guidelines that, everything else being equal, will help make your portraits better.
"WHAT ABOUT MAKEUP?"
Makeup that is well done is one of the best preparations you can make for you session. Even if you normally don't wear makeup, or wear very little, taking the time to do it well will make a difference in your portraits. Get a friend, or sister, to help you if you need to.
Makeup should be applied only slightly heavier than you normal. DON'T OVER DO IT, especially on the mascara. Mascara should be clean and smooth, not clumpy.
"SHOULD I DO MY HAIR?"
You don't have to go out and get your hair styled. Keep your hair simple and easy. The more flexability you have with your hair, the more variety we get in your photos. Bring some hairspray and hairpins to help with quick touchups and to keep your hair out of your face. This is where bringing a friend or two along can really help. Oh, and it would probably be a good idea to bring a mirror and brush.
"CAN I BRING PROPS?"
Yes! Bring props that help show who you are . A soccer ball, baseball bat or glove, a musical instrument, whatever you want. Bring it!
"CAN I BRING MY FRIENDS & PARENTS?"
I require a parent to be at all my senior portrait sessions. No parent...no shoot.
I encourage you to bring a couple friends along. Like I mentioned earlier, they can really be a big help with hair touchups, outfit changes, etc. However, if they distract you it may be better to meet them after your portrait session is done.
I'm more than happy to take a couple shots with a boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend, parent, or sibling.
Well hopefully this post has answered a few questions for you and maybe eased a little nervousness about your senior portrait session. My biggest thing to keep in mind is let's have a good time and make some awesome portraits! I can't wait to see you at your session!