Apr 20, 2018 | By: Icon Studio Portrait Design, Inc
2019 Senior Portraits - What To Wear???
High school senior pictures are an Iconic American tradition. These treasured photos created by me (your professional photographer) during your high school senior year are intended to capture your personality as it is now & perhaps the person you dream to be in the future.
Because senior portraits are so meaningful and last a lifetime, seniors will want to prepare for the big day by getting suggestions for clothing from friends, parents and me (your photographer).
Below are the top 20 portrait tips to help you plan your clothing for your senior photo session with us.
1. Plan several outfits to bring. You should arrange to bring several outfits to your photo session in a variety of colors, not just your favorite hue.
Based on which sessions you choose, we will tell you a good number of how many changes of clothing to bring – usually it will be three to six – but include different styles, such as casual, semi-formal, formal & outdoors, so we can create several looks & get your best shots.
Remember to bring accessories for all outfits, from footwear to jewelry & hair accents. Since some full-body images might be photographed, check your shoes to be sure they are clean and that both socks match – that full-body shot could end up being your favorite pose.
2. Keep your clothing visually simple.
Avoid outfits with words or designs, stripes or pictures, unless maybe your school logo. You want your face, eyes & expression to command attention, not the words on your shirt.
3. Give consideration to color.
Solid colors are recommended for most outfits. Colors that go well with a medium or dark background for close-ups include medium or dark tones of green, brown, rust, wine or blue.
Darker shades tend to make people look slimmer. Try not to wear flesh-tone or neutral colors such as white, beige, tan, pale peach or pink, as these can dominate the picture and make you look washed out.
For summertime outside pictures, we recommend spring and summer colors of sky blue, pale green, watermelon and dark peach to complement the outdoor setting. For fall, consider wearing red, gold, deep orange, emerald green and dark green, navy blue, or maroon.
4. Use clothing to accentuate your best features.
Girls may want to forego short sleeves or spaghetti straps if their arms are heavy, since these styles will only accentuate that feature. Turtleneck tops look best on people with long necks. Round & square faces look good in a square-neck top, while thin faces or pointed chins are attractive with rounded-neck tops.
5. Go easy on the jewelry.
Avoid wearing attention-grabbing jewelry. Again, the photograph should accentuate your face, eyes & personality, not draw unwarranted attention to your jewelry. Also, jewelry can date a photograph very quickly. Classic jewelry pieces are best.
6. Apply makeup normally.
It’s tempting to get very “glam” when having pictures taken, but this could very well make you look like a stranger in your senior portrait.
Apply your makeup as you normally look on a day-to-day basis, but bring your makeup with you & let the photographer know you have it. If the photographer feels you need a touch more blush or eyeshadow, he or she will let you know.
Avoid glitter or sparkly anything (powder, eye shadow, blush) – it tends to reflect the flash and leaves white spots & will cost extra $ to retouch in your finished portraits. Lip gloss is great, but avoid over-doing it. It can also leave white spots from the flash or make you look like you’re drooling.
7. Bring powder.
If you have it, bring along some translucent powder. While in real life, a bit of shine to the face gives you that “dewy glow,” it unfortunately can look like “too much glow” in photos. Your photographer can direct you if you need to dab some powder on your forehead or nose.
8. Go with practiced hair styles.
Getting senior portraits done is not the time to leave your hair uncombed for that “natural” look. Also, avoid experimental hairstyles.
In general, friends & family prefer to remember you as you looked most of your senior year, not just during the period when you had your pictures taken.
We suggest working with your desired hairstyles a few days before the photo shoot to get the look you want in advance.
Get a haircut at least a week in advance to give your hair a chance to adjust & look natural. Girls having their hair styled for a formal picture can, of course, wait until the photo session day to get their hair done, but they should practice with their hair stylist beforehand so there are no surprises on session day.
9. Guys (and girls)!!! Please shave.
A fresh shave for guys is a must, & mustaches or beards should be neatly trimmed. Legs & underarms should be fresh & clean for your session ladies. :D
10. Blemishes be gone...
Don’t worry about a blemish or bruise. Express to us about retouching concerns before we begin your session to get the most attractive portrait possible.
11. Don’t worry about braces.
Your braces are a part of the high-school “you” & shouldn’t be avoided or hidden. However, if they really bother you, or you only wore them a short time, our lab artists can digitally “erase” them for an extra fee.
12. Avoid tanning heavily.
Don’t overdo the tanned look. For one thing, it looks unnatural. For another, your pictures could reveal peeling skin or a cherry-red nose. Careful with a spray tan as well. It can leave blotchy or look too fake. Go lightly on the tan as we can enhance it if needed but it costs extra for our lab to "reduce" your tan look.
13. Help your glasses avoid glare.
You can either buy or borrow a pair of suitable frames without lenses to prevent glare & reflections from the glass. Or you can ask your optician to remove the lenses from your frames for the photo session. Most will do this for you at no charge, but give them plenty of notice so there is no rush. While we make every attempt to shoot & not show glare, sometimes it is extremely difficult or not possible. Remember... post production removal of glare costs extra.
14. Make sure your hands are presentable.
Hands will show in some of your favorite poses, so be sure to take the time to make them presentable – guys should trim their nails, & girls might need to touch up their manicure. That goes for toes too.
15. Practice your facial expressions.
Before you come to your photo shoot, practice your facial expressions in front of a mirror at home. You can try various smiles, serious but relaxed looks, & animated expressions for action shots (with sports gear, for example). I know this may sound dumb but it really helps you feel more comfortable during your session.
"What do I do?" "How should I stand?" "What should I do with my hands?" "Do you want me to smile or no?" "You want my legs HOW?" Bahahahah.... These are all some fun things we hear during our sessions & we have a lot of fun with our seniors. Don't worry about your posing or expressions. We will talk you through each pose & demonstrate if necessary. We will coach you through your posing & expressions so you are at your best.
17. Personalize your photos with props.
We invite you to bring favorite props to the shoot, such as sports equipment if you are a team player or fan, musical instruments, or hobby items. You can even bring a favorite portable piece of furniture, such as a lightweight chair or stool. Car, truck, motorcycle? Definitely.
You can even bring your pet to be in some of the shots with you.
18. Bring someone with you.
We welcome & recommend you to bring a friend / parent if you wish. This person can be your assistant & help with clothing changes and “double check” you while you’re being photographed to make sure your clothing hasn’t taken a turn for the worse or that your hair hasn’t come all undone. It also helps to have someone you know with you so you feel more confident & relaxed in front of the camera. Plus it's more fun to share this experience with someone like this.
19. Get to know our photographer.
We invite you to come in & discuss your senior portraits before scheduling your shoot.
This will give us a chance to share ideas & suggestions, with the goal of working together to create beautiful photography that will please everyone.
Don’t be shy about asking questions, even during the actual shoot. If you don’t feel comfortable with a certain pose, say so.
20. Prep for your shoot.
The week of your session, we recommend setting out all your clothing options to coordinate everything from head-to-toe for each outfit. Try each complete outfit on & look in the mirror. If you don't like something in the mirror, you probably won't like it in your portraits. Ask trusted friends / family for input on your clothing as well.
If you don't already... Drink lots of water beginning at least a couple days in advance of your session. This will help hydrate your skin & have it looking its absolute best in your portraits.
Finally... get plenty of sleep the night before your session day. You don't want to come in from a late night & be looking tired with bags under your eyes or red eyes & feeling lifeless during your shoot. This is a once-in-a-lifetime photo session & we want it to be the best ever. Our goal is to make this one of the most memorable experiences of your senior year & if you're sleepy or exhausted, you won't have as much fun as we intend for you.
Follow these steps & we guarantee your senior portrait session will be everything we plan for it to be & your portraits will be the best you've ever taken!!! If you have any questions or you are ready to book your session, CLICK HERE to email or call us. Studio hours are M-F 9a-5p. We can't wait to start the year & we look forward to seeing you soon!!!!
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