Well let's start by stating here: You’re unique and beautiful.
I am offering a few "tips" (well more like guidelines) but above all I want you to be yourself in how you dress. Being well prepared for you senior photo session can make the difference between average and fabulous photos.
Follow these easy tips and you will be well on your way to looking your absolute best. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact me.
What to wear?
All outfits should fit well and be properly cleaned and pressed. Wrinkled clothes will look dirty and untidy in a photo session. A stained shirt will show up in a picture and is hard to hide. Stick with clean, well-pressed choices for photo day. Try on outfits in advance to ensure nothing have shrunk in the wash or become too stretched to fit properly.
Dress from Head to Toe
Although we try to help with hair, it is hard to know what your hair “is supposed to look like.” Make sure you like the look or let the photographer know your preferences. Better yet, bring your best friend with you for the session and he or she can help. Any hair changes during the session should be quick and simple so you have as much camera time as possible.
Bring hair spray, clips, pins, and whatever else is needed to keep your hair out of your eyes if it’s windy. Also bring your own brush and comb (I ask this as to keep health purposes) for quick hair touch-ups.
Do not make drastic changes to your hairstyle right before your photo session. This could add unneeded drama to your life.
I offer a professional MUA (makeup artist), makeup that is well done is one of the best preparations you can make for your session. It will even out skin tones and help give your photos that extra pop for a model-like look. Even if you don’t normally wear makeup or wear very little, and do not want a MUA, take the time to do it well and your photos will look their best.
Makeup should only be slightly heavier than normal. Mascara should be clean and not clumpy. Avoid makeup with an SPF because it tends to create a shine. Summer shine can be controlled by using translucent powder that knocks out shine without adding additional color.
Jewelry, Accessories and Tanning
Keep it simple. Big, shiny jewelry can distract from the important subject, you. If you have different jewelry for different outfits, you might put each set of jewelry in a plastic baggie and hang it on the hanger with that outfit.
All that being said, the proper jewelry can really complement your outfit. It’s nice to have a variety to choose from and it doesn’t hurt to bring numerous options with you.
Wear heels! Whether pumps or boots, dressy or casual, plain or sassy, heels really make you stand out and look glamorous. Flats can also work well if you mix them with the right outfit. We will not photograph you in flip-flops. Yes, they’re comfy and we all love them, but they don’t photograph well.
For 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.
For braces, if desired, I can remove braces in Photoshop for an extra charge. Otherwise, try not to worry about them. Give a natural smile and enjoy yourself. A good smile with braces is far better than the awkward smile that comes when you try to hide them.
For undergarments, please make sure the colors of your undergarment coordinate well with your outfits and don’t show through your clothing. If you need a strapless, please bring one to your session. Tucking or moving straps will not always work or give the most pleasing look. Check ahead of time to ensure that undergarments don’t leave unpleasing lines underneath your clothing.
For Fingers and toes nails, if you paint your nails, make sure they’re done well for your session. Chipped nail paint will show and distract from you. Avoid bright colors that will distract from you and may not work with all your outfits. Instead, opt for basic or natural tones.
For Tanning, tan lines are a distraction and take away from your photos. I suggest you use a tanning bed and varied swimsuit tops to minimize any existing tan lines. If you choose to tan outside or in a tanning bed, don’t overdo it. I don’t want you looking orange and leathery.
Please consider wearing heels! Whether pumps or boots, dressy or casual, plain or sassy, heels really make you stand out and look glamorous. Flats can also work well if you mix them with the right outfit. I will not photograph you in flip-flops. Yes, they are comfy and we all love them, but they don’t photograph well.
A good look has a lot to do with keeping things simple. Simple, solid colors and clean lines will help focus attention on the face rather than the physical garments being worn. Carefully consider shoes, necklaces, earrings, hair accessories and even nail polish before going to a photography session.
About Faby Karamon
I’m from Brazil, transplanted to US since 2007, and subsequently “stuck” since my husband is a teacher at the community school in Culver IN… My husband and I wrangle three wild children who are getting too big too fast. My youngest daughter (now four years old) has food allergies, so I’m involved in anything food allergies related. I volunteer at my boys school, and love it. My main goal is to eventually figure out how to juggle my kids, husband, my house… and of course, my photography business.