It’s almost time for your senior session, and the anxiety starts to set in. What are you going to wear? Will that zit go away in time? What if it’s cold out? Don’t panic! As your photographer, it’s my job to ease your fears. Here are five things you can do to prep for your senior session:
1. Plan for different types of weather! By adding and removing layers, we can adjust to the heat or cold as needed. Don’t be afraid to add a cute scarf, or to take off your jacket. This not only provides variety in your session, but also allows us to be ready no matter what mother nature throws at us. We can always reschedule your session if it’s just too cold or raining.
2. Try on your outfits before the session! Don’t wait until the morning of your session to try on your new clothes, or old clothes that you haven’t worn in a while. Make sure that everything fits and flatters you beforehand, so you’re not stuck panicking and calling all of your friends trying to find a replacement shirt. Check, and double check that everything looks great. Ask a friend to make sure it’s perfect. And, no matter what your size is, shapewear is your friend to make everything flattering!
Ladies, this also goes for makeup and hair! If you choose not to hire a hair and makeup artist, do a test run a few days or so before your session. If you’re cutting your hair, make sure you give yourself time to get used to it and figure out how you want to style it. Especially if you’re coloring it, give yourself time to correct anything if need be. You don’t want to be stressing because your caramel highlights turned out more orange than you wanted. Also pay attention to your nails!
3. Eat Right! Don’t eat tons of greasy or fattening foods right before your session. The healthier you eat, the better your skin and hair will look. With that being said, don’t completely change your diet a week before the session. Major dietary changes can cause breakouts or bloating… and we don’t want that! Try to maintain a normal, at least somewhat healthy diet for at least a few weeks before your session. And even if that zit doesn’t go away, don’t stress! They invented Photoshop for a reason. You’ll look gorgeous.
4. Look around! Even though I will have lots of posing ideas for you, it always helps to come with ideas of your own. If you see something you like online, screenshot it! Send it to me, or bring it with you to our session. We can try different styles that you find, and use any props you bring. If you’re an athlete, bring your jersey, ball, cleats or slippers, helmet, or whatever else you’d like. If you’re a musician, bring me your guitar or trumpet! We can incorporate them into your session to really let your personality show. Like to hunt? Bring your bow or gun and we’ll include it! Love your dog? I love Fido too! Let’s get a few of you and your family pet before you head off to college.
5. Get sleep! The night before, make sure you get plenty of rest. Wake up and eat a good breakfast, and relax. Senior sessions are fun and exciting. Don’t stress out about them. If you follow this guide, and ask any questions you have in advance, your session will turn out great.
God Bless ♥ Victoria