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How to Prepare for Your Senior Portrait Session

Now that you’ve booked your session, here are a few simple tips to help you get ready for your day in front of the camera. Follow these guidelines the weeks leading up to your session and we’ll take care of the rest!

Tip #1: Choose two to three outfits to wear during your session and lay them out so they are ready to go. Make sure they are clean and wrinkle-free. Most seniors choose one dressy outfit, one semi-casual outfit, and then one outfit to put your hobbies/extracurriculars on display - such as a football jersey or dance leotard. We'll discuss this more at length during your consultation.

Tip #2: Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. Bring any jewelry, scarves, headbands, ties, etc. that you may want to wear. One outfit can be photographed multiple ways when you add accessories. Bring matching socks/tights, and shoes for each outfit if one pair won’t go along with all of them.

Tip #3: If you plan on bringing any props – your ballet shoes, favorite book, softball gear, etc. – go ahead and lay that out as well. If you are going to bring your car to the session and want it to be in photos with you, be sure to wash it the night before/day of your session.

Tip #4: Get a good night’s rest the night before so you can look well rested for your session.

Tip #5: Don’t drastically change your hair right before your portraits. If you have purchased a package that includes hair and makeup, we'll go over all your styling during the consultation.

Tip #6: Practice your makeup the week leading up to your session so you can get it just right the day of. We do offer professional makeup artist services with several of our packages. This is something we strongly suggest you look into for your session.

Tip #7: If you wake up two days prior to your session, or the morning of, and acne has appeared on your face – don’t pick at it and make it worse while trying to get rid of it. Apply some makeup over the area (not too heavy) and leave it at that. We offer basic retouching, which includes blemish removal; so don’t even worry about it.

Tip #8: Get a manicure the day before or day of your session to ensure your nails look their best. Don’t forget that the color needs to match all of your outfits. For this reason, and to keep a clean appearance, we suggest going with the French manicure or just a clear coat of paint.

Tip #10: If you are doing a session with your BFF, don’t forget to coordinate an outfit with them so you don’t clash.

As always, I'm available to answer any questions you may have about your upcoming session. Feel free to email me at

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