Senior Girls Prep
Senior Girls Prep
GX2 Photography, LLC 1130 Faulkner Lane Danville, KY 40422 859-319-3545 Preparing For Your Senior Portrait Session – GIRLS EDITION Here are a few tips and pointers that I have learned over the years. Please look this over with your parents a few weeks in advance of your shoot and call me with any questions. 1) Outfits There is no limit to the number of outfits that you may bring. Based on time and location we may or may not use all of your outfits. Be sure to select outfits that are appropriate for the season. A long sleeved sweater in July or a short sundress in November may not be appropriate. Dark solid colors tend to look the best in portraits. Busy patterns, especially florals, tend to clash with your surroundings and distract from your face. This rule isn’t set in stone though, so be sure to discuss your choices with me prior to your session. Don’t forget your accessories; i.e. jewelry, belts, hats, sunglasses, etc… Pick appropriate shoes for your outfits. Heels always look nice. Pumps, boots, strappy heels… you can’t go wrong with heels! Depending on your outfit, a strapless bra may be the best choice to avoid straps showing up in shots. Be conscious of the color of your undergarments so that they don’t show through. This is especially important to consider when wearing white or anything sheer. NOTE: I have never seen a girl look bad in a skirt/sundress and heels. Seriously consider this when choosing your outfits! 2) Hair and Makeup Don’t make dramatic hairstyle changes just prior to your portrait session. This includes dramatic color changes. Don’t cut, color, dye, bleach, or highlight your hair less than four days before your session. When shooting outside, consider a lose curl to help your hair stay in place in the wind. On very windy days you may even consider pulling it up if that suits your style. Be sure to use makeup for your session. Wear it the way you usually wear it with one exception; highlight your eyes just a little more than normal to bring them out. NOTE: FALSE EYELASHES LOOK GREAT IN PORTRAITS! If you don’t normally wear makeup I would still suggest that you use a little for your shoot. Try some foundation for any blemishes and a little eye liner to bring out the eyes. I can recommend a good professional makeup artist if you ask me. Eyebrows: make them look nice! You’d be surprised at how many girls forget to touch them up! 3) Skin Lotion, lotion, and more lotion! Use copious amounts of lotion during the last five days before your session. Your skin will look smooth and silky! Shave the night before your session if you are shooting in the morning. Shave in the morning if you are shooting in the evening. This will help reduce the effects of razor burn and irritation to your skin. In other words your skin won’t be red! Tanning: a tan is not necessary for great portraits! However if you DO tan, be sure to start tanning weeks ahead of your session so it looks smooth and natural. NO TANNING BEDS within five days of your session. Tanning beds tend to make the skin look orange or bright yellow under the lights. There is little I can do to edit that out. Avoid sunburns. I cannot edit out bad sunburns. Be conscious of weird tan lines; especially on your face (i.e. sun glasses), shoulders, and feet. Blemishes, tattoos, scars, moles, freckles, stretch marks, birthmarks, etc… If it’s permanent natural (i.e. freckles, moles, birthmarks, etc…) or permanent additions (i.e. tattoos) I prefer to leave them in place. Hey, they are part of you right? I can usually remove the teenage blemishes (i.e. pimples) and scars rather easily. Be sure to discuss this subject with me the day of our session. 4) Nails I tend to use a lot of poses that will have your hands near your face and hair. Therefore your hands will be visible in a lot of shots. Be sure to give yourself a manicure, or have someone else give you one the day before our session. A fresh coat of paint, that matches your outfits, will make a world of difference. I like barefoot shots too. Give yourself, or get, a pedicure the day before our session and paint your toes. Anyone that shows up with last month’s paint on fingers and/or toes will be forced to do 100 pushups and will get several minutes worth of mean looks from me. 5) General Glasses – It’s very hard to avoid glare and reflection in lenses during a shoot. If possible, I always recommend removing your glasses for our session. If you prefer to wear them, I suggest that you ask your doctor for an empty pair of frames that are of the same style as yours. If that isn’t an option, let me know and I will do my best to reduce glare and reflections. Be sure to bring a hairbrush, makeup bag, and extra jewelry to your session. Better to have it and not use it than need it and not have it. I do NOT remove braces when editing my portraits. 6) Be yourself Better yet, be yourself on steroids. Your portraits are a reflection of who you are AND of who you’d like to be. If you play piano then let’s try to get a baby grand on the roof of a building for your shoot. If you want to be a model then let’s glam it up and have a fashion shoot. If books are your thing , then bring a whole stack of your favorites and let’s find a place in the woods to set a chair so you can read while I make your portraits. Practice those faces you make in selfies in the mirror. Some of them, except for duck lips, look pretty cool. Duck lips rarely look good. Just sayin… Bottom line; this is your time to shine. Don’t waste it!