SENIORS! We are thrilled that you chose our studio to capture such an important milestone in your life. We want your senior session to be an expression of who you are. So, flood our studio with your senior session ideas! What tells the most about your personality? What do you love about life? What are your interests or goals...dance, sports, music, shopping, fashion, art, nature, cars, running, biking, theater, singing, conservation, swimming, or your pet(s)? We can take those ideas to the studio and/or a location. When it comes to locations, don't get stuck in a box...just close your eyes and think of wherever you'd love to be the most! If at all possible, that's where we will go. Whatever we come up with, you'll have an experience that is fun, creative, energizing, and refreshingly original.
Along with gaining a better understanding of your photography needs during a consultation meeting at our studio, or from reading through your online consultation form that you submitted to our studio, we want to share our Session FAQs here that we are asked at our studio when we are scheduling a session. We hope you find them helpful in answering your questions, but don’t hesitate to contact our studio here if you have any additional questions that we did not include.
- If you are scheduled from 3:00 - 4:30 and show up late or not ready, you will have less time for your session, so please arrive early enough to be ready by your start time.
- First of all, AVOID STRIPES AND PL AIDS!! Solids photograph much better! Also bring a variety of color - don't bring 5 blue outfits, even if it is your favorite color. Avoid clothing that has logos or wording on it except for your own school logo. Vary the style - all one look (like tanks) may get boring. Try varying the dress levels, by bringing something dressy and casual. Remember, it is best to do one or two outfits that mom will like, then we can do the fun stuff YOU like.
- My sessions let you do unlimited clothing changes within your session time. This means if you change fast, you get more variety. Spend all day in the dressing room, and you'll get less time in front of the camera. Most people can get 2 - 3 looks per hour. I suggest that you bring double what you think we will do so we have more to pick from.
- Some shots are close up, others are full length. Plan your outfits completely. It is hard to do a full length formal in your suit if all you brought was big old tennis shoes.
- Group your outfits together ON HANGERS. It is amazing how many people come with clothes stuffed in a plastic bag and wonder why they are winkled!
- Since we may be photographing part of your session on location, most locations do not have places to change. But if you wear a layered outfit, you can add or drop a piece of clothing for a different look.
- Make sure you clothing flatters you.
- If a shirt or blouse feels like it is too tight or short, it will photograph this way. Always make sure that your clothes feel comfortable.
- If you think you have large arms, be careful of sleeveless styles, because they can make your arms look fuller.
- I don't tell you what you can or cannot wear. A little sexy is OK, but don't make ALL of your outfits that way.
- I photograph everything from prom dresses to sports uniforms. What one person likes may not be appropriate for the next person. My philosophy is as long as it is rated PG and it has mom and dad's approval, I don't care.
CLOTHES FOR BLACK & WHITE
- The black and white "glamour" look that is so popular is best with black clothing. The contrast between the skin and black is what makes them so dramatic. So think about bringing some black.
- Makeup should only be slightly heavier than normal. A good example is what you might wear in the evening.
- Mascara should be clean and contain no clumps. So if your mascara is old and clumpy, replace it first.
- Avoid makeup with "sparkles" in it. When you move, it make a nice shimmer, but in a photo, where you are still, it creates a little white spot that almost looks like a zit.
- Also avoid makeup with an SPF in it. Although it is good for your skin in the sun, the SPF tends to create a shine. Summer shine can be controlled by using translucent powder that knocks out shine without adding additional color.
- Avoid changing your hairstyle or cutting your hair right before your session. Let it be natural. Quick easy hairstyle changes during your session are OK, but make it quick or you lose that camera time.
- Bring your hair care tools and products with you if need be. It IS okay to show up early in curlers if you need to.
- Although I can try to help with hair, it is hard to know what your hair "is supposed to look like". So please make sure you like the look or let me know your preferences. Hair style is ultimately YOUR responsibility.
- Please make sure you are clean shaven.
- Got a goatee that mom hates, but you love? Do your casual shots first with it on, then bring a razor and go to the restroom and shave it off for mom's formals. Everyone is happy that way!
- Best tip here: keep it simple.
- We want the attention on you. Big, shiny jewelry can distract from the real 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.
- BRING THEM! Bring props that help define who you are.
- Some popular choices are: Sports equipment (soccer ball, football, hockey stick, basketball, volleyball, whatever), sports uniforms, music instruments (from school tuba to rock guitar), activities (dance leotard and shoes, swimming, hobbies, you name it!), vehicles (cars, motorcycles can come in the studio, cars must go to the park).
- I suggest more than an hour session for motorcycle and/or car photographs.
- Most glasses glare! Some prescriptions glare more than others. Your best bet is to check with your optometrist. Most will "loan" you an empty set of frames similar to yours for your portrait session.
- If your session is during a nice bright sunny day, I will do my best to cut down the glare as much as possible, but I cannot guarantee absolutely no glare with your glasses on.
- Tan lines are not attractive in portraits. I suggest you vary your swimsuit top or use a tanning bed to minimize any tan marks.
- Watch out when applying self tanner. Make sure that you evenly coat your skin to avoid any orange splotches.
- Try to AVOID SUNBURN! Sunburn and peeling skin DO NOT photograph well at all! Tan, yes, burn, no. If your session is booked during the winter or spring and your tan has faded, you might consider temporarily using a tanning bed. But don't overdo it so you look too fake-and-baked.
- One of the worst feelings for a senior, before their session, is a spontaneous breakout. DON'T WORRY!! I have mad Photoshop skills and can retouch those blemishes, so don't worry about them.
- Please feel free to bring your pet(s)! Pets always make for an exciting session.
- It's best to photograph you with your pet(s) either first or last during your session. So, please make sure that you have a pet handler available to leave with your pet(s) if we photograph you with them first, or your pet handler can bring your pet(s) at the end of your session.
- We suggest that you bring your pets favorite treats with. They can be helpful to hold your furry friend's attention.
FRIENDS & PARENTS
- Friends and parents are very welcome during your session. They can actually be a great help. You can have a couple of portraits with a boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend or sibling at no extra charge.
TATTOOS & SCARS
- Just let me know if you want tattoos to show or not. It's that easy. Scars are not automatically retouched, but can be removed or softened at your request.
- It is amazing how many times someone will come in wearing flowered underwear and not realize it is a problem until they go to put on their WHITE PANTS! Or they'll come in wearing a white bra and put on a black sleeveless shirt.
- Please bring appropriate foundation wear for each outfit. Flesh colored is the best you can hope for.
- Also, if you need a strapless, bring one. Tucking the straps down usually shows and may look bad.
- With today's thin fabrics, you might want to carefully select these pieces so they do not give unsightly lines.
FINGERS & TOE NAILS
- NAILS SHOW! If they have the paint all chipped off, it will show.
- Some casual shots are done barefoot, so don't forget about those toes either!
Thank you for choosing Lori A. Seals Photography & Boutique! We are excited to work with you and we hope that you found all of this information useful.