I'm getting professional pictures taken. Any advice before I get them taken?

My senior pictures were horrible because I had no clue what to do. I’m getting new pictures taken to replace those bad ones. I could use any advice on what to wear, how to do my hair and make-up, the different effects photographers can do, background stuff, etc. I know the easiest thing to do would be to ask the photographer, but I don’t even know where to start. I’m really not good with any of this. Thanks for your help!

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5 Responses to I'm getting professional pictures taken. Any advice before I get them taken?

  1. Eligh H says:

    The best thing to do actually, is to try and like your photographer. A good photographer will try to loosen you up, crack jokes, and just be like a friend. If you really let yourself hang out and just be natural, your pictures will look much better. A real smile is far better than any forced smile. So really go in there with an open mind.

    I was taught to always shoot my subject without even using film for about 10 minutes so that the person is comfortable aorund me, and then to put film in the camera.

  2. banjaxed says:

    Don’t go to one of those glamour photo people

    I laff my a$$ off everytime I see one of those pics

  3. cuttie says:

    Just look all nice and make sure you don’t blink.

  4. raspberrytart says:

    Here are some tips I’ve given people when they’ve asked for help concerning photos. I hope they will help you out!

    * Simple garments in medium to dark tones that have long sleeves are usually best because they help highlight your face. Colors can be muted shades of brown, blue, green and burgundy — or similar colors. You should avoid strong patterns and colors, and also colors that are similar to flesh tones, such as yellow, beige and pink. The exception to this is high-key (white background) portraits. Then, clothing and accessories can be all white or all black to place emphasis on your skin tone.

    * A neckline that comes up to the base of your neck, like a turtleneck or simple V-neck will frame your face nicely. A wide-open neckline will make your neck look thick.

    * Full length portraits of women are more attractive when they wear long skirts or pants.

    * Avoid bare arms. Bare arms tend to look larger than they really are, and the skin will draw attention away from your face.

    * Hairstyles should be simple and must be off the face. Hair falling down onto the sides of your face will create distracting shadows. Long bangs hanging in your face will block light from your eyes – the most important part of your face. Eye makeup should be blended – no sharp demarcation lines between colors. Avoid white above or below your eyes. Too much color above and/or below your eyes will attract attention to your make-up and away from your eyes. Blend foundation makeup at the jaw-line so that there is no demarcation between your face and your neck.

    * If you’re wearing jewelry, wear a short, gold or silver necklace, or pearls (collarbone length); for earrings, simple loops or pearls are recommended.

    * Finally, if you’re not really comfortable in front of a camera, have a friend or family member take some shots of you beforehand [or you can take them yourself]! A digital camera is best because then you can immediately tell if your eyes are squinty, your smile looks fake, etc. Plus then you can just delete the bad photos afterward!

    If your photographer is really a professional, he/she will help put you at ease and get you in just the right position for the photo. Remember to sit up straight and take a deep breath! Good luck!

  5. vienna2001 says:

    I think raspberrytart nailed it.

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