Senior Portrait Help?

I’m a little stuck on my senior portrait ideas. My pictures are going to be on monday and I have no idea as how I should wear my hair or dress… I have light blonde hair that is long and naturally straight and I think I want to do natural make-up so what would be good ideas for my make up and hair style? And if I was to get my pictures taken in a country setting what would be good clothing to wear? I don’t want to wear plaid clothes. Thanks!

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3 Responses to Senior Portrait Help?

  1. Solstice La Guerita says:

    Kit Kat is right: attitude is the most important thing. Your posture and expression are a big part of it.

    Remember that the camera doesn’t "see" colors the same way the human eye does. For example, I’m somewhat darker than my avatar photo would suggest. If you’re blonde and fair, please don’t wear a blouse that will overpower your coloring or "wash you out". The best choice would be a shade that matches or compliments your eye color in a subtle way.

  2. KareN says:

    If I were you, I would wear my hair down and straight, natural make-up (mascara, a tiny bit of color on lips and cheeks), and if you are in the country, how about something casual like jeans and a nice blouse or tank top

  3. ♠ KitKat ♠ says:

    Ackk .. No plaid! lol
    Listed below are some standard, good suggestions about dress, makeup, and hair, plus a little extra to help you get the best variety for your money. One more thing – bring something to blot the shine from your face… Your photog might not have anything. Some people get very "shiny" when stressed, so have blotting paper in your pocket. Regular TP works best! Kleenex has too much lint in it. lol If you want to use a powder, make sure it is the right skin tone, or translucent. Very important. You want your foundation to match your skin tone.

    Most of all, don’t stress! Get a good night’s sleep before, and watch what you eat – eat healthy so your body is happy and you are comfortable. I’ve photographed more seniors who had zit breakouts or who are overtired or starving because they worried so much, they made themselves sick, and it’s really not worth the worry. Just come prepared, look and act natural, and bring some ideas with you.

    I found this website with the basic info that I would give:
    It is recommend to our seniors:

    • at least, 3 outfits –

    • 1 formal – what you’d wear to school, on a day you want to dress up

    • 1 casual – a nice pair of pants or skirt and a top

    • 1 -2 "your clothes"- your favorite style, whatever it is, (beach clothes, street clothes, club outfits, bang-around, work-on-your-car clothes, rags) – what you wear Saturdays, Sundays, nights, and summer time.

    • In the first two (formal and casual)- we recommend solid colors (patterns tend to distract from the person being photographed, and can be unflattering).

    • You don’t have to bring in these specific styles of outfits, but bring in some different things to give your photographer an opportunity to create the best portraits he or she can do, for you.

    • For women, we recommend at least one round or vee-neck top with long- or longish- sleeves.

    • Makeup and hair "wear what you normally wear, if anything; don’t do anything special for the camera.

    • For guys – shave, if you shave, that day.

    • If you’re going to get a haircut, do it at least two days before the sitting, to give it time to "settle."

    • Bring in some things or people or animals that are unique to you – sports uniforms, props, musical instruments, hobbies, vehicles, pets, friends, even siblings. We are always amazed by the wide variety of interests students have; everyone does something that’s unique to them.

    The most important part of this is attitude.

    Getting great senior portraits is a combination of your photographer’s efforts and your willingness to help in the process by:

    1. Try some different ideas from your photographer, even if they sound off the wall. Some of our best shots have resulted from pushing the envelope and trying something different.

    2. Bring your own ideas to the session. We like to have subjects come in with their own thoughts; then we translate your ideas into good photos by adding the right camera techniques to make your ideas "photographable".

    3. Be prepared to participate. Great photographs result from a partnership between the subject and photographer. If you go the session expecting the photographer to "do it all" and give you great portraits, you will most likely be disappointed. Bring something to the party; pay attention and give it your best shot.

    4. HAVE FUN. Enjoy the photo session as a unique opportunity to do something different. Live in the moment; stay awake and your reward will be Great Senior Portraits.

    I know it’s long, but hey – this only happens once, right? =)

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