Friday, 16 January 2015 18:20

What You Should Wear: When you are choosing outfits for your senior session, try to remember that we want to make you the focus of your portrait, not the clothes. Keep the following tips in mind when making your clothing selections.

Clothing color: Choose solid color clothing when possible. Stripes, bold prints and patterns look busy and distracting in portraits and draw attention away from your face.

It’s best to keep the lights with the lights and the darks with the darks. If you are wearing dark jeans or pants, then try to pick out a darker shirt or sweater, and vice versa. Avoid strong contrast between the top and bottom of your outfits. This keeps the attention on your face, not your clothes. Wrinkles, rips and stains will show in your por- traits. We may be able to fix some of these problems with artwork, but there may be additional charges.

Try a little variety: If you are doing a session with three outfits, don’t bring three pairs of blue jeans and three T-shirts. Pick a variety of looks - casual, dressy and anything in between. If you aren’t sure what to bring, toss in a few extra things and we will help you choose what will work best. If you or your parents would like portraits of you in a cap & gown, that will count as one of your outfits. Just let us know so we can make sure we have your school colors. Guys, don’t forget a white shirt and a tie to go under the gown.

Difficult clothing to photograph: Very short skirts or shorts or clothing that is too tight will limit the kinds of poses we are able to do.

Looking thinner: Tank tops or sleeveless outfits often make upper arms look heavier than they really are. Darker colors are more slimming than white or other light colors. For some problem areas, it is possible that “Body Sculpting” may be the answer. Body Sculpting is an artwork option that is available for an additional charge.

Don’t forget your feet: Your feet will probably show in some of the poses, so make sure your shoes and socks coordinate with your out- fits. Bare feet, however, look great in casual portraits. Guys, remem- ber to bring dark shoes and socks if you plan on wearing a suit or dark clothing.

Most importantly -- Bring clothes you like! If you like what you’re wearing, you’ll love your portraits!

Remember your accessories: As you plan your wardrobe for your session, don’t forget about jewelry, hats, belts, shoes, etc. Showing tattoos, wearing sunglasses, piercings, watches and bracelets are all fine if you feel they are part of your look. Of course some parents might not share your opinion about these things, so be prepared to remove them or cover them up for some of the portraits.

Bring some props: Do you have a pet? Are you involved in sports, band, cheerleading or any other school activity? Bring your pet, sports gear, letter jacket, musical instruments, car, etc. Got
a hobby or do you collect stuff? Whatever you’re into, bring it on!
These are your senior portraits and they should reflect who you are.

Some for you, some for Mom: You like serious, Mom likes big smiles -- No Problem! We will capture a variety of poses and expressions so everyone gets what they want. How about fun & funky for you and more traditional shots for Mom & Dad?! We recommend that you and your parents discuss your wardrobe, and get the look you want, prior to your session.

Makeup: If you usually wear makeup, you’ll want to wear some for your portraits, but don’t overdo it. Also, avoid glitter makeup because it leaves little white dots on your skin in the portraits. Bring some translucent powder in case you get shiny and your lipstick or other make up in case you need a little touch-up.

Hair: Most seniors are picky about their hair, and we like it that way! We do our best during the session to make sure your hair looks good, but ultimately your hair is your responsibility. Make sure you check your hair each time you change clothes. If you plan on getting your hair cut or colored, try to do it about  weeks before your session. This will give you time for your hair to lose that “just cut” look or to reschedule your session if you end up getting a bad cut or unexpected color. If you color your hair, don’t forget to touch up your roots.

Those Dreaded Zits: Most Seniors have them, but your Senior Portraits won’t!! All of our portraits include retouching to remove blemishes. If you wear makeup, using a little cover-up will help.

Braces: If you wear braces right now, they’re as much a part of you as your hairstyle or the clothes you wear. Don’t be self-conscious about smiling! A beautiful smile is always best whether you have braces or not. If you don’t like your braces in your portraits, they can be removed for an additional charge.

Glasses: If you wear glasses all the time, you’ll probably want to wear them for your portraits. We do our very best to avoid glass glare, but sometimes there’s just not much we can do. You might be able to have your optician remove the lenses from the frames or let you borrow empty frames for your session. Removing glass glare from your portraits may require additional artwork.

Suntan: Don’t spend too much time in the sun or the tanning bed just before your session. It’s almost impossible to fix a sunburned or peeling skin. Tan lines from swimsuits or tank tops can be corrected at an additional cost.