Getting Ready for Your Senior Picture Session

What to wear

Start with your personal style.  It’s important that you feel comfortable and confident in the outfits you’ll be photographed in and that they flatter your body type.  As you plan your outfits, try to bring a variety of necklines, sleeve lengths and color options. Be aware that sleeveless or strappy tank tops and dresses can increase the appearance of the size of your arm.  If this is a concern for you, then stay with shirts that cover your arm.  Also, bring several tank tops in different colors to go under low cut shirts.  Dress head to toe with each outfit: tops, bottoms, dresses, accessories, shoes, and proper undergarments. Girls, make sure you bring the appropriate bra for the shirt or dress you will be wearing.  This is often forgotten.  Guys, please bring a solid colored tee shirt to wear under shirts.  Also, wrinkles will show in a photo, so make sure your bring your clothes on hangers.  Bring extra clothes and shoes to your session. We can assist you in selecting the outfits that will photograph the best and help coordinate to get the greatest variety of outfits.


Accessories can really liven up an outfit.  Think necklaces, earrings, fashion rings, hairpieces and belts.  Add a scarf or hat to an outfit and get a whole new look.  Don’t forget to bring several pairs of shoes from sandals to pumps to boots.


Please come with hair and makeup done, ready to photograph. But, do bring your makeup with you to your session.  It’s nice to have access to makeup that compliments your skin color, if we need to do touch ups.  Even if you do not wear makeup in your daily life, it’s a good idea for your session to wear a base coat to even out your skin tone, cover up blemishes and control shine.  Also a small amount of eye, cheek and lip color will enhance your features. Many clients choose to have makeup and hair professionally done.

Eyes- Well-groomed eyebrows are a must.  Enhance eyelashes with black mascara. If your mascara is old and clumpy, make sure you replace it before your photo session. If you use false lashes, make certain they are applied well and that you bring extra adhesive, just in case. Dark brown eyeliner can be a more natural alternative to heavy black eyeliner.

Cheeks- Brush on blush along the top of your cheekbones.  It will add dimension and color to your face.  Avoid makeup with “sparkles” in it.  When you move it creates a nice shimmer, but in a photo it can create a white spot that looks like a blemish.

Face-  Avoid makeup with an SPF in it. The sunscreen tends to create shine.  Apply a base coat of foundation that matches your skin color and then use a translucent powder that will help control shine.  Go a little heavier with your base coat for your session than you would for everyday.

Lips- Guys bring some chap stick with you. Girls go for gloss that will add a little bit of color to your lips and keep them from looking dry or chapped.


Avoid over-tanning and sunburns before your session.  Being over-tanned for your skin type can add weight to your face and arms.  Tan lines are very hard to disguise with retouching, so avoid getting them before your session or wear clothes that will cover them up.  Also, if you spray tan or use tanning lotion, make certain that the tan is freshly done and even (no streaks).

Nail Care

Your finger and toenails most likely will show in your pictures.  It is not necessary to get a manicure, but remember to remove old, chipped nail polish from your nails before your session and apply a new coat either in color or clear.

Favorite Things

Seniors, try bringing a few of your ‘favorite things’ to your session with you.  It is a great way to show your unique personality and what you love doing.  These images can be really fun and are perfect to include in an album. Some examples of things that other seniors have brought are sports uniforms and gear, skate boards, skis, pets, musical instruments, cameras, books, cell phones, cars, horses, and motorcycles.

Don’t Forget

Most importantly, drink lots of water, make sure you get enough sleep the night before your session, and come ready to have a great time!!!

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