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. Boys, please bring a solid white tee shirt to wear under shirts. Also, wrinkles will show in a photo, so make sure your bring your clothes on hangers to the session. When in doubt, bring extra clothes and we can assist you in selecting the most flattering and greatest variety of outfits.
Accessories are BIG this year and they can really liven up an outfit. Think big necklaces, earrings, fashion rings, hair pieces and belts. Add a scarf or hat to an outfit and get a whole new look. Bring several pairs of shoes from sandals to pumps.
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. Dark brown eyeliner is a natural alternative to heavy black eyeliner.
Cheeks- Add a little blush on the top of your cheekbone. 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 almost looks like a zit.
Face- Avoid makeup with an SPF in it. Although it is good for your skin, the SPF tends to create a shine. Apply a base coat of foundation that matches your skin color and 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- Go for gloss that will add a little bit of color to your lips and keep them from looking dry or chapped. Guys make sure you bring some chap stick with you.
Please bring your makeup with you when you come to your session. It’s nice to have access to makeup that compliments your skin color if we need to reapply. Even if you are someone that does not wear a lot of 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.
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 fix in photoshop so avoid getting them before your session or wear clothes that will cover them up. Also, if you spray tan or use tanning lotion, be careful that the tan is even (no streaks) on your hand and feet.
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.
Try bringing a few of your ‘favorite things’ to your session with you. It can be a cool way to show your personality and what you love doing. These images can be really fun and are perfect to include in an album. (sports, pets, instruments, books, cell phones, ipod, laptop, starbucks, car, dirt bike- are a few examples that other seniors have included in their session.
Most importantly, make sure you get enough sleep the night before your session and come ready to have a great time!!!