Today’s post is really exciting, for me, because I have started my senior pictures! When I was in high school I didn’t get to do any posts related to my senior photo process, picking outfits, locations, and working with a photographer. This time around I figured I’d talk about my own experience & some tips for styling outfits for your own senior photos.
My first senior photos I did more industrial. We went to downtown Tempe area with an amazing photographer. She was so great, I loved her personality she was so positive and fun to work with. If you are not comfortable with the camera you definitely want to make sure you pick someone who is confident in their skill. Because being photographed can be sometimes nerve-wracking you want to feel comfortable with the person behind the lens! I read reviews and even had friends from high school who had used my photographer before. I was lucky I had started my blog a year prior to this so I already was comfortable posing. Before you commit always make sure you’re doing research or do a conference session before putting a down payment.
- First and foremost you need to find a photographer. I recommend reaching out to your older cousins, friends from school, family friends, etc who have worked with a professional photographer. I found mine on Instagram when I searched hashtags #azphotographer. I have done the same on Facebook.
- Next is important. The biggest tip I can give for you is to do research on what type of scenery you are wanting. When I was in high school I researched on Instagram and Pinterest different styles. If you’re wanting something more rustic like in the woods, or if you want something more industrial like in the city.
- Picking your outfits. I think sticking to colors for seasons would be step one. You want your outfits to compliment your background and not clash. For this shoot, it is fall right now so I am sticking to warmer and muted colors that aren’t too bright. I think casual and layering is key. You want to be comfortable because you might be sitting or laying down for some shots. I recommend doing 1 dress and 1 jeans with a top. Or 1 top with a skirt and 1 jeans with a top. If you don’t feel comfortable showing your arms then wear long sleeves or a vest or cardigan. If you want to wear a pattern of any kind I recommend it be minimal. You want people focused on you and not on the print they can’t figure out.
- Ladies if you’re going to color your hair or get it cut I recommend 2-4 weeks before your session. I wear my hair how it always is which is curled with a curling iron. I recommend styling on dirty hair and using dry shampoo to give yourself some texture and body. Styling on hair that is clean won’t hold a curl as long.
- For makeup, I like to keep it simple. I wear a full face of foundation, contour, blush, and highlight. I wouldn’t say going for a bright blue and green lid color would be a wise choice, again we want the focus to be on you. I would keep it natural and neutral colors on the lid, with eyeliner, and mascara. I personally would wear lashes if you want to add something extra. Some photographers even have packages with hairstylists and makeup artists to help you!
I hope these tips were helpful for you and I am excited for the next round of senior photos! 🙂
Dress- ASOS Curve// Booties- Maurices// Hat- Forever 21//
Earrings/Necklace- Francesca’s// Bracelet- Charming Charlie//