How to Prepare for Your Senior Portraits

One of my fav things is getting to know high school kids.  And I mean "kids" in the cool kind of way. ;) Because that's what they are.  Cool.  They have hobbies and interests and passions.  Even if they're not involved somewhere within their school, they have something else that they love.  A deep passion of some sort.  And that's pretty awesome to feel that way about something.  About life.

High school was actually the worst for me.  The loss of my mother the summer before my Sophomore year put me into a very serious depression.  I had already lost my father less than four years prior and I just couldn't seem to keep my head above water with my emotions and identifying myself.  It was tough.

 I was once told a story about how dragonflies came to be.  It is a story to explain death to children, but I think it comforts adults as well.  Click Here  for the story.  Anyway, this dragonfly stayed right at this mark for the entire time I was there.  She would fly away for a brief moment, but then right back here.

I was once told a story about how dragonflies came to be.  It is a story to explain death to children, but I think it comforts adults as well. Click Here for the story.  Anyway, this dragonfly stayed right at this mark for the entire time I was there.  She would fly away for a brief moment, but then right back here.

So, when I get a chance to re-visit that part of life with someone else, I get to see the good part of high school.  The bit of fun that's in it for all seniors.  I remember my Senior Portraits.  I remember feeling lovely and pretty awesome.  When I look at those images now, I'm feeling the same way I did that day.  Happy.

With that, let's talk about what you need for your senior session to be just as happy.  It doesn't involve much, just some thought and a little time.

One.  

Think about who you are and what your favorite things are.  From your clothes to your accessories (including instruments, bags, theater masks, football/soccer balls....), think about what helps you define yourself.  Who YOU are.  Then, dress it up a bit.  Not too much, but just enough to make a difference.

Two.  

Always have at least TWO OUTFITS per hour of your portrait session.  This will give you variety and make sure that you won't feel like you're looking at the same images over and over.  And, throw in some accessories.  Doesn't matter what it is, as long as it apart of who you are.

Three.  

Make sure to watch what you eat and drink plenty of water the week leading up to your senior session.  Eating plenty of fruits and veggies, lean proteins, and 75+ oz of water a day will get rid of any excess water retention, and help clear up and hydrate your skin.  It just makes you look healthier. 

Four.  

Communicate with your photographer.  Make sure to talk with them either in person or over the phone at least once before your session.  It helps relieve some tension and gives you a face/voice to a name.  Plus, you can better articulate what you'd like to get out of the session.  

**** Any good photographer will schedule a consultation as part of their portrait session. ****

Have fun with your portrait session.  Give a little thought to it and see what you get.  You never know, you just might create a happy memory.  Namaste.