What to Expect from Your Senior Portrait Session
Schedule your free consultation. This is the first step in the senior portrait process. You and a parent will attend the consultation that lasts about 30 minutes. We will talk about all things senior photos. Type of session, locations, what to wear and more. Together we will fill out a fun questionnaire, so that we get to know each other. Now when we get together for your senior photo session, we aren't strangers. You will feel more comfortable and confident in front of the camera.
We will schedule your Photo Session and your Premiere Session at your consultation.
Make up. About an hour before your photo session, you will meet with Tami, the make up artist for my studio. She will come to your home or our photo shoot location to apply the perfect amount of make up to have you camera ready. Keep in mind that camera ready make up is different than everyday make up. The camera "takes it off", so you will need to wear more than you are used to. It may look heavy in person, but in your photos it will be just right.
Photo Session. With the Starring You session we will spend about 90 minutes together, dividing our time between your two locations. I like to wander during my photo shoots, so we will walk around our location and shoot in spots that we like. A parent must attend your photo session.
Premiere Ordering Session. About 2 weeks after your photo session, we will meet in my studio for your Premiere. This is your opportunity to place your order. Anyone who wants to be part of the ordering process must attend the Premiere. Whether that's dad, grandma or Aunt Susie, we need to schedule our time together to accommodate everyone who wants to attend. You will view your fully retouched images in a slideshow custom designed just for you. Afterward, I will walk you through the process of choosing which images you want to display in wall groupings and include in keepsakes, such as albums. We will also custom design your graduation announcements.
Your Order. Wall art, keepsakes, and announcements will be ready for you to pick up 2 weeks after your Premiere Session.
What to Wear for Girls
How many outfits do I bring? With the Starring You session, you should bringing about 5 outfits. But don't stop there. Bring extra. This gives us a chance to mix & match. Switch up accessories and really show your style. Bring a range of styles. Casual, dressy and something in between, like an outfit you would wear on a date.
Dress in layers. We say that a lot here in San Diego. It's really important to have layers and texture in your photos. Layers and texture add interest. Look at the outfit in the photo above. She is wearing solid colors. Yet, it's interesting because she has a sweater that has texture rather than a printed pattern.
By simply adding a sweater or scarf in the fall and winter, you've added a layer. Socks peeking above boots. Even having a cuff in your jeans with your booties.
Put a jacket or kimono over your dress in spring and summer. A flower crown in your hair. A plaid flannel tied around your waist.
Wear jewelry. Jewelry is an easy way to add layers and texture. Bracelets, necklaces, earrings are all must-haves. Be sure to bring different jewelry for each outfit. Or at least enough pieces to change out one or two with each outfit.
Bring several pairs of shoes. You should have a different pair of shoes for each outfit. Going to the beach? Bring along at least one pair to carry as a prop while you walk along the sand.
I do not recommend wearing flip flops with your casual outfits. Sandals are a better option. If flip flops are "you" then opt for a newer pair that fits nicely and isn't scuffed on the toes.
Flesh colored underthings are a must. Not matter the color of your outfit, wear flesh colored underthings. You don't want to be at your photo shoot, only to find out that in the sunlight you can see the color of your panties through your dress.
Bring a strapless bra. Extra straps are distracting. If your outfit needs a strapless bra, bring one. Unless you are wearing a bralette that is made to be seen, keep it hidden. Tucking in the straps of your regular bra doesn't really work.
Try on your outfits. It's frustrating to get to your photo session, only to find out that your new favorite dress isn't as long as you remember. Or that super cute top got a little shorter and tighter in the wash. Trying everything on before your session also let's you see how well your pieces go together and that your layers and jewelry look great too.
Be yourself. Your senior photos reflect who you are, not just what you look like. So when dressing for your senior photo session, be yourself.
Be comfortable. Being comfortable with your wardrobe choices will help you feel more relaxed and confident in front of the camera on your big day,
Photo Session Tips for Girls
- You want to look like "you" in your senior portraits. Now is not the time to try new looks. Have your hair cut and/or color done at least 2 weeks before your session, so that you look your best.
- Do try different looks that you would normally wear. Put your hair up or down. Straight or curled. Add a headband. Have fun with it.
- While straight hair looks great in person, super straight hair makes your face look round in photos. When styling your hair straight, leave a little volume at the roots.
- Have eyebrows waxed about a week before your session so that there is no residual redness, flaky skin or rashy bumps.
- In Southern CA we often have chapped or flaky lips. Use a homemade lip scrub to exfoliate your lips so that the flakies fall off and your lipstick stays on. Click below for the recipe.
- Have clean or freshly manicured fingers and toes in neutral colors. Chipped nail polish is distracting. Bright or trendy nail colors will make your photos seem dated very quickly. Neutrals are sophisticated and timeless.
- Take the hairband off your wrist. You don't want it in your photos and you don't want to have a ring around your wrist where you were wearing it.
- Makeup is an important part of your senior photo experience. Even if you don't wear make up or you "don't wear much", you need the appropriate amount applied to look your best in your photos. All of my photo sessions include professionally applied make up. Makeup evens skin tones, covers blemishes and looks entirely natural. Tami Mayhew of Classy Gal Glo is the make up artist for my studio. She comes to our location and applies just the right amount of make up to make you look your best.
What to Wear for Guys
- How many outfits do I bring? With the Starring You session, you should bringing about 5 outfits. But don't stop there. Bring extra. This gives us a chance to mix & match, switch up accessories and really show your style. Bring a range of styles. Casual, dressy and something in between, like an outfit you would wear on a date.
- Dress in layers. We say that a lot here in San Diego. It's really important to have layers and texture in your photos. Layers and texture add interest.
- By simply adding a neutral color t-shirt under a button down, you've added a layer. You can also roll up your sleeves.
- Put on a jacket or simply carry it. Include a plaid flannel tied around your waist. You can also wear that flannel open with your t-shirt.
- A note about t-shirts. Be sure they are solid with no wording. You don't want to read "Vans" every time your look at your photos.
- Proper fit. Lots of guys like to wear a button-down that is untucked. Be sure to choose a slim-fit shirt, even if you are a bigger guy. Boxy shirts make you appear to be wider than you are in places that you don't want to add width.
- Wear a watch. It is an easy way to add layers. Time pieces are classic and stylish. If you're a guy that likes jewelry, go for it. Bracelets, earrings, necklace. Whatever you call your style
- Bring multiple pairs of shoes. You should have a different pair of shoes for each outfit.
- I do not recommend wearing flip flops with your casual outfits unless we are at the beach. Then choose a pair that is fairly new without scuffs on the toes.
- Matching socks are a must. If you are wearing slacks, be sure to match your socks to your pants. Black with black. Brown with brown. Unless you are wearing fancy dress socks with a crazy pattern because your just that kinda guy.
- Bring a belt. Belts are the #1 forgotten item at a guy's senior photo session. Bring it. You'll need it.
- Try on your outfits. It's frustrating to get to your photo session, only to find out that your new favorite shirt doesn't fit the way you remember. Or that t-shirt got a little shorter and tighter in the wash. Trying everything on before your session also let's you see how well your pieces go together and that your layers look great too.
- Be yourself. Your senior photos reflect who you are, not just what you look like. So when dressing for your senior photo session, be yourself.
- Be comfortable. Being comfortable with your wardrobe choices will help you feel more relaxed and confident in front of the camera on your big day,
Photo Session Tips for Guys
- Cut your hair at least 2 weeks before your session. That gives it time to grow to that perfect length. It gives the skin on the back of your neck and your forehead, that was covered by your hair, time to tan. You don't want that white line showing in your photos.
- If you are wearing a hat for your photos, we will do those last, to avoid hat hair.
- Trim your facial hair. All of it.
- Beards and goatees should be trimmed up nicely. Retouching scraggly facial hairs is quite the undertaking, even for a professional retoucher.
- Trim your nose hairs. Yep, They can show in your photos.
- Pluck any stray eyebrows. Unruly eyebrows should be tamed. Any unibrow issues waxed about a week before your session, to aviod any bumps or redness.
- Do you need make up? Maybe. If your skin has an uneven tone, such as ruddy cheeks or other redness. Then yes. If you are prone to blemishes, then yes. If you have acne scarring. Then yes. Professional make up is included in all of my photo sessions. Tami Mayhew of Classy Gal Glo is the make up artist for my studio. She will have your skin tone looking flawless in a snap. Don't worry guys. No one will know, unless you tell them. That, my friend, is the magic of professional make up.
- Moisturize. Your face. Your elbows. And oh my gosh, moisturize those ashy knees!
- Trim your nails. Make sure that your nails are trimmed and clean. If your photo session is at the beach, be sure to give your toes the same attention.
- Take the hairband off your wrist. You don't want it in your photos and you don't want the line it leaves on your wrist to show.
Your Senior Portrait Investment
Graduating from high school is a right of passage. It's your teen's first step into adulthood. Senior photos are among the most remembered milestone images of their lifetime. An investment you'll cherish, always.
Senior portraits are all about an unique and amazing experience. As a boutique studio, your senior portrait experience begins the minute you click the "I Want A Free Consultation" button. I"ll get to know you. Know what you like. Who you are. Together we will customize a photo shoot that tells your story. Where you are right now and where you want to go. I don't just have clients, I make friends. Friends that I have long after the they have hung their art work in their homes.
I have a variety of artwork and keepsake choices for my clients. When you leave my studio after your Premiere Session, you will have a wall grouping chosen and you will know exactly where and how to display it. You will also leave with keepsakes such albums or image boxes. I offer gallery wraps, metal and wood for your images. My gorgeous lay flat Albums come in several sizes and options. I also offer beautiful custom designed graduation announcements.
What is a minimum print order?
My larger portrait sessions, the Famous You and the Shoot for the Stars, require a minimum print order. This is intended to help clients to determine their senior portrait budget. A'la Carte items are available as well as Collections. Each collection has Wall Grouping (prints for your home) and a keepsake, such as an album, an image box, an album block... Should you choose to purchase all A'la Carte items, there is a minimum purchase.
What does all this cost?
At your Premiere Ordering Session, I will help you choose the wall art that is best for your home and wall space. Then, we will choose a keepsake for all those beautiful photos that won't fit on the wall. Finally, together, we will design your custom graduation announcement.
Wall Art begins at $160, Albums at $85, Groupings begin at $480.