we WANT TO CAPTURE THE BEST POSSIBLE YOU
We want to capture the best possible you and the question we get asked most often is “What do I wear?!?!” No worries! This guide will help you on your journey to getting your best look.
Remember to gather several things and outfits so we can get multiple looks. Try everything on in advance to make sure the fit is correct. Plan ahead so you won’t feel rushed during your session by having all accessories ready such as jewelry, shoes or whatever you need.
We can help you decide once we are there but please keep in mind that the number of outfit changes we do depends on the package you pick. We will probably have time for 3-4 changes of clothing depending on which package you choose so bring a few more and I can help you decide as we go to each location.
what to wear
1. The Classic Look– AKA the “parent pleaser” – think Audrey Hepburn, a timeless look that you will love forever and your parents will cherish as well.
2. The Statement Look – This can be something different from the first outfit. Something trendy, such as your favorite outfit or the outfit that simply looks amazing on you. If you like to make a statement – bring it! (A pop of color, shoes with some flair, bold jewelry or anything that is really “you”.)
3. The Casual Look– What you love to wear every day – something comfortable and you. Your own unique style. (Something outdoorsy, your favorite jeans, shorts, a dress with boots, flip-flops and board shorts, your team’s hoodie, whatever makes you comfortable.)
4. The Model Look – If you want to create something amazing and unique like a long gown or prom dress in the water, a fairy in the forest wearing a gauzy, flowing dress or something out of a magazine, bring it and let us know ahead of time so we can prepare any special lighting or props we might need.
5. The Props – Your props rather! What will make these photos truly unique and “you.” Sports equipment, favorite necklace, vintage headphones, favorite book, an electric guitar, your pet, your car/truck, your four-wheeler, or anything that really speaks to you.
6. The Accessories – Don’t forget accessories (earrings, scarves, etc) and shoes – but keep in mind your feet won’t show in every pose so you won’t need shoes for every single outfit. Most shots will be of your face or 3/4 shots with only a few showing you from head to toe.
what NOT to wear
hair + makeup tips
We know how important it is for you to look you best in your photos so here’s a helpful guide for all of your hair and makeup questions! Your makeup style can change the overall style of your shoot so the first step is to visualize what you want to look like. Is ultra glam your thing or fresh faced and natural? Try out your make up styles in advance so you can perfect your look. Make sure to coordinate your clothing with your makeup and hair style as well.
If hair and makeup just isn’t your thing or if you aren’t sure how to achieve that natural, glamorous or sophisticated look, we do offer packages that include a professional hair and makeup artist! Make sure to let us know in advance if you would like to take advantage of this amazing artist!
The Basics: Makeup should only be slightly heavier than normal, like what you would do for a night out on the town. Mascara should be clean and contain no clumps so that your eyes look their best. Many photos will be close ups of your face so clumpy mascara will show! Avoid makeup with sparkles or glitter in it. In real life they will catch the light and give off a nice shimmer, but in a photo it creates little spots that could be mistaken for a blemish. Avoid a foundation with SPF in it as it can cause the skin to look too shiny.
Lips: Glossy, colorful lips photograph best. Lips are best in reds, berries, and browns but make sure to make a statement by maintaining contrast. Even if you never wear lipstick, a little color goes a long way. As a bare minimum, bring lip gloss to put a little shine on your lips. Avoid matte lipsticks if possible. Also remember to always try on whatever lipstick you want to use a few days in advance to make sure you love the color.
Face: The color of your face should match the neck and shoulders so a little contouring goes a long way but don’t over do it with the bronzer. Use a SPF-free moisturizer and foundation to prevent unnecessary shine and use a translucent powder to set. Remember to bring extra powder for touch-ups at the studio. Don’t over-do to cover pimples or blemishes as uneven concealer will show up on camera.
Cheeks: Contouring can be a girl’s best friend so don’t be afraid to have a little color on the apples of the cheeks and follow up to the cheek bones. It brightens up the appearance of the face and gives a healthy, youthful glow. If you typically do not use a blush, go for a lighter color, like a petal pink, and make sure it blends well.
Eyes: If you normally pluck, wax or trim, make sure your eyebrows are well groomed prior to the shoot (if by wax, allow at least one day to make sure there is enough time for redness to go away.) For eyelashes use a black, waterproof mascara. Make sure the mascara is new to avoid clumping. Dark brown eyeliner is a nice alternative to black and compliments most light eye shadows. Remember not to wear any eye make up with glitter in it! If you have smaller eyes than avoid bottom liner as it closes the eye down making it look smaller than it really is.
Nails: Nails are rarely featured in your senior photos, but it’s best to paint a clear, neutral, or french tip. If you are going to show your feet, paint your toenails too.
Hair:We suggest you don’t try a new cut or color just before your session. If you end up hating your new hairdo, you don’t want to memorize it in your senior photos. If you do need a cuts or color it should be done at least a week prior to your session to ensure they look their best. If you want a new style then make sure you practice it in advance but we recommend you go with the style you are comfortable with, which is also usually the one that represents you the best. If you want multiple styles then it make be necessary to schedule multiple sessions.
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frequently asked questions
How much will portraits cost?
The portrait session and final images that you select is entirely dependent on you. We understand that the session type that you choose is dependent on your individual style and tastes, and that each person’s image needs vary. Depending on the session that you choose, you will have a minimum of 25-60 images to select from at your ordering appointment.
You do not have to make any final decisions until the day of your ordering appointment.
Do you photograph guy’s senior portraits?
Of course! Even senior guys need photos too! We love showing off the unique style of our guys, whatever it may be –sports, urban, skateboarding, techy, whatever your taste is. We love to focus on having fun and showing off YOUR individual style.
Do I have to come in for a consultation?
Yes! We require an in-person consultation so we can truly capture the “real” you. This way we can show you examples of our portraits and work with you to create the perfect senior session for your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes! We welcome pets to indoor or outdoor sessions but you might want to have a person on hand to take care of them for when you take solo photos.
Do you photograph sessions in your studio or on location?
Both! The location is based on which package you choose. Our in-studio session is prop based, dependent on your interests and hobbies. We also photograph seniors on location – from urban settings to vintage fields to custom locations, we create the senior experience that YOU want.
In our studio we photograph with both natural light and fashion studio lighting – we want to make sure you have a variety of looks to show off your individual style. On location we also photograph with numerous location lighting techniques – from fashion lighting to natural light and more.
How many outfits can I bring?
This depends on the package that you choose. If you pick a package with unlimited outfit changes please note that, in general, we can typically photograph 4-5 outfits per hour, however this is entirely dependent on you. The more time you spend getting ready between outfits, the fewer outfits we will get to and so forth.
Be sure to check out our What to Wear Guide to see some suggestions and guidelines for your senior portraits.
How long do you keep my image files?
All ordered images are archived for a period of 3 years.
When do I see my senior pictures?
You will see your photos at the ordering appointment which should take place 1-2 weeks after your session. You might also see a sneak peak on our facebook page!
I want to wear my hair two different ways – can I do that at my session?
If you are wanting to wear your hair in two distinctly different ways – such as curly and straight – we encourage you to book two separate sessions.
If you are simply wanting to change up your look a little during your session – such as pulling part, or all, of your hair up for certain outfits – you can absolutely do that during any of our sessions.
Do you photograph yearbook headshots?
Check your school’s guidelines for yearbook headshots. If you are allowed to select your own image to submit from your senior portrait session, then we can photograph any type of image that you would like for your yearbook.
Will my photos be retouched?
The studio will do basic skin smoothing, basic hair smoothing (up to 2 hairs removed from in front of face; light frizziness removal around crown of head) and whiten teeth at no charge. Retouching of braces, glasses and clothing is additional if requested.
What if it rains during my session?
We will reschedule your session for the next available date at your convenience.