7 Steps to Slay Your Senior Session

7 Steps to Slay Your Senior Session

"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing YOU can be". - Maya Angelou

Senior portraits are a long-standing tradition and for many will be re-occurring photos in their lifetime- whether you are proud of them or not. Those yearbooks are going to be hanging in the backs of people’s closets for a very long time and can be opened up and shared on social media at any point for decades. (It’s scary, I know). It is important you dress for your senior portraits so that your confidence and uniqueness shine through for years to come. 

Preparing for your photos can make the difference between average and spectacular senior portraits. I’m so glad you have found your way to Danielle Jackson Photography and my blog. Rest assured together we are going to create some amazing images.

Here are my 7 steps to slay your senior session.

  • Mindset – Get ready to have fun! I’m going to help you look great while having a great time. Relax, it’s my job to help you to prepare and pose you, so there’s no pressure on you. Trust me when I say, my enthusiasm is contagious and I want you to love this experience.
  • Style – You’re unique and beautiful. Follow my guidelines but be yourself. Be fashionable, but authentic with your clothing choices. This is a unique opportunity and I want you to look amazing and always look back with fondness about your senior experiences.
  • Props – Personalize your session with your own props. If you love your surfboard more than life, bring it. Do you never leave your house without your sketch pad? In love with your guitar? Bring it. Your class ring or letterman jacket are a great way to bring a touch of your school spirit to your photos.
  • Clothes – Wear something you love and makes you feel confident. Make sure it fits well and that no undergarments can be seen. Solid muted colors photograph better than bright colors and busy patterns. Textures, like corduroy, lace or soft fuzzy clothes photograph beautifully. Bring a variety of colors and mix the level of styles. Some should be dressy, some dressy-casual, and some casual. ​

If you’re comfortable in dresses, bring them! They photograph really well and offer a nice variety from your other casual clothing choices. We can mix dressy and casual clothes for some great looks.

Consider bringing accessories and items that allow you to combine the two looks, for example, add colorful scarf or lightweight jacket to a casual shirt and boom, you’ve got another look in an instant. I’m happy to help you select among several choices if you would like to bring more than one option for each or you can send me a snapshot of your clothes laid out and I will offer you suggestions before you even leave your house.

  • Shoes – They can complete a look so make sure you take the time to select the right pair. Heels, boots, sandals, boat shoes, and flats all work well. Unless you are wearing a sports outfit I recommend not wearing tennis shoes or flip flops. If your session is on the beach then lucky you- bare feet look great too. (Just make sure if barefoot is your preference that you are photo ready all the way down to your heels and toenails.)
  • Complexion– Please don’t worry if you happen to break out on the day of your session. I know this is not a part of your life story you would care to remember and I am more than happy to wave my magic editing wand and clear things up for you. I also offer complimentary detailed editing work for purchased photos. Makeup can smooth over your skin and assist with some coverage which I encourage and if you check out my photo perfect make-up tips you can be extra prepared.
  • Hair– Try to schedule your hair to be cut about a week before your session. Gentlemen should have their facial hair either clean shaven or neatly groomed on the day of their session. Everyone should wear their hair as you normally would, but you may want to bring along a comb or brush for quick fixes. Ladies are encouraged to bring along simple hair accessories to change up their look with a relaxed updo or side sweep. Feel free to read a few more suggestions for picture ready hair if you want to learn a few more of my tips.

Woo Hoo 3 Bonus Do's

  1. Arrive on Time. Being late results in lost session time and no one wants that!
  2. Call or text me if you have any questions at all. I love to discuss your session or photographs.
  3. Be sure you are clear on my copyright policy and the sharing of your photos.

So if you still have an ounce of energy to learn a bit more feel free to check out my blog for my Top 12 Tips to Look Awesome in Every Photo.

Well, if you got through all that, the rest is easy. For real you guys, this year is going to fly by so contact me right away to book your session today!

With Love,

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