a note about this guide
I’m so excited to be working with you and I can’t wait to get to know you better! I know photography is something that doesn’t happen everyday and photoshoots can be intimidating. I’m so honored you chose to work with me!
Having photographed a lot of Seniors over the past few years, I tend to get asked the same things over and over again. So I thought it would be beneficial if I put together a guide that walks you through everything.
Let’s have some fun!
I get it. Having your picture taken for 1-2 hours might not be in your top-10 favorite things to do during your downtime. And at first you might feel sort of awkward being in front of the camera. But I think you’ll find that by the end of the session, it’s a lot easier than you thought, and you even had a little fun.
What to Wear
I love the way larger patterns photograph – just be careful not to choose a pattern that is too small – it may accidentally make your photo look a little too busy.
Softer colors tend to photograph better than bright colors – especially since bright colors could reflect on your skin. I love bright, neon dresses, but I don’t love the neon reflection they add to your complexion
You can’t go wrong with a suit and tie. Layer with a blazer and a fun tie – you can even wear jeans with this look. Bowties are always a good idea. Be careful not to choose a pattern that is too small – it may accidentally make your photo look a little too busy. Softer, pastel colors tend to photograph better than bright colors – especially since bright colors could reflect on your skin. Cozy sweaters layered over button ups are a great way to stay warm and stylish during the cooler months.
Statement jewelry is a great way to add color or pattern to a simple dress. Lace and tulle look amazing in photographs. Depending on your location, you might want to consider a fit and flare or a flowy dress! They look great in walking and photos with movement. Choose an outfit you feel comfortable in, but don’t be afraid to dress up!
Hair & Makeup
Professionally done hair & makeup last longer than typical hair & makeup. They also tend to hold up better for humidity and wind. I think it’s so important that you look and feel your best for your senior photos
Whether you have a beard or a clean face you want to look your best. If you shave your face make sure that you use products that help avoid razor burn. You also can use a hot towel treatment and moisturizer to help keep your skin smooth.I f you rock the beard use beard oil and comb your beard to help clean it up. Some beard wax can help hold flyaways.
If you have a Varsity jacket please make sure to bring it along with any sports gear or jersey you also want photographed.
Time & Light
Is there a “good” time to take photos?
I’ve found that there isn’t a “good” or “bad” time to take your photos. I normally plan sessions based on a particular “look” you have in mind, spring flowers for example, or based on schedules.
Sessions typically last about an hour and a half and when I can—I love to begin sessions about two hours before sunset. I prefer to shoot when the sun is lower in the sky to avoid harsh shadows and bright sun patches. The first two hours after sunrise is also an ideal time to shoot. So if you’re an early riser we can make morning shoots happen.
I schedule sessions during what I believe will be the best light of the day – which means that it’s super important to be on time. If you’re late to an evening session, we could run out of light before we’ve finished shooting and if your session takes place in the morning, the sun gets more harsh as it rises.
Classic & Elegant
University Of Michigan Law Quad
Lake St. Claire Metropark*
Port Huron Light House
Kensington Metro Park
Gallup Park Ann Arbor
The Belt Detroit
Belle Isle** locations require a photo fee or entry fee.
“What do I do with my hands”?
When it comes to posing for your senior session, you don’t need to worry about a thing! I’ll guide you through the entire process beginning with “poses” that are super easy and natural. If I tell you to do something that feels a little funny, it’s probably because I know it’s going to make you laugh – and that’s the photo I’m actually looking for. Throughout your session, I’ll keep an eye on your hair, makeup and outfits to make sure things stay in place. I want you to feel as relaxed as possible.
Bring your sports gear, your instrument, cap and gown, pet, whatever you want. I recommend including them only if they’re meaningful to you..
When do you get
As soon as possible after your session is complete, it normally takes about 30 business day to edit your images. You will recieve a digital gallery that you can share with your family and friends. You can expect to receive your senior prints between 4 and 8 weeks after your session.