In this section you will find tips to help make your photo session the best it can be.
Our Seniors are beautiful people with incredible energy. We work closely with each Senior to bring out the very best, unique facets of their personalities in the form of visual art. Just as each human being is an individual, each photo session is unparalleled. Creating works of art for our seniors is our specialty. We want to know what you love, who you love, who you are – and bring that forward in front of the camera. And most importantly, we take great joy in showing off the final results of this amazing collaboration between photographer and Senior.
The Day Before
On the day before your session, prepare and press your clothes. Arrange them by outfits and group them together on hangers.
Have a show at home and try on all of your outfits. Make sure that you are happy with your choices and that they fit properly (ill-fitting clothing will not photograph well).
Relax and get plenty of rest the night before your session. Without a good night’s rest, your eyes may look tired or have dark circles under them.
Have a light meal on the day of your session and be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
We strongly encourage you to arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Be aware that there is usually someone scheduled right after you, and tardiness will cut into your allotted session time! If you need to apply make-up or style your hair at the studio, plan another 15 minutes advance arrival to do so.
Wear your regular street clothes to your session. Once you get to the studio, we’ll discuss your wishes and options and decide which outfit to start with.
Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers!
What if my face breaks out?
All of your finished portraits will be retouched so don’t worry if your complexion breaks out right before your session.
What if it rains on my session?
We are at the mercy of Mother Nature. Do not worry if it rains on your scheduled session day. We will reschedule your session or allow you to trade its value for digital effects.
What should I wear?
Wear clothes that reflect your personal style.
We will choose your backgrounds and sets to best complement your attire.
Can I be photographed with family members or a boyfriend/girlfriend?
Sure! But remember these portraits are mostly about YOU. We offer a free family session to all our senior clients, so it might be best to save those photos for another day so we
can focus the session on YOU.
Can I change my hair during the session?
Yes, but do it quickly. All sessions are based on time, and you don’t want to waste camera time making drastic hairstyle changes.
Clothing Tips to Lower Your Stress Level
Darker colored clothing is concealing and will make you look thinner.
Be careful with loose or baggy clothing; they can tend to be unflattering and can actually make you appear heavier.
Be Unique. Clothing selection is important for showing who you are and your personal style. Remember your portraits are about YOU. The clothing should be thought of as an accessory.
Avoid clothes with slogans, logos, or other distractions. Your face, eyes, and expression want all of the attention.
Wear colors that go best with your complexion, hair coloring and eyes. If you have blue eyes, wearing a blue shirt can make your eyes “pop” and enhance their color in your photos.
Bold stripes and large patterns stand out and tend to draw attention away from the most important part of your photographs: your face.
White clothing can wash out a fair complexion. Be extra careful about wearing white in the winter months when your tan is more faded.
In order to ensure variety in your session, bring different styles and colors of clothes. Your photos can represent all seasons, so bring a wide range of clothing despite the current outdoor temperature.
If there’s something about your body that you don’t like, cover it up. It is amazing how many people come to their session wearing a sleeveless shirt & say they hate their upper arms!
Lips: shine on the lips is great. Even if you choose not to wear lipstick, make sure to have a gloss.
Lipstick: if you use a liner, use the same or a similar color as your lipstick. Finish with a bit of shine or gloss in the center of your lips as a highlight.
Brows: make sure your brows are well groomed. Tweeze stray hairs on your brow the night before your session so that it will not look red or swollen the day of your shoot.
Lashes: build a beautiful lash: waterproof mascara has more building power than regular mascara enabling you to build length and thickness. Be sure to curl your lashes before applying mascara.
Girls hair: If you color your hair, make sure you have your roots touched up a few days to a week before your session. Dark roots are amplified in photographs since we are lighting your face and not the top of your head.
Style Changes: Quick, easy hairstyle changes during your session are okay, but practice doing such quick-changes so you don’t lose time in front of the camera.
Nails: Your nails will show in your photos so make sure to have fresh polish on both your hands and toes. Be sure to choose a more neutral color that will go with all of your outfits. The press-on nails actually look great in photos so don’t feel like you need to go the extra expense of having your nails professionally done.
Tanning: Please do not over-do the tanning bed or sun. Your skin will have a natural luster and color if you let it rest from tanning for at least three days before your session. Tanning right before your session will swell the skin and cause you to look red in your photos.
Bring attention to your face with accessories such as hats, hair pieces, scarves, and bold necklaces. A scarf or a bold necklace can transform a simple outfit into a statement piece and offer a variety of looks for one clothing change.
Defining the waist with a belt or a tie creates an hourglass shape.
Heels lengthen the leg line and slim the body while making your legs look fabulous! But, don’t spend a lot of time hunting for shoes for every outfit because most of your favorite shots will be from the waist up, and focused on your face.
If your skin tends to be shiny,bring paper blotters to remove oil from your skin.
Be sure to bring a lip balm: drylips do not look good in photos.
Facial hair is fine in photos.
If you want facial hair and your mom prefers clean-shaven, bring along your shaving gear so you can have a quick shave at the studio. This will allow you to have facial hair in some of your photos, and be clean-shaven in others.
Accessorize: Some ideas… hats, sunglasses, your beats headphones, suspenders, ties, jackets, etc.
Guys hair: Cuts should be about a week before your session.