How to look your best for your senior portraits

September is the time for photos for many people in the world. If you are in school then its school photo season, university is ID card season and for some jobs too. Here are some tips and tricks all about getting the perfect portrait/...

Being photographed by a professional photographer can be intimidating, especially in your senior high school year. This is the photograph that your parents will display while you’re away in college. It’s the most lasting keepsake of your high school years. They'll see how their mum once looked before she grew up, before she left home and went away to college, or before she commenced her career. Essentially, you are creating family history.

For most young adults getting their senior portraits will be their first time in front of a camera. Despite most people born since 1990s familiar with having their photos captured by smartphones, having your portrait snapped by a professional photographer produces a very different experience and results.

Here are a few tips we have put together to help you plan your senior portraits session so that you may look and feel your best.

What To Wear?

The outfit you wear in your senior portrait will be viewed as long as the portrait is. You’ll need an outfit that feels great to wear and looks great on you. The last thing you want to say in years to come is ‘oh, I hated that dress.'

A classic, timeless look is preferable to what’s trending right now (although, perhaps it will be good for laughs when you show your children what you wore).

Choosing The Right Outfit
Here are a few things to keep in mind.
  • The outfit should be comfortable to wear. If you’re not comfortable, it will show in your facial expression and body language. So choose from the outfits you enjoy wearing the most.
  • The outfit should suit the time of the year the portrait will be taken.
  • The color should complement you. If you have red hair, try not to wear the color red. You know what colors look good on you. So try to wear the ones which you know suit you best.
  • If possible, try to wear outfits of a single color. Those outfits always seem to photograph well.
  • Try to keep the look classic rather than fashionable. Remember that advice about the current fashion. Remember that a classic look doesn’t always mean a little black dress. A classic look could mean blue jeans and a white shirt. It simply means a look that doesn’t date easily.
  • Rather than trying to find one perfect outfit, bring a laundry basket full of clothes and let the photographer pick and choose what outfits go best with the surroundings.
  • Above all, try to choose an outfit that suits your personality and shows who you really are. If you can’t find a single outfit like that in your whole collection, then it might be time to go shopping. But you may have already found that outfit in your wardrobe.

Wear Light Makeup

Even if you’re not in the habit of wearing make-up, you should wear it for being photographed. Aim for a light, subtle look. Light foundation and a touch of defining color on your lips. A slightly more subtle shade around the eyes. This will enhance your features and highlight your inner beauty. Your lip color should harmonize with your outfit. Pinks usually look charming on young girls but if your outfit is yellow-based, a golden shade may suit.

If you have existing skin scarring or keloid, chat with your photographer beforehand to see if digital retouching is included. If skin blemishes are a concern to you, consult a cosmetic professional such as those from Victorian Cosmetic Institute to discuss the best options for you. For example, you may wish to explore acne scarring treatment options and other non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures so that you may look and feel you best.

How To Feel Your Best On The Day

Being photographed can be intimidating. It is not uncommon to feel more tense and conscious of your ‘flaws’ once you know that you are being recorded.

To reduce your nerves, catch up with your photographer before your session. Chat about what concerns you and see what tips your photographer may suggest. It may be worthwhile to show a few sample images that you like from other senior portraits and ask for your photographer’s opinion.

In summary, senior portraits are a great way to express your own individual style and celebrate a number of milestones and milestones to come. Therefore, go out and enjoy them as you’ll never experience being you at this very moment ever again.

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