We’ve had the consultation, we’ve set the date and location for your big Senior Portrait photoshoot….now what? In today’s blog post I’ll go over all the ways I’ll help you feel prepared and confident for your closeup!
Preparing for the photoshoot is just as important of the shoot. But of course I’d say that, I’m totally a planner! I love helping seniors brainstorm outfit and prop ideas for their shoot. Most likely we’ve already discussed ideas at the consultation and determining the location will give some inspiration for styling. Are we capturing your images in a local park? A long causal dress might be perfect! Maybe we’re doing a more urban backdrop? Skinny jeans, boots and a moto jacket would look sharp. A location with a mix of nature and hardscape? Bring both outfits!
If you’ve been researching senior photographers you’ve probably noticed that some photographers limit the number of outfits per session. I don’t limit outfits for my senior portrait sessions. The reason I don’t is because sometimes that fourth outfit is just too perfect! The average number of outfit changes is just 2-3 but I always encourage seniors to bring extra. The basic 3 are a casual outfit, a dressy outfit and one related to you extracurricular activities. You could also decide to bring your prom dress, wear your sports uniform, an extra casual or dressy outfit…there are so many possibilities!
About a week before your session I’ll send an email reminding you that its coming up and that I’d love for you to snap a few pics of outfits you’re thinking of wearing. I like to get the big picture so if I see that you’ve got all dresses we can mix it up and ensure a variety of looks. I also love to see pics of any props we’ll use during your session. That way I can plan poses to best use those props!
The week of your photoshoot I’ll send another email with tips to get camera ready. And the day before your shoot I send a reminder plus a simple checklist to ensure you’ve got everything ready for the big day!
I’m all about communicating to ensure everyone (that means both the senior and parents) know the plans. I don’t want you to feel that you have to figure all this out on your own….I mean when was the last time you had a photoshoot? This is why you hire a professional photographer, I’m here to make you look good!