Wednesday, August 1, 2018

5 Simple Steps for Ahh-mazing Senior Portraits | Class of 2019 | Senior Photographer

It's your time to shine!

You've watched as your older friends have made amazing memories during their senior year.  You've watched them experience their "lasts", last first day of school, last homecoming, last prom, last Friday Night light..  You've watched them spread their wings and start planning their futures.  You've watched them share their senior pictures and senior memories... now it's your turn...finally!

Let's start making amazing memories!

You've dreamed of what your senior photos would look like.  Where they'd be, what you'd be wearing, what personal items you would want to include.  Now it's time to put that all together and make that dream into a reality.

#1 Know Yourself!

You know yourself better than anyone.  What makes you happy? What makes you feel your best?  For some people, its a place.  They are happy and carefree at the beach or the mountains, maybe its somewhere quiet or maybe its buzzing with energy.  

Some people are happiest when they have their person with them.  If that's you, think about inviting your person to your session so they can be there to make you comfortable, to help you along the way and to make you laugh! BFF's are perfect for this!

Whatever it is, it's part of what make you YOU! 

#2 Love Yourself

What do you love about yourself? What do you admire about your mind, body and soul? 

What are your favorite features? Is it the color of your eyes? Your dimples? Freckles? Your athletic body?

What do you love about who you are?  Are you a good friend and listener? Are you the life of the party and have a great sense of humor? Do you excel in studies and lead your peers in education?

Take a minute to think about the amazing things about YOU that you love.  Make a mental note, or if you're like me, write it on a post it note to remind you.  You were made for greatness and the moment you realize that it's a game changer.

#3 Inspire Yourself

What inspires you? What situation gives you the "best day ever" feeling? Are you inspired by different cultures? The arts? Travel? Does a certain style bring you joy?

Knowing what inspires you helps you use your imagination to plan out the senior experience you've dreamed of.

Imagine with me for a minute...

Picture yourself frolicking through the meadows in a dreamy flowy bohemian gown and flower crown.

Picture yourself strolling the streets of your favorite downtown in your trendy date night look with your favorite heels and the buzz of the city all around you.

Picture yourself in a funky record store browsing for your favorite LP of all time wearing you favorite band tee and jeans.

Start collecting images that inspire you.  Keep them in a gallery or a Pinterest board and share them with your parents and your photographer.  This will help everyone understand your vision for your unique senior portrait experience.

#4 Personalize Yourself

Your senior photos are all about showing who YOU are right this moment.  The moment before you step out into the world and make your mark.

What outfits make you feel your best?  What is YOUR color?  Everyone wants to look and feel their best for their session and knowing what colors compliment your skin and what looks flatter your figure are key.  

Take a few minutes to go through your closet.  Gather your favorite looks and don't forget the coordinating shoes.  Do you need a few pieces to pull a look together? Make a list of what you need to finish your style.

Now it's time to accessorize.  Accessories are like the icing on the cake. A splash of accessories polishes your look and takes it from ok to ahh-mazing!  Jewelry, hats, headbands, your letterman jacket, your sporting gear or instruments all help pull your look together.  

Have fun trying it all on and walking the runway {or your hallway}.  Does it make you feel like a celebrity?

#5 Trust Yourself

You've taken the time to plan all the little details.  You've done some soul searching and realized just how amazing YOU truly are!  Take a deep breathe and reminisce on all events that have lead you to this year.  All the accomplishments you've made, the goals you've set and achieved, the friends you've made, the lessons you've learned have all brought you to this moment.

You've chosen the perfect location and the photographer you trust to bring your vision to life.  Relax and enjoy! You've got this!

Reward Yourself!

You look amazing! You have the perfect outfits planned, your got your hair, makeup and nails done, you've collected all the little details you want to include and have chosen the perfect place for your unique senior session.  Own this moment! Have fun, laugh a ton, show your sassy side and make this moment one of your favorites from your senior year! Doesn't it feel great to love on yourself a bit? Be proud of yourself, you've worked hard to get where you are.  Have a great time and then have fun sharing your amazing photos with your friends and family.

Get ready Class of 2019, it's your time to shine!