Senior Sessions are pretty awesome. For many Seniors this is their first big event in life.
Before I continue, I feel like I should explain that this is for High School Seniors. I actually get asked fairly frequently if I mean senior citizens. That's a completely different kind of shoot!
Perhaps the Senior had a confirmation or baptism, maybe an adoption party, or a Sweet 16 or quinceañera. But for most of the Seniors I've photographed, it's the first time it's all about them!
I'm going to share a few tips along the way through these photos of Tori.
You don't always have to look at the camera! You can be intimate and in your world. Get into what you love and enjoy. I will guide you from the sidelines if I see something, but I bet you know what to do!
Animals are AMAZING and AWESOME and I want to pet them ALL! If you want to include your four legged friends, I am game! Just know that you may need to bring
bribes....er, treats...to reward your buddy.
If you know what you're looking for in your portraits tell me! I can keep my eyes peeled for a field of sunflowers. With Tori's sessions, we knew we had to wait for fall to see the giant sunflower heads. I can advise you what would be the best time to schedule a session.
For some of the coolest shots you gotta be willing to walk through a ditch sometimes. It'll be totally worth it. I am known for pulling over on the way to a location because something caught my eye.
Tori's mom Rachel had a great idea for lighting up the runway with votive candles. Bring props! Tell me your ideas even if you think they may be crazy! I like crazy!
Accessories add so much and are a great way to show your personality! Hats, earrings, ties, belts, shoes, you name it. Bring it along! This outfit thrilled my innards. How cute is this? I always say bring it and let's try it! This screamed "Material Girl" and I just can't. Bring extra makeup to touch up your look if needed. Powder, gloss or lipstick, a brush, a mirror. This is also a good time to mention having your nails clean, trimmed (not jagged), and have your nails polished or not. If chipped polish is your jam, go for it. Yes, I can see the dirt under fingernails and so can the camera. Hangnails need to go as well. All these tips stand for toes, too. Yes. Toes. You never know when we'll decide that this shot would be awesome barefoot.
If you want to have several themes for different outfits I'm all for it. If you need help that is what I'm for! Your Senior Session has a consultation for things like this!
Fun fact: Neither of the horses seen so far are Tori's. They were actually my friend Nancy's. During one of our consultations horses came up. I asked my friend if we could come shoot at her house and she was happy to have us! It actually created a relationship and Tori started taking lessons from Nancy and the boarded her new horse there! Seriously, I cannot express it enough: Tell me what you're looking for!
Yes, this photo shoot is about you graduating High School. But it is also a time of expressing yourself and your interests and hobbies. When your friends and family see your prints I want them to say, "That is SO YOU!"
It's okay to make faces at me. In fact, I want you to do it! Give me your sweet face, your sassy face, your selfie face!
Wear a formal dress. Get it wet. How fun does that sound?! Incredibly. It's the prom version of a Trash the Dress session in the sense that you're okay with it if something happens to it. Or you want something to happen to it.
If you've got an instrument bring them! Play for me! Bring sheet music to throw everywhere! I know how many hours you've dedicated to practicing, performing, humming tunes in your sleep, and hauling the case everywhere. Might as well bring it along one last time!
Lastly for now, be yourself. Always. I love getting to know my clients and figuring out what makes them laugh, tick, or give me the eye roll.
Next up in this mini series I will feature some male students!