What Should I Wear?
Your high school senior session should reflect who you are plain and simple. Although it is incredibly important that your clothing choices should reflect your personal style, it is also important to bring one outfit that would be considered classic, because you will want your pictures to be timeless; something you can enjoy for years to come. Wear an outfit that flatters you, and is clean and pressed. Make sure you take the time to remove any "fuzzies" or animal hair. Bring all your clothing choices on a hanger so that they stay neat. The more neat and tidy your clothing looks, the more polished you will look! Avoid stripes and plaids, especially near the face. Wearing busy patterns only takes away from you! Keep jewelry simple and complimentary to your outfit. In addition to your sports uniform and casual wear, men may want to bring a suit or sport coat with jeans, or a nice sweater; women should bring a dark wash jean and nice simple scoop neck or portrait top paired with either boots, heels or ballet flats, they may also wish to bring a beautiful formal dress. An A-line dress that is cinched at the waist goes with any body type and is very flattering in photographs. Additionally, a long flowing floor length dress can be quite dramatic in contrast to an informal setting. There are lots of ways to get a fancy dress for a shoot. Hit the sale racks, friend's closets, a second hand shop, or shop on line. There are places like, https://www.renttherunway.com where you can rent a designer dress for a fraction of the actual cost. Remember to bring coordinating shoes for each outfit.
Young women often ask, "Should I get my make up and hair done professionally?" YES! YES! YES! I would highly recommend getting your make up and hair done professionally. An experienced makeup artist and hair stylist will know exactly how to do your makeup and style your hair for the photoshoot. I work exclusively with a makeup artist and hairstylist here in town and I can arrange your shoot to follow an appointment with them. Just ask me for their information. If you want to see their work, please refer to the Paris inspired shoot: http://www.kathleenmurphyphotos.com/blog/category/paris-inspired-photo-shoot
If you want to do your own makeup, there are a number of things to consider: Avoid clumping mascara and spiking your lashes. Stay away from shimmery eye shadows and blushes. Matte, neutral shades work best. Avoid lining the inner rim of your eyes as that makes your eyes look smaller. When lining the eye, line just under the lash line and use a soft pencil. Line three quarters of the way, smudging the line for a natural look. Don't over do it. Less really is more. Talk to me if you have questions. I was a makeup artist for several years and can give you some helpful hints.
Don't overlook the details!
Be sure to moisturize your face, hands and lips well in advance of your session. Chapped lips and flaking skin are difficult to edit away. And don't forget the nails. Both men and women's hands look best when nails are neat and trimmed or filed. Women may wish to use a simple neutral or clear polish.
What should I bring to the session? For women-Bring a hairbrush, hand mirror, lipstick and powder for touch up. For men and women: Bring any clothing changes you need and props that help to show who you are and what you enjoy. You may wish to bring sports equipment and uniforms, musical instruments, ballet shoes, art you have created, etc... The most important thing to remember is that if you prepare in advance with the clothing you feel confident wearing, and the hair and makeup that flatters you, your pictures will be amazing.
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