I am super excited for this coming school year! Not because I am graduating, but because I have practically nagged the two friends of mine who are graduating to death. You see, since I now have a dSLR, and I have been working on my photography skills…..well, I wanted to take their senior portraits! And guess what? They both consented. I’m jumping up and down (okay, not really. the dignity of a rising junior must be kept 😉 with excitement because I love photography, I love my friends, and…I RARELY EVER GET TO PHOTOGRAPH PEOPLE! So this post is mainly for them, but if you are a rising senior this year and interested getting your senior portraits done, this should help if you have any questions! I’ve done a lot of research for this.
Location is important because it is going to be your backdrop – whether you chose a big, open field, an orchard, a purple wall in the city, or the city dump (yes, that has been done before). It is up to you where you want your pictures done – but, of course, I the photographer will have some suggestions if you’re not sure. Here’s something to help you chose your location: What is your personality type? What are you like? Are you a farm girl or a city girl? If you’re a quiet introvert who loves the peaceful countryside, then a river setting might be good for you. If, however, you’re a girl who frequents the mall and coffee shops in the city, then an urban background might be better. Lastly, there are the in-between girls and I am so happy to help you chose your location if you really don’t know after all.
I love props. So much. So very much. Props come in different shapes and sizes, literally. Some like to pose by an old vintage VW, some want their parasol and fan, and others, their polaroid. What are your hobbies? Do you play an instrument? Bring it out! Are you interested in photography? Where’s your camera? Are you interested in a certain sport? Props really depend on who you are and what you do, so think about it. (Do you tap-dance? 😉
Personally, I love shoots that have the model in different outfits. It makes it so cool to have a casual outfit and a dressy outfit. That being said, I allow up to three different outfits in my shoots. What are your favorite outfits? And again, who are you? Are you a country girl? Bring out the boots! Think of three outfits that describe who you are and are different.
Posing comes naturally to some people, but for others, it’s harder. No one likes stiff photos! Here’s the biggest tip: Trust me (the photographer). Forget that I even have a camera until you want your formal shots. Let me do my own thing and if you forget about me, it makes it easier for me to get a better shot. Also, don’t feel like you need to wear out your face smiling all the time. Serious shots are beautiful too – and some of them are even more beautiful than the smiling shots! One of my friends is a great photographer and her biggest tip is to remember to relax your shoulders! It’s natural to tense up during shoots.
Last, but not least, if you have any questions at all, just contact me! And here are some gorgeous shoots for inspiration.
*All of the photos in this post are stock photography and not mine. To see examples of my photography, go here.*