Tips for Seniors – Columbia, MO Photographer

My tips for seniors – I don’t follow any specific rules, I do want you to be you. I want to photograph you in what you’re comfortable in, so while you might see some inspirational guides or recommendations, please be sure to be true to yourself first.

Being well prepared for your senior photo session can make the difference between average and fabulous photos. Follow these easy tips and you’ll be well on your way to looking your absolute best. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact me

Have fun! I am going to make you look great and you’ll have a great time. That’s why you chose SheyiKreations.

Relax. I like to think I am rather cool and easy to get along with. Plus, I’ll help you with posing, so there’s no pressure on you.

Arrive early or on time to your session. Showing up late means you lose session time, and we don’t want that.

You’re unique and beautiful. Follow my guidelines but be yourself in how you dress.

Be fashionable. Wear clothing that’s stylish and put a lot of thought into your choices. This is a unique opportunity and I want you to look amazing!

Make sure you’re comfortable in your clothing and that it flatters you. This will ensure that you like how you look when viewing your photos.

If you’re self-conscious about your arms, avoid sleeveless or cap-sleeve shirts and tank tops, as they tend to make arms look fuller.

Avoid stripes and plaid. Solid colors photograph much better than busy patterns.

Bring a variety of colors and mix the level of styles. Some should be dressy, some dressy-casual, and some casual.

If you’re comfortable in dresses, bring them! They photograph really well and offer a nice variety from your other casual clothing choices. We can mix dressy and casual dresses for some great looks. If you plan on wearing skirts or dresses, it’s important that you wear spandex underneath.

I cannot say it loudly enough. Girls, wear heels! Whether pumps or boots, dressy or casual, plain or sassy, heels really make you stand out and look glamorous.

Flats can also work well if you mix them with the right outfit.

I will not photograph you in flip-flops. Yes, they’re comfy and we all love them, but they don’t photograph well.

Hair style is ultimately your responsibility. Any hair changes during the session should be quick and simple so you have as much camera time as possible.

Bring hair spray, clips, pins, and whatever else is needed to keep your hair out of your eyes if it’s windy. Also bring a brush and mirror for quick hair touch-ups.

Try not make drastic changes to your hairstyle right before your photo session.

Guys, remember to shave!

Makeup that is well done is one of the best preparations you can make for your session. It will even out skin tones and help give your photos that extra pop for a model-like look. Even if you don’t normally wear makeup or wear very little, take the time to do it well and your photos will look their best.

Makeup should only be slightly heavier than normal. Mascara should be clean and not clumpy.

Keep it simple. Big, shiny jewelry can distract from the important subject, you. If you have different jewelry for different outfits, you might put each set of jewelry in a plastic bag.

All that being said, the proper jewelry can really complement your outfit. It’s nice to have a variety to choose from and it doesn’t hurt to bring numerous options with you.

They’re great! Bring props that help show who you are. Some popular choices are:

  • Sports equipment (soccer ball, basketball, softball bat, etc.)
  • Sports uniforms
  • Musical instruments
  • Activity related items (dance, art, school clubs, etc.)

Most lenses have a glare. To avoid reflection in your lenses you can opt to wear contacts or removing your lenses for your session.

Please make sure the colors of your undergarment coordinate well with your outfits and don’t show through your clothing. If you need a strapless, please bring one to your session. Tucking or moving straps will not always work or give the most pleasing look. If you plan on wearing skirts or dresses, it’s important that you wear spandex underneath.

If you paint your nails, make sure they’re done well for your session. Chipped nail paint will show and distract from you. Avoid bright colors that will distract from you and may not work with all your outfits. Instead, opt for basic or natural tones.

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Hope you find the above tips for seniors useful.