Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
Believe it or not the end of summer is near which means the beginning of school is right around the corner. For some of you that may mean your senior year is approaching – for other’s it may mean that your child’s senior year is approaching. One of the senior “firsts” is getting your senior photos taken – and as a photographer and co-writer of Add Meraki I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share with you how to plan and prepare for senior portraits.
The first step would be to find your photographer (insert shameless self promoting) A.Fogarty Photography only has a few more spots left open so contact as soon as possible to reserve your date! But seriously, most photographers are filling up their summer/fall schedules so if you haven’t already find a photographer that you/your child will feel comfortable being themselves around – do so now! Read their Bio on their website, chat with them before booking, and most importantly take a look at their previous work to see if it represents your/their style.
Second, after choosing a date that works with you and your photographer – together find a location that represents your style and personality. If you are more of an outdoorsy/adventure type then maybe look at some local fields/parks. If you love the ocean – there are plenty of beaches near by that each have their own quirks. Or maybe it’s your own backyard or your grandmother’s garden – find a location that not only are you comfortable in but that represents your own personal style. Your photographer might have a few suggestions.
Next, depending on your photographer’s limitations you should choose between 2-3 outfits for your session. I’ve never been the type of photographer to recommend only solids – or advise against patterns. I really think it’s all about what is flattering on my client and compliments their looks. I do recommend however to think about looking back on these photos years from now – although trendy outfit options are tempting – make sure when you look back that you are pleased with the outfits you chose. Best bet is to choose one trendy & one timeless that way you won’t be disappointed.
Now that you’ve determined your photographer, the location and your outfits search about Pinterest or other forms of inspiration to find some creative ideas to add that final touch to your photos. Maybe you want to add a prop in such as a floral headband, basketball or your family dog. Or maybe you just want to see a few pose ideas before meeting with your photographer. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with senior sessions before shooting.
*click on the photo to view my Pinterest inspiration page
But the most important thing to remember when planning and taking your senior portraits is to be yourself – smile, laugh, and have fun! It’s the beginning of many first and lasts of high school. It should be an enjoyable experience – so use these steps to make sure you make the most of it!