These sessions are all about capturing Senior's about to graduate High School or College, my goal is to truly capture the essence of your personality. As you prepare to branch out into the world of independence I want to help you define yourself through these images. Let's have fun with it!
When to plan:
Start thinking about your Senior session at the end of your Junior year. Many times high school yearbook deadlines are in early fall, so capturing your images the Spring or Summer prior to the start of your Senior year is the best time. My favorite months are May-September. Here's a list of previous Yearbook deadlines for local schools to use as a guide.
- Sept Richland
- Oct Kennewick
- Oct Walla Walla
- Oct Touchet
- Dec Hermiston
- Jan Dayton
- Jan Milton Freewater
- Mar WW Valley Academy
- April Weston-McEwen
What to expect:
Depending on your session choice the photo shoot will last between 1-2 hours. We average 20-30min per outfit. Locations that are close together are preferred or one location that has lots of variety. Sessions begin based on the sunset times typically 2-3 hours before sundown.
How to prepare:
Here is a typical photo shoot checklist :
- extra outfits & accessories It's always a good idea to bring 1-2 more outfits than we will have time for, just in case.
- back up shoes A lot of locations are off the beaten path in grassy fields or pastures with manure or critters, so wearing a good sturdy pair of walking shoes or boots is a good idea. You can change into your fancy shoes once we get there.
- make up or hair brush/accessories Ladies: bring to the session touch ups for lip gloss, blush & some powder. I always recommend wearing slightly more make up than usual and be sure to really define your eyelashes. Fellas: a comb or lotion for dry hands is about all you'll need besides items that coordinate with your outfit (hat, belt, tie, watch, etc).
- bug spray I am starting to carry this with me at all times during summer evening sessions in remote areas or near water as this can be prime time for mosquitoes or other creepy crawlies!
- any prop or special item you'd like to incorporate (we usually discuss this before hand), but includes sports equipment, musical instrument, books, hats, flowers, pets or car/truck.
Other things to consider:
- manicure or pedicure: Don't forget sometimes your hands will be posed by your face. A coat of nail polish (even clear) is something to consider before your shoot or at least remove the chipped remains from your last coat of paint. ;o)
- haircut or color: Girls a fresh bang trim & taking care of any grown out roots can make a big difference. Guys, same rules apply a fresh haircut and trimming any facial hair so you have a polished look in your photo. If it's in your budget having a professional salon appointment for a style the day of the session can remove the stress of styling your own tresses. I now have a salon located inside my studio and can book an appointment for haircuts or hair styling for you.
- jewelry & accessories: Adding a watch, bracelet, necklace, scarf, hat, belt, tie, jacket, vest, gloves, etc. can make a big impact in a photo, make it look more polished & can take your look to the next level and give it more depth with layered textures. Don't be afraid of bold, bright pops of color!
What to wear:
What style would best describe your wardrobe? How you present yourself says a lot about who you are. Your portrait should not portray someone or something you're not. Now is the time to let your personality shine through, whatever that may be! I will help you, using visual guides, to pair colors together & show you how to coordinate outfits. Check out some of my boards for inspiration: www.pinterest.com/jamiebrown