I love to photograph high school seniors. You are so full of life, interesting to talk to. You are dreaming of your future and all that lies ahead of you. I can be more creative with you which often allows me to do something new and exciting. You can be creative on how you approach the session. You can be you! My overriding goal is to present you with images you will be proud of for years to come so we want to approach that creativity in an interesting and classy way. I've written down a few things you might want to consider before you come for your photography. If you have any questions or cool ideas that you would like to try give me a call and we can put our heads together and see what we can come up with.
1. I don't tell grads what to wear. The way you dress is who you are. But there are some general rules to portraiture that if you will follow it will pay dividends and will result in a timeless and treasured portrait.
2. Long sleeved shirts / blouses and long pants photograph better than short ones.
3. Girls can use a little more makeup than they would normally wear because it works in a photograph. Use lighter shades around the eyes because the eyes are the windows to your soul and we want to bring them out in your portrait.
4. Stay away from fluorescent green and orange finger and toenail polishes. The camera does not like them!
5. Accessories can add a lot of interest and "artistic feel" to your portrait so bring lots of them. Hats, scarves, gloves, ties, flowers, bows, musical instruments (We have a piano here), skis, ball gloves, bats, easels with one of your paintings, a horse, cars, or even airplanes (We'll go the airport!). Whatever you are known for should be in some of your portraits!
6. This is NOT a time to change your hair style! Guys - Don't get your haircut the day before the session - have it done at least a week before. Girl's - If you try a new style just before your session and do not like it you will have to look at it for a long long time.
7. Many of the modern tennis shoes such as Nikes and Adidas, that are decked with lots of bright colors and patterns, are not great for photographs. The canvas shoes I see kids wearing today are fine. Dress shoes and boots are great!
8. Denim and solid earth toned colored clothing are great. Large patterns and stripes may be distracting.
9. Allow plenty of time so that you are not rushed. You are going to have a great time. It's my job to create a timeless and artistic portrait of you at this important time in your life. All you have to do during your session is relax and enjoy the ride.
10. REMEMBER - theses are guidelines not hard fast rules so don't stress about it. Be yourself and you will love the results. So bring a few good jokes and lets have a great time at your senior high school portrait session. See you soon!