18 Tips on Preparing For Your Senior Session: Guys | Grays Harbor Premier Photographer


Hey guys!
Are you ready to GQ this thing? Seriously, you are going to look so cool! Maybe you're not as excited about your Senior Session as the girls usually are, but you really should be, because between the two of us, you are going to look like you just stepped out of Maxim!
 In order to do that, I've compiled this list to help you come in feeling relaxed, confident, and ready to ROCK this thing!
Now, don't wait till the night before your session to start getting ready and just throw a few things into a duffel bag. Check out this list and start thinking about how you can do a few things now, to make your session run smooth, stress free and have you looking and feeling your best! 



GUYS SESSION PREP
  1. Bring Extra outfits! (More than you think.) Think something cool that shows your personality as well as something nice that mom would be proud to hang on the wall or send in announcements. Maybe even something dressy (dress shirt and tie for an example.) Start putting it all together, or shopping for items you need. Bringing plenty of items will give us flexibility in matching your clothing to backgrounds and surroundings.
  2. Hang It Up Please don’t come with everything stuffed into a gym bag like many guys have done. Haha! Make sure items are free of wrinkles and ready to go ahead of time. Then by taking a minute to hang everything will make for quick on-the-spot clothing decisions and keeps clothes looking great. 
  3. Dress in layers for variety and simple change-ups. (ex: tank, shirt, button downs, jackets, sweater, scarf, etc.)
  4. Bold/ Solid colors look best. Not a rule, but they often photograph better than patterns & pale pastels.
  5. Avoid Shirts with Logos these can be distracting.
  6. Haircuts at least one week prior. We all know we hate our hair the first couple of days after a new haircut! So give yourself time to get used to that new cut or style. 
  7. Don't Wear a Hat before the session (hat hair) but feel free to bring some.
  8. No Sun Glasses before your session either, because they leave red marks on nose, but bring some as a prop if you'd like for a shot or two.
  9. Fresh Shave (but don't shave 5 minutes before the session. This makes skin blotchy and red.)
  10. Glasses Most lenses have a glare. The safest option is to check with your eye doctor and ask if they’ll loan you a similar pair without lenses. Otherwise, I can do my best to shoot at angles to minimise the reflection, or you can remove your glasses entirely for the shoot. My rule of thumb however is, if you wear your glasses most of the time, we keep the glasses on for the shoot because it is part of your style and who you are.
  11. Braces can be removed in Photoshop for an extra charge of $10 per image. Otherwise, try not to worry about them. Give a natural smile and enjoy yourself. A good smile with braces is far better than the awkward smile that comes when you try to hide them.
  12. H20 Staying hydrated helps your skin by preventing breakouts and giving you great skin. So start making it a habit now, weeks before your session, to get the best results.
  13. Facial Blemishes tend to get WORSE when handled/scratched/picked, so do your best to refrain from handling those bad boys. If you don't already, start a routine now, to wash and care for your skin daily. Clear skin is a HUGE confidence booster. -- Don't worry though. We all get surprises and I can edit out the small stuff easily! 
  14. Brush/Comb for on site touch ups. (Gotta keep Mom happy, right?)
  15. Baby Wipes for shoes/feet. This is surprisingly a big help if we are shooting outdoors. I try to keep some in my go bag, but I run out quickly with all the shoots I do on the beaches or in muddy or wet areas.
  16. Shorts (bike shorts, spandex, underarmor) something to wear under clothes for easy outdoor changes is helpful, but not necessary. I do have a portable changing room for outdoor, on location shoots. But by having something else on underneath, you will feel more comfortable making those quick changes on location.
  17. Friends & Parents are welcome to join you and often can be a help. However, if they distract you, it may be best to meet them when the session is over. You’re welcome to have a couple of shots with a girlfriend, best friend, sibling, or parent at no extra charge.
  18. Weather Don’t worry about clouds because they actually even out the light and make for ideal shooting conditions. But falling rain may be an issue depending on the look of the shoot or how severe the weather may be, and we may have to reschedule. Juli will try to contact you first, but feel free to email Juli if you have any doubts or concerns.


THE NIGHT BEFORE...
Get all your clothes, accessories and props together and ready to go. 
Stay Hydrated (It makes a big difference in the skin too!)
GET PLENTY OF REST!!! Even guys need their "beauty sleep."


DAY OF YOUR SESSION...
Start in the morning, and while getting ready, Drink water throughout the day to STAY HYDRATED
Style your hair! You will have these images for years, later on you will appreciate that you took a bit of time to prepare for your session. 
Remember shoes & socks for each outfit. 
Eat ahead of time. (You are welcome to also bring Snacks & liquids)


ARRIVAL...
Arrive a little early, or on time to your appointment. Showing up late means you lose camera time, and we don’t want that. If you’re coming from out of town, give yourself plenty of time to find your way around.
Please don't forget to turn off your Cell Phone at the session
And lastly, if you have a remaining balance on your Session Fee, it's due when you arrive.


Thanks again! I can't wait to see you soon!
~ Juli

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I'm Juli Bonell - Beauty Photographer.


You could easily say that I'm a bit eclectic; an outgoing introvert who's obsessed with vanilla chai lattes, travelling, forensic science & zombies. I see beauty in urban decay, and I love yoga just as much as I love singing loudly in my car with the windows down. (Let's just say that last one's not pretty.)


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