33 Tips on Preparing for your Senior Session: Girls | Grays Harbor Premier Photographer


Hey there beautiful!
Are you excited!? I know I am! I absolutely LOVE Senior Sessions. They are so much fun and I REALLY want to help you put your best foot (or face) forward.
Us girls tend to be really hard on ourselves... and I mean,
really hard on ourselves. So I want to help you prepare for your session to help you come in feeling relaxed, confident, beautiful, and ready to ROCK this thing! So I've put together a great list to help you be camera ready.
Don't wait till the night before your session to start getting ready. 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 looking and feeling your best! 



LADIES SESSION PREP
  • Haircuts at least one week prior. We all know we get frustrated with our hair the first couple of days after a new haircut! Give yourself plenty of time to master that new cut and style. (1-2 weeks is best.)
  • Haircolor at least one week prior. This will ensure that your skin is not stained from color. It also allows enough time for color to settle down and soften up. If you have it done much before two weeks, depending on how far you color is from your natural color, you could have lines from grow out.
  • H20 Staying hydrated helps your skin by preventing breakouts and giving you beautifully glowing skin. So start making it a habit now, weeks before your session, to get the best results.
  • 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! 
  • No Spray Tans Please (They tend to look more orange than tan in portraits.)
  • Nails (Make sure you have fresh polish or shine on hands and feet both. Expect them to show - chips stand out!)
  • Bring Extra outfits! (More than you think.) Think something fun 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 (prom dress 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.
  • Hang It Up This makes for quick on-the-spot clothing decisions and keeps clothes looking great.
  • Dress in layers for variety and simple change-ups. (ex: tank, shirt, jackets, sweaters, scarfs...)
  • Accessories These can really bring personal style to your session. (Jewelry, hair, earrings, scarves, hats, etc.)
  • Bold/ Solid colors look best. Not a rule, but they often photograph better than patterns & pale pastels.
  • Shirts with Logos can be distracting.
  • Don't Wear a Hat before the session (hat hair) but bring some as accessories if you like.
  • 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.
  • Fresh Shave -but don't shave those legs 30 minutes before the session. This makes skin blotchy and red.
  • 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'll do my best to shoot at angles to minimize 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.
  • Braces can be remove 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.
  • Be careful of heavy/thick Eye Liner This tends to make eyes appear squinty in photos, even if you're not.
  • Use Waterproof Mascara Non waterproof will flake or smear around the eye easily in the sun or with clothing changes.
  • 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 boyfriend, best friend, sibling, or parent at no extra charge.
  • Weather Don’t worry about clouds because they actually even out the light and make for ideal shooting conditions. But 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.


  • Accessories So many times, seniors will show up with great clothing and props and totally forget to bring various pieces of jewelry, extra shoes, jackets, scarves, etc. These items really dress up your session with personal style, making your session stand out and look crazy cool!
  • Lotion for dry skin areas that are exposed.
  • Q-Tips (to remove under eye makeup that "falls" during the session)
  • Bobby Pins / Hair Band etc for an end-of-session hair change up.
  • Mirror for on location session touch ups.
  • Hair Spray because you never know! I mean, this IS the Pacific Northwest!
  • Brush because... everything.
  • 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 teh shoots I do on the beaches or in muddy or wet areas.
  • Flip Flops so you don't end up trekking to and from locations in heels.
  • Nude bra's under light tops, Black bra under dark tops.
  • Cleavage Awareness Ladies... don't forget a cute tank for under those deep V tops and poses looking down at you. It's about YOU, not "the girls".
  • Tank Top/ 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. 

THE NIGHT BEFORE...
Get all your clothes, accessories and props together and ready to go. Remember plastic ziplocs work well for jewelry and accessories so you can hang them with the corresponding outfits.
Stay Hydrated (It makes a big difference in the skin too!)
GET PLENTY OF REST!!!


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. On this day, styling products, flat irons and curling irons will be your best friends.
Make up should represent you!
Avoid Sparkles in your make up, as it can sometime throw an odd reflection that will be seen in the photos.
Wear a lip color just a shade darker than your natural lips. This will make sure they stand out. Lip gloss is nice, so is mascara!
Remember shoes, socks for each outfit. Ladies remember bras and panties that work well under each outfit!
Eat ahead of time. (You are welcome to 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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