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Getting your senior photos taken is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we want to make the best of it! We want you to look the best that you can and have the session be as free of stress as possible. We can do our best to make sure everything is prepared and working on our end, but here are some tips of what YOU can do to make your senior photos go as smoothly as possible guys!

 

First of all, we know you’re nervous. We know that a lot of guys don’t like posing for photos as much as girls, so we will try to hurry and make it painless for you. One of the main differences between photographing senior girls and senior guys is posing, and we understand this. We won’t make you uncomfortable and put you in any awkward, feminine positions, relax!

In the days prior to your photo session, here’s what you can to in order to make photo day go as smoothly as possible.

  1. Find a style
    1. Typically when we photograph guys, they care far less than girls about how they look. We know that some of you are only getting your photos taken for the sake of your mother, but please still come prepared. In order to make mom happy, we want you to look comfortable, and your best. Dress in a style that is comfortable and normal for you, but dress nicely. If your style is sloppy or you have no idea, ask your mom, a female friend, or a girlfriend to help you prepare.
  2. Clean your clothes
    1. Make sure the clothes you want to wear are clean and hung on a hanger, or folded. Please don’t quickly stuff all of your clothes into a gym bag, it will make your clothes wrinkled, and it won’t look good on camera. If you’re feeling especially prepared for your photo session, hang outfits together on a hook. This way, you won’t have to dig through clothes to find your matching shirt.
    2. Additionally, prepare any props you want to bring. Some good ideas for props are sports uniforms, equipment, musical instruments, and items that relate to any activities you do. For example, bring your dancing shoes if you love tap dancing!
  3. Shave
    1. Coming to your session cleanly shaven will make your photos look better. Sure, we can retouch your photos, but it won’t quite look the same. Do both of us a favor, if you have facial hair that mom hates, just do us a favor and shave it. It will grow back, don’t worry.
  4. Hair
    1. Don’t make any crazy hair changes in the coming days before a photo session. Shaving your head or dyeing your hair before a photo shoot doesn’t look good, we promise. If you do, you’ll look back at your photos and ask yourself “What was I thinking?”
    2. Also, guys with long hair, keep your hair out of your eyes! If necessary, get a trim a few days before a session.

Now that you are prepared in the days coming up to your photo session, here’s what you can do on the day of your photo session!

  1. Be well rested
    1. The night before you have your photos taken, we want you to look well rested. There is only so much photo shop can do, and we don’t want you to look half-asleep in all your photos. We also don’t want to deal with a grump either, which leads us to our next point…
  2. Have a positive attitude!
    1. On the day of your photos, we don’t want to feel awkward while you and mom are irritated with each other, giving the death eye to each other.
  3. Be Punctual!
    1. Being on time to your appointment is crucial! Prepare your clothes the day before, this way, you don’t have to rush to find your favorite shirt the moments before it’s time to leave, and you don’t have the disappoint of finding that it’s dirty. Plus, arriving early gives us time to plan the session a little better. We can decide what to where with which backdrops and so on.
  4. Be Yourself!
      1. These senior photos are meant to capture who you are in your final year of high school. Bring props that show what you’re into, like instruments, sports gear, and whatever else you want. One of my favorite examples of this is Milo. Milo got his typical senior photos done in a suit and tie here in the studio. While these two photos are nice, I like the photos where he’s doing what he loves. A few months ago, I took pictures of Milo and my friends while they played air soft. Kathy didn’t come along, as this wasn’t an official photo session, but I think the real reason is that she is a bit of a chicken! Anyway, these bottom two photos show much more of who he is than the top two. So don’t be afraid to show us what you enjoy. Kathy and I love trying new things and I promise that we will work with you in order to photograph what you want!

     

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