Senior Session Guide
SESSION INFORMATION AND STYLE GUIDE.
Thank you for choosing Stephanie Newman Photography for your senoir photo session. You may be wondering what to expect and how to prepare for your session. So, I've got a few tips and tricks for you to get started!
THINGS TO NOTE
Here are some general planning tips to start thinking about as you begin preparing for your senior session.
A PARENT IS REQUIRED
We do require that a parent attends your senior session with you and stays for the entire experience.
SET ASIDE TIME TO SHOP
Whether you are planning to put together outfits from your closet, head to a friend's house to borrow their clothes, or purchasing new ones - be sure to set aside one day (or a whole weekend!) to get your outfits selected for your session.
This will take some time and you want to make sure you try everything on. Use the style guide below to help you. DO NOT wait until the day before your session to start picking outfits. Trust us on this one!
Ladies, I highly suggest wearing make-up for your session if you are not a make-up wearing kind of person. At minimum, wearing some foundation, mascara and a subtle lip color really brings out your beautiful face through these photos.
Glasses can pose a challenge in photographs often causing unwanted glaring and blocking important details of your eyes. If your comfortable I may ask you to remove your glasses for some shot. It's also helpful to bring multiple pairs to see which ones work best for the environment were in.
Sunburns and spray tans. In the week leading up to your session be cognizant of your sun exposure. Fixing sun burns and harsh tan lines take extensive editing and require and extra retouching fee.
WHAT TO WEAR
• Saturated, jewel-toned colors
• Complimentary layers (Jackets, vests, scarves)
• Functional clothing (If you want to get the greatest variety of poses, you will need to be able to sit, stand, squat, etc in your outfits.)
• Nude undergarments (And I’ll just say that Spanx are every girl’s best friend)
• Dark wash jeans are always a good choice
• Tailored clothing that accentuates your best assets (I often find that loose, flowy clothing can make you look larger than you really are.)
• Interesting textures (leather jackets, fur vests, sequins, etc)
WHAT NOT TO WEAR
• Wrinkled, dull clothes
• Busy patterns – camo, plaid, etc (If choosing a patterned garment, choose large-scale pattern like bold strips or buffalo check over small-scale pattern like gingham or polka-dots.)
• Cleavage baring tops and/or mini-skirts
• Clothes with excessive rips, staining, etc
• Clothes with large logos or lettering (American Eagle t-shirt, etc)
• Dirty shoes
Your clothing choices can set the tone for the session. You can certainly remain casual, dress it up or do a little bit of both! Layering and accessories always make a big difference in adding visual interest to your clothing. Choose clothes that show your style and personality, not just what everyone else is wearing.
WHAT ABOUT THE GUYS?
The same rules that apply to the guys! Casual or dressy, try to have well-fitting clothes that are wrinkle-free and steer away of small patterns and logos. Layers work great for guys too!
START WITH NEUTRALS
When planning your outfits, you can never go wrong with neutrals. Start with these neutrals: black, white, grey or denim. When choosing whites - the brighter the white, the more contrast it will give with your skin which will pop. Add color from there!
BOLD + WARM COLORS
On camera, colors that are neon or bland can make skin tones look very washed out and unflattering. Try to avoid these colors. Warm and rich tones end up photographing beautifully on camera and will really compliment your hair + skin colors. Think of colors that are BRIGHT, RICH or BOLD.
PATTERNS + TEXTURES
When looking for patterns, again - think BOLD. Stripes, gingham, big floral or leaf prints, etc. Adding texture to your outfit makes the biggest difference, and it prevents the images from looking dull. Combining textures that you may not normally use together like sequins + cable knit sweaters or leather + fur make great pairs!
Try to avoid floral prints.
When planning your outfits, don’t forget to plan accessories. Stacks of bangles, long necklaces, statement pieces, scarves, hats, bright shoes and other add-ons can make an outfit REALLY stand out! These items not only help your outfit look better and more put together, but it helps you with posing as well - it will give your photos more variety and interest.
We LOVE collaborating with our seniors and their parents to create a unique portrait session for them and one of the ways to customize your session is with your location choices.
Once we know the type of location you want (nature-y, urban, rustic, etc.), we will go through all of the locations we have and select the best ones for your desired look as well as the outfits you bring on the day of your session. The day of your session, we’ll go over the locations with you and make a game plan to coordinate with each outfit.
WHAT TO BRING
Props. I love props! Especially the ones that are apart of who you are. They can add so much to a photo and give it more of a story. Ten or twenty years from now you will be looking back at these photos and remember what you were like back then. Feel free to bring sport equipment, uniforms, trophies/medals, musical instruments, tap or ballet shoes, sunglasses, iPod, books. If you are a volunteer firefighter bring a uniform or helmet. Joining the military? Bring a recruits t-shirt, a college sweatshirt or whatever it is that represents your life change after high school!
Vehicles are welcome at outdoor sessions. Make sure they are clean inside and out! Pets can also be included in outdoor shots as well!
Touch up stuff—lipstick, makeup, hairspray, etc.
Bug spray. If your session is during the spring & summer months, please bring bug spray. Our "state bird" leaves marks on our bodies that can become time consuming to retouch during the editing process.
CHECKLIST + REMINDERS
TWO DAYS BEFORE SESSION:
All outfit options purchased/picked out and tried on to ensure they fit properly
All clothing ironed or steamed and put onto hangers
Accessories and shoes for each outfit packed in your bag
DAY BEFORE SESSION:
Drink plenty of water
Get at least 8 hours of sleep
Wash and dry your hair (it’s important to have freshly shampooed hair
Pack some water and a few snacks to take with you tomorrow
DAY OF SESSION:
Leave with plenty of time to get to the location with your first outfit on and hair and makeup on.
Make sure to grab all clothes, shoes, accessories