Oakland County High School Senior Photos Shot To Bring Out The Real You!
T & A... Tips and Answers, of course!
Helpful Tips For Seniors
~ I shoot M-TH and schedule the senior photo sessions at 3:00 and 4:30 in the afternoon when the light is the most flattering and interesting. I also do have evenings available if need be. I try to stick pretty close to Troy and have chosen a nice variety of locations that work really well for portraits (check out my locations. The first senior to pick a timeslot dictates where the shoot will be, so e-mail me if you're interested in seeing where I'll be in the next coming weeks.
~ My photography sessions start right on time, so please be aware that if you are late you are cutting into precious shooting time and will have fewer photos.
~ Most seniors can manage about three outfit changes during a one hour shoot. Try to stay away from solid whites if you can, but feel free to bring outfits that YOU like!
Also bring anything along that's important to you. Not only do I try to get a sense of who you are at this time in your life, but I try to get a sense of where you're going and who you'll become. I know... sounds really esoteric, but I love that out of all the photos I take I'll see some where you'll look young and some where you'll look like what you'll look like in ten years.
~ Start the session with you most formal outfit or the one the wrinkles the easiest so I can shoot it while it's fresh looking! Bring a bag to store all your outfits in so you can bring them along with us.
~ I usually get my best, most natural looking photos when the parent is not nearby. Of course you're welcome to come along, but I do ask that you steer clear of the process. Often seniors take parents comments as criticism. We work really well together and have fun. I know what a fake smile looks like and when nobody's having fun anymore. I usually see those when a parent is hovering, brushing the senior's hair (with the hand they just spat in) hissing "T-e-e-e-e-t-h"!
~ Schedule your shoot in the spring while it's not as hot, the grass is still green and you're not as busy.
~ Wear glasses? If you wear transistion lenses, DO NOT BRING THEM! Empty frames work best, but your regular ones are fine too!
~ Don't forget your props... jewelry, hobbies, sports gear... whatever you're into and represents who you are at this moment in your life.
~ Printing needs? Easy! Try your local printers first with a small trial batch. If you like what you see, ask for the same technician to finish the order. If you're looking for pro results with consumer prices, check out Mpix. They've got every printing surface and size you could possibly want and great customer service to boot!
Ladies... The day of the shoot is not the time to try out a new hair style or makeup. I know you want to look your best, but you also want to look like YOU! Please don't wear any glitter or "dewy" makeup... you will look shiny and sweaty in the photos! Also don't use fake eyelashes unless you wear them often... you'll look sleepy in the bulk of your photos.
Guys... If someone's forcing you to wear a tie and you don't know how to tie one, have somebody who does do up your favorites beforehand so you can slip them on easily. Also if you're a five o'clock shadow guy, gently shave a few hours before the shoot so you won't look all stubbly or hacked up!
This is a fun shoot. Most people aren't used to spending that much time in front of a camera, so please don't worry about feeling self conscience. I really try to steer clear of hokey poses, but some of the most flattering ones can seem a bit odd!
I shoot rain or shine, but obviously if the weather is really crummy and it's pouring, I'm happy to reschedule, although storm photos can look pretty darn cool too!
If you're stuck for locations, ask me... I've got lots of places I visit often and know well and have samples from some of my favorite places to shoot, , but I'm always happy to go somewhere where YOU'RE comfortable and happy.
Please e-mail me to check availability!
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