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5 Tips for Preparing for Your Senior Portraits

Your senior pictures might be the first time you're in front of the camera for a real photoshoot. If that's the case, preparing for your senior portraits is especially important so that you're ready for the big day.

In this post, we'll share our top tips for seniors getting ready for their photo sessions.

Choose a few senior picture outfits to prepare for your session

No need to guess at what you need to do to get ready for your senior portrait session. Here's what we recommend after shooting hundreds of senior pictures!

1. Plan Your Perfect Outfit

Choosing a senior picture outfit requires a lot of careful thought. Your photographer might also allow you to wear a couple of different outfits during your shoot, which means more decisions to make.

Our advice? Plan a mix of casual and more dressy options, and always make sure to show off your personality. It could be something as simple as a top in your favorite color, or maybe you want to shoot some photos in your sports uniform.

2. Bring Props that Showcase Your Personality

Props can go a long way to elevate your senior photos. There are all kinds of ways to incorporate items that are meaningful to you in your pictures.

How to prepare for senior pictures

Some favorite senior portrait props include musical instruments, a book you love, or something that represents where you're headed after high school.

3. Invest in Professional Hair and Makeup

Even if you're the school makeup guru, it's worth it to have your hair and makeup professionally done so it's camera-ready.

Professional hair and makeup for senior pictures

At Monochrome Photo Studios, we have an in-house hair and makeup artist who can have you looking your best for an additional fee.

4. Choose a Meaningful Location

Choose the right location for your senior pictures

If you have a special spot in mind, talk with your photographer to see if they're able to hold your photoshoot there. It's always great to include meaningful elements in your photos.

5. Practice Your Poses

It may feel silly, but one of the best ways to prepare for your senior portraits is to practice posing in front of a mirror.

Practices poses before your senior pictures to build confidence

Your photographer will guide you during your shoot, so you don't have to come up with your own poses. However, even just practicing your smile in the bathroom can help give you more confidence going into your session.

I hope that these 5 tips for preparing for your senior portraits helps to relieve any nerves so that you will have the best time at your session. Ready to put your senior portrait shoot on the books? Get in touch to schedule your date today!


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