When it comes to taking senior pictures, it’s normal to feel a little awkward. Most of my clients (including me when put in front of the camera) are self conscious of how they will appear because taking pictures solo can feel SO uncomfortable. So, I put together the top five things you need to know in order to nail your senior sesh with grace and confidence. Put these tips to practice and you can rest assure that you will love your experience, and the final pics!
5 Tips to NAIL Your Senior Portrait Session
1. Use your eyes. Avoid awkward photos by using your eyes to express emotion. When a natural smile occurs the whole face lights up and the eyes look bright and awake. You can practice smiling in the mirror and working different expressions. You want the muscles in your face to contract and change the shape of your eyes to ensure your smile looks natural. Sometimes, I’ll tell you to smile with your eyes. This is what I’m referring to. Posing is a lot like acting. The whole face and body have to convince the viewer you are feeling whatever emotion you’re feeling.
2. Relax. The best photos take place when you’re relaxed and confident. Let the excitement of what these pictures mean translate through the lens by taking a moment to relax, breathe, and have fun with it. You may feel silly but I am used to this and will help you feel comfortable. I promise. I’m a huge nerd, and I’m willing to make a fool of myself to get you to be ok with being cooler than me!
3. Breathe. This may sounds like an obvious one, but breathing is a key aspect in capturing a natural look. You can practice taking a big breath while smiling in front of a mirror. Slowly release the air through your mouth, while holding the look and notice how your face and eyes settle into a natural and relaxed expression. Allow your eyes to “smile” by focusing on the apples of your cheeks pressing upwards. When in doubt, just breathe!
4. Move! Staying stationary can often times produce a very staged and cheesy look. Just because you are still does not mean that you can’t change your angles to create a fresh and inspired look. Try leaning into the camera slightly to appear more engaged, shifting your weight from left to right, or simply moving your chin slightly up and down for different shots to get a variety of facial expressions to choose from.
5. Beautify. It’s so important to feel gorgeous in order to look gorgeous in camera. It translates so easily! That’s why I include hair, makeup, and clothing to all of my senior clients. I know how important it is to have a fresh face and new threads in order to feel your best! And even if you don’t wear a lot of makeup, my artist can do a very natural look for you, so you don’t end up looking washed out in camera. Make sure that you drink lots of water before your session and your nails have been done or are clean. Listen, if you look your best, you feel your best, and when you feel your best, you act more confidently. Go the extra mile to walk into your senior session feeling confident, attractive, prepared, and inspired.
Keep this post as a reference for when you book your session, and refresh right beforehand! If you’re interested in booking your session with me, just click here to shoot me an email and we’ll get the ball rolling! Graduation will be here before you know it!