Let's jump right in where we left off, shall we?
(the night before)
Being well rested will not only help you to look your best, but it will also help you to feel your best! Try to get in a good 6-8 hours if you can. Photo shoots are fun but can be hard work. You want to be prepared for an exciting day.
(the day of)
No one wants to see you hangry. Make sure to eat and good meal before your session, and bring snacks and beverages to stay energized and hydrated. Make sure you don't bring something that will stick in your teeth!
Friends are great for helping you relax, stay organized, and can get things done. They can help you with wardrobe changes, hauling all your clothing and props. They can check for stray hairs, clothing wrinkles, and spinach in your teeth. They can be that extra set of eyes and can assist your photographer. Most importantly, they know just how to make you laugh so you can capture your beautiful smile.
Remember that even with all of this prep and planning, this is a day about YOU. This is your time to relax, have fun, and be in the moment. If your plans are turning you into a ball of nerves, pause, refresh, and ask your photographer, parent, or good friend for help. See what you can eliminate or change to make things a true reflection of the amazing person you are, without driving yourself crazy.
Sure, your friend’s mom has a nice camera and loves taking photos. Your bff may be an amazing selfie ninja. But a professional photographer can do more for you than click a button. A professional photographer has posing knowledge that can make you look your absolute best. They can accentuate your best features and hide your flaws in a way that looks natural and effortless. They can enhance your natural beauty to a level that is unmatched by a non-professional, both in the actual photo creating and in post-process editing. Have blemishes? A professional can make them nothing but a memory, and not leave your skin looking like a plastic. Professional photographers have a passion for uplifting and empowering their clients, creating valuable relationships, and providing outstanding service. They can offer high quality, heirloom products that you can’t get from Snapfish or Costco Photo Lab. They can walk you through the entire process from start to finish, helping you not only create the best portraits of your life, but use those priceless memories to decorate and enhance your home in the best way possible. They also know exactly how to get your photos in your senior yearbook ad the correct size and looking their absolute best. And we all know the yearbook is forever.At Dawn Fry Photo, I want you to know that I SEE YOU. I see your personality. I know how to bring that inner and outer beauty to the forefront and make it shine. I know how valuable you are, and trust me, you are worth it.
No, I don't actually claim to be the best photographer in the UNIVERSE, but don't you think you deserve someone pretty darn close? Follow these tips and your senior portrait experience will be sure to be one of the best memories from senior year. You will be stress free and your shoot will run smoothly. Just remember to HAVE FUN! Professional photography is an investment in your memories and something generations after you will cherish. That awesome new cell phone you just purchased will be a paperweight in two years, but a quality album of senior photos will last longer than your lifetime. Invest in your memories. Capture your legacy. Tell your story.
Accessories can really make a difference in the look and feel of your outfit, and they are a great way to add visual interest - that is, they can draw your eye to or away from something, they can break up a large block of color or space, they can tie together pieces of clothing to complete a look, and they can give your hands, arms, feet, eyes, and head something to do!
Have you ever thought, "What do I do with my hands?"
Yeah, we get that a lot. There are lots of ways to position your hands in a photo, but adding the right accessories can make that even easier. Here is a list of great accessories to add to your look.
Likewise, props are a great way to add to the scene and represent things you love. You can express your personality with visual pieces like,
Anything you have that is a reflection of what you like to do in your daily life will help to capture that unique spirit you have.
We're halfway there! Are you starting to feel it? That's your confidence coming through. Senior photos can be an absolutely amazing experience and super fun if you are prepared and stress-free. Using these tips will help you enjoy the entire experience, and as a bonus your photos will be that. much. better. Check back in a few days for the rest of the list.
PART 1PART 3
(2-4 months before)
1. PLAN AHEAD
(2-3 weeks before) 2. PLAN FOR YOUR SESSION
3. CLOTHING CHOICE
So far so good! Are you ready for this?
Check back in a few days for more great tips!
PART 2PART 3
Senior portraits are no joke. Don't trust this special event to just anybody. Your portraits serve a purpose BEYOND just having "nice pictures."
To see part 1 and 2 of this series, click here for Part 1, and click here for Part 2.
If you haven't read part 1 and 2, this 3rd post is about the third creative set and character we created for our circus themed creative styled photo session with my Elite Spokesmodel Team, class of 2017. We stayed as a group at the stunning Rancho Mirando in Fischer, TX. Our weekend retreat included my Elite team and their moms, as well as a support team of our hair and makeup artist, the talented McKenna Bailey of Glow By Mac, her mom, the sought-after senior photographer from the Houston area, Lori from Visible Soul Photography, and a former Elite Spokesmodel from the class of 2016 who served as our social media director and videographer for the weekend, the lovely Allye B.
Our third set consisted of a fun geometric patterned background using fabric panels found at IKEA, along with our crushed red velvet curtains. Westwood High School spokesmodel Kayla G. played our beautiful Circus Ballerina in an unforgettable ivory lace corset dress we found at Lucy In Disguise in Austin. McKenna expertly executed the perfect doll face makeup - complete with under eye lashes and freckles. We added a custom made fascinator feather hair piece I designed myself, along with delicate pearl and silver jewelry borrowed from my personal collection.
The lace parasol was purchased on Amazon, and then tea stained before the shoot to give it that vintage, ivory look. Kayla's hair was left natural and a side braid was added opposite the fascinator to keep her beautiful wild curls out of her face.
After photographing her for a bit using the indoor set, we took advantage of the picturesque property of Rancho Mirando for some dramatic outdoor images. The house design and landscaping created the perfect backdrop for our ballerina.
Kayla was amazing to work with, and I absolutely adore her images. Stay tuned to the last installment of this amazing weekend retreat and creative shoot, where I will share the portraits we created during our mother/daughter sessions!
Thanks for looking!