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Portrait Tips

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP PREPARE FOR YOUR SHOOT?

The most important thing to ensure good photos is to spend time preparing for your sitting. The following is a list of items to help you prepare:

CLOTHES:

Choose outfits that you like and that look good on you. Get input from your parents, family, and friends. Bring a variety. Solid colors or non-distracting patterns work best. Wear blue jeans or a skirt and avoid shorts. Bring your clothes on hangers and make sure they are neat and wrinkle-free.

MAKEUP:

Girls, even if you normally do not wear make-up, wear it for pictures. Keep it natural. Mascara, lip gloss & foundation are a great basic look. If you have questions or concerns about make-up, applying make-up or your complexion, see a dermatologist or visit the cosmetics counter at one of the larger department stores (i.e., Macy's).

SHAVE:

Shave before your photo shoot.

ACNE:

Don't panic if you break out before your scheduled shoot. You can apply some cover-up. I can retouch any of your finished pictures with some photoshop magic, so if in doubt, leave your skin as is.

HAIR:

Make sure you are comfortable with your hair. I don't recommend any drastic changes to your hair just before your senior pictures. If you get a new hairstyle and you don't like it, you won't like your pictures either. If you want a haircut, I'd recommend getting a cut 1-2 weeks prior to your appointment.

DON'T PARTY TOO HARD THE NIGHT BEFORE:

Get plenty of rest the night before. Drink a fair amount of water the day before as well.

DON'T PROCRASTINATE - START GETTING READY EARLY:

Give yourself plenty of time to get ready and drive to the shoot. There's nothing worse than being late and frazzled on your picture day.

POSITIVE ATTITUDE:

Stress and grumpiness are hard to hide in your pictures, so come to the appointment with a good attitude.


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