Ah, senior year of high school… it’s a crazy crossroad for your child. Senior year is also a time when proud parents need to purchase senior portraits (sometimes at the last minute). What a glorious milestone! I remember my mom forcing me to take pictures at Olan Mills. She brought a garbage bag full of stuffed animals and insisted (threatened) that I go along with it. She was insane! I didn’t want to be there. My mom had embarrassed me SO much! If you’re lucky, I’ll show you the famous picture of me surrounded by my frog stuffed animal collection. It’s amazing.
Senior portraits have changed!
Formal studio settings are not typical for today’s senior portraits. Instead, the trend is to treat senior portraits like a fashion model test. It’s standard to hire a photographer that will provide styling, a beautiful location(s), and interesting posing. Teens have different expectations for their senior portraits. They want their photoshoot to be personal, casual, and beautiful. It’s one of the only times a formal portrait will be taken of them alone, as a young adult. Even if they don’t express it, this shoot means a lot to them.
You want a photographer that knows how to work with teens.
Teenagers are not comfortable in front of a camera – at least with a stranger. This is where my fashion photography experience comes in hand. I spent many years working on set as a professional hairstylist and makeup artist for fashion shoots. I have real knowledge of how to speak to a young adult and how to make them feel comfortable in front of a camera. Building confidence in a teen is an art!
Do I need hair, makeup, and wardrobe?
Hair, makeup, and wardrobe styling are definitely recommended but not required. It really depends on your child’s personality and the number of “looks” you want to have at your senior portrait. For wardrobe, I suggest purchasing a few “current” outfits to rotate during the session. Hiring me for hair and makeup services is not required. However, it is really economical and convenient! Photography clients receive a hefty discount on hair and makeup services with me. Click to view my hair and makeup portfolio.