Senior Rep | Lindsey Kathleen

Congratulations, Lindsey! You're almost to the end of your high school journey! Thanks for spending your time with me for senior photos!



What to Wear Wednesdays | Couple's Beach Session

The beach is such a lovely place to have your portrait made, especially with your sweetie! So when you decide that the beach is definitely the place for your session the first thing you wonder is What to Wear. You definitely want to be comfortable at the beach. For the gals, a long beach dress will look fabulous blowing in the breeze. Pair it with some simple sandals that are easy to slip off because you know you'll end up getting your toes wet. For the guys, a cotton t-shirt is classic and the fabric breathes easy in warm weather. As far as choosing colors, consider wearing hues that will be a nice compliment or a bright contrast to the beach tones. Think outside the box. {fyi: white, khaki, and tan will wash out in photos and these colors blend in with the color of the sand.}
Most of all, make your session all about you! Bring a towel, your sunglasses, a surfboard if you like to surf. Make a sandcastle. Go get your favorite flavored slurpee at 7-11 to share on the beach with your love. The best sessions are the ones that are intimately and personally you. Have fun & beach it up!

Couples Beach Session

Thanks to Karrie Drake, a fellow Floridian of Karrie Drake Photography for this guest blog post today!

Megan Mondays | Hello Fabulous! - 3 Tips for Great Senior Pictures

Guest Post by | Stephanie Newbold of Stephanie Newbold Photography

Stephanie Newbold is a natural light photographer in Tucson, AZ, specializing in authentic, fresh, custom photography for stylish high school seniors. Find her on Facebook!


Hey, Class of ’13! Is it really senior year? Finally? Congratulations! The year you've been working towards your whole life (or at least it feels that way sometimes!) has finally arrived. What better way to capture this amazingly awesome time in your life than with a senior portrait session that leaves cookie-cutter poses and boring backgrounds in the dust, and lets the true you shine!

Oh, I know your parents want you to look a certain way, and wear certain things (hey, I'm a momma to a teenager, too), and you'll definitely want to have photos suitable for Grandma and Grandpa, and for Dad to frame and keep at the office -- but you can still leave the boring photos to the yearbook photo guy, and have senior portraits that are all about YOU:  your style, your personality, your fabulousness! Not sure where to start?  Here are a few tips to help you make that happen:

1)  Choose the Right Photographer
Seriously, this is so important! Sometimes your school will require that you have your yearbook photo done by their contracted photographer, and that’s cool.  You still have a chance to have some really great photos that are 100% unique.  You should absolutely visit several photographer’s websites and blogs, and get a feel for what you like, and what they’re like.  If the pictures just don’t appeal to you all that much, or the photographer’s style isn’t quite yours (even though the price looks good), keep looking.

When you find a photographer whose work you like, get in touch.  Don’t be shy about asking questions – the right photographer won’t be annoyed or too busy. She’ll think it’s important that you’re comfortable and informed, too, because the goal here is to create beautiful photographs that you love, and that will please everyone, including Mom.  The right photographer will take the time to talk with you about their senior portrait sessions and how you can team up to make your session just right for you.

When you’ve found a couple of photographer’s you like, compare your favorites, and not just on price (remember -- cheaper isn’t necessarily better, and you get what you pay for). Do they return your calls and emails promptly? Will they meet with you before your session? Will they share tips on what to wear, styling, and make up? Do they provide all of the critical information upfront? These questions are important, because how a photographer treats her clients is a direct reflection of how she’ll treat your photographs.

2) Dress the Part (What to Wear)
After choosing your photographer, what to wear is probably the most important aspect of your portrait session.  And yes, guys – this applies to you, too!

I know most of you guys don’t really like to get your pictures taken, but this is your chance to show you’ve got game! Think in terms of wearing something comfortable but that has a little of your own flare in it.  If you’re stuck for ideas, ask your girlfriend, or even your photographer.  She’ll have you looking good in no time!

Girls:  It’s time to work that killer wardrobe!  Make it fun.   Rock your Toms, your platforms, your boots or even your flip-flops. The main thing to remember when picking out your wardrobe is to avoid those too tiny shorty shorts and itty bitty tops because it makes posing a little difficult when the photographer is focused on preventing wardrobe malfunctions.

It’s always good to bring several outfits to your photo session in a variety of colors, textures and styles.  I always tell my seniors to bring lots of options so we can pull the right looks together for each location, and have you feeling and looking fabulous. Remember to bring accessories for all of your outfits: shoes, jewelry, hats, headbands, etc.  

While it’s important to include a variety, it’s also important to keep it simple. Don’t bring outfits with words/slogans or logos, or competing patterns and pictures. You want your face, eyes and expression to command attention, not the words on your shirt. Too many accessories can be distracting. Keeping your clothing visually simple will show off the most important aspect of the photo: you.

3) Get Gorgeous (Hair / Make-Up)
Now that you have the perfect outfits ready, it’s time to think about your hair and make-up.  Now is not the time to go for the magenta highlights or experiment with a Mohawk. Guys, get a haircut at least a week in advance to give your hair a chance to adjust and look natural.

Girls, give some thought to your hair in the week or two leading up to your session. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to be “you”. Tip: having your hair professionally styled can help your curls last through your session, or help your straight locks resist the humidity, and honestly, it’s just fun to be pampered every now and then.

I highly recommend having your make-up professionally done the day of your session. A professional make-up artist will help perfect your natural beauty with make-up that’s photo ready and magazine worthy!  Check Whitney’s amazing make-up in the photo above. Totally natural, with a bit of eye drama.  And her make-up lasted through our entire session with barely a touch up!

Finally, just relax!  
 If you’re relaxed and having fun, it’ll show in your final pictures. Don’t be afraid that you won’t know how to pose, or how to stand, or what expression you should have. This is why you spent so much time finding the perfect photographer, right? Your photographer will be able to guide you and give you direction. By now, she knows a lot about you and your style, and it’s her job to bring out your fabulousness and natural charm. You’ll end up with poses and expressions that are genuine and authentic, and 100% you!

Getting ready for your senior portraits should be fun, and not a time to stress. There’s already of ton of things to stress about senior year, right? Follow these three tips will set you on the way to getting the most out of your senior portrait session.

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