My 5 Top Tips for a Sensational Senior Photo Session
Well, graduation season is upon us!! Remember it's never too late to get senior photography. Graduation is a time to celebrate and document.
Below are our top five tips for taking on your senior portrait (or any portrait photography session) with grace and confidence and leaving with photos that you will love for years to come.
1. Use your eyes.
Use your eyes to express emotion. When you smile naturally your whole face lights up and your eyes look bright and awake. Before the photo session practice smiling in the mirror and use different expressions to see what looks best. The "smize" method is great = smiling with your eyes.
Great photos happen when you are relaxed and confident. Let the excitement of your photo session show through the lens as you take a moment to relax and just have fun.
This may sound obvious but breathing is key to capturing a natural look. Take time to practice taking a deep breath while smiling or looking serious in front of the mirror. Slowly release the air while holding your expression and notice how your face and eyes settle into a natural and relaxed expression. Allow your eyes to “smize” and just breathe.
Staying stationary can sometimes produce a very staged and cheesy look. Just because you are sitting or standing still doesn’t mean you can’t change the angle of your body to create a look that is fresh and inspired. Lean into the camera slightly to appear more engaged, shift your weight from left to right, or simply move your chin slightly up and down for different shots as this gives a variety of facial expressions to work with.
This goes for everyone. Ladies, spend some extra time getting your hair blown out, get your makeup done and choose an outfit that makes you look and feel your best. As for the men, take a shower and shave. When you look your best, you feel your best and when you feel your best, you're naturally more confident. Go the extra mile to walk into your senior session feeling confident, attractive, prepared, and inspired.
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