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10 Things to Think About:

Senior year is a time of transition, a stepping stone from high school to new adventures. What better way to commemorate this milestone than with a senior photo session? Whether you’re camera-shy or a natural in front of the lens, preparing for your senior photo session can make all the difference in capturing the essence of this special time in your life. To help you make the most of your session, here are some important things to think about:

1. Personal Style and Outfits:

  • Choose outfits that reflect your personality and make you feel confident.
  • Opt for a mix of casual and dressy outfits to capture different aspects of your personality.
  • Avoid overly busy patterns or logos that might distract from your face.
  • Consider bringing a variety of accessories like hats, scarves, or statement jewelry to add depth and easy changes to your looks.

2. Props and Memorabilia:

  • Incorporate props that have sentimental value, such as sports equipment, musical instruments, or hobby-related items. Do you have a letter jacket? Do you love books? Anything that reflects your personality or things you just love – bring it.
  • Bring memorabilia from your high school years, like your school shirt, awards, or club-related items.
  • These props can add depth and a personal touch to your photos, making them even more special. And don’t worry…just because you bring props, it doesn’t mean all your pictures will have props. We will take some of just you as well. But props are fun!

3. Location:

  • Choose a location that holds meaning for you, whether it’s a spot on your school campus, a park, an urban setting, or a natural backdrop. Is there a place you liked to hang out during Highschool? Let’s meet there. Or do you love water? Let’s meet at the lake. There are so many choices, so let’s pick one that you’re excited about.
  • Think about the mood and vibe you want your photos to convey when selecting the location. Do you love nature? Or do you prefer a city backdrop?
  • If you’re unsure, ask me for suggestions. I have lots of ideas, and if we need to, we can find a new place together.

4. Hair and Makeup:

  • Take time to fix your hair and make-up before your session. Bring anything you might need to touch up hair and/or make-up. A hairbrush is a must if it is windy!
  • Keep your makeup natural and in line with your personal style, avoiding drastic changes that don’t feel like you. What I mean is, don’t do something new for your photo session. Do what you’re comfortable with.
  • Well-done hair and makeup can enhance your confidence and overall look in the photos.

5. Timing and Lighting:

  • The best lighting for outdoor photos is during the golden hour (early morning or late afternoon) when the light is soft and warm.
  • Avoid harsh midday sun, as it can create unflattering shadows. Most times that I offer work well with the rising and setting sun. If midday is all you can do, we will find the best shade for your pictures together!
  • Indoor sessions can be scheduled at any time, but natural light is still preferred for a flattering look.

6. Posing and Expressions:

  • Communicate with your photographer about any concerns or insecurities you may have about posing. Do you have a favorite side? If so, let me know.
  • We will take pictures with a range of poses and facial expressions to capture different emotions and angles. Don’t worry…I will guide you through this.

7. Relax and Be Yourself:

  • Nervousness is natural, but try to relax and be yourself during the session. Take some time to talk with me. It will help you relax, and I always love to hear what you have planned for after graduation.
  • The best photos often come when you’re comfortable and genuine and relaxed.

8. Bring a Friend or Family Member:

  • Having a friend or family member along can help ease nerves and make the experience more enjoyable. Bring your parents or your best buddy. They can be in some of the pictures with you too! That’s always fun.
  • Friends can provide encouragement, laughter, and assistance with props or outfit changes. Just tell them to come prepared with some jokes in case we need to laugh a little!

9. Communicate with Your Photographer:

  • Prior to the session, discuss your vision, preferences, and any specific ideas you have with me. The more I know, the better the pictures will be. Let me know if you have a certain style you like or some poses you prefer.
  • The more information I have about your vision, the easier it will be for me to tailor the session to your style and expectations.

10. Plan Ahead:

  • Book your session well in advance to secure a spot that works for you. My spring schedule is now live and already booking. Don’t wait until May! Things are going to be very busy for you and me during that time. Schedule now!
  • Plan out logistics such as transportation, changing areas, and any permits required for your chosen location. Most locations around here don’t have restrictions, but a few (like Dallas Arboretum) do charge an entrance fee.

Senior photo sessions are about capturing your unique journey and personality during this exciting phase of life. With thoughtful preparation, a positive attitude, and collaboration with me, we can create stunning images that you’ll cherish for years to come.

If you want to know what my style is like, you can come follow me on Instagram (@paulamasonphoto). Or you can check out my website over at Paula Mason Photography. Just let me know how I can help!

Until next time…

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