6 Senior Portrait Mistakes To Avoid

Achieve stress-free and fun senior pictures by avoiding these simple mistakes. From my experience, preparation is a source of stress for photos. This list should help you prepare for your senior session, so you feel and look your best!

Mistake #1 | Not taking into account travel time for senior pictures

Travel time is often forgotten, but it’s so important! Like me, many senior photographers use natural light for images.

The most popular time of day is “the golden hour.” The golden hour is known for its soft, dreamy light around sunrise and sunset. It’s available for 1-2 hours before sunset. After the sun has set, photos are no longer possible.

Do a quick search with your GPS to estimate the travel time. Then, plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early for your session. This will help you get the most out of your session eliminate the stress of being late.

Mistake #2 | Only bringing one outfit for senior pictures

Your photographer may limit the number of outfits in your session due to time. However, you should be able to bring at least 2-3 outfits to wear. This means more variety in your photos!

Be prepared for quick changes. It takes longer to switch clothes than you think for photos.

Mistake #3 | Not trying on outfits ahead of time

One of the best tips I have for feeling confident on camera is choosing an outfit you feel amazing in. Try on your clothes ahead of time. Do they feel too tight, loose, or short? Skip these clothing choices. Ultimately, they will make you feel uncomfortable on camera, which you will notice in the photos.

Mistake #4 | Not ironing out the wrinkles

Iron clothing that is prone to wrinkles ahead of time. Then, place them on a hanger.

Mistake #5 | Waiting to contact a makeup & hairstylist for your senior pictures

Waiting too long to book an appointment for makeup and hair means that your photo session date may be unavailable. Contact them early on in the process. Also, don’t forget to factor this into your travel time.

Mistake #6 | Choosing any photographer

Be selective when choosing a photographer. Each will have a different style of photography and process. Do you like light and airy photos? Or is dark and moody more your style?

Mistake #6 Feeling nervous

I know it can feel uncomfortable when you get in front of the camera. You don’t need to worry though. Your photographer should help you with poses so you look your very best.

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April 5, 2022

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