This is such an important question. I encourage every single one of my seniors to ask themselves this, and to have their parents or guardians think about it, as well. Some seniors come into their shoot hoping for some glam images for their social feeds, others want an editorial experience, and others can’t wait for the prints and products to display in their homes. Some are uncomfortable in front of the camera, and others cannot wait to be a “model for a day”. No matter where you come from, or why you decided to do a senior shoot, I want you to walk away with one thing: confidence. Here are some great ways to make sure you get the maximum senior experience with us:
-Know your personal style: Knowing the types of outfits and locations you want really helps as we plan your shoot together. Yes, I am more than happy to always direct you to where and why and how to put together outfits and style a shoot (and it’s totally part of your senior experience), but it helps to have a personal starting point to work from. I encourage you to go through your closet and your inspiration, and put together a Pinterest board, or take some screenshots on your phone to show me. It helps me being dreaming up how to make your vision come to life. Even if you feel like you “don’t” have a vision, there are likely 2-3 images or outfits that make you feel amazing, and those are the place to start.
-Know what you want to use your images for: Are you eager to make a huge canvas for your bedroom? Or to make graduation announcements that will be the envy of your friends? This is really a helpful point to start with when you and your parent(s) begin thinking about the collections and products that you want most. We highly encourage our clients to also measure any wall space where you may want to frame or display larger pieces, so that you know how they will look. We can always direct you to our most popular items, or what may work best for your space or ideas. Don’t forget about using your images for your graduation party or for gifts for family members, too!
-Soak it in: Your senior session should not be a stress-filled, frantic moment in the midst of one of the most stressful times in your life! It should be the one time that you feel pampered, confident, and special, rather than just checking something off a list. It can be really hard to clear your headspace and relax, but some ideas that have helped other seniors really soak in the moment is to get their favorite snack or drink, clear their entire day/schedule and yes, include your parent in the special time! Believe it or not, it is one of the best memories you can make together before you make that leap into college…invite them to share it with you. And lastly, prepare everything you will need (we can help you make a good plan), so that when you wake up on the big day, you feel nothing but excitement.
Thinking ahead and preparing are some of the best hallmarks of a successful senior shoot. The ones who know what their expectations are, are generally the ones who walk away feeling completely happy. And, that’s always my goal!