Your senior picture shoot is just around the corner. You’ve picked your outfits, decided what you want your hair to look like, found your location and all your accessories are laid out ready to go. All that is missing is the final detail… your nails. I have a few tips to keep in mind about your nails before we start you senior photo shoot. Remember, to make this experience complete be sure to think of every detail, your nails are no exception 😉
#1: Go Pro
Getting your nails done for your senior pictures by a professional is important. Nobody wants scuffed or chipped nails in their pictures. A professional will be sure your fingernails look absolutely perfect. Also, don’t forget about your toenails. A lot of the time, senior pictures are taken in the summer and girls opt for open toe shoes. I also like to do some shots barefoot so you want to be sure your toes look just as good as your fingers. A professional nail tech will also be sure your cuticles are in order and that no chips will occur to your fingernail polish. I’d also be sure have your nails done a couple days before your senior pictures are taken. Then your fingernails and toenails are in perfect condition and ready for your big day. If you just can’t for any reason get your nails done by a professional, I suggest going to a beauty store and looking at their gel nail polishes or getting an at home manicure set for yourself. The outcome will still be beautiful and you’ll still be happy you took the time to do your nails before your photo shoot.
#2: Keep the color classic
When it comes to your senior pictures, there is a lot going on. Fancy outfits, beautiful backdrops, fun lighting and your accessories will bring out the pop of uniqueness you will want in your senior pictures. Your nails and nail color will add to your pictures but we don’t want to draw attention away from you. I’d stay in the neutral colors- light pinks, beige like pinks or even whites will be perfect. The classic french tips are always popular and if you do want to go with longer nails, be sure you’re comfortable with the length you choose. If you’re someone who never has long nails but you want acrylics done for your pictures, maybe opt for a shorter length of acrylic. If long nails are your thing, by all means go for it but just be sure the color is more neutral. Sometimes, I get some pictures of your hands or close ups of your face with your hands in the shot. You want your nails to look great but not to distract from your beautiful picture.
#3: Moisturizer is your friend
As you know, living in Colorado it’s pretty dry here. There is 0% humidity in the air here and well, skin doesn’t like it. Your hands are the same and I don’t know about you but my hands are so prone to cracks when they’re dry. I don’t want your hands to be all cracked during your photo shoot, especially if you spent time and money on a beautiful manicure. My suggestion is to keep those hands and feet lathered in moisturizer after your nail appointment up until your photo shoot. Be sure to stay really hydrated as well. Water will help your skin feel radiant and will help those cracks from showing up. My favorite moisturizer is coconut oil. It’s all natural, feels great on skin and smells amazing. But if that’s not for you, grab your favorite scented lotion or heavy duty moisturizing cream and bring it to the photo shoot. Your hands and feet will appreciate the extra love!
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I loved this senior photo shoot with Lauryn so much and I have been dying to write her blog for some time so here it is! I had so much fun with Lauryn in studio and on location and I can’t wait to tell you a little bit more. Lauryn is such a sweet soul and her personality is energetic. She was so fun to be around and as you can tell from her pictures she had a blast. One part of the day she said was so fun was getting her hair and makeup done at the studio. She said it was relaxing and it was great that she didn’t have to worry about it prior to the shoot. I think when seniors embrace their senior picture day the way Lauryn did it makes the day so memorable for you and for me. Plus, I capture beautiful genuine happiness… if you don’t believe me just look at Lauryn’s pictures.
We started in studio and Lauryn was the perfect model. We had fun taking photos with her in her letterman jacket, a casual outfit, a super cute and unique pink pant suit and the best outfit of the day, a vibrant red off the shoulder dress with a fun and flowing bottom. I loved the variety of outfits Lauryn brought to her photo shoot. Every outfit showed off a different aspect of her personality and also what she is most proud of. I love letterman jacket pictures. It is a great way to celebrate your accomplishments and be proud of all you’ve done leading up to this point. Lauryn is an accomplished soccer player and also participates in track and cross country. I love that her pictures get to show off all of her hard work! Plus, she brought a confetti canon. I’m so happy she brought it and she even chose red confetti to match her high school colors- go Horizon! But let’s just talk about the red dress. She had so much fun in that dress and the bottom flared perfectly. She looked like the emoji.. you know this one 💃🏻 The second I saw her wearing it and we had it flare out that’s all I could see. I think we all had a blast at the studio but when we got to Red Daisy Farm, we had even more fun.
Lauryn chose to go to Red Daisy Farm for her location photo shoot. Red Daisy Farm is a favorite and never disappoints. We found some beautiful flowers and she brought a cute little checkered picnic blanket which made her outside pictures feel more laid back. Lauryn mentioned that this was one of her favorite parts of the day. Being able to explore the different poses outside and really being part of the location was memorable. I love the fun stair case at Red Daisy Farm. It’s up against one of the charming metal buildings. This little area has so much character and it’s a good spot to have the classic stair picture with some fun added unique elements. When sunset came, it is the best time to get beautiful golden hour pictures and of course some water pictures. Lauryn had a stunning white lace dress that was the perfect match to the blue of the sunset sky. It was a beautiful way to end a wonderful day!
Lauryn, I had the best time spending the day with you. I’m so happy you chose me to take your pictures and I’m so excited to see what you do after High School. I know you’ll do great things during your next big adventure. Go chase your dreams of being in sports medicine or kinesiology- You’ll be amazing! You’re a wonderful person and you’ll do wonderful things in this life. I can’t wait to see all you accomplish!
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Obviously, taking pictures is what I love to do. But even more importantly taking senior pictures is my life’s passion. I love taking pictures of seniors and watching them shine. The excitement in their eyes is contagious and you can see all of the hopes and dreams they have for their life. I take senior pictures because I love to encourage and support seniors in their next steps in life. I love to empower seniors to love themselves and feel confident in their own skin. I love that I get to capture all of that emotion through the lens of a camera. But why is it important that you get your senior pictures taken? And more importantly, why is it important that you have the senior picture experience? I have three big reasons why you need these pictures not only for the yearbook but for the rest of your life.
Senior pictures are a celebration of you. You have worked so hard from the age of 5 until now to get through school, form relationships, triumph, fail and figure out who you are going to be as a person. These pictures are a culmination of all your hard work and the time you should take to celebrate yourself. Having a day to be pampered and have fun is the best way to not only start your senior year but to also be sure you are celebrated for all you’ve accomplished. Be sure to go out and treat yourself to a cute new dress and get that manicure you’ve been wanting to get. Your senior pictures is the perfect excuse to take the time to be proud of yourself.
Getting your senior pictures done is a right of passage. When you first start high school, it’s such an exciting time of life. When you get to the end there is such a mix of emotions but getting your senior pictures done is the first thing that has to happen before you embark on your last year. Having that experience is such an exciting way to start your last year of high school. So take the experience head on! Enjoying in your senior picture photo shoot and really soaking in each moment is what makes the day memorable and exciting. But remember to make the day your own. Bring props and or items that are important to you. Show off all the medals you’ve earned. Bring your pets and have a day snuggling with your furry friend. My favorite part of the experience is when seniors end up bringing their friends or siblings to their photo shoot. Having people and items that are important you makes the day more memorable.
When you look back on your senior year, you’ll remember a lot. All the friends you had, all the new skills you learned, all the teachers you had. But over time, memories fade and time continues to march on. As you continue to learn and grown you’ll create new memories with new people and learn new things. Your priorities will change and you will become a new person. Having these beautiful pictures really captures who you are at this exact moment in time. These pictures will bring back floods of memories that you may forget about in 10 years. Having these pictures will forever be something you cherish and enjoy remembering.
There are many other reasons to get senior pictures done but in my opinion these are the top three. I’ve done so many senior picture sessions over the years and I always have people come back and tell me how much their senior pictures mean to them. I’m ready to book your session. Let’s get in touch and get your senior picture experience started!
Another senior we are so excited to talk about on this blog post is our girl Maddie! Maddie is a gem and one I am truly honored to spotlight for you. As with all of the clients I work with, I loved helping Maddie choose her outfits before the big day. She wanted a good mixture of outfits ranging from a beautiful flowing gown to a cute white sundress to her classic jeans and a cute flowy sweater. I love helping girls find the perfect outfits before their photo shoot and Maddie was no different. She chose a wide range of outfits that really celebrated her and what made her feel confident. I loved our studio shoot with Maddie because every outfit she put on, she looked so confident and excited for the day. She even had her sister join her on during her studio shoot. Their special relationship was so apparent and they even had fun making funny faces during some of the photos. Don’t ever be shy if you want to bring your sibling or friend to your shoot! You’ll appreciate having these memories forever. Maddie brought her step- dad’s fire fighting jacket and hat to the photo shoot. I love that she wanted to honor and have her dad with her during this photo shoot. What a sweet gesture and an amazing relationship she has with her step dad.
After our studio shoot, Maddie chose to go to the Denver Botanic Gardens. I love this location for a few reasons. First, it’s outside so we get beautiful lighting. Second, it’s the botanic gardens… there isn’t an ugly spot in the entire area. Every location you go to you get stunning photos and we can have a lot of fun and get creative. Lastly, well.. Maddie’s photos make the last reason I love the Denver Botanic Gardens very apparent. Just look at how they turn out when we are there… ABSOLUTE PERFECTION. I loved Maddie’s fun personality shine through when she pulled out her beautiful black sun hat. The edgy and yet laid back feeling you got from that outfit was so striking next to the greenery around her. Maddie is part of her school Color Guard so of course she had to bring her flag! I loved watching her twirl and throw that flag in the air. She looked beautiful in action and I give her major props for being able to do that because I don’t think I’d even be able to attempt to throw and catch something like that. I love strong girls!!
Maddie, I am so proud of all you’ve accomplished during your high school career at Standley Lake. You were such a joy to work with and I know you will do great things for the world. Enjoy every minute of your senior year and I hope our paths cross again soon.
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