3 Things you need to bring to your Senior Pictures photo shoot | What Should I bring to My senior Pictures session? | Senior Pictures Essentials
I will never forget the first prom that I went to. My parents and I headed to pictures and when we were halfway there I realized I forgot some important things. The tickets in my clutch, the corsage/boutineer, and my clothes for after prom. I remember getting to pictures in tears, worried and anxious about what my date would say and how I would get those things. It completely changed the tone of the night. When your plans don't go exactly how you picture, it can flip an experience and mood. Have you ever had something similar happen to you?
Well, this feeling is one we want to avoid for you on your photoshoot day. The day of your senior photoshoot we want to be laid back, fun, and all about you. No stress or anxiety creeping in, eliminating all possible reasons to have those feelings come in. Looking back, I know that on this prom day I was feeling crunched for time and the list I had in my head was gone. If I would have allowed extra time and actually wrote down everything I needed to remember, that would’ve helped. First things first- for your photoshoot we will allow for plenty of time for professional hair and makeup, drive time to your location, and some down time to eat prior and change into your first outfit. We don’t want time to add stress into your day. Second, this guide will help you list out everything you need to bring with you to your shoot. I don't know about you, but being able to cross off things on a list always helps me feel prepared. We hope that this guide will help eliminate possible stress on the day of your shoot!
Here are 3 must-haves for your senior pictures session...
1. Your Outfits (No brainer? Think again...)
You may be thinking... "Well, duh! Of course I need to bring my outfits." But did you remember to pack all of your shoes, socks, a strapless bra, nude underwear, or jewelry? For a 2 hour photoshoot, we recommend having 4 or 5 different outfits. That’s a lot of clothes to remember! It’s not just remembering to bring the different jeans or the dress, but it's remembering everything that goes with that outfit change! For example, you might need to change an undergarment due to the color of the shirt or pants. You wouldn’t want to forget that as it could really impact the way you feel in your images or the way the final images turn out. Another example, you might change your shoes mid shoot. Forgetting socks or the “right” pair of socks could impact how you are feeling in your shoot. My sister actually brought the wrong socks to her shoot and we had to switch socks in the middle of her shoot! The ones she accidentally brought were too high for the shoes she was wearing. It’s tough to remember all those small details for each outfit! But super important that you do.
This is why we recommend gathering each outfit and putting them in separate piles the night before. You will want to make sure you remember: shoes, pants, shirt, socks, undergarments, and jewelry. Doing this for each outfit helps make sure you have EXACTLY what you need for each. Then, putting each outfit in a separate bag and into your car is a great tip to eliminate possible day of worry.
2. Touch-up makeup
You'll want to bring a small bag of makeup essentials to make touch-ups to your makeup in between shots. Adding a little extra lip color or covering up some smudged mascara can make you feel infinitely better before jumping in front of the camera again for your next shot. We also recommend bringing translucent powder or oil blotting paper if your skin is on the oily side. Surprisingly, oily skin is one of the hardest things to correct when retouching an image.
Here's what should be in your bag: mascara, foundation, concealer, chapstick/lipstick/lipgloss, translucent powder and/or oil blotting papers, and a small mirror.
Special items to make your shoot unique to you
Special items or props can enhance your senior session. They can help tell your story of your accomplishments and personality in high school. So, please don't be afraid to bring props to use in your shoot! If you plan to use some props for certain poses, we have to make sure you remember to bring them and that you plan ahead on having those props ready. About a week in advance you want to start setting out and finding those props. As an example for my senior photoshoot, my mom wanted a picture of me looking at my kindergarten graduation picture. For about two days we searched for the exact picture we wanted to use before finding it and printing it out to use. If we would've waited to look until the day of, that pose might not have been used. Setting out and putting those props with each specific outfit a couple days prior to your shoot helps ensure your full vision is captured for your shoot.
Your Person (or dog)
If you have watched Grey’s Anatomy you might know this saying. If you haven’t, that's okay! Your person is someone who builds your confidence, is there whenever you need them, and always knows the right things to say. For your shoot, it's important you don’t forget to bring that person. There are so many benefits to having someone with you for your shoot.
Don't have a person? Bring your furry bestie! Plus we can put both of you in front of the camera and really get the party started.
To help ease your day of jitters, we hope this guide eases those. You deserve that perfect photoshoot where you feel amazing. Let’s make sure we take away anything that might flip that experience.
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