Before you take your senior pictures, I’m sure you’ll hear everyone tell you all the things you should do. You should be sure you have a manicure, be sure you have the right clothes and then be sure you have water with you during the day. But what about what not to do? Nobody tells you what not to do and trust me, those are just as important as what to do. So, keep on reading and learn about all what not to do for your senior pictures!
Prior to senior pictures, you have to be sure you choose all of your outfits and accessories. Try them on and see how you feel in the outfits you chose. But here is tip number one… don’t over accessorize. If you over accessorize, not only is there risk of your accessories clashing with your outfits but it’s distracting. Earrings, necklace, bracelet, scarf, hat and a bunch of balloons can be great accessories. But put them all together in one photo and it just becomes too much. I’d be sure to stick with accessories that you normally wear in day to day life. I am personally not a hat girl, so I would probably stay away from hats during my senior pictures. You want to feel comfortable and relaxed. You won’t feel that way if you wear accessories that you aren’t used to wearing. I’d say to keep the accessories to three at max. Small earrings, a scarf and balloons is a great combo. It’s not distracting and adds character all at the same time. Think through your accessories. Remember, a little bit goes a long way!
Have you ever seen pictures of girls in a beautiful outfit, stunning background, accessories perfect but her skin looks like she painted orange goo all over herself? I’ve seen those pictures and let me tell you, they’re not my favorite. My second tip on what not to do is to spray tan or go tanning at a tanning salon before your senior pictures. Spray tan more likely than not turns out orange. Your pictures don’t end up turning out natural and timeless the way you would want them to. The orange of the spray tan also clashes with make up and outfits you choose for the day. Just don’t do it. Tanning beds are something I would say don’t do either. Not only are they bad for you skin but they sometimes make your skin either red from burn or it gives you a tan that is too dark. Again, you won’t look classic and timeless the way you would want in your senior pictures. I’m definitely not shaming you if you love to tan. I love to go out in the sun and get some vitamin D! But, if you choose to do that before your senior pictures, make sure you use sunscreen if you choose to spend some time outside. Nobody wants a nasty sunburn before their picture day. If you want to use self spray tan, use it lightly. You can always use more but you can’t take it away. Start light then add if needed. And lastly, if you choose to go to a tanning salon, be sure you talk to the staff first about safety and be sure you take precautions so you don’t burn or damage your skin!
The last and probably the most important tip I can give you about what not to do during senior pictures has nothing to do with the pictures themselves. It has everything to do with you! Don’t settle for anything less than what you value and what you want. If you have a specific prop you feel is important to you and you want it with you during your pictures, do it. If you are a competitive swimmer and want pictures in your swim uniform, let’s get those pictures. If we are taking pictures and you really don’t feel comfortable in a certain pose, please speak up! All of these examples are extremely important! Your pictures will turn out perfectly and you’ll be 100% happy with them if you are relaxed and confident during the day. If you don’t speak up for what you want or don’t want, you won’t love your pictures as much. This day is about you and for you. So be sure the day is how you want it ☺️
I can’t wait to be your photographer. I have some spots left open and want to help you get the senior pictures you’ve always been wanting. Reach out today and let’s get you on the schedule!!