The most important question to ask before your senior pictures: What do I want my pictures to say about me for years to come?
When you think about senior pictures, I am sure there's lots of questions that arise. I know a lot of them come down to the logistics... important, YES! But even more important is the question "what do I want my pictures to say about me in 1 year, 5 years, 20 years?" For you, that question might be more thought of in terms of the now and not for the years to come. It all comes from the same goal of capturing the person you are now and making sure those pictures remind everyone of who you were!
How will I be remembered?: A list of 5 things to consider
Like I said above, senior pictures are meant to capture you! Your style, personality, likes, accomplishments, etc. Your pictures should tell the story of who you are! With that being said, you will want to think about how you want others to remember those things. To help you think through what you want your pictures to showcase, here's a list of 5 things to consider!
1. What's my style?
Are you someone that likes to dress up or do you like the more casual look? Both are fun for pictures, but wearing what you normally wear will give you confidence in front of the camera and will capture your style! If you like a combination of casual and formal, add an outfit of both! In your 2 hour shoot, we recommend changing 4-5 times, so don't worry we will get pictures in all your outfit choices!
2. What's my natural smile?
This is a hard one to explain... You know when you look at someone who is truly happy and you can see it in their eyes and cheeks? That's the kind of smile we are looking for. We want your eyes to smile just as much! If you are most comfortable with the soft, no teeth smile, then we will roll with that! If you like the full smile, then we will have fun with that too! Likely while we are shooting, you'll give a combination of both! We want your pictures down the road to showcase your natural beauty and a true smile!
3. What do I want people to remember about my high school years?
This one I want you to think about your extracurricular. For example, if you were in the orchestra through high school and that's really important to you, then we should include your instrument or your concert dresses in pictures! Or if you played sports, we should include your uniform/sports equipment! Or if you just really liked cars, we should include that as well! Think about the things that were important to you throughout your years and make sure we include them!
4. Who are the people I want to remember me and how can I include them in my photoshoot?
Forgive me, I feel like this feels harsh! But, my point is who are the people that meant the most to you through these past 4 years and how can we include them in the shoot. For example, your family. How can we include them in the shoot and add to their memories of you? You could bring them to your shoot, we can take pictures with them! They can purchase those pictures that remind them of the beautiful girl you are becoming. Or maybe its your friend... Its hard to think about leaving high school and not being with your friends everyday anymore. Why not add them to the shoot so you have that memory?! I want all those people who you want to this memory with to be included!
5. When people look back in the yearbook, what do I want my picture to say about me?
Yearbooks can provide so many memories! Think about what you want that one picture to say about you for the years to come. Do you want it to showcase your style more? Or you accomplishments? Maybe your likes? Or maybe just your personality. As you think about your senior picture photoshoot, think about how you want others to remember you and plan some pictures around those thoughts and your idea of your one yearbook photo. It's how other's will be reminded of who you were in 5, 10, 50 years! (seems crazy to think about now, I know, time goes by fast...) Now, here's the catch... that one picture idea might change! You might have this idea and then fall in love with a different picture at the end, allow that to happen! You'd be surprised at the number of natural, authentic pictures we get!
So, at the end of the day, the main question to consider is "How do I want to be remembered and how can I make that happen?" It's a big question, but it will add so much to your senior pictures. Trust me. As always, if you have any questions or help pinpointing your answers to these, I am here to help! Just reach out to me here!