Family and Senior Photo Suggestions

Senior sessions are in full swing and there are always a lot of questions that go along with that.  So here are my best suggestions for you as you prepare for your Senior photos.  Family season hits soon in fall and  I have also included tips for family shots as well.

Girls:  I suggest you bring 5-7 outfits.  Texture looks great, think denim, lace, cords, linen, ruffles….it all adds interest.  Think layering, jean jacket over a dress, cardigan over a cami, scarves etc.  Bring a variety of “season” choices.  Even though your photos may be taken in the summer, bring some jeans, or pants…everything in shorts gets boring.  I typically take shots at many angles, and some are close up, some are full length.  Shoes and accessories matter.  Speaking of shoes…toes matter, this is your excuse for a pedicure.  Go natural with your polish colors, but mani and pedi’s are a great idea before senior photos.  (Tell your Mom I said so)  Also have your clothes planned out, when we get there I will look through the outfits you have an may tweak them, but have them pressed and ready to go.

Bring clothes that flatter you.  If you don’t like a part of your body, don’t wear something that accentuates that.  And if you feel really good in something, it probably means it looks great on you.  Bring your favorites.  You will shine more when you are comfortable.

Make up matters, you don’t need a lot of it, but you do need some color.  If you are more natural and typically don’t wear make up, just add a little, for sure try to find a natural lip color.  If you want to get your make up done, be sure you don’t go overboard.  Mineral make up looks natural and lovely…I suggest Jessie Port if you want to have it professionally done.  You can reach her at her studio Eminent Skin 515-868-5868

Hair matters, style it in a way you love and a way you typically would wear it.  We want your photos to look like YOU.  It is fun to change up your hair part way through the session.   Plan ahead, bring a favorite hat, throw it up in a bun, tie it back.  Just practice ahead of time so you can do it fairly quickly and on the go.  You can always go to your stylist for the perfect look, or I suggest Emina Price at Salon Studios for great photo ready hair.  515-664-7133

Boys:  I know, I know this is most likely not something you have any desire to plan “outfits” for, but as a Mom of boys…humor your own Mom and me by caring just a tiny bit.  Solid color tees look great, maybe a plaid shirt, a hoodie, denim, cords, rich color khakis, a waffle tee, think layers as much as you can.  And please,please, please don’t come with your clothes all in a wrinkled mess.   Bring a favorite jersey, baseball cap, football…something that says you.  This is the time to let your Mom or sister, or girlfriends help you pick out some great looks.  I promise, someday you will thank them.  Bring 4-7 different looks.

Families:  My best suggestion with coordinating families is not to be afraid of color or patterns.  Pick 2-3 colors as your theme and go for it.  I love to see a mix of patterns and textures again.  You can look through my family sessions for some great ideas.  Pinterest is also a wonderful place to look for ideas.  You can follow any of my boards there.  Search Susan Shisler If you need additional help let me know, I have some friends who are very talented stylists and are excellent at pulling together complete family looks and I would be happy to put you in touch with them.


July 30, 2014

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