SENIOR PORTRAIT GUIDE

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01 location
02 styling
03 hair & makeup
04 who to bring
05 faq
06 being the scenes
 

 Styling Tips 

Stuck on what to wear? Let me give you some tips!

1. Be comfortable
We are going to be walking, sitting, laying, twirling, and adventuring all around during your session. Be sure to wear clothing that you can move around in.

2. Vary your wardrobe
Usually I recommend varying your outfits between pants and skirts/dresses so we are able to sit and lay down comfortably, but then can and also play with twirling and movement-based shots in a dress! I would recommend basing each of your outfits in one of these categories for the best variety between each look: casual, cozy, chic,  dressy, school-related, layered, sports-related, preppy or edgy.

3. Embrace all the  colors
Clothing is a great way to add more color and personality to your pictures. Wearing white and black tend to wash out skin tones, so I would recommend staying away from neutrals. As you can see on the right, bright, saturated colors bring so much more life and "pop" into photos.

4. Come prepared
I usually recommend my seniors to wear their first outfit and bring two to change into.  Wear your trickiest outfit to change into first. If you're going to a location with water, I would recommend saving the outfit you plan to get wet for last and wear sandals so you can easily slip them off to step in the water. I would highly recommend ironing clothing before your session and bringing your wardrobe on hangers.

5. Include accesories + props
Necklaces, bracelets, belts, hats, jackets, and scarves are all great accesories to add another element to your photo and to play with while posing! And i
t's always fun to include something uniquely you in your session whether it's a part of a collection, sports equipment, hobbyist items, or artwork.
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HAIR & MAKEUP

Keep it natural. I would recommend not going too crazy with either hair or makeup. Chances are that the trendy looks we wear now could be outdated in only a year or so, and I want you to be happy with your photos for much longer than that! I would recommend using a neutral color palette for makeup. Whites, tans, browns, and light pinks tend to look great, and a little bit of shimmer will go a long way! I would also recommend bringing a lip gloss or two to your shoot, and we can test out which one looks best on camera!

Do your hair in your signature style! I can't tell you how many times people come to their session with a totally brand new stye and end up feeling uncomfortable because it's just not them. You should be yourself and look like yourself in your photos. So if you normally embrace your natural curls, don't go straightening every strand for your shoot! If soft waves are your thing, stick with it! 

Also, super important: Don't neglect the nails! We will be doing many poses that show your hands in a large portion of the frame, so we want them to look great! Maybe even treat yourself to a mani-pedi?

WHO TO BRING

Having an extra hand at your photo session is always a good thing! You are welcome to bring along your mom, dad, sibling, a best friend or two, your significant other or whoever else you would like to have with us! Pets too! It's great to have someone you are comfortable with at your session to bring out your natural smile.

 Extended FAQ 

How will I know how to pose for my photo session?
No need to worry about posing during your photoshoot! We can take our time going through different poses. I am here to help you pose and be comfortable all throughout the time of your photoshoot. I have over five years of photo experience, so I have lots of tricks and poses up my sleeve!
 
How long will my photos take?
Typically, photo sessions last anywhere from one to two hours. If you are not into taking photos, we don't have to take up your whole session time, but if you love being in front of the camera we can take up your full time frame! This also depends on the location of your photoshoots. Locations with photo spots that are farther apart from each other will usually take up more time because of the walking!

How do I pay for my photo session?
The cost of your photo session will be due when we meet for your photoshoot. I can accept cash or a check made out to Leanna's Lens LLC as well as digital payments including Zelle, Venmo, CashApp, and PayPal.

What time will my photoshoot be?
I usually schedule my photoshoots around two hours before sunset or early on in the morning for the best light! The temperature is usually more mild at these times rather than in the middle of the day. Sometimes times can adjust slightly, like if it's cloudy we may want to start a bit earlier since it will get dark sooner. Once you are ready to schedule, you can see all of the times available on my calendar when you go to book!

What happens if it is supposed to rain on my photoshoot day?
We can reschedule your photo session, no problem! But I recommend scheduling your photo session on a sooner date in the summer rather than later, because I tend to fill up more as the summer goes on which will make it more difficult to reschedule.

When and how will I get my photos back?
Photos will be delivered when you have paid in full and within a two week time period after your session takes place. I will send your photo gallery in an email, and from there you will be able to view, download, and buy prints, canvases, and other gifts from your photos!