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Senior Tips

We encourage you to bring up to three outfits for your senior portraits. When choosing your outfits, keep in mind the most important thing is that you like them. Most seniors bring one formal and two casual outfits.

GUYS - For the more traditional portraits, a suit or sport coat with a tie is good. Medium to dark sweaters photograph well. For casual and outdoor photos, comfort is the rule - jeans, khakis and shorts look great.

GIRLS - Bring the colors and outfits you feel best in. Dresses and sweaters are good for a more traditional look. Bright colors, skirts, jeans or shorts look good for your casual portraits. Avoid sleeveless or very short sleeves, because bare arms do not photograph attractively.

YEARBOOK CLOTHING - See school policy for your specific yearbook clothing requirements.

SHOES - Shoes may show, so they should compliment your clothing.

HAIR - Your senior portrait session is not the time to experimenting with new hair styles or colors. If you do get it cut, try do it at least a couple of weeks before the session so you get used to styling it.

MAKEUP - Makeup for photographs should be slightly heavier than normal. However, too much makeup tends to give that painted look, and too little might not show off your features. A translucent powder is helpful to eliminate shine, especially for oily skin. Since most portraits concentrate on the eyes, great care should be taken to make them look their best.

NAILS - Please do not forget the importance of your hands in your portraits. Whether you choose to do your nails yourself or have them manicured, keep them clean and use coordinating colors. We often show feet as well.

FACIAL HAIR - Make sure that you are clean-shaven before your session. Retouching can hide blemishes, but not razor stubble.

GLASSES - If you wear glasses most of the time, you'll want to wear them in your portraits. To eliminate glare or reflections, bring empty frames or remove the lenses from your glasses. It doesn't take much effort - and it sure makes your pictures look a lot better! For an additional charge, digital retouching of glass glare is possible in some case.

PROPS - Please bring items that show what you enjoy doing at this time in your life! We've had everything from horses to snakes, including cars, motorcycles, sports equipment, and musical instruments. If you have something in mind, just let us know!

WHO TO BRING - If you have a best friend or special someone you'd like to bring along to help you relax - go for it! We'll include them in one of your images if you like. Parents are always welcome to come along and get a closer look. (Please keep in mind, this is a senior session, NOT a family session. For information on family portraiture, just ask us!)

BLEMISHES - Our retouching will take care of minor facial blemishes and soften lines. It is simply part of making you look your best. Acne, shine and redness will require digital retouching at an extra cost.

BRACES - For an extra charge, our retoucher can even remove braces!

SUNTANS - Don't overdo the sun for a portrait. It looks great, but in moderation. Sunburn can be an expensive problem. It causes facial shine, red noses and cheeks, strap marks and peeling, which are fixable but at an additional cost.

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