Though it’s barely spring in the Twin Cities, senior picture season is right around the corner, so now is the time to start planning! At CLIX Portrait Studios, we’re here to help you capture life’s special moments, and your senior portrait photoshoot is certainly one of them. The photos you take will live on in yearbook perpetuity, so you’ll definitely want to put your best foot forward during your photoshoot. To help you prepare for the big day, we’ve put together a handful of planning tips to help ensure your session goes off without a hitch, and more importantly, to ensure your photos turn out spectacularly!


Tip #1: Put Together a Variety of Outfits

Select a variety of outfits to bring to your photo session. You never know how your favorite outfit will appear against your backdrop or how it will translate on camera, so be sure to choose a variety of apparel colors and styles. Try bringing a casual outfit, a semi-formal set, and perhaps even an outdoor outfit, so you have plenty of options to choose from. And, when you’re packing your clothes, don’t forget to pack your shoes and accessories!


Tip #2: Keep Your Apparel Simple

When you’re sitting for senior pictures, your face and personality should be the focus of each photo, not your outfit. Avoid flashy clothing or outfits with pictures, logos, distracting designs, or wording. The last thing you want is to get your portraits back and find that your shirt commands more attention than you do!


Tip #3: Wear Colors That Make You Feel Confident

Which clothing colors make you feel most confident? Take that into consideration when planning your outfits because that confidence will translate on camera. Ideally, you’ll want to choose solid colors for your photo session since they won’t take the focus away from your face. As far as the colors you should select, that’s ultimately up to you, but here are a few helpful suggestions:


●        Darker colors, such as black, navy, and wine, tend to have a slimming effect.

●        Lighter colors, including white, beige, tan, and grey, might make you look washed out.

●        Medium tones, such as green, brown, rust, and royal blue, tend to complement medium and dark backgrounds.

●        Always choose colors that complement your skin tone!


Tip #4: Don’t Overdo It On the Makeup & Accessories

Easy does it when it comes to your senior picture makeup and accessories. It can be tempting to go full glam, so your makeup translates on camera, but the last thing you want is to look like a stranger in a portrait that lasts forever.

When you’re getting ready on the big day, keep your makeup on the natural side but bring your makeup bag with you to the session. You can let your photographer know you have makeup on hand, and if he or she feels that a bit of extra blush or eyeliner will enhance your photos, you can apply it onsite. Keep in mind that you can always add makeup, but it’s very difficult to tone it down when you apply too much.


As for jewelry, keep that as simple as possible, too. Don’t wear pieces that take the focus away from your face, and try to stick with classic, timeless jewelry that won’t date your photos in the future.


Tip #5: Wear a Tried-and-True Hairstyle

Don’t get a last-minute haircut two days before your photo session! You won’t be familiar with your new style, and your hair won’t lay how you’re used to seeing it, which can be super frustrating on the day of the photoshoot. If you’re going to get a trim, schedule it at least a week before your session date, so the style has time to settle in.


As for hair products, try to avoid caking your head in hairspray, gel, or pomade. You want your hair to move naturally during your photo session, so use enough product to tame flyaways, but not so much that you end up with helmet head.


Tip #6: Act Natural!

Last but definitely not least, act as natural as possible during your photoshoot! Your senior pictures are meant to express your personality and style, so make sure you let your uniqueness shine through in every frame!


Looking for a Senior Picture Photographer In the Twin Cities? Contact CLIX Portrait Studios 

At CLIX Portrait Studios, we’re here to help you capture life’s most memorable moments, and your senior pictures are something you’ll cherish for the rest of your life. Whether you’re opting for a studio photo session or you’ve got a location all scoped out, our friendly, professional photographers will create a fun, memorable experience you can look back on with joy. To learn more about our senior picture photography services or to schedule your session, give our team a call at 763-657-0239. Or, you can always feel free to connect with us on our contact page with any questions or concerns.