It’s finally here! It’s the day of your senior pictures! You have been planning your outfits, thinking about locations and poses, and all the things for weeks! Now, to help your day run smoothly and keep the stress minimal I have created the perfect check list for the day of your senior photos.
Shave: I know this seems a little weird, but my camera will pick up even the smallest amount of stubble. Guys, shave your face, unless of course you want the scruffy look. Girls, shave your legs and underarms, especially if you will be wearing tank tops or sleeveless tops.
Drink plenty of water. You should be doing this the week leading up to your session to help with radiant skin, but definitely make sure you drink plenty of water the day of your session. You want to be well hydrated and ready to rock your session!
Put on some chapstick or lip balm first thing in the morning. There is nothing worse in pictures than chapped lips and chapped lips are not something that is photoshopped out later.
EAT! Please don’t skip out on eating on the day of your session. You will need energy to get through the long day. Think healthy, fresh foods.
Make sure you have the following when you arrive for hair and makeup on session day:
All clothes, ironed and wrinkle free hanging on hangers.
Have all jewelry in plastics bags and marked according to which outfit they go with. It works out really well if you can hang a ziplock bag with each set of jewelry on the hanger with the outfit it goes with.
Shoes for each outfit. Make sure you also have the correct type of socks for each pair of shoes. If all of your shoes are uncomfortable to walk in, through in some slides to put on as we walk to each location.
Undergarments. Make sure you have the correct type of bra for each outfit. It should be a neutral color and the straps should not be seen.
Any props you would like to incorporate into your session. The most popular props that my seniors bring are sports gear and equipment, pets, instruments, and college t-shirts.
Here is a check list for you to save and check off on the day of your session.
And here’s a quick reminder for a few things you should grab as you head out the door for your session!
– Snacks & Water: The best way to stay fresh throughout your senior session is to stay hydrated and fed! Believe it or not, these sessions can take it out of you and being prepared with some good calories and H2O is never a wrong decision! Bring snacks that you can easily pop into your mouth without have to bite into them and bring a straw with you to drink your water – these tips will SAVE your lipstick!
– Bug Spray: Depending on where your session is taking place, we recommend bringing bug spray with you to keep all the mosquitos and other flying terrors at bay. Make sure it doesn’t dry to a powder, which can accidentally turn your clothes white where you spray it.
– An Extra Outfit: Here’s the deal… things happen. One moment you’re changing for your next outfit, then all of a sudden you hear a big riiiiiiiip at the back of your dress. OH NO. Sometimes things like this happen and it’s always good to have a backup outfit to be able to replace it with.
– Lotion: Want that beautiful sheen to your skin that you see in magazines? That fashion secret is all about the lotion! Moisturized skin photographs much better than dry skin and can make you look fresh and dewy from the inside out!
Brandi Price is a senior portrait photographer in Oklahoma City. Her clients come to her from Edmond, OKC, Choctaw, Norman, and other metro communities.
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This is the perfect checklist so seniors don’t forget anything for their portrait session! I’d add a belt to that list…I’ve had a few guys forget. 😉 Also, shaving! I can’t believe I have guys worried about shaving and getting cuts, and ladies forgetting their underarms! Glad that’s at the top of your list of reminders for senior photo shoots!
Thank you Michelle! I definitely need to add belts to the list!
I love that you’re giving your senior clients a checklist to help them remember what to do leading up to and day of their senior photo session. It’s tough to remember it all and this will certainly help them!
Someone is always forgetting something! Hopefully this will help eliminate the stress on the day of their senior photos.
I just love your senior portrait session checklist for edmond senior pictures and all other seniors. A well prepared for session becomes the most fun senior portrait session with the most beautiful portraits!
It always help to keep the stress level down when prepared!
Great checklist for senior portraits! With all the things Seniors have going on, it’s hard to keep track of everything. This will keep it simple!
Seniors are definitely super busy! Hoping this helps them out with the day of their senior portraits!
I love this! It’s so easy to get busy and forget things for your senior session! This makes it easy to remember exactly what you need!
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What a great list for seniors!!! I usually bring bug spray for my clients but sometimes I forget, what a great idea to have it on their list too!
If your seniors use this checklist to prepare for senior pictures, they’ll be confident and ready to go in front of the camera. What an excellent resource you’ve provided!