Top Tips for your Houston Senior Portrait Session

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Your senior’s portraits are such an important part of this milestone in their life. High school senior portraits are such a great way to commemorate the accomplishment of graduation.

You’ll want those photos to be professional and memorable, giving you a chance to look back and reflect with pride.

Allison Wilkins at Evin Thayer Studios makes the whole experience easier than ever by helping you choose looks, locations, and can even arrange to have a makeup artist work with you on the day of your shoot. Pretty cool, right?

For some graduates, a professional photoshoot can seem intimidating, but we are here to help!

We’ve created a list of tips from a professional senior photographer to help you get started as you plan your senior’s portrait session.

  1. What to Wear for a Senior Portrait Session
    We want your senior’s personality and style to shine during their session! Most of our seniors bring 3-5 outfit changes for a variety of looks. This usually includes a combination of formal to casual. 

Is your senior a member of a sports team or dance team?  We love when our seniors bring in their uniforms to showcase their talents!  

Here is an example of a typical senior wardrobe selection: 

  1. Cap and Gown
  2. Letter Jacket with top and jeans or skirt
  3. Formal (tux or gown)
  4. Fun/Dressy (slacks or casual dress)
  5. Fun/Casual (jeans and top)

Also keep in mind the surroundings of the photoshoot. Will it be in studio or on location? Or both! Think about outfits that would go well with the setting. We can discuss this all in our consultation prior to the senior portrait session.

The most important thing is making sure that your senior feels confident and comfortable in whatever they are wearing!

  1. Makeup Tips for a Senior Portrait Session
    Getting makeup professionally done can make a difference in your senior’s pictures.

On camera makeup is much different than everyday makeup.

It often requires different types of contouring, layers, highlights, and even certain makeup brands that hold up better in front of lights or with natural outdoor light.

If your senior is not used to doing makeup their own makeup, we’re happy to connect you with some local makeup artists to ensure their makeup is spot on and camera ready!

If your senior does decide to do their own makeup, here is a list of do’s and don’ts that we’ve compiled over years of professional photography experience:

❌  Don’t go for a look that is “trendy.” Try going for a timeless look. This will prevent the photos from looking dated in years to come.

✅  Do choose a feature you want to highlight. If it’s the lips, adding a bright shade of lipstick will look flattering. If you want to accentuate the eyes, choose a dark and volumizing mascara or an eyeshadow that pops.

✅  Do use a setting spray to help your makeup stay in place for the duration of the shoot, especially if you are planning to use outdoor locations for your senior’s portraits. Sometimes makeup can melt off, especially in Texas weather!

✅  Do use a translucent face powder for a more balanced complexion. Translucent powder can help with oil, shininess, and creasing of the foundation or concealer. Powder and setting spray are the key to long-lasting makeup!

Read more about Professional Hair and Makeup for your Photo Session in our blog!

  1. Houston-Area Location Ideas 
    Many of our seniors choose our combo package. This means we will start in the studio with a few looks and then head outdoors!

If you’re interested in location-specific photos we suggest choosing spots that best represent your personality, favorite locations, and/or suit the type of vibe you’re going for.

Some spots we love around Houston include: (add pictures taken at these locations)

If you or your senior have a certain vision for the photoshoot but aren’t sure what locations match your vision, we are happy to scout locations for you! This can be discussed in a consultation prior to the high school senior portrait session.

Get some more insight from professional senior photographers on The Best Places for Houston Outdoor Photoshoots in our blog!

In conclusion…

In this blog, we only reviewed 3 or the main elements to help you prepare for your senior’s portraits.

After years of experience in taking professional senior portraits, we can guide you through whatever you need help with to help your senior look their best in their senior photos.

We hope you enjoyed our tips for how to prepare for your graduate’s Houston Senior Portrait Session.

We’re happy to chat further about how to prepare for this photoshoot, feel free to call us or book a consultation!

Ready to get started? Book Your Senior’s Portraits today!