Most high schools arrange senior portraits a week or two before students begin filing in the doors to classes on a daily basis. Accordingly, the questions on many a young girl’s mind right now are, “What should I wear? How should I fix my hair? What make-up do I need?” But styling yourself for a senior portrait does not have to be a high stress event.
A typical senior portrait session will include a couple of traditional poses such as a cap and gown shot and a drape or tux picture. There will then be several different casual background options for you to choose from. For all of these settings, the best thing to remember is that your senior portrait is a reflection of the young lady you are in this moment as you head into your last year of high school. Let your pictures and your style show who you are.
Your make-up and hair get the most mileage in a senior picture session, so a bit of forethought is always appreciated when it comes to putting on your face. If you have signed up for pictures at your high school, chances are you will be guided through your shots at a somewhat fast pace, so a versatile look is a necessity.
I would recommend going with a good foundation topped with a bronzing powder versus blush. If you have any skin imperfections (such as acne or a scar), use a quality concealer to disguise them as best as possible. While a good photography outfit will possess Photoshop magic to remove blemishes, covering them up yourself leads to a better picture and prevents the lack of definition that comes with too much airbrushing in the studio.
Eye make-up should be relatively basic. Shadow is not a total no-no, but it will be best to utilize neutral shades that will work with both your traditional portraits and casual clothing. Eyeliner and mascara are definite musts for the make-up confident as they will help draw attention to your eyes in every shot!
For your lips use a subtle color only a few shades darker than your natural lip color. A slight glossy sheen will enhance your photograph well while not providing a distraction from the overall picture. If you are an expert at utilizing darker lipsticks, then don’t be bashful about applying one for your last portrait set up or two, but be careful to keep it elegant, not clown-like.
As an added bonus, be sure to wear your favorite scent during your photo shoots. There is nothing like a good perfume to enhance an already vibrant personality and bring out the best of it on film!
Keeping your hair relatively simple for your senior portraits is a good idea. As these pictures are the reflection of yourself that will be passed onto friends and relatives in your graduation invitations, it is important that they represent the best of the day to day you. If you normally wear your hair down, then style it that way.
Before your session, you should shampoo and condition (deep condition if need be). After you have dried your hair be sure to smooth away any frizz with your favorite product. Top it off with a bit of hair spray, and you’re all set.
However, I know for some girls, styling is a must. If it is, then keep it basic. Use a curling iron to create some loose waves or break out the flat iron and have a super sleek do.
A couple of your senior portraits will likely have a pre-assigned outfit. These usually take the form of caps and gowns in one shot, and a classic drape dress or tuxedo in another. The more casual shots you are offered allow you to wear clothing of your choice.
Many students elect to wear jeans and a variety of tops in their various casual portraits. However, I recommend that any stylish young woman break out a dress for at least one portrait. Almost all portrait sessions will have at least one classy background, and a dress would work well and not look at all out of place. If a dress is not in your fashion line-up, then try to wear a particularly feminine top in at least one picture.
By following the suggestions laid out in this article for make-up, hair, and dress for your senior portraits, you will dramatically increase your chances of having a stellar portfolio of pictures to choose from when proofs are mailed out. This means you will look awesome in your senior yearbook, and your friends and relatives will see one extraordinary young lady when they open graduation invitations in the spring.