Senior Season: Tips for great senior photos! {Sandra Jackson Photography}

Graduation has come and gone and a new group of high school students find themselves on the cusp of their senior year.  This is such an exciting time with so many things to look forward to. One import experience is your senior photo session. For many this may be the first time you've  had photos done in several years. If the last time you sat in front of the camera involved a lace bonet or a onesie you're going to want to read this.

I've been lucky enough to photograph high school seniors for the past six years. They are truly one of my favorite types of sessions. Over the years I've gathered some tips to help make each seniors session perfect.

1) Book early! Many seniors want fall photos. With the changing Autumn colors fall is a gorgeous time for photos. Guess what! Families think so too. This makes fall one of the most busy times for photographers. Book early and keep in mind that fall colors don't arrive on an exact timeline so be flexible.

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2) Pay Attention! Your school probably has guidelines and deadlines for yearbook submissions. Pay attention to this information and pass it along to your photographer.  This will ensure you have the photos you need when you need them.

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3) Book the right photographer. You're probably thinking any photographer with a camera will do. While a camera is a necessity for taking photos, it's just a tool. You want a photographer who can capture who you are, not just take a photo. It's okay to ask questions. Look at their work. See if it fits your vibe. A good photographer will make you feel comfortable and at ease during your session.

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4) Location. Pick a location that is important to you. These are your memories. This is your story. Do you play sports? Think about photos in the bleachers or on the field.  Is there a place you and your friends hang out? Maybe you're in Drama and can use the stage for a session. Keep in mind that permission may be needed for some locations.

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5) Give me props! No really! Are you in band? Bring your instrument. Won any medals? Bring  them with you. Bring your letterman jacket. Bring a game controller if you play games or bring your favorite book. You can even bring a best friend or a significant other. Remember, this session is about you. This is your story in photographs.

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6) Relax and have fun! What you're feeling comes across in photos so don't be afraid to be silly.  Smile. Laugh. Think about all the exciting things the future holds and enjoy capturing this time in your life!

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7) Hair and makeup. For many this is a must. For some it's a no. My best advice is to do you. If hair and makeup is your jam, book with your stylist with enough time to make it to your session. If not, consider a light amount of cover up for blemishes and a little lip gloss for fun. But for your photographers sanity, please take the hair tie off your wrist.

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That's it. My best advice for your senior session. I hope your senior year is amazing! Enjoy every last second of it. If you're in need of a photographer and don't mind silly jokes send me a message. I'd love to work with you!
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