Senior Photo Session Tips – El Dorado, Kansas Photography

It’s that time of year again when last year’s high school juniors are gearing up to be seniors and getting ready for one crazy last year before they head out into the world. It can be an exciting time and also a very hectic, sentimental time for both parents and their seniors.

About this time of year is when I start getting lots of questions about senior photos. When is the best time to schedule our photo session? When do I book? What should I wear? The list goes on. I wanted to make a quick blog post to answer some of these questions that you may have about what to expect. Senior photos are a fun way to pull your personality and interests into your senior year in a way you’ll want to remember for years to come. I hope these tips help! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have further questions.

When do we schedule our session for?

Fall is a beautiful time to get senior photos taken. Usually September – November are the most popular months. With photo sessions completed by November, you can receive your edited images back in time before any yearbook deadlines your school may have. Some seniors opt for a fall and a spring photo session, so please contact me if you are interested in this kind of package.

How far in advance do I need to contact you to book?

I am currently on maternity leave with our first child until the end of August! While this is an exciting time for my family, I’m also available to answer any questions you may have about senior photos. If you would like to get on my list for Sept. – Nov. senior sessions, just send me an email at crossroads.photography@hotmail.com or give me a call at 316-323-7537 and I’ll put you on the list to contact in August to line up our session.

What location should we use?

Depending on your style and personality, we can use a variety of locations. The basic session comes with one location while the capture session includes as many locations as we can fit into our two hour session time. (To check out these sessions and prices, please visit www.crossroadsphotography.org/pricing.) Two or three locations are very doable with the capture session, depending on the travel time between each location. For many capture sessions, I suggest town, country, and sunset, that way you get a diverse look to your senior photo portfolio. Some favorite locations have been my family’s farm located East of El Dorado, the El Dorado Lake, behind Robin’s in downtown El Dorado, the Walnut River Bridge just East of El Dorado, the beautiful Flint Hills, and senior’s homes/properties. We can definitely discuss what location(s) best portrays YOU.

What should I wear?

This is the big question! Depending on you, the clothes you might bring to the photo session may range anywhere from 4-12 different outfits. I tell my seniors that it’s never a problem to bring too many outfits, because certain clothes will look best with the location we are at and it’s hard to tell until we are there! I’ve never used all 12 outfits before, but a girl needs her options, right? :) It’s usually the guys that come with 4 different shirts with the same pair of blue jeans, but you would also be surprised! Some of our guys have a lot of style! If you are that guy with 2 different t-shirts that’s okay too. ;)

The main thing is to bring a variety of different clothes. I like to suggest a few casual outfits along with several dressier tops/outfits. Seniors who are involved in sports often want to bring their uniforms and that is a great option. Letter jackets are very popular as well. My suggestion is to bring some tried and true outfits that you like the way you look in. I wouldn’t suggest going shopping the day before and bringing a pile of brand new clothes you’ve never worn before. Try to bring clothes that reflect who you are. What would you wear to a special occasion or to dress it up a bit for a day at school?

Do’s and Don’ts on what to wear

Try to go for a variety of prints as well as solids, as solids often photograph the best. I would avoid neon colors as much as possible as well as bright oranges and reds that may alter your natural skin tone. When looking at your photos, we want your eye to go straight to your face instead of to a wild outfit.

Please bring your outfits hung up on hangers as the camera picks up wrinkles a lot better than we think. It’s always best to be mindful of undergarments so that they don’t show once you put on other outfits. Also, watch out for chipped nail polish because the camera sees more than we think! Just have fun with your outfits and don’t be afraid to bring a lot!

Accessorize! Props!

Accessories are the best when it comes to senior photos! Bring a fun hat we can work with, or some dangly jewelry. If you are into instruments, please bring them! Sports? Bring your equipment! Do you have a truck or a pet or a favorite book? The more we have to work with, the more we can show off YOU!

Photo with parents

I always, always recommend a photo with mom. If dad is there too, then great! Parents have invested so much into their kids the last 17 years and are just as excited for this special time in their lives.

Other questions? Please let me know and I can get them added here. I really look forward to working with you to capture this exciting season in life!

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