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The Benefits of a Longer Senior Portrait Session

June 28, 2017

My favorite part of planning collections for High School Seniors is knowing how different each and every student will be. With that in mind, I love to make sure there are a few different options in my collections. However, I can’t lie about how much I love, and recommend, the longer sessions.

Understandably, being the subject of pictures is not everyone’s forte. Although, the number one thing to remember about your senior portraits is they are a once in a lifetime opportunity. They not only celebrate a huge accomplishment and right of passage, but your portraits may be necessary for use in your future endeavors.

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Which brings me to the most important reason why longer sessions are preferred.

Your outfit styles can vary more widely.

It’s always a good idea to have your outfits range from casual to (semi)formal. Even if you’re not a “dress up” kind of person, it may be necessary to have at least a few formal or semi-formal shots. On top of your grandparents wanting a dressy picture of you, it’s very likely that colleges, scholarships or even job applications may like you to include a photo. In these instances, having a professional looking shot included with your credentials could improve your chances of being accepted. It shows them you’re really getting ready for the adult world!

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In addition to having more outfit choices, we will also have extra time to visit more locations. Your experience and your photos will certainly be heightened if we are able to put some variety in your backdrops. It gives you more options to choose from when deciding the best images to hang on the wall and to hand out to friends and family.

Lastly, another one of my favorite pro’s to a longer session is creativity! While we can get a lot done in just an hour or two, there’s no question that setting up truly unique shots take a little extra time. The longer sessions mean we can knock out a few different locations and have time to play with more challenging ideas!

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To sum it up, your senior portraits should reflect who you are and what you’ve accomplished. Sometimes it’s hard to wrap that into just an hour or so. Not to mention, your investment should help you to move to your next step after high school.

Thank you all so much for reading! Leave any questions or comments in the comment section and be sure to follow Noel P&D on Facebook by hitting LIKE, and to follow along via blog or email here on WordPress!

Happy Creating!

Noel

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What Types of Clothes to Choose for Senior Portraits.

May 3, 2016

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Its one of the biggest photo opportunities of your life, so like it or not, what you choose to wear is important! That doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to be a hassle or even you trying to be something you’re not. Instead, your senior portrait wardrobe should tastefully reflect who you are, and who you are becoming. That being said, I will discuss some of the clothing choices you will want to consider for your senior portrait session.

 

DRESSY CASUAL.

This is my personal favorite to see for the majority of outfits. It’s the perfect stage in between being casual and formal. Pair dressy, decorative, and stylish tops with jeans, khakis, white pants, black jeans, or gals may even consider capris or skirts. Girls may also choose fun dresses, while guys may want to find a nice, stylish jacket or sweater. Here are some examples of “dressy-casual” outfits for guys and gals. —-

YOUNG LADIES:

Dressy-Casual Outfits for Young Ladies

Dressy-Casual Outfits for Young Ladies

YOUNG MEN:

Dressy-Casual Outfits for Young Men.

Dressy-Casual Outfits for Young Men.

 

FORMAL.

Selecting at least one formal look of some sort is a very important portion of your session. Not only does it produce some classy, professional-looking photos for your family and friends, but this is the part where you’re considering “who you are becoming.” Likely, you’re about to be applying for scholarships, schools, or even sending job applications. Therefore, it may be necessary to have a formal photo to send to colleges, companies, organizations, or even to use as a profile picture on professional work sites such as LinkedIn.

Prom dresses for gals and suits for the fellas are always an awesome, safe bet! If suits and dresses just aren’t your style, here are a couple other choices you may consider for a formal look, or in addition to a suit\prom dress:

Formal\Business Casual Options Other Than Suits and Dresses!

Formal\Business Casual Options Other Than Suits and Dresses!

 

SPECIALTY.

Specialty outfits are those that pertain to a particular activity or organization. Some examples may include sport uniforms and gear, extra curricular activity outfits, club shirts, music uniforms and etc. Even if you don’t wear all the items you bring, you may want to display some in your photo!

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CASUAL.

This style type can sometimes overlap with your “Specialty Outfits” that you read about above. If you decide to not use a specialty outfit, it never hurts to have at least one casual clothing choice. Plain, simple t-shirts, nice shorts, tank tops and etc. While you want to always look your best, a casual style can nicely break up your wardrobe and add some variety.

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ACCESSORIES.

Ladies. Remember to bring along hair accents, jewelry, hats, scarves, belts, sunglasses, shoes, and most importantly – proper undergarments!
Gentlemen. Remember any ties, belts, suspenders, cufflinks, jewelry, hats, sunglasses, shoes, watches, headphones, or any other accents to complete your look.

Accessorize Your Look.

Accessorize Your Look.

 

WHEN YOU HAVE LIMITED OUTFITS YOU CAN BRING.

There are some senior sessions in which a very limited number of outfits may be used. In the long run it’s really up to you as far as what you choose as your favorites. As far as styles, I’d strongly recommend choosing outfits in the dressy-casual or formal category. Remember, you only get to do your senior photos once. Make it YOU but make yourself STAND OUT!

 


Hopefully this will help guide parents and students when choosing your photo day wardrobe. I look forward to seeing all the fun ideas this year’s seniors bring! Thanks for reading and be sure to follow {Noel P&D} here on WordPress by blog or email. Plus, keep up-to-date with my newsfeed on Facebook by giving me a page LIKE!

Happy Creating!

Noel

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