The biggest fear anyone has about taking pictures is that 1) the pictures won’t turn out well. 2) it may look uncool 3) the photographer will accentuates a part of their body that they don’t like. Preparation alleviates fear.
Here are some ways you can prep for a Senior Guy session:
1) BOOK EARLY (Like Several Months Early)
Unlike High School senior girls, who are very involved with the planning of their session, most senior guys don’t think about senior pictures. It’s their moms that usually book their session.
Here’s the reason why I recommend booking early. My husband is notorious for griping about getting his pictures taken (ironic, isn’t it?). If I want us to have a couples photo session together, I would have to book it months in advance and put it in the calendar. As we draw nearer to the time of the session, he will slowly become more accepting of it. It becomes less intimidating because the idea has already sunk in, and it’s not an immediate shock to his system.
Many guys are like that. It’s not that they don’t like having great photos of themselves. Photo taking might just be out of their comfort zone, and they’re not sure if they can own up to it. Booking early will allow them plenty of time to prep their minds and wardrobe.
2) MIND THE HAIR
The other reason I recommend booking early is because of hair. If you’re going to get a haircut before the session, please DON’T do it within two weeks of your session. I personally think 3 week to one month out is best. Most stylists have a tendency to cut too short, and one month is enough time for hair to grow to just the right length.
However, if your hair stylist is incredible and your hair always look fantastic right out of the salon, then don’t worry about it. You may even want to pay him/her a visit the day of the session, so he/she can do your hair.
3) CLOTHING COMBINATIONS
Here’s what I usually recommend for my senior guys:
*3 Casual Outfits
*At least 1 Semi-Formal (button down of some kind)
*1 Specialty Outfit (ex: suit & tie, college shirt, sports team shirt – just no clown suits please)
You can never be “too fancy” for a photoshoot, but you can be “too casual.” Clothing that fit well will always make you look smarter and cooler.
Don’t forget to bring multiple pairs of shoes to match different outfits and a white undershirt. If you have no idea how to go about dressing yourself, ask your friends, girlfriend, or mom. I’m sure they will be more than happy to help.
Also, you want to make sure your clothes are steamed and ironed appropriately for the session. Hang the clothing in your car or lay them out flat. You don’t want to just toss them in a bag. Wrinkly clothing is a big no-no for photos.
However you decide to wear your facial hair, be intentional about it. If you’re one of those guys who’s doing pictures to please mom, then defer back to whatever she wants. I’m being completely serious here. She going to be the one cherishing the photos forever, so make her happy.
If you plan on shaving, I recommend shaving on the day of the session. If you find yourself often wounding yourself when shaving, hire a professional to do it. Shaving accidents often look like popped pimples in pictures, and that’s never a good look.
Acne is every teenager’s worst enemy. It was mine anyways. It seemed like no matter what face wash or cream I used, the pimples held their ground and wouldn’t leave.
Good news for you guys, I have photoshop, and I can zap it in virtual reality. But here are some actions that will make a difference: drink lots of water, stay away from oily fried foods, and sugary items during the week of the session. Eat more fruits, and WEAR CONCEALER. Yup…I said it. I know you’re dreading it, but on the day of the session, raid your mom’s makeup bag and borrow her concealer for the day. Make sure you’re the same skin color of course. Wearing a little bit of coverup on the day of the session is great idea if you have acne. The photos won’t show that you’re wearing makeup at all. I have many tips regarding this subject; we’ll just discuss it over the phone. ;-)
Ideas of what you can bring to your session:
*Anything hobby related
During your pre-session consultation, we’ll discuss a location appropriate for the props you bring as well.
Most glasses will produce glare. If you don’t mind taking photos without your glasses, then we’ll just take them off during the shoot. If you like how you look with glasses on and want to wear them during the photoshoot, pay your eye doctor a visit and see if you can loan a pair without the lenses.
Don’t even worry about it. I’ll take care of you.
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