Gateway Photography: Senior Portraits

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: Senior pictures are a lasting memento for not only you, but also for your parents. It's a glimpse of who you are at the beginning of adulthood. It's not about the pose. It's not about the lighting. It's not about the clothes. It's not about the location. It's about you.

Whether you feel really confident about what you want and are ready to go for it, or feel shy and don't know exactly what to do, I will work to make your portrait session what you want it to be. Your best preparation is to think about how you see yourself, who you are at this time in your life, and what you want to say about yourself in a portrait.

I would enjoy discussing a custom photo session with you and your parents. I like to keep it fun and fresh, which allows you to avoid the nerves and to be yourself, and let your personality come through. Certainly I can suggest some locations or consider any place that might be special to you personally. I look forward to hearing from you or your parents.

Here are a few suggestions on how to prepare for your session with Gateway Photography or any photographer you hire.

1. GUYS – In the studio, for the more traditional portraits, a suit or sport coat with a tie is good look. Medium to dark sweaters photograph well. The studio is also for casual attire. No real rules, as long as we are on the same page. Girls / Guys- solids photograph much better than stripes or plaids. Also, avoid large bold brand names or words on clothing. There is no need to provide free advertising for a clothing brand. For the casual and outdoor photos, comfort is the rule - jeans, khakis and shorts look great. Certainly open to your suggestions as we talk prior to your session.

2. GIRLS - Bring the colors and outfits you feel best in. Dresses and sweaters are good for a more traditional look. Bright colors, skirts, jeans, or shorts look good for your casual portraits. Avoid busy prints and patterns as they distract from the most important part of the portrait - you!

3. SHOES - Shoes may show, so they should compliment your clothing.

4. HAIR - Your senior portrait session is not the time to experiment with new hair styles or colors. If you do cut your hair, please do so at least a couple of weeks before the session so you are used to styling it.

5. MAKEUP – Girls, your makeup for photographs should be slightly heavier than normal. However, too much makeup tends to give you a painted look and too little might not show off your features. Since most portraits concentrate on the eyes, great care should be taken to make them look their best.

6. NAILS – Girls, please do not forget the importance of your hands in your portraits. Whether you choose to do your nails yourself or have them manicured, always try and use coordinating colors.

7. GLASSES - If you wear glasses most of the time, you may want to wear them in your portraits. To eliminate glare or reflections in the studio, bring empty frames if you have them. Contact lenses are a good option.

8. PROPS - You can use items (including pets, vehicles, sports equipment, musical instruments, almost anything really) that show what you enjoy doing at this time in your life. If you have something special in mind, just let me know.

9. SUNTANS - Do not overdo the sun for a portrait. It looks great, but in moderation. Sunburn can be an expensive problem. It causes facial shine, red noses and cheeks, strap marks, hat lines and peeling, which are fixable but at an additional cost.

Feel free to call if you have any questions.