We all feel a little awkward when we have professional portraits taken. I remember my own experiences in high school, being awkward and self-conscious when a camera was pointed in my direction. Now a days most high school seniors are proficient taking
‘Selfies’ with their iphone but still feel self-conscious when a camera is pointed in their direction.
Below are few ideas to help you create senior portraits to help create images that will capture your grace, confidence and maybe sassy side?
Have you noticed when you smile naturally your whole face lights up and your have a little twinkle in them. Use your eyes to express emotion – just subtle changes make a big difference. It feels weird but before the photo session practice smizing (that is smiling with your eyes) and play with using different expressions to see what looks best.
2. Relax. Memorable portraits happen when the you are relaxed, confident and having fun. You may have moments of feeling silly but a good photographer will do everything to help you feel more comfortable, and forget you are even in a portrait session.
Yes, stating the obvious but breathing is key to capturing a natural look. Just breathe, take a deep breathe, and slowly release and smile. Try it in the mirror a few times and notice how your face and eyes settle into a natural and relaxed expression.
You are not a model so most of the time you find yourself getting stuck in a stationary pose and that can sometimes look a very staged and cheesy. Small adjustments leaning into the camera slightly, or shift your weight from left to right, or even a slight movement of your chin slightly up and down produces a variety of facial expressions.
You know how you feel when you get ‘done up’ – Like a million bucks! Take that extra time to get your hair blown out, get your makeup done, choose an outfit that makes you look and feel your best. The same goes for men, take a shower, shave and pick the outfit that makes you feel most confident. Go the extra mile to walk into your senior session feeling confident, attractive, prepared, and inspired.
Finally, your photographer should help you with basically all the items listed above, so relax and enjoy. These High School Seniors sessions are so much more than the old ‘Cap and Gown’ of my time, and trust me you (and your family) will look back at them time and time again and cherish them.