August 28, 2019

5 Things to Prep for on Your Senior Session Day!

If you feel nervous about what things you need to prep for your senior session, don’t worry! I am here to help with all the tips to make sure you are ready for your portrait session. It is so important to me that my seniors feel confident and beautiful for their portraits! There are a few things that I have learned help with that, and I am so excited to share them with you. Not only are these great tips for seniors getting ready for their portrait session, they are tips that work for anyone preparing for a photo shoot!

Five Things to Prep For on Your Senior Session Day

Taking care of yourself is so important. When you are rested and relaxed, you will feel so much better about being in front of a camera! Here are five things you should prep for on your senior session day:

1. Your Personal Well-Being

It is essential to be well-rested and hydrated on the day of your senior portraits (and every day)!! Drink a lot of water the week before to help your skin feel hydrated. Limit snacks and sugar to avoid that icky bloated and tired feeling that comes from too many sweets. But be sure to eat before your session!! You don’t want to come to your session hungry (or hangry, lol) so make sure to have a healthy meal beforehand. And bring snacks that will keep your energy up! Senior portraits are an adventure, exploring different spots for the perfect light and a variety of backgrounds! Just make sure your snacks aren’t chocolate or anything that could stain your cute outfits!

Prep for your Senior Portrait Session by Staying Hydrated | Senior Girls with Hydro Flasks | Photographed by Tacoma Senior Photographer Amanda HowseGroup Portrait of Senior Reps with Hydro Flasks | Photographed by Tacoma Senior Photographer Amanda Howse

2. Your Wardrobe

Speaking of cute outfits, be sure to prep your wardrobe for your session! Once you have selected your outfits, try them on at home with undergarments to see how everything looks together. You don’t want your bra straps (or anything else) showing in your portraits! If you aren’t sure what to wear, we have you covered!! Amanda Howse Photography offers a fashion consultation with your session and access to the AHP Style Closet at Studio 253!

Cute Senior Portrait Outfits with Black Dress, Sandals and Bralette | Tacoma Senior Portrait Photography by Amanda Howse Floral Dress with Yellow Accessories Senior Portrait Outfit Inspo | Tacoma Senior Photographer Amanda Howse Rustic Senior Portrait Outfit Inspo with Little Black Dress and Cowboy Boots | Amanda Howse Photography

3. Grooming

I love working with you on cute poses for natural senior portraits! You would be surprised how much your hands show in your senior portraits, so be sure to make sure you have your nails done!! You can paint them yourself or go get a professional mani & pedi! This is a great opportunity to have a little spa date and bonding time with your mom. (We can even sneak her into a few of the photos!) If you don’t want to have your nails painted before your portraits, at least be sure to remove any old polish for a clean look!

Also make sure your eyebrows are groomed and everything you want to be shaved is shaved! Our professional hair and makeup artists always do fake eyelashes with every pro hair and makeup session! It adds to the glam factor!

Professional Hair and Makeup Artist for Senior Portraits Styling Hair | Tacoma Senior Photography by Amanda Howse

4. Professional Hair & Makeup

Yes! We offer professional hair and makeup for your senior portrait session!! One of our three on-staff hair and makeup artists will help you look and feel your best. I mean, who doesn’t want to get pampered for two hours before your shoot? It’s not only a relaxing start to your senior session day, it also boosts your confidence!

Black & White Portrait of Senior Girl Getting Ready for Senior Portraits with a Professional Makeup Artist Provided by Tacoma Senior Photographer Amanda Howse Professional Makeup Artist Selecting the Right Tools for Glam Senior Portrait Makeup | Tacoma Senior Photographer Amanda HowseProfessional HMUA Applying Makeup to Senior Girl before Portraits by Tacoma Senior Photographer Amanda Howse

Photo-ready makeup is different than everyday makeup! A professional makeup artist will know the right products to enhance your features on camera while still looking fresh and natural! You want to look like you with an added boost of confidence, and our makeup artists know how to make that happen!

Professional Makeup Artist Eye Shadow Palette for Senior Photo Ready Makeup Photographed by Tacoma Photographer Amanda Howse

Getting Ready Photos of Tacoma Seniors Preparing for Senior Portraits with Professional Hair and Makeup Artists | Tacoma Senior Photographer Amanda Howse

5. Your Pinterest Board

Pinterest is a great resource for planning your senior portrait session! You can check out the AHP Pinterest page for inspiration to get started! Be sure to start a new board and pin the look you want! From your wardrobe, hair and makeup, to the feel of the location for your portraits, Pinterest will give you great ideas to feel prepared for your session.

Senior Portrait Outfit Inspiration with Printed Blouse, Ripped Jeans, and Statement Necklace | Amanda Howse Tacoma Senior Photography

Being Prepared

The time and energy you put into preparing for your senior portrait session will make the day go so smoothly! You will look and feel your best, and that will translate on camera! I am there to help you feel comfortable and confident. If you have questions before your shoot, just let me know!

Let’s Connect!

Now that you are ready for your senior portrait session, let’s get it scheduled! It’s so easy to reach out on my website. You can also email [email protected] or call/text 530-412-0730 to schedule your session!

5 Things to Prep For on Your Senior Session Day with Professional HMUA and Tacoma Senior Photographer Amanda Howse