Senior Preparation


You may bring as many clothing changes to your portrait session as you like. However, we recommend that you bring no more than 4 outfits. If you bring more, you will find choosing among your previews more difficult. Very likely you will like a pose but not the outfit, or you will like an outfit but not the pose. 4 outfits will give you a good variety of poses Holsem05for each outfit. Please wear your first outfit to the studio so you don't use up much of your "shooting" time getting dressed.

For traditional photographs, choose something classic that won't be out of style in a few years. Avoid large or bold patterns and bright colors that might draw attention away from the face. Dark clothing minimizes body size while light tones emphasize body size.

After the formal portraits, switch gears and change into something your friends will recognize you in. Wear casual contemporary styles or uniforms. don't forget your winter wardrobe. Plan to dress from head to toe, including socks or stockings and shoes appropriate to the outfit. be sure your clothing fits and feels good. Clothes that are too large or too small will make you look uncomfortable in the photographs.

Dressing for your portrait session includes preparing your hair, eyes and skin. The eyes are the center point of interest. Eye shadow should be applied lightly and with care. Use two coats of mascara on upper and lower lashes. Although blemishes are removed in your finished portraits, you will enjoy your previews more if you use a cover-stick. And that goes for guys, too. A week-old haircut photographs best, and avoid a new hair style. If you wear glasses, you may want to ask your optician to lend you a pair of empty frames. Lenses catch light reflections and distort facial features. Contacts are not a problem. Braces are not a problem, either - they can be easily taken off when your portraits are retouched.


  • Avoid sunburn. A little color is attractive, but stay out of the sun a few days prior to your portrait session. We can't take the redness out of a sunburn, even with retouching.
  • Express yourself. Bring anything that might personalize your photographs. Cars, sports equipment, pets, and musical instruments help bring out your personality in photographs.
  • You may want to bring a friend or a parent to help you change outfits and watch for hair out of place. You can even bring your favorite CD to play during your session. If you are having fun, you will look great!
  • If it rains on your scheduled day and you are getting outdoor portraits, come to the studio anyway so we can complete the indoor portraits. At that time we will reschedule your outdoor session.
  • Contacts are not a problem. Braces are not a problem, either. For a fee of $25 they can be easily taken off when your portraits are retouched.