High School Senior Portrait Q & A

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? HOW SHOULD I LOOK?
You don’t necessarily need to “dress up” for your portrait session. The best images are usually captured when you wear clothing that you are comfortable in and outfits that match your unique style. We recommend trying to keep things simple by picking solid colors and coordinating your wardrobe as much as possible – the only exception is to avoid wearing solid white.

Steer clear of busy patterns, bright colors, or logos and consider bringing along several different clothing changes. Adding or removing a jacket, changing into different shoes, or putting on a different shirt can change your outfit just enough to make it appear that you are wearing an entirely different wardrobe. Also be sure that your clothing is clean and free of wrinkles. We offer several other recommendations for ladies and guys below.

What Girls Should Wear for Their Senior Portraits

Ladies: Start by getting plenty of sleep the night before. Tired and baggy eyes will show up in the final images. On the day of your portrait session, be sure to apply your makeup the same way you would on any other day. It’s usually not a good idea to try out something new right before having your pictures taken. We want your images to be a true reflection of you!

Consider bringing a brush, lipstick, powder, hair clips and a pocket mirror with you to have on hand during the portrait session. Applying lipstick (even if you don’t typically wear lipstick) will help your lips standout. Dry, chapped lips never look good in high resolution photographs! Your hands will probably be in a few of the images so consider doing your nails right before your portrait session. Along with that, kicking off your shoes can be a fun way to shake up the look of the images so you may want to get a pedicure too. Don’t be caught by surprise with chipped or worn out nail polish!

We recommend bringing at least two outfits. Most senior girls change into three or four outfits during their session. Select a wardrobe that can be coordinated together (for example, pants that look good with two or three different shirts, etc.). Watch out for bra straps that might be hanging out. And of course, be careful not to wear a dark colored bra under light colored shirts or you might be surprised what shows up in the final photographs.

What Guys Should Wear for Their Senior Portraits

Guys: Consider getting a haircut a few days before the session. On the day of the session, take a shower, shave and comb your hair. Get ready for the portrait session like you’re planning to meet someone important or special. It’s tough to capture great senior pictures if you show up with “bed head” (yes, it happens!) or if you haven’t changed your clothes in a few days. Bring at least one extra change of clothes. We totally understand that most guys don’t want to change multiple times, but you should have at least one extra shirt and pants on hand. While we want you to wear clothes you feel comfortable in, keep in mind that your mom, grandmother and the rest of your family may want to display a few of the photographs from your session. Bring a comb and at least one reasonably conservative set of clothes so that everyone is happy!

CAN I BRING A PET, PROPS OR ACCESSORIES?
Yes, yes and yes! Bring along anything that represents you – this includes musical instruments, athletic gear, sports jerseys, dancing shoes, purses and pets. Be sure to bring someone along to help if you bring a pet.

CAN I BRING FRIENDS TO MY SENIOR PORTRAIT SESSION?
Of course! In fact, we will reduce the cost of the session for each person who tags along for senior portraits. Bring a friend and the session fee is reduced to $249 for each of you! Bringing friends along is a fun way to make your senior portrait session special.

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CAN I HAVE MY SENIOR PORTRAITS TAKEN OUTSIDE
Of course! Senior portrait sessions take place in grungy alleys, around old buildings, and in beautiful outdoor locations! We specialize in creating stunning images that match your personality and style. Tell us about your favorite spot or pick one of ours. A recommend list of locations can be found here.

CAN YOU COME TO MY HOME?
We would be glad to come to your home if you wish!

DO YOU HAVE A STUDIO?
Yes, we have a full service studio; however we prefer to shoot senior portraits on location. Our style is designed around capturing amazing senior portraits in unique environmental locations!

CAN YOU HELP WITH A YEARBOOK PHOTO?
You bet! Several area high schools require students to provide a yearbook photo. We would be glad to retouch your favorite photograph from your portrait session and send it to your high school for the yearbook.

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CAN I JUST HAVE MY YEARBOOK PHOTO TAKEN AND COME BACK FOR THE REST OF THE SESSION LATER IN THE SCHOOL YEAR?
Occasionally we are asked to split a senior portrait session between two dates. The most common reason for this is to capture a yearbook photo in the fall (to meet the school’s deadline) while completing the rest of the session the following spring. We are happy to schedule your senior portrait session for two different mini sessions (on two different days) – just let us know if this is something you are interested in. A split session is an additional $100.

WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO SEE MY PROOFS?
We make your images available for viewing and sharing with friends and family online within 7-10 day of the session. Printed proofs are usually ready within 2 weeks of your order being placed – oftentimes sooner.

HOW DOES ONLINE PROOFING WORK?
Our images are made available to you for viewing through a secure, easy-to-use proofing gallery. You will receive a passcode to access your images and are free to share it or keep it restricted to close friends and family. Check out our online proofing gallery showcasing a couple of our latest senior portrait sessions. Click over to the proofing page (here) and enter “senior girls” or “senior guys” into the passcode box.

ARE YOU ACCEPTING SENIOR REPS?
Yes! There are all kinds of perks for promoting our studio as a senior rep. Check out how you might be able to rep for us here.

WHAT KIND OF CAMERA EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
We use high resolution Canon digital SLR cameras and professional grade lenses to ensure the highest quality photographs possible.

CAN I GET BLACK & WHITE VERSIONS OF THE IMAGES I LIKE?
Yes! We carefully (and creatively) hand process all of our images. We are more than happy to process your images in color, black & white, sepia, or split tone. We want your images to match your personality! Just let us know what you are looking for

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CAN I PURCHASE A DISC OF ALL THE PHOTOGRAPHS?
A disc containing email friendly images taken from the session is provided to all of our clients at no additional cost making it easy to share your favorite shots with friends and family. High resolution images can be purchased for an additional $100 and a signed release.

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WHAT’S YOUR PREFERRED METHOD OF PAYMENT?
We will send you an invoice by email a day or two before the portrait session. You are welcome to make payment securely online (here) or bring a check with you at the time of the portrait session. We accept cash, checks and credit cards.

HOW FAR WILL YOU DRIVE FOR A PORTRAIT SESSION?
Generally we are happy to drive within 45-miles of Everett for no additional charge. Many of our clients are from the Seattle, Tacoma and Bellingham areas.

RESERVE YOUR SESSION
We can schedule your senior portrait session at a location of your choice or you are welcome pick one of our favorite places. We schedule portrait sessions on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – send us a couple possible dates that work best for you and we will schedule it! Fill out the form below to get started.

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