Tips to ROCK your High School Senior Portrait Session in Denver

We’ve had our portrait consultation and your big day is almost here!

Below is a summary of things to consider and tips to help you arrive feeling confident that you're prepared for an awesome senior portrait session.


    • WHAT: We’ll be photographing a variety of compositions, from closeups to full body, so feel free to bring a variety of whole outfits and a random top that you love. Try on each outfit, and pack the items together in sets (with appropriate undergarments) the day before your session.

    • THINGS TO CONSIDER for a variety of looks:

      • Colors that compliment your tones, bring out your eye color, etc.

      • Layers to add dimension (jackets, sweaters, etc.)

      • Variety of necklines

      • Variety of fabric textures and weights

      • Accessories if you wear them (hats, scarves, sunglasses, etc.)

      • Flatter your shape: This may be counter-intuitive, but no matter your body type, tighter fitting items through the bodice will photograph in a more flattering way (flowy skirts are a blast though so do feel free to bring those if you wear them)

      • Undergarments/shoes/socks/etc. to accompany every outfit

    • THINGS TO GENERALLY AVOID, unless you’re known for these things, then feel free to bring them, just perhaps not for every outfit:

      • Big bold patterns, logos and bold stripes will draw attention and focus to themselves and away from you (unless there’s something that’s really “you” and you want it to be part of a look)

      • If you are pale skinned and/or blonde, generally it’s best to avoid having all of your tops tops being all black. Try to have other options.

    • HOW MANY: Photographing (4-5) outfits during a session is average, more if you’re a FAST CHANGER (or bring outfits that allow you to change without stopping to find a restroom -- a tank under a few outfits allows for quick changes in an alley). You’re welcome to bring 5 or 6 outfits, just know that we might not get to all of them, and the more time we spend discussing your wardrobe, the less time we’ll have to photograph you in it!

    • PORTABILITY: We’ll be walking around, so please bring clothes in a ROLLING SUITCASE so that it can sit on a sidewalk (or on dirt or grass) while we take photos. Organize each complete outfit in rolled groupings within your suitcase.

    • CHANGING: Since every change takes session time, being prepared to do quick changes on location is helpful! Wearing tank under outfits can allow you to change in public, and bringing a sheet that we can hold up can allow you to change quickly in an alley or behind a tree.

  2. MISC: it’s a great idea to also bring the following:

    • Brush or comb for hair touch ups (or hairspray, bobby pins, clips, etc.)

    • Any necessary makeup for touch ups

    • Lip gloss / chapstick (guys!) or other makeup you’d like for touching up after changes

    • Water bottle -- stay hydrated

    • Snacks (especially if you are prone to low blood sugar)

  3. PLEASE DON'T BE LATE: Session times are chosen to optimize best LIGHT. Please familiarize yourself with our meeting location and plan for TRAFFIC and PARKING. If you arrive late, you’ll cut your session time, number of photos, and also the BEST LIGHT (it makes me sad to watch great light slip away waiting for clients to arrive!)

  4. FINALLY: If you’re nervous that’s ok! I’ll be directing you throughout this process, so if you’ve done your prep work, there’s no need to worry about a thing once you arrive. Photographing high school seniors is one of my very favorite things to do and when we’re out there together, you’ll see why. I can’t wait to work with you!


    • FUNKY WARDROBE REFRESH: Buffalo Exchange or other vintage or second hand shops are a great way to find fun items on a budget that won't be the same things anyone else will be wearing

    • IDEAS: Pinterest is a great resource for wardrobe ideas. HERE is my senior session pinterest board.

    • INSPIRATION: My brand new Senior Portrait Magazine for 2018 is FULL of ideas, location comparisons and more tips if you'd like to take a look.

NOTE: This post is meant to be a preparation guide for high school seniors who have already set up their senior portrait session with me but if you've discovered this post on your own and would like to learn more about booking a session with me, first of all, Welcome! Please click the link below to find out more: