Practice Makes Perfect

Practice does make perfect when shooting photos and posing for them. With senior portrait season in full swing, now is the time for teens to put their best face forward.

High school senior photos document a major milestone in a student’s life. The moment when a teen is preparing to start the next chapter in his or her life is a momentous occasion. Capturing this special time is important for students and their families, which is why it’s critical to make the most of a senior photo session.

The following are tips to consider before you pose for some of the most memorable pictures of your life:

Practice: Don’t be embarrassed to practice your smile and facial expressions in front of a mirror prior to your portrait session. Relax and experiment with a variety of smiles and poses. Your eyes and body language tell a story, so your goal should be to appear as natural as possible. Forget about flashing a cheesy grin; rather, get comfortable and let your true colors shine.

Share samples: If there is a portrait that you admire from a magazine or a friend’s session, bring the photo with you when your appointment rolls around. Show the image to your photographer and have him/her work with you to duplicate it.

Get to know your photographer: If possible, it’s a good idea to meet with your photographer prior to your session. Use this time to discuss different pose options and props. The meeting will also allow you to get comfortable with the person taking your photo. This comfort level will yield better shots.

Clothing choices: Be careful about wearing trendy clothing to your portrait session. Senior photos should reflect a classic nature. Try to stay away from bright colors and busy prints. In addition, you don’t want to show too much skin. Very low necklines should be avoided since they draw attention away from the face. Earthy tones, such as blues and browns, tend to be most flattering on teens.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.