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  • Sun, 01 Nov 2015 17:46:05 +0000

    What Clothes To Bring to a Teen Photo Shoot

    Whether your photo shoot is for senior graduation pictures or an attempt at teen modeling, it is important to follow a few suggestions offered by professional photographers. It is also a good idea to bring a water bottle. Being properly hydrated can mean the difference between an enjoyable session and passing out from the lights and stress of being photographed.

    Clothing Choices

    • Choose outfits that will allow you to shine. Look for colors that flatter your skin color and try to stay away from bright white–it can be difficult to photograph well. Avoid wild patterns that can distract from your face. Look for classic styles that are fairly timeless. Bring a dressy outfit and two casual outfits. While it is unnecessary to purchase brand new clothes for a teen photo shoot, the clothing you choose must be free from stains, rips and wrinkles. Before leaving for the photo shoot, try on the outfits to be sure they are free from imperfections.

    Trendy Clothing

    • Teens who love to stay up-to-date with the latest fashions may want to bring an obviously trendy outfit to their photo shoot. Although you don’t want to date your photos, this can be one of your outfit choices. Choose something that expresses who you are at the moment for a photograph that captures your current personal style.


    • Uniforms should be brought to the photo shoot. Include the complete outfit used for your sport or activity of choice plus any accessories that can be used as a prop such as a ball, pom poms, golf club or chess pieces. It often isn’t necessary to completely dress the part, but bringing all the elements can allow the photographer to decide what should be included in the shot and what can be left out.

    By Sylvia Branch

  • Sun, 01 Nov 2015 17:41:21 +0000

    How to Prepare For Your Senior Photo Portrait Shoot
    • Select two to three outfits, or dress in layers to change up your look throughout the shoot. Aim for one casual and one dressy and definitively “you” outfit that says something about your personality. Choose suitable jewelry, accessories, socks, stockings, shoes and underwear for each. Avoid bright colors and busy patterns — which are distracting in photos — and sleeveless tops, which can make arms look big. Iron in advance, bring all attire on hangers and bring an iron for emergency touch-ups.
    • Choose props like fresh-cut flowers, stuffed animals, musical instruments, skateboards or other hobby equipment — even a friend or pet.
    • Plan your hairstyle or haircut and schedule a hair appointment a week before the shoot. Being photographed too soon after getting a fresh style can prevent you from looking like yourself.
    • Visit your eye doctor, if you wear glasses. Have your lenses removed, or borrow a pair of similar frames without lenses. Even glare-resistant lenses reflect light, and removing distortions is costly when possible at all.
    • Brainstorm locations. Visit your photographer’s studio to view available interior and exterior backgrounds, or choose a special place elsewhere that better defines you.
    • Practice posing. The more natural your shoot feels for you, the better your pictures will turn out.
    • Perfect your face. Ladies — wear make-up, even if you don’t usually. Keep coverage natural, decide your look before the day of your shoot, and bring make-up along for touch-ups. Stay away from glitter — which may show up as white spots — and SPF products, which can make you look shiny.Guys — you should also consider wearing powder to keep your skin from looking shiny. Give yourself a clean shave, neatly trim facial hair or bring a razor to shave before formal pictures if you want facial hair in the others.
    • Have a manicure on the day of or before the shoot. Chipped polish will show, so clear polish or French manicures are ideal.
    • Avoid over-exposure to sun. Redness can be difficult and expensive to retouch.
    • Get everything together no later than the day before your shoot. Plan a music playlist to set the mood for a fun shoot, and invite a friend or two to join.
    • Get good nights’ sleep for at least the two days before your shoot to look well-rested and stress-free in your photos.

    Tips & Warnings

    • Think about what makes you “you,” and how you want to be remembered by the buddies you’re leaving behind.
    • Look at senior portraits from previous years — of older friends or in your photographer’s portfolio — for ideas and inspiration to personalize your own shoot.

    Article By W.D. Johnson

  • Tue, 27 Oct 2015 23:27:23 +0000

    Tips on what to wear for senior pictures

    10 Senior Portrait Clothing Tips


    Choosing your clothing is the fun part about getting Senior Portraits done! When choosing clothing for your session you can be creative, stylish, and express your unique style in what you wear. Sound challenging? No worries, we break it down into 10 easy steps:

    1. Your Personality

    The number one rule of clothing is simple, wear what reflects your personality! Do you have a necklace that you love and wear a lot? Bring it. Is being apart of a sports team a big part of your life? Wear your uniform. Do you like to stand out with wearing bold colors and patterns? Do it up! Senior Portraits are all about showing who you are at this point in your life. Don’t be afraid to show off your unique personality with your clothing, this is all about you! We don’t recommend buying a new outfit (unless you absolutely love it) just for your Senior Portraits. We want you to feel absolutely comfortable with what your wearing, so pick outfits that you find your self wearing a lot, and outfits that make you feel confident. It’s simple, the more comfortable you are the better your pictures will turn out- let your outfit work for you! Also consider your Session Style and Session Type. For example, if you are going for an Urban Session Style, consider clothing that would look great in an urban setting next to buildings, concrete, and lots of texture.

    2. Solids, Patterns, and Styles…oh my!

    Be sure to bring a variety of clothes including solid colors (a must have!), and clothing that varies in texture, patterns, design, and style. Solid colors are important because they put the focus on YOU. Solids work great outside because there tends to be a lot of detail or distracting elements in the great outdoors, so wearing very busy patterns outside can be detail overload for Senior Portraits. Avoid large patterns, wide stripes, and large logos. They tend to be “faddish”, busy, and can draw attention away from you. We love texture in clothing because light falling over it can create interesting shadows and highlights. Lace is a great example of a texture we love! We feel that Brenna picked out some great outfit choices for the environment of her session. Check them out below:

    3. Picking Colors for Your Skin Tone

    Choose colors you look good in and that flatter your skin tone. There are two basic skin tones — cool and warm. You can decide what you are by investigating the color of your veins as seen on the underside of your arm. If the veins show through blue, you’ve got blue or white undertones, meaning you’re a cool skin tone. Those with green veins have yellow undertones and are therefore warm. Skin tones can also be narrowed down into the 4 season categories: winter, summer, autumn and spring. By matching your skin tone with the right “season”, you’ll be able to dress your best.

    Winter skin tones can be pale, yellow, or dark with blue or pink undertones. Sharp colors like black and blue are great for winter skin tones, but light browns won’t help you out, so give them a wide berth. If your skin is pink, then you fall into the summer category. That means you’re best suited for pastels and you should only bring out the orange and black on Halloween. Red heads and brunettes generally belong to the autumn camp. They look best in oranges, browns and other earthy tones. Black and white on the other hand won’t do them any justice. If you have freckles and light skin, you are spring, so you should wear yellows, greens and blues. As for things to avoid, you could start a club with your autumn friends and start boycotting black and white. You can read more about matching your clothes with your skin tone here.

    So which season are you? Find out with the quick quiz below, courtesy of Cindy Busch Color Analysis.

    5 Colors All Skin Types Can Wear:



    Emerald Green


    Cream White


    4. What to Wear (and What Not to Wear) for the Close-Up

    For close-up or yearbook poses, pay attention to the sleeve-style and neckline of your shirt. Short sleeves or sleeveless shirts should be avoided. Long sleeves or three-quarter sleeves work best. For necklines, a wide-open neckline tends to thicken the neck. On the other hand, a neckline that comes up to the base of the neck, like a collard shirt or a v-neck top will thin the neck and frame your face beautifully. If you have a slightly longer neck, choose a shirt with a higher neckline. If you have a shorter neck, choose a shirt with a v-neck.

    5. Keep Potato Sacks for Potatoes!

    Choose clothes that are form fitting and not too loose or baggy. In other words you don’t want to wear clothes that just hang off of you. Clothing that has a structure and goes in at the waist generally looks best. Stay clear from poncho style shirts, tube tops, and excessively baggy clothing as it tends to make you look wider.

    6. Jeans, Levi’s Had the Right Idea

    Jeans are always a favorite and may be easily combined with a favorite shirt or blouse. They can add a casual flair to pictures, and they look best when form fitted and in a darker shade. For wider hips, choose a boot cut style or a slight flair. Stay away from jeans that are excessively baggy, and guys watch the amount of sag, gotta keep Grandma a happy camper!

    7. Gals get Dressy with a Dress!

    For girls, don’t be afraid to bring a dress! Dresses are a great way to add a unique touch to your portraits. Wearing a formal dress in an informal setting can make for an interesting photo. We recommend dresses that have a cinched in waist and flair outwards like a bell at the hips (think 1950s), this style of dress works beautifully for any body type. Dresses that have a flowing bottom look great too, and they can be magical outside if we catch a gust of wind! White lace dresses are always a nice addition to Senior Portraits, as they offer a timeless look and highlight your femininity- precious! ModCloth is a great source for finding a wide range of adorable dresses (and cute accessories!) to fit any budget.

    8. Accessorize

    Jewelry, hats, props, instruments, a vintage camera, pets…the sky is the limit! It’s a great idea to include accessories in your Senior Portraits to make a statement about your personality. It’s good not to go over the top with accessories, but one or two items can add a nice finishing touch to your pictures. Common accessories include: jewelry specific to an outfit, guitars, hats, your car, and sports gear. Also, don’t forget to change up your look with different pairs of shoes. Below Kylie is sporting a unique bracelet that stands out next to her white dress, and Ryan is striking a pose next to his truck- both great examples of how you can spice up your Senior Portraits with props!

    9. Still Not Sure? Bring Extra!

    When in doubt, bring extra outfits and accessories to our studio! We know how to style Seniors, so let our expertise make it easy for you. We recommend that you bring 1 to 2 extra items and we will
    help you pick the best ones to use. Plus we have a large variety of studio backgrounds and colors to coordinate to your outfits.

    10. The Details

    Last but not least, be sure to pay attention to the little details that can make our break your outfit. Dust spots and wrinkles in clothing are a photographer’s worst nightmare! The more polished your clothing looks, the better your pictures will turn out. So take some time ahead of your session to carefully look over your clothing and make sure it’s camera ready!

    Shared from David Designers blog.

  • Tue, 27 Oct 2015 22:44:26 +0000

    Things To Think About When Planning Your Senior Pictures

    Please try to arrive 10-15 minutes early.

    Senior Portraits by Goc's PhotographyEyeglasses

    If you wear glasses we suggest that you borrow a pair of similar frames from your eye doctor or have the lenses temporarily removed from your frames. Even so called “non-glare” lenses do reflect light and in some cases cause distortion that is costly and in some cases not possible to remove. It’ll save you some money and make a much nicer finished image.


    It usually is NOT a good idea to change a hair style or get a fresh haircut right before you have your senior pictures done. Guys: make sure you are clean shaven. Retouching stubble can cost extra and doesn’t look as natural as a good shave. If you’ve got a beard or goatee you want for some of your pictures, we can do those first then bring a razor and shave it off if you need to for the rest of the pictures for mom.

    Senior Pictures by Goc's PhotographyClothing

    Try to stay away from real trendy styles, as they will make your pictures look dated much faster (like dad’s leisure suit pictures from the 70’s). Real vivid patterns, stripes, and plaids usually don’t photograph well. You are the most important part of your images. Your clothing shouldn’t overpower your face. Solid colors will usually look the best (simplicity is good). Girls: be careful of sleeveless tops. In some poses they make your arms look big.

    Senior PicturesUndergarments

    Guys, if you are wearing a light colored shirt that you are wearing a t-shirt underneath, bring an all white tee (designs and logos show through) if you are wearing a tee under a dark shirt bring a black or dark gray tee, white sticks out like a sore thumb.

    Girls, bring appropriate undergarments for each outfit. If you need strapless bring it. Tucked straps don’t look good and usually show. They can also limit how you pose.


    Girls, makeup should be only slightly heavier than you normally wear it. Stay away from glittery makeup (it looks like white spots on your images).

    Guys, if you think your skin is shiny a little powder doesn’t hurt (ask your mom or girlfriend).

    Shared from Goc’s Photography

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