Okay Fellas, I get it. You hate having your picture taken. You think you don’t care about this and you are only doing it for your mom or your girlfriend. Heads up: everyone wants their senior picture to look good. You can hate the process, but you want to love the outcome. Am I right? You can also pretend you don’t care, that is okay too. Go on, keep pretending. I promise your secret is safe with me.
Here are 10 tips to not only keep Mom happy but also to avoid bringing total shame to your wife and children in the years to come (since we already know YOU obvs don’t care…wink wink).
1. Don’t wear sweatpants, basketball shorts or a dirty, ratty t-shirt. Wear jeans or slacks and a button down or polo. Look sharp for your photos. A favorite go-to T-shirt is fine as long as it has minimal print and no distracting logos. Also, do not wear a colored and/or graphic logo'd T-shirt UNDER a white shirt (I know this from vast experience unfortunately). Make sure you only wear white if it is a crisp, bright white. Remember, it is okay to dress up! The girls will love it. I promise!
2. Make sure your clothes are WRINKLE FREE. Yes, that means you might have to bust out the iron and ironing board. And PLEASE don’t stuff everything into your gym bag after ironing because it WILL get wrinkled again (think of all that wasted ironing! GAH). Hang it up and bring it in on a hanger. I prefer a t-shirt to a wrinkled dress shirt and so will you (and so will your mom, and your grandma, and your girlfriend) when you get these photos back!
3. Don’t wear Birkenstocks, Crocs, or Flip Flops. I take full length photos and, yes, your feet will show in some of the photographs. Wear shoes you are comfortable in but don’t wear shoes that scream for attention. Let’s also talk about socks for a second…wear pants that are long enough to cover the socks and keep the color of sock neutral so it doesn’t distract from the picture. Athletic socks in general are NOT my favorite. If you dress up in dark slacks, avoid bright white athletic socks.
4. Do something with your hair. Make sure your hair is clean and has been combed in the recent past. Do not come straight from Football practice (yep, this has happened). Do not wear a hat prior to showing up (think flat hair and hat line on forehead). The tiniest bit of effort here goes a long way.
5. Do something with your facial hair. Whether that is shaving it completely off, grooming your beard or trimming it nicely. And while I am at it: five lip hairs do not a mustache make… just shave it off. You will thank me for this tip later!
6. Sunblock is your friend. A bright red face is not a good look when you are posing for your photo. If you ski or fish or do anything that will give you a raccoon eye sunburn or tan…try and avoid that the days leading to your photo shoot.
7. Take your phone, keys, wallet, etc. out of your pockets. Leave these valuables with mom, a friend, or in the car… just not IN your pockets. These items cause weird lumps in your pockets that really should be avoided.
8. Brush your teeth. at home before your session and don’t eat until the photos are done. Seems simple, and whitening can be done in Photoshop after, but only so much can be done about orange cheese and peppercorn encrusted teeth.
9. Bring props that represent you. Play an instrument? Into cars? Skateboard? Sports? Bring in your instrument, skateboard, car, uniform, bat, ball, stick, helmet, glove or letterman jacket. The options are endless. If you plan to bring props, notify me ahead of time b/c some props do better at specific locations.
10. Bring your pet. Just make sure to email/text ahead and let me know what pet you’re planning on bringing so I can be prepared. Some pets may require a location change for photos.
Keep on hating if you wish, and pretend all you like that you don’t care about your senior portraits. But for the sake of every person who has ever, and will ever, love to look at that handsome mug of yours…please consider following these tips! 😊
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