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  • Writer's pictureLaura Miller

Top Tips for Amazing Senior Portraits

It’s completely normal to feel a little awkward when taking #seniorportraits. Many seniors tend to feel self-conscious about their appearance.

Below are our top five tips for taking on your senior portraits with confidence and leaving with photos that you will love.

1. Relax & have fun. This session is ALL about YOU! We want it to be fun and enjoyable. The best photos happen when you are relaxed and having fun. So, let the excitement of your #senioryear show through the lens as you take a moment and breathe, relax and just have fun. At times you may feel silly during your session, but we will offer guidance and do everything we can to help you feel more comfortable.

Montgoemry, AL_Senior Photographer - Laura Miller Photography

2. Work those eyes.

We use our eyes to express emotion in a natural smile. If you look in the mirror, you'll notice that when you smile naturally your whole face lights up and your eyes look bright and awake. Before the photo session practice smiling and using different expressions in the mirror to see what looks best. During your session whenever your face feels tired, close your eyes, relax your face for a few seconds before looking back at the camera.

3. Just breathe.

This one sounds pretty obvious but breathing is key to capturing a natural, relaxed look. You can prepare by practicing taking deep breaths while smiling in front of the mirror. Take a deep breath in and slowly release the air while holding the smile and notice how your face and eyes relax into a natural, un-forced expression. When in doubt, #justbreathe (this little pearl of wisdom helps in other areas of life as well ;) ).

Prattville, AL_Senior Portrait Photographer - Laura Miller Photography

4. Move.

Staying stationary can sometimes create a very staged or forced look. You can change the angle of your body, your head or hand placement, or your foot placement to create a fresh look. You can also try leaning towards the camera slightly, shift your weight from left to right, or simply move your chin slightly up, down or from one side to the other for different angles. All this gives us a variety of poses and facial expressions to work with even though you may be standing or sitting in one place.

5. Fancy Up.

This goes for both, guys and gals! Choose outfits that makes you feel like a million bucks. Ladies, spend some extra time getting your hair and makeup done professionally. As for the guys, get a fresh haircut and shave for a clean, polished look. When you look your best, you feel your best and when you feel your best, you are naturally more confident.

Hopefully, by taking these few extra steps you'll walk into your senior session feeling prepared, confident and inspired!

If you haven't scheduled your Senior Portrait Session yet, I'd love to work with you! To book your session, contact me today. Our calendar fills up quickly, so be sure to schedule your slot early.

You can also check on recent sessions on the blog or follow me on Facebook or Instagram to see what’s new.

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