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Four seniors standing together on campus in their Emory sweatshirts during their senior session.

So, you’re ready to contact your senior photographer, get your photos taken, and finally graduate. This is an exciting time to be alive, and I’m here for all of it! However, a lot of my seniors come to me worried, not knowing what to do during the session, or how to dress for it! I got you! Here’s my top five tips for preparing for taking your senior or graduation photos! 

Planning Your Outfits and Accessories

First, ladies, take care when picking out your outfits. Grab several of them! Start with one that’s casual. Then, pick out one that’s dressy. Maybe you should even grab something that would look good in your LinkedIn profile headshot, since you’re graduating soon! However, whatever it is you’re selecting, wear something that makes you “you.” Make sure what you pick is flattering, comfortable, and appropriate to the time of year! Also, any jewelry you wear needs to be “you” as well! If you normally keep it simple, keep it simple. If you always wear a ton of bracelets, then wear a ton of bracelets for our shoot! 

Four high school girls wearing nude dresses posing with their heads together during their senior session.

A college senior on the stone porch of a UGA campus building during her senior session.

Hair and Makeup Preparation

Professional hair and makeup is always recommended, because it just photographs better. But, it’s not required. However, there’s recently quite a few online makeup tutorials, so most people nowadays are hair and makeup artists on their own! 

Make no mistake, though! Getting your hair and makeup professionally done will always be preferred. When you get someone who actually knows exactly what they’re doing, they not only style you, but they also style you in such a way that the work they do stays up and on for long periods of time. This is not always the case when you do it yourself! 

Four college girls walking hand in hand across campus during their senior session

A UGA graduate holding the graduation bell cord while she touches the tassel on her cap.

Treating Your Skin Well

Prepping your skin is always a good idea. For a week or two before your senior photography session, it’s not a good idea to start any new products. And, when self tanning, simply do not experiment with a new tanner the day before the session. One thing you can do is drink plenty of water for a few days leading up to the session! This will help your skin look naturally glowy! 

A college girl leaning against a stone pillar on campus.

A college woman smiling in the football stadium during her senior session

Bringing All the Props! 

I absolutely love it when my clients bring props, books, or whatever. Just make sure to let your senior photographer know beforehand so he or she can plan, though! Additionally, let your senior photographer know if you’re bringing friends or pets to the session. It just helps us plan in advance. 

A college senior holding out a bottle of champagne in the football stadium during her senior session.

A college senior in the football stadium with her hand on the brim of her cowboy hat.

Let Your Senior Photographer Do the Work for You

Lastly, and most importantly, come to your session excited and ready to have fun! Don’t come to me nervous! Your photographer will tell you exactly what they want you to do with your hands. I’ll even relax you and tell you how to sit and how to stand. You do not have to be a professional. That should be the least of your worries! 

Four college seniors walking across campus with their cap and gowns thrown over their shoulders.

An Emory graduate in front of the campus entrance with both hands on her graduation cap.

Thank you so much for reading!  Are you still in search of the perfect Cleveland GA senior photographer? We should chat! Contact me today 🙂


If you liked this blog post, Check out some of my other blogs:
Cap & Gown Graduate Pictures at North Georgia University
University of Georgia Graduate Photos with Andrew
Classic Graduate Session with Lauren at University of Georgia
Learn More About Senior/Graduate Sessions 
Meet & Learn More About Jess

My 10 Favorite Poses+Prompts For The Bride+Groom!




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