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Ultimate Guide to Preparing for Your Senior Photo Session in Denver

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

Teen girl wearing red dress in tunnel for photo session.
Preparing for your senior photo session includes planning several outfits and several locations so that there will be very few surprises on the day of the shoot.

Senior year of high school is one of the most important times in your life. It's a busy year full of fun times, friends, college planning and much much more. One thing that can easily get put on the back burner is senior photos! Don't let that happen to you (or your teen). Let me help you make it a memorable experience your family won't forget!

Your senior portrait session provides you with a one-of-a-kind chance to showcase your unique personality, achievements, and future goals. I've compiled some useful tips on how to get ready for your senior photo shoot so that you get the most out of this opportunity and have a lot of fun too!

Make Sure You Hire the Right Photographer

Choosing the best photographer is the first thing you need to do in order to put together a memorable photo session for your senior year. Look for a photographer who has expertise doing senior portraits and whose aesthetic fits well with what you have in mind for your photos. At Robin Christman Photography, my specialty is taking authentic, interesting and fun photos of my senior clients that convey their unique personality and character.

Make a Plan for Your Closet

The clothes that you choose to wear for your senior pictures are going to be the most important decision you will make throughout this process. Keep the location and the overall concept of the shoot in mind while making your selections for what to wear. Stay away from complicated patterns or logos. It's usually best to stick with solid colors or patterns that aren't too busy. But hey, if that's your personality, go with it as you want your photos to reflect you! Also, remember to bring a variety of clothing with you so that you can experiment with a number of different looks during the session.

It's All About Location

There's lots of beautiful scenery in Denver to choose from for your senior photo location(s). I'm able to assist you in selecting the ideal site(s), regardless of whether you want to be in an urban environment with the city's famous architecture, or in a natural setting with stunning views of the mountains. You can also have both! Because I'm familiar with the best locations for portrait photography in Denver, I can ensure that the photographs we create will showcase you in this amazing city of ours!

The Do and the Makeup

To ensure that you are happy with the results of your photo shoot, you may want to seriously consider getting professional hair and makeup done. A touch of professionalism can make a big difference in the outcome. It's a lot of fun to go through the this process, and I can recommend some great pros who will make you look amazing! Having your hair and makeup done by a professional will also help you feel more confident and at ease throughout the session.

Girl in purple sweater posed in front of a fence in beautiful light.
Having your hair and makeup professionally done on the day of your photo shoot will increase the chances of loving your photos. It's well worth it!

Props and Accessories

Bring along props or personal things that have emotional importance to you or that symbolize your interests and hobbies. Your senior photos will have a deeper level of meaning if you include some of these objects in them. Whether it's a musical instrument, a piece of sports equipment, or a much-loved pet, including one or more of these aspects in your photographs will help make these photos uniquely yours. Be sure to communicate this to the photographer well before the shoot so they can plan for them and choose the right location.

Always Be Yourself

During the session, we want to capture real moments that show off your authentic personality in the most natural light possible. Relax and just try to be yourself. Have faith that your photographer will direct you through the process. You will be able to shine in front of the camera becauses I will offer you posing instructions and make the situation as pleasant as possible for you.

Final Words

Your senior portrait session is an occasion that comes around just once in your lifetime! It's a time to reflect on your achievements and mark the beginning of a new stage in your life. At Robin Christman Photography, I strive to creatively and professionally capture this time that marks a significant milestone in your life. The creation of breathtaking senior photographs that you will treasure for many years to come is my primary focus. With collaboration, we can create the best experience for you! Preparing for your senior photo session doesn't have to be difficult!

Get in touch with me now to set up a date for your senior portrait session, and let me assist you in the process of creating memories that will last a lifetime and that capture both the authentic spirit of Denver and your own personal journey.

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