Whether you're comfortable having portraits taken or feeling a little awkward, these tips can make a big difference! Preparing in advance will make your session easier, give you confidence and help create some great photos.
Check your shirt!
The photos we take usually show your neckline, so it's important to plan what you wear on photo day. For grad photos, the gown has a v-neck that does not cover casual clothes like t-shirts. Guys traditionally wear a shirt & tie, and ladies usually bring a tank top or other low-collar shirt that won't show. If you are non-binary or want to try your own look that's no problem - what you wear is up to you! The photos on this page show a few examples that may help you decide.
For professional headshots, choose an outfit that reflects the impression you're hoping to make. A good rule of thumb is to be slightly more dressy for your photo than you will be in the workplace.
Imagine that you're getting ready for a classy event or a nice dinner. Of course you'll take a shower, shave or do your makeup, and pay attention to the details of your appearance; you might even have your hair trimmed a few days in advance. Think of being a wedding guest, rather than a member of the bridal party - you could pay for a professional stylist but you certainly don't need to! Since you'll probably give these photos to your parents, it may also help to think about what they'd like to see. (Hint: you want them to be happy!)
Have fun with it!
Professional photography can be serious business - but it doesn't have to be too serious. If you like, you can personalize your portraits with accessories that mean something to you! That can be simple things like your favourite book or hat, or over-the-top ideas like jumping clowns or live chickens! (Yep, that happened.) There's no pressure of course - you will get a great set of photos either way - we just wanted to let you know that your ideas are welcome!
Check out a few ideas other people have had on our 'Fun Ideas' page! (Note that pets are welcome at our studio, but not at other locations due to allergy concerns.)