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Make-up and Grooming

Ladies, wear your usual make-up. Lips stick, eyeliner, and blush enhance portraits but should not be overdone and use a blemish cover up to help if you are having a breakout. Don’t use an oily night-time makeup. Long sleeves and neutral solid colors will photograph best. Bathing suit strap marks or tan lines will show, so tan evenly and avoid the sun for at least two days before your portrait session. Your hair style should not cover your eyes. Your hands and fingernails will show in some poses and most important don't forget your class ring. Of course you may want to bring some hair accessories to change it up a bit between poses.

Clean off old nail polish or GET A MANICURE your hands show in photos.
Men, I suggest facial hair be neatly trimmed. Hair cut 2 weeks before your session. Shadows and shaggy beards tend to be intensified in photographs. You should be clean shaven with hair neatly combed or styled. Your shirt must be able to button and close at the neck. Bring casual clothes as well for the Double or Triple Sessions. Wash your face to remove any excess oil, use a blemish cover up to help if you are having a breakout and most important don't forget your class ring.

Do you participate in a sport or activity? Bring your helmet, jersey, a football, saxophone, musical instrument, cheerleading uniform or other appropriate gear. Your activities are no doubt a big part of your senior year, so be sure to make it part of your senior portraits. BUT PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE PORTRAIT THAT YOU CHOOSE FOR THE YEARBOOK DOES NOT ALLOW PROPS !

Buddy Pose

Bring your friends! A small group of 3 or 5 works well. Consider the same colors for tops and bottoms.

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Common sense

Don’t wait till the last minute to plan your outfits! If you do, Murphy’s Law says that what you want to wear will be rolled up in a ball at the bottom of your dirty clothes pile. Even if you wouldn’t normally iron a particular shirt or outfit – iron it for your photo session! The wrinkles that look fine in person don’t look good in a photo. If you are trying to decide between two outfits, go with the less trendy look. The classics are classics for a reason. (Besides, your teenage kids will see this picture someday…) Be sure that you bring all the accessories you need for each outfit – the right shoes, socks, belt, jewelry – whatever! Girls – feel free to bring what you might need to freshen up your hair and makeup, particularly between your outdoor and indoor sessions.

RETAKES- If there is a problem with regards to the technical quality of the photograph, that cannot be edited, we will retake and no charge. If there is a problem with your hair, the clothes you have chosen to wear, your makeup or a personal dissatisfaction with a personal atribute, ie: you do not like your nose, cheeks or any particular body part then there is a $45 fee for retakes. So please make sure that your are happy with your clothes and hairstyle for your portrait session.

Now that you’ve given a little thought to making sure you are all ready for your portrait session comes the last but most important thing You’ll look great, so relax and have fun! Call 603-362-4772 with any questions ~ Valerie Zdrada