Go from Awkward to Camera Comfortable: 5 Tips to Rock your Senior Session
When it comes to taking senior portraits, its normal to feel a little awkward. Many seniors are self-conscious of how they will appear because taking pictures solo can feel uncomfortable. Remember your first solo performance? The fun part is you have probably heard these tips numerous times from instructors as you put the finishing touches on your competitive performances.
You have been performing for audiences and judges your whole dancing career and while some nerves come up, you have been there and done that. Your senior portrait session is no different than the stage (although most of the time we are doing our sessions in beautiful nature not a dark room). You will be dancing in front of lights and instead of an audience of dozens or hundreds, you will be performing for a camera and the family and friends that accompany you on the dance. Not quite as scary now right?
That said, we know you like to prepare so here are a few things we have come up with to help everyone with their senior session, the most important thing is to be you and perform for the camera not the judges/audience. Put these tips to practice and you can rest assured that you will love your portrait for years to come.
Use your eyes
Avoid awkward photos by using your eyes to express emotion and make the connection. When a natural smile occurs the whole face lights up and the eyes look bright and awake. You can practice smiling in the mirror and working different expressions. You want the muscles in your face to contract and change the shape of your eyes to ensure your smile looks natural.
The best photos take place when the subject is relaxed and confident. Let the excitement your senior session translate through the lens by taking a moment to relax, breathe, and have fun with it. You may feel silly but we are used to this and will help you feel comfortable.
This may sounds like an obvious one, but breathing is a key aspect in capturing a natural look. You can practice taking a big breath while smiling in front of a mirror. Slowly release the air while holding the smile and notice how your face and eyes settle into a natural and relaxed expression.
Staying stationary can often times produce a very staged and cheesy look. Just because you are still does not mean that you can’t change your angles to create a fresh and inspired look. Try leaning into the camera slightly to appear more engaged, shifting your weight from left to right, or simply moving your chin slightly up and down for different shots to get a variety of facial expressions to choose from. Here is a great article with some tips.
We share this not to give you a list of tips to memorize but becasue we know you like preparing for your performances, here are some general ideas…We want to meet and capture you and your personality, so prepare as much as you like, but come ready to have some fun and enjoy yourself.
This goes for everyone. Ladies, spend the extra time getting your hair blown out, getting your makeup done and choosing that top that makes you look and feel your best. Fellas, take a shower and shave. If you look your best, you feel your best, and when you feel your best, you act more confidently. Go the extra mile to walk into your senior session feeling confident, attractive, prepared, and inspired.