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Preparing - Senior Guys




Below are some guidelines to follow as you prepare for you senior photo session. Follow these guidelines to make the most out of your Senior Portrait Session with Buckett Photography. 

Arrive Early - If you are scheduled from 3 - 4:00 and show up late or not ready, you will have less time in front of the camera. 

Clothing - Solids photograph better than anything, especially if you are wearing a complimentary color. With today's bold patterns and lots of color, don't be afraid to wear 1 or 2 trendy outfits, but remember these will be archived by your family forever and trends change. Bring a few outfits of choice with a variety of color. Avoid large, bold brand names or words on clothing, except for your own school logo. Vary the style of your outfits. All one look (like t-shirts) gets boring. Vary the dress level also, dressy, dress-casual, and casual are all good categories to aim for. However, don’t dress in something that doesn’t represent you. 


Bring a dark t-shirt to wear under dark shirts and light t-shirt to wear under light shirts.  


We will have a set amount of time. This means if you change fast, then you get more variety.  Most people can do 3-4 outfits per hour. Bring double the amount of outfits that you think I will use. This way we have more variety to pick from for your session. 


When photo shoots are on location, I have a pop up changing room you may use. 


Some shots are close up, others are full length. Plan your outfits completely. It is hard to do a full length formal in your suit if all you brought are flip flops and old tennis shoes (unless that’s what you are going for)...


Group your outfits together ON HANGERS. Make sure they are ironed before you come to the shoot.

Clothing Styles - Make sure your clothing fits properly and is flattering. Clothing that fits too loosely will give the appearance of extra weight. Clothing that fits too tightly will show the things you want to hide. 

Hair - Don't change your hairstyle right before your portrait session. Let it be natural. Artificially bleached hair is often not best. In 10 years you might say "What was I thinking?" If you need a haircut, then do it about two weeks before your session. This will give your hair plenty of time to grow out of the "freshly cut" stage. Most seniors are picky about their hair, and it’s your complete responsibility. 

Shaving - Please, make sure you are clean shaven.  If you keep your facial hair for your portraits, then please be sure to have it neatly groomed and trimmed. 

 Feel free to bring hats! To avoid "hat hair", we will do those poses at the end of your session. 


Sunglasses, piercings and other body jewelry, watches, bracelets, and even tattoos are all great because they are a part of your look. Just know that your parents may not share the same view about these items. So be prepared to take some portraits without them. Think of your session as an art of compromise. If you do some portraits without the accessories that your parents may not like, then they will let you wear what you do like.  


 If you wear glasses all of the time, then you will definitely want to wear them for at least a few of your senior portraits. To eliminate glare and the cost of retouching, check with your optometrist to see if the doctor can loan you a pair of empty frames or have the lenses removed from your frames.  If you choose to wear your glasses with the lenses, please know that I do everything to avoid glare, but can't promise every image will be glare free.


Finger & Toe Nails – Nails show and this is one area guys typically don’t think about. If they are dirty or chipped, then it will show. Some casual shots are done barefoot or in flip flops, so don't forget about your toes. 


Sunburn/Tanning - Tan lines are not attractive in portraits. We suggest you vary your shirt and sock lines to minimize any tan lines. If you do end up with tan lines wear clothing that will match them. Remember not to overdo your sun exposure near your session to avoid sunburn. Sunburn and peeling skin DO NOT photograph well. 

Braces - If you have braces, then they are as much a part of you as your hairstyle or the clothes you wear. Don't be self conscious about smiling! If you really don't like them, they can be edited out for an additional fee.

Blemishes - We retouch blemishes, so don't worry about minor breakouts. 

What about props? - Bring along your props,  vehicle, sports equipment, or anything that you would like to include in your senior portrait experience. Please inform us before the shoot so we are prepared. 


Friends & Parents - Friends or parents are welcome. They can help. However, we do ask that friends stay home.  This is your time and we're happy to schedule a friends session at a later date.

What if it Rains? - If the weather seems to be a problem, then please feel free to call. 

Reminder: Your session fee must be paid within five business days of scheduling your portrait session. If your session fees are not received within the required amount of time, then your session appointment cannot be saved. 

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