KenMar Photography

How to Prepare for your Graduation Portraits


For many, this exclusive one-on-one professional portrait session might bring up a few questions. How do you plan for an experience like that?!  Here are some tips I think are most helpful in getting the most out of your senior portrait session!


1. Hire a GREAT photographer!

– Ask your friends where they went and what their experiences were like. These pictures are too important. At KenMar you’ll get an experienced photographer who specializes in the style of pictures you’ll love. Our experience and training on the best poses, lighting, and editing will also know how to make you feel comfortable. All this will guarantee that you have the best experience possible right here at KenMar


2. Schedule Your Session

– Consider which season you’d prefer to be photographed in. (Each season offers unique depictions of personalities.)
One of the many reasons you may want to book early is to have your picture included in the yearbook. We make sure that a picture you love is included in the yearbook. (We know the deadline and sizes for submitting your pics.)  You’ll want to schedule several months before that date! You sure don’t want to be stressed out trying to get them done last minute. And what happens if you need to reschedule?!
Be sure to book your session a month or so in advance if you want flexibility in scheduling.


3. Choose Your Outfits

• Colors: Do you have a favorite color? Do you get compliments when you’re wearing that color? Then bring it! I can recommend that you stay away from too many bright neon colors as these can be a distraction from your face.

• Fit: choose clothes that fit closely without being tight.  You don’t want anything too baggy. (I know, mom thinks you’ll grow into it. You’re looking for something that fits good now!)

• Layers: an outfit with layers like a sweater, vest, scarf, or hoodie, or jacket makes an interesting look and a quick way to get in a lot of outfit changes!

• Variety: bring a lot of  different types of outfits. Variety is the key to better portraits! Bring something more dressed-up, bring what you wear to school, and bring an outfit you wear when you’re totally chillin’.

• Personality: most importantly, choose comfort! You want your friends and family to recognize the person underneath the clothes.

• Don’t stress!: last but not least – remember that your pictures are about you, as a person, not your wardrobe! The best thing to do is to arrange a pre-portrait session to really get all you can out of your session.


4. Hair, Nails, and Makeup and Details

– Whether you want to get your hair and/or makeup done professionally before a session is up to you. Either way, here are a few tips: 

If you’re going to get your hair cut, get it at least a few weeks before your session. Go with tried and true, not so much experimental. 

Guys: have a fresh shave the day of your session. 

Girls: hiring a professional to do your makeup for your session is completely up to you. 

Blemishes, bruises, and basic skin boo boos are what professional retouching is for and it’s included in the price of your portraits. 

Braces removal, glasses glare, and more intensive retouching may cost more. Hands, and sometimes, feet may show up in the pictures so be sure to make them look good.


5. Things to Bring

If there are personal props that are, or are likely to become, a big part of your life you may want to be photographed with them!

• Bring along equipment and/or uniforms, if you are wanting to take pictures around your sport. Full gear looks best and makes the most sense in pictures.

• Pets: Be sure to have someone else along to handle your pet!


6. Bring a Friend, Sibling, or Parent

– You will feel even more comfortable if you have a friend with you who knows just the right thing to say to make you laugh! And we’ll even take a professional picture with them!

7. Meet with your photographer ahead of time!

– (I had to put an exclamation mark behind that one.) It can really help to chat a bit in person, or at least on the phone, before the session.  Meeting face-to-face will help you get even more of a sense of comfort.

8. Have Fun! 

– Remember that you have worked hard to get to this milestone and to celebrate this achievement!

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