Terry Louison Photography | Advice for your Senior Portrait Session

Advice for your Senior Portrait Session

at Terry Louison Photography



It’s your call as to whether you want to go casual or dressy. 

If you’ve opted for a sitting that includes portraits both in the studio and outside,

think about something more classic in the studio, and a little more fun and casual for outside. 

In the studio we like you to wear something with sleeves at least down to your elbows. 

Keep it simple and classic: no loud stripes, big logos or distracting graphics. Any color is fine except white –

it’s too bright and can wash you out. Go with an off-white or cream if light colors are more suitable for your skin tones.

For girls - nothing too low cut, and pick a flattering neckline.  

It's a great idea for you to come with dance shorts under your outfit -

that way with whatever pose we do, you'll feel covered and be able to concentrate on looking great!

For boys – skip the white t-shirt under your shirt – it draws attention to the bright white triangle at your neck. 

If you have to wear a t-shirt, make it black or navy.   



For girls:  Come looking like yourself – this might not be the time to try out a new hairstyle!  We love curly hair as it frames the face so beautifully, but you are welcome to straighten your hair.  Go easy on the hairspray to minimize excessive reflections.  Be sure to bring a hairbrush and any makeup you use for touchups during your session.

For Boys:  If you’re going to get your hair cut for your portrait, do it a few weeks before your session

to avoid that “freshly trimmed” look. That also gives you time to minimize any tan lines on your neck.



Keep your makeup natural  and not too heavy.  Avoid anything glittery and glossy as it just throws light around. 

Anything that brings out your eyes is perfect, and foundation to help even out your skin tone is always a good idea. 

And if you’re having a bad skin day, not to worry – We’ll be sure that you look perfect in your finished portraits!



Make sure you have clean, trim nails (hands and feet) and be sure to remove old nail polish.  

Use lotion to avoid dry-looking patches of skin.



To avoid glare and reflections, either wear contacts or see if you can borrow a pair of glasses

from your optometrist that have no lenses in them.


Bring a Friend!

Bring a friend to make the experience more fun -  they can help with your stuff, make sure you’re looking good,

and even get in on some of your portraits!