1. Get a spray tan the night before your senior session.
Why not? Your color needs time to develop & settle. Lightly exfoliate your skin 48 hours after your spray session and then rub in plenty of moisturizer to help it set. Don’t forget to exfoliate and scrub your wrists, ankles, knees, and knuckles religiously since these are the parts of your body that can collect extra tanner and actually make you look dirty.
2. Get a big chop or drastic dye job right before your session.
Why not? If you hate your new do, it’ll be documented forever in your pictures. Save the big chop for the summer before you leave for college. And the same goes for hair color. Freshen up your look with your usual color / highlights, but don’t make a drastic change. It could not only shock you, but could also change the way your skin tones look, depending on the color of your hair.
3. Try new face products the weeks leading up to your session.
Why not? Trying new facial products could leave your skin looking dry or even worse, with a huge breakout or peeling. Yikes! Your skin could even develop a rash from new chemicals, so just save your new routine for post session.
4. Don’t read your session materials your photographer gave you.
Why not? Because this is a great way to show up completely unprepared and panic at the last minute! These resources are meant to make your senior session process stress-free and a ton of fun with great tips and tricks like to prepare you for your custom session including a what to wear guide, face prep, nail prep, and so much more!
5. Wear the same style and colors over and over again in your senior pics.
Why not? VARIETY is everything! Make sure that your outfits aren’t all dresses, jeans, or shorts. Try to incorporate a variety of not only pieces, but style as well (like urban, organic, casual, and sophisticated) and make sure you have a range of colors to wear to give your outfits a beautiful dynamic.