Amanda Bellan - Award Winning - Nationally Published Senior Photographer - Cleveland, Ohio

Senior Guys Style Guide

Senior Guys 2Hello! I am SO excited you booked a senior session and you are officially one of my #AmandaBellanPhotographySeniors, even if your Mom did book the session for you! Seniors are my absolute favorite subjects to photograph, so I am thrilled to be a small part of your journey!

It’s your time to shine! You’ve worked so hard, now it’s time to celebrate your success! You deserve the spotlight!

Here are a few tips in preparing for your session:

  1. Relax!

This will be fun, I promise! I know you may not be super excited about being in front of the camera, but I will guide you the whole session on what to do so you don’t have to worry at all! It’s my job to make you look relaxed and cool!

  1. Customize your session

This is all about YOU, so let’s make it uniquely you!

Do you play a sport or musical instrument? Let’s incorporate those things into the shoot and show off your talents!

  1. What should you wear?

All my sessions include 2 outfits. My deluxe senior session gives you 3 outfit options and adds awesome variety to your gallery! Be sure any clothing reflects your personal style so you feel confident! I recommend choosing from 2-3 of these categories – casual, dressy, sports-related, preppy or edgy. I bring a pop up changing tent to all my sessions you are welcome to use when changing. It’s great to bring a few different looks so you have variety in your images.

Have fun with layers by bringing sweaters, hoodies and shirts with collars. Layers are a great way to add texture to your images and are also a fun way to play with casual and dressy styles. You can’t go wrong with a button down shirt with jeans or pants. A lot of guys choose to wear a tshirt (just avoid anything with graphics or names on it) and cool kicks for one of their options.  Don’t be afraid to dress it up too and throw on a suit or blazer! Get another use out of your Homecoming suit! Jackets and layers always photograph well. If a suit/blazer is not your thing try a hoodie with a shirt over it. Vests also work well! Pay attention to your shoes! Scuffed and worn out shoes will show so be sure your shoes are in good shape and polish dress shoes if needed.

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Whether your style is short or longer, I recommend getting a hair cut at least 1-2 weeks before your session to avoid that just hair cut look. It gives it time for your hair to settle into its style and look more natural. If your style has a special look, it may be a good idea to bring a comb and/or styling product in case it’s windy.

  1. Give yourself enough time

Be sure to give yourself extra time to get ready and be at the location a few minutes early. Your session time is planned for the best light and if you arrive late, your shooting time will be reduced. Giving yourself extra time helps you avoid any stress and starts your session smoothly, allowing you to be confident and relaxed. Do eat the day of your session, just avoid anything to heavy or filling! Get plenty of rest the night before so you are well rested!

Feel free to email me if you have any additional questions or need any input! I am SO excited to work together!!!