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Tab While we may be biased, we believe On Location Portraiture offers high school seniors the very best senior photography in the entire DFW Metroplex! Every portrait session is a unique experience that reflects a person's own personality. This page covers suggestions for getting the most out of your portrait session.

Senior Photos Clothing Tips

Tab We love to hear any ideas you may have as far as clothing, your own props, photos with friends, family, or pets, and/or an unusual location of your choosing. Our main goal is to portray you as a unique person, and hearing about your interests and likes helps us to accomplish that.

Tab You may bring whatever outfits you want to wear. However, there are some clothes that photograph better than others. Patterns and/or words tend to be distracting. The brighter the patterns, the more distracting they will be. This isn't to say that patterns or words are ALWAYS a bad idea - if you really like the outfit please bring it in - but solids generally photograph better than bright patterns.

Tab Certain colors look worse outside (but are fine for the studio). Orange, teal, any kind of green (except deep, forest green), and pink tend to clash with many outdoor locations, especially areas with the green of trees or grass. We suggest mid-toned solids or darker color solids like black, any kind of blue, browns, reds (or burgundy), purples, or grey. Yellow can also work (but tighter fitting yellow outfits can accent weight). Young women may wear dresses or skirts outside, but pants allow a greater range of poses and are recommended.

Tab Keep in mind that lighter colors (especially white), tight fitting tops, and horizontal lines tend to accent weight (very loose fitting white will usually look fine). If you don't want your arms to be obvious, wear a long sleeve shirt instead of a short sleeve or a tank top. Darker colors (especially black), loose-fitting clothing, and vertical lines have a more slimming effect.

Senior Photos

Tab Fashions can be great, but it's a good idea to wear at least one outfit that will likely not be labeled as obviously trendy. The thing about fashion is that it goes out of fashion. You might be happy with your photos for a year, then be terribly embarrassed you actually wore such an outfit five years down the road.

Senior Photos

Tab If you have a class ring and want it in some of your portraits - remember to bring it!

Tab Feel free to bring in outfits related to any activities or sports you are involved with. Most people will bring a few casual outfits, a uniform of some sort, and a dressier outfit - but again, everyone is different - you should bring in what you want to wear and what reflects you as a person.

Tab If you are uncertain about your clothing choices, bring in more than the suggested total outfits and we can choose what will look best at the studio.

Tab There are some rules at the Dallas Arboretum. First, they don't allow pets, and they do not allow clothes changes. We suggest bringing a pullover (like a sweater) or a jacket in a bag that can be easily worn for clothes changes at the Arboretum. Hats can even change your appearance at the Arboretum.

Senior Photos Bring In Your Own Props

Tab We personally avoid owning photographic props, as we feel these detract from the true personality of our clients. However, you are more than welcome to bring your own! These could include sports items like a football or pennant, musical instruments, collections, stuffed animals, your favorite flower or rose petals, books, blankets from your childhood, hats, artwork, school mascots or other activity-related items (including your own cap and gown), or any other personal object that is meaningful or relates to your own personal interests. Use your imagination!

Other Suggestions
Senior Photos

Tab Don't worry if you have a sudden outbreak of acne! This is the absolute easiest thing to fix afterwards for us, and acne removal is included with every portrait package. What is harder to fix is hair styles. If you've had a very bad hair cut right before the portrait session, please feel free to call us - we can re-schedule. After all, we want you to be happy with your photos and if you know you dislike your hair you are unlikely to be happy with your photos. If you are very particular about your hair, please advise the parent or friend with you at the portrait session to keep an eye out for you.

Tab It is strongly recommended to bring in a family member or a friend (or both!). They will have the benefits of helping put you at ease, they can check your hair, help you with props and/or pets, give you clothing advice, and in general give you moral support. Plus they get to enjoy the portrait session with you! In addition, your images will be viewed after the session - and it's always best to get a second opinion.

Tab You may bring in your own music on an iPod to listen to during the session if you prefer. Makeup artist services can be arranged, and are recommended (but not required) for those with moderate to major skin problems, or for those young women who are not comfortable with applying their own makeup. Please call 214-887-9996 to arrange a makeup artist at least a week before your portrait session.

Tab We try to schedule location sessions to take advantage of the best times of day (and year). Outdoor light looks best earlier in the day and later. Sunrise and sunset are considered 'magic' times for many photographers and artists. The beginning and end of the day have the other advantage of being relatively cooler than the middle of the day in the summer.

Senior Photos

Tab The Dallas Arboretum has 9 am - 5 pm operating hours; if you want to schedule a session there the best times are 9 or 10 am and 3:30 pm. The West End and Deep Ellum are only good at 9 or 10 am; just before the lunch crowds arrive. Local parks like Lakeside Park in Highland Park are best early or later in the day. Fair Park, Las Colinas, and the Meyerson are unusual in that they are excellent in lighting and backgrounds virtually any time of day and year (ignoring the heat or cold).

Tab The best times of the year for location sessions are from late March to mid-June and from mid-September to early December. Trees have lost most of their foliage by the middle of December and don't start to grow back until the middle of March. The Texas heat generally starts in the middle of June and lasts until the end of September.

Tab If poor weather on the day of your scheduled session prevents a location session, a re-scheduling will be arranged at no extra charge. Combined studio and location sessions must take place on the same day, back-to-back. For recent examples of senior portrait sessions and different locations, please see our blog. Thank you; if you have any further questions, please feel free to call us at 214-887-9996.

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