Prints and Products
Once you get your beautiful digitals, you're going to be eager to print them and show them off! I offer a full array of just about any size prints and canvas you could possibly want. You can order them directly from your gallery! I try to keep my prices competitive. Be sure to check them out!
BUT you do have a print release and are welcome to get your pictures printed anywhere at all. I've listed some of my favorite places to order prints and products from below.
We will start by discussing where you would like to go. Think about what you like to do and where you like to spend your time.
Do you enjoy the city? Let's go down town! A town square offers so many unique back grounds and beautiful lighting with the buildings all around.
Do you love hiking and exploring? GREAT! We can go to your favorite trail or waterfall! (**Hint Hint**I am DYING to do some waterfall pictures!)
Is the football field your happy place? Let's go there!
These pictures should represent you. Be sure to put some thought into your locations, and pick a couple of places that are appealing to you.
I have a hand full of go-to places that I am very familiar with and can help you choose a location that works best for you. But I also love to explore new places! So don't be afraid to suggest something different!
Do Your Research
It is a REALLY big help to me when my seniors and their parents have put forth the effort to look at senior sessions on google and Pinterest, and have some ideas of what type of pictures they would like to get.
Don't hesitate to send me an inspiration board on Pinterest or send a few pictures from google to my email (Jarrasphotography@gmail.com).
Better yet: Go through MY senior session portfolio and tell me which pictures I've done in the past that you really love. This is especially helpful because it shows me what speaks to you.
What to Wear
When choosing clothes for your senior session, it is easy to get overwhelmed. But I am here to help!
Above all else: go for comfort! If you're not comfortable in front of the camera, it shows. You don't want to be worried about ill fitting clothes during your session, so be sure you pick clothes that fit properly and make you feel great.
Avoid neon colors, graphic shirts, and large logos.
Jewel tones photograph beautifully. Think purple, emerald green, blue, and magenta. Yellow is another awesome color that really pops on camera.
Solids are best, but don't be afraid to mix and match with patterns and colors to create a look that you love.
Use layers to get several looks from one outfit. A blue jean jacket or a sweater are good options for this.
Hats are a great accessory, but don't wear them to your session. You won't want to have a hat on for every picture, and you won't want the red line on your forehead that sometimes happens when you wear a hat. I had a guy do this last summer and we had to start his session a few minutes late to give time for that rim line to go away. LOL!
Don't forget to accessorize! Earrings, bracelets, scarves, necklaces. These will all add style to your pictures. Bring plenty with you. You don't have to wear everything. You don't want to over do it, but it can really take an outfit up a few notches when you accessorize.
Choose both casual and formal clothes. You could go for dressy, casual, sporty, cozy, preppy, edgy... The sky is the limit!
I like to try to get four different looks in each session. I'll elaborate on each one below: The first is a classic/timeless look, next up is a formal look, then a sports uniform or hobby look, and finally, a statement look.
I've created a pinterest board to help inspire you. Be sure to check it out!
Pick at least one outfit that is classic/timeless. That won't look dated ten years from now. We want to capture your personality and your personal style, but we also want some pictures that won't look dated ten or twenty years from now.
Girls should bring a combination of pants/shorts and skirts/dresses. You want to be able to move and sit on the ground for some pictures, so a dress probably won't be great for the whole session, but it is such a great way to add variety to your pictures.
Guys consider wearing a sports jacket and/or tie for a few pictures. Or maybe just a really nice shirt with a collar. Just spruce it up a little bit. The mamas appreciate seeing their boy lookin' all spiffy!
Be sure to bring any school related outfits you have such as your football, cheer, or band uniform. This is where we get to really express who YOU are! If you're into track, bring your sneakers. If you're in band, bring your instrument.
It doesn't necessarily have to be school related either. If you love to ride horses, PLEASE bring your horse and boots! If painting is your thing, bring your painting clothes and a canvas. Paint is FUN!
Whatever you love to do, let's capture it!
Once we've gotten a few "classic" and "formal" shots, I think its great to pick one or two "statement" outfits. This is something that you probably wouldn't normally wear, but that will be fun to photograph. For instance: those super high heels and fancy dress you have for special occasions.
Don't be afraid to go all out and bring your prom dress! That is a great item to pull out at the end of a session and have a little fun with! And its a great opportunity to get some pictures in it without having to be in such a hurry to get to the prom!
Hair and Makeup
I think its a great idea for girls to get their makeup done professionally for their senior session. Your every day make up looks great in person, but it may not show up on camera.
Makeup artists know how to bring out your beautiful eyes, skin tone, and lips to make you look your very best in front of the camera.
Even if you don't normally wear makeup, consider putting some on for the camera this once. You can keep it simple and make it look natural. It will make your skin look more even toned, and help you to love your pictures. Just use a little foundation, mascara, and lip gloss to accent your gorgeous features. :)
If you'd prefer not to get your makeup done professionally, consider putting it on sightly heavier than your normally would. Particularly your mascara and lipstick. This will help it show up on camera.
If you'd like, you could go to a place like The Social Chair in Murfreesboro and get your hair and/or makeup done.
Retouching is included in every package, so don't worry if you have any blemishes that just won't go away. I can fix that after the session.
Guys, if you're going to get your hair cut for your senior session, be sure to do it at least a week before your session date. And be sure to shave if needed, the day of your session.
What to Bring
Be sure to bring everything you could possibly need during your session. Bring all of your outfits. Any props you want to include in your pictures such as a football, pom poms, instrument, etc.
I mentioned this earlier, but DEFINITELY bring a friend or two to help you relax and have fun!
Also bring some water to drink, bobby pins, hair brush, makeup for touch ups, tissues, and some comfortable flip flops/slip on shoes to wear between shots if you'll be going bare foot or wearing heels for some pictures.
Need More Information?
Whether you've already booked a session, or you're just browsing my website, if you need more information I'm here to answer all your questions!
Feel free to send me a message HERE and I'll get back to you as soon as possible!