Guys Senior Portrait Guide

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GUYS PORTRAIT GUIDE

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FOR LOOKING YOUR BEST

YOUR VIBE OUTFITS THAT SCREAM YOU

WHAT TO EXPECT

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WHAT'S INSIDE?

04 What to Expect

06 Cap & Gown Options

10 Location Tips

12 Packages & Options


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I'm Janet! LIFE THROUGH THE LENS Bold, edgy, modern images for today & tomorrow. Let's be honest Mom, your son is not going to open this magazine, that's why I've designed it for YOU! I have perfected the art of capturing authentic, lively movements for even the most camera-shy young man & while at the moment he's not going to love the idea of Senior portraits, I promise that when he sees his portraits, he's going to love them. Your Senior should be prepared to take pictures in the middle of the street, in a back alley, or next to a depilated building. I love taking pictures in unexpected locations & love the edgy look I often get with my guys. If you're looking for stuffy poses, with forced smiles I'm NOT your girl however, I am your high-energy photographer ready to capture some scroll-stopping images you never knew your son was capable of.

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JANET BELLACERA

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session Want to know what to expect? Here are a few F&Q's you might find helpful.

What time of year is best? Senior season starts in mid-October & runs until late April. Guys tend to choose the cooler months from November-February to avoid shooting in the heat & humidity. Also consider when sports uniforms are given out & when they need to be returned by.

What time of day is best? For guys, later is better as many guys hate to get up early, especially for pictures. We want to avoid midday when the sun is harsh & high in the sky. That light can cause dark shadows, lines & squinting. Keep in mind that a professional photographer should be able to shoot in any lighting condition.

It's cloudy, should I reschedule? Think of the clouds as a giant filter.

Overcast conditions remove harsh lighting &

provide the most natural color while avoiding harsh lines, shadows & high contrast that bright sunny days offer. Trust me, your son will appreciate the shade.


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What should my son expect? First of all, he should expect to have fun! He should expect to feel awkward at first. It's not every day he has a stranger taking his pictures, just know, it's awkward for me too. After a few minutes, we'll both be fine & before he knows it, he'll be a natural! He should also be prepared to walk around, sit on a curb or shoot in an alley. I love candid images full of movement & life. As our session moves on, he will begin to know what I'm looking for & will naturally become more relaxed.

What should he bring to his session? Since this session is all about him, he's free to bring whatever he wants. His session should tell the audience what he's done, & what he enjoys. Bring a hat, jersey, or pennant from his future school, or grab his sports uniform or club t-shirt. photographed it all from cars to dogs & everything in between, nothing is off limits.

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cap & GOWN

Classic Suit

A well-fitting suit looks good no matter what his personal style is. The key to keeping this look modern is choosing a suit tailored to his body. It's also a great idea to do away with a formal tie to keep the suit from looking stuffy, this also helps to keep him as cool as possible while shooting.

Just a Tie

Ditch Both

A jacket in Florida can be tough, especially with the heat, so if you're looking to ditch the jacket but want a more formal look, he can wear slacks, a buttondown, & a tie. This immediately gives a more polished look without having to wear a jacket. For a pop of color, choose a tie in his school colors.

While a tie & jacket are often worn by many of my undergrads, my teens rarely opt for either. The key to this more casual look is to choose formal colors like black, grey, white, or navy. Once you ditch the coat & tie, you can also select a less formal shoe & go with a loafer or deck shoe.


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Resort Casual You simply can't go wrong with resort casual, & as Floridians, we are very accustomed to this look. For this look to work well with a cap & gown, you want to be sure that you choose a great pair of khakis & a well-fitting polo. Khakis should be a slightly thicker fabric to avoid wrinkles & his polo should be a moisture-wicking, lightweight fabric to keep him cool.

Jeans & Sneakers

Casual & Clean

I actually love this look & when done well, this look can allow your Senior to be comfortable while still having a well-put-together vibe for cap & gown. The key is to select a dark, ripfree pair of jeans that fit well, a fresh new pair of sneakers & a nice buttondown. All pieces should be pressed & wrinkle-free, this helps the look appear crisp, well styled & intentional.

We want our teens to be who they are & that can still be achieved with a great cap & gown look. I love the black jeans, crisp white sneakers & casual long sleeve that go with this cap & gown look. Again, it's key that these are well-fitting & ironed, I would also avoid graphics for a cap & gown look. This look also paired well with his environment & his personality.

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SPORTS UNIFORMS

CARS

If your Senior was part of football, baseball, lacrosse, or any sport it's important to include images in full uniform. When looking back at these images both of you will remember the countless days on the field & memories of you cheering him on from the stands. When thinking about his session consider when uniforms are given out & when they are required to be returned & plan around that.

Does your son love his car? Is he an automotive junkie? Does he have a truck he absolutely cannot part with? Well, that's perfect because cars tend to be my very favorite prop to shoot with. Cars and trucks can give a session a very edgy look & allows your Senior to feel confident & comfortable while shooting. It's also a great way to open up a conversation & get him comfortable talking about what he loves.

01 Guys tend to feel more comfortable when they have something to hold. Props work great for this.

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Props can be anything, his favorite car, his dog, his football helmet, sports gear, or an instrument.

Feel free to bring whatever you'd like, just consider that we will also be doing a lot of walking.


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PETS

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Does your son want to include man's best friend? Yes! I love dogs. They're a very intricate part of our lives and yes, I would love for you to bring them along. Just be sure to bring a handler & let me know ahead of time so I can be sure they're allowed at our location.

Guys have a hard time with hand placement. Things like sunglasses or watches can help.

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COLLEGE GEAR

HOBBIES

Has he selected his college? If so, grab that colligate gear & make let's include it in his session. It can be a college pennant, poster, hat, jersey, or t-shirt. His session will not only show where he's been, but where he's going. Most students are excited to show off their new school.

Guys today are into all sorts of hobbies & activities. Is he a drone pilot? Does he surf? Maybe he's into RC cars? Whatever it is, let's photograph what he loves to do & let's show off his talents. Hobbies show personality & interest & can be fun to incorporate into his session.

I often use your props during your entire session. Just be sure they are clean and looking good.

06 Props can be anything, a football, surfboard, cleats, sports equipment or musical instruments.

07 Moms, get on Pinterest use it, pin ideas, & get inspiration on what you want for his session.

08 Pick only 1 or 2 hobbies to include in his pictures. Too many props can make the session chaotic.


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Tips for picking the right location

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Have your Senior choose a location that means something to him. A hang-out spot, a cool place he loves, or somewhere that just screams him.

DON'T pick a location based on what friends have picked, or what seems to be popular at the time. You want your pictures to be authentic & true to him.

Choose a location that can offer options for backgrounds. Look for interesting architecture, bridges, trees, or structures where we can climb, sit or stand.


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Consider things you can't control at his location. Urban locations will have people & traffic & the beach will be windy & sandy so choose wisely. Flexibility is key to his location.

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While his location is important, it's NOT more important than him! 75% of the images will be taken from the chest up & his background will be out of focus so keep that in mind too.

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No matter where we go, be prepared to shoot in the street, on a curb, in a back alley, along a dilapidated building or in front of a business. I find inspiration anywhere & everywhere I go.

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