Ladies Senior Portrait Guide

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SENIOR LADIES

PORTRAIT

GUIDE

8 TIPS

FOR LOOKING YOUR BEST

COLOR

PERFECT PICKS FOR YOUR PERSONALITY

WHAT TO EXPECT

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PORTRAITS WITH JANET BELLACERA

Your Senior Portrait Experience Scroll-stopping, modern images that you'll love today & tomorrow.


WHAT'S INSIDE?

04 What to Expect

06 All about Color

12 Posing Guide

14 Packages & Options


I'm Janet!

LIFE THROUGH THE LENS

If bright, colorful, & modern images are what you're looking for, then you've picked the right photographer!

It's your senior year! & we're going to have so much fun! My sessions are laid back & candid. I draw my inspiration from you, & the beautiful environments that you pick! Get ready to have fun climbing a tree, laying in the grass, or practicing your runway walk. If you're looking for filters, unrealistic re-touches, or forced poses from the '90s, I'm definitely, NOT your girl. However, I am your hair-fixing, dress-fluffing, highenergy photographer ready to capture some scroll-stopping images perfect for sharing with friends & family.

OWNER & PHOTOGRAPHER

JANET BELLACERA

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SENIOR PORTRAIT

sessions 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 kicks off in mid-October & runs until late April. Many seniors choose the cooler months from November-February to avoid the rainy season or the heat & humidity that comes with the arrival of Spring.

What time of day is best? "Golden Hour" is the beautiful light that occurs 1-2 hours after sunrise or before sunset. This light provides flattering, soft light perfect for photography.

We want to avoid

midday when the sun is harsh & high in the sky. That light can cause dark shadows, lines & squinting. A professional will be able to shoot in any lighting condition.

It's cloudy, should I reschedule? Think of the clouds as a giant filter. Over-cast conditions remove harsh lighting & provide the most natural color while avoiding harsh lines, shadows & high contrast that bright sunny days offer.


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What should I expect from my session? First of all, you should expect to have fun! Also expect to feel awkward at first. It's not every day you have a stranger takes your pictures, just know, it's awkward for me too. After a few minutes, we'll both be fine & before you know it, you'll be a natural! You should also be prepared to walk around, lay in a field or climb a tree. I love candid images full of movement & life & if you're having fun, I'm having fun & in turn, we're going to get some specular images.

What should I bring to my session? Since this session is all about you, you're free to bring whatever you want. Your session should tell your audience what you've done, & where you are going. Bring a hat, jersey, or pennant from your future school, or grab your sports uniform or club t-shirt. I've photographed it all from cars to dogs & everything in between, nothing is off limits.

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ALL ABOUT Bright & Bold

Bold, vibrant colors are perfect for showcasing some major personality & look great in any outdoor location. When picking your pop of color, it doesn't have to be an entire outfit, it can be a top, a pair of shoes, or a simple dress. It's important to pair bold colors with a color that will help ground them such as nude, white, or black. These will help keep your look modern.

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Muted & Mild

Muted colors are shaded, desaturated colors like blush, sage, or taupe. They're a great way to bring in color without all of the flash. These colors blend well into most outdoor locations, give your portraits a soft, subtle look. Muted colors are classic & they go well with all seasons. If you have a busy, colorful background muted colors are going to be your best option.

Pretty & Pastel

Pastel colors are always a great option for people who want color but don't want that color to overpower their pictures. These colors look best in a garden, beach or historic location. Pastels are also a great option if you're looking to wear something that has a pattern, that's because pastel colors blend well together & keep the pattern fun, without looking cluttered & busy.


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Natural & Nude Natural & nude colors are typically colors that vary slightly from one another. These are similar to the colors we find in nature & tend to look best when layered with lots of texture, organic fabrics & knits. Neutrals work for most everyone, in many types of environments. If you need inspiration, look for clothing inspired by the trendy boho look.

Black & White

Jewel Tones

When we think about portraits it's easy to default to a black & white color palette. That's because this color palette has stood the test of time & remains classic, timeless & modern. For portraits, black & white look best with a textured fabric & a classic silhouette. If you decide to wear a dress, stick with strappy sandals to create a classy look.

Jewel tones are by far, some of my favorite colors. These deep, highly saturated colors go well with most skin tones & work well with most environments. They offer tons of color & look amazing when paired with a nice pair of jeans. These dark, rich tones offer a more sophisticated look while still allowing you to appear youthful.

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accessorizing

ALL ABOUT

MAKEUP

SHOES

Absolutely practice the less is more principle. It's important to keep your makeup simple, clean, & classic. Choose colors that are more natural & keep in mind that colors & trends will fade over time & may give your images a dated look. Lip gloss & mascara are your friends. It's best to go with a natural look & don't overdo it. Avoid having a harsh foundation line by blending your foundation below your jawbone & onto your neck.

Imagin shoes being the final touch to an outfit, & a pair of heels can either make or break your look. If you're wearing bold patterns or vibrant colors, you might want to tone that down by wearing nude or black. In contrast, if you wear black or white, why not add a pop of color or pattern to your heels? Keep your style classic & timeless & avoid trends as these often can go out of style as quickly as they came into style. Also, consider your location.

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Avoid glitter, shimmer or shine for your makeup. Use matt or satin to avoid harsh highlights.

Practice your look including hair, outfits & makeup at least 3 weeks prior to your session.

We will most likely be doing a lot of walking, be sure to bring a pair of flip flops to walk in.


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Do you have a college poster or pennant? Does your dog want to come with you? Maybe, Mom wants glitter or bubbles? Bring it, bring whatever you want. These items can be tons of fun to work with & include in your pictures. Just be sure to reach out to me & I'll let you know if your location will allow them.

Make sure your clothes are ironed & free of wrinkles. Wrinkles are very hard to edit out.

05 Use a mirror to work on poses, hand placement & a combination of smiling & serious faces.

JEWLERY

HATS

This is where shimmer & shine will work in your favor. Jewelry is the best way to accent your outfit & can oftentimes tie your entire look together. Keep your pieces simple, delicate & classy. Avoid large, colorful pieces that might overpower your outfit & appear gaudy.

I love when my Seniors ask, "Can I bring a hat?", the answer is YES! Why not? They're fun, stylish & a great way to show off your personality. Often times Seniors don't know what to do with their hands, & a hat gives you another option for poses. Make sure your hairstyle works well with it.

06 If you get caught up with what to wear? Just send me your ideas or share your Pinterest board.

07 Pinterest is your friend, get on it, use it, pin ideas, & enjoy finding inspiration for your look.

08 Don't forget cap & gown, cords, medals, sports uniforms, club shirts or your class ring.


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ALL ABOUT

locations!

Tips for picking the right location

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Choose a location that means something to you. Your favorite place to shop, a park you love, or somewhere that inspires you, to be you.

DO NOT pick your location based on what your friends have picked, or what seems to be popular at the time. Pick something for YOU!

Choose somewhere that can offer options for backdrops; trees, bridges, rocks, grassy areas or architecture offer great options & interest.


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

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While your location is important, it's NOT more important than you! 75% of your images will be taken from the chest up & your 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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posing

POINTERS FOR

When we think about photography, we often cringe at the thought of someone "posing" us. It's important to know that posing is essential for an image's overall composition. While these before pictures are nice, the after pictures are stunning. Let's dive into the details that make them stand out.

In the picture above, I adjusted 1 thing...I brought the rear leg out to lengthen her body. This allowed her elbow to sit up higher so she could straighten her back. In the images below, shooting straight on caused her to lose her shape, by angling the body & drawing the leg forward she not only appears taller but more relaxed. For a sitting pose, it's important to not curl into your body, you want to give your silhouette breathing room by drawing your legs & arms away from your body.


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Simple Portrait

The before picture is cute, but it's simply boring. Instead of taking your portrait straight on, consider tilting away from the camera, tossing your head back & bring some interest into your picture by playing with your hair.

Long & Lean

Simply Sitting

Seniors tend to default to the bottom pose. However, when sitting on steps asymmetry is the best look. Tilting the waist, & bringing the legs down elongates the body & adds interest in a very editorial, fashion-forward way.

Your standard leg cross is pretty, but not interesting. By sitting on the edge, separating the arms from the body & bringing the front leg forward she looks much longer & relaxed. Her adorable outfit also sits on her much nicer.

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LIFE THROUGH THE LENS

Photography For You, By Janet Bellacera

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