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The Studio Senior Portrait Guide

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making headlines

A look at current projects and publications we are involved in.

we love 20 things Quick tips on things to think about

when choosing your session wardrobe.

session 07 your Breakdown of your senior session. 2

wardrobe 70 seasonal Suggestions on styles and colors to

wear nomatter when your session is.

party tips 40 grad Six tips for throwing the best graduation party ever.

46 investment Take a look at what products we offer.

56 faq Go-tos for frequently asked questions.

64 wardrobe Wardrobe ideas for different styles and body shapes. ON THE COVER Nicole McCormick sahs class of 2016




e’re sure you’re researching who you want to take your senior photos right now and we know how daunting that can be. Hopefully we can help you understand what sets us apart from the other photographers in our


We pride ourselves on being the original studio in our area to include professional make-up and hairstyle as part of your senior portraits! Because it’s included in your premium session fee, you save a ton of money on these services! We also refuse to work solely in a studio. We hate the idea of pulling out backdrop after backdrop of the same old outdated designs for every single senior. We keep it classy and timeless with a modern fashion twist! We want you to have a variety of on location hot spots that all of your friends don’t have. We think it’s important to be individual and have a unique style. We want your portraits to be as unique as you are! That’s why we offer both styles – the best of both worlds! We shoot natural light and studio fashion for our seniors so that we can offer you the senior portrait experience of a lifetime! We also provide a premier ordering session. Most photographers just throw your photos up on a website and leave you to figure it out for yourself. We’ve had professional photos taken before and that is the most confusing part! When your images are ready to be viewed, you’ll come to our gallery stocked with beautiful samples of our best work! We’ll start the night off with your senior slide show and go from there. You can view all of your photos the exact way they’ll be printed and can even watch us change them out and design them right there, in front of you! Want to know what an image will look like over the fireplace? We can show you. That’s the wonderful thing about our design consultations… We are there to guide you and help you decide which photo should go where and what size fits best. We also think it’s important for you to know that we are not “volume photographers.” There means we only accept a small number of clients each month so that we can apply great attention for detail to each one of our seniors. You are not a number to us… you are the only reason we are able to do this job that we love. We value all of our clients and strive to make your senior portrait experience as memorable as your senior pictures themselves!



ALL about your SESSION




“Personality should decide your senior portrait style... not outdated props and mismatched locations”

what’s next? Standard or Premium? If you would like to book your senior portraits with us, please just contact us by phone and let us know which session type you would like to book!

Session Fee To book your session, all you’ll need is your session fee to reserve your session date and time. From there it’s smooth sailing!

Start Planning As soon as your session payment is recieved, we will schedule your session date! As soon as you submit the contract, we will give you our welcome packet that includes a ton of awesome information to help you get ready for your senior portraits!



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What to plan for after the photos are taken. Don’t worry, this isn’t homework, it’s fun!

1. SNEAK PEAK After your session we get right to work prepping your beautiful photos and choosing the absolute best images from your session. As we’re looking through all of your images we usually can’t help but sharing an image on Facebook or Instagram, so keep your eyes open on our page for your special sneak peak.


LOVED ONES Now that the session is over it’s

time to plan for the family and loved ones you will want to gift portraits to. We will give you a worksheet to jot down all the important people’s and what art you’d like to gift them with.


THE BIG REVEAL Once we’ve had a chance to

prep your images, we’ll have you back at the studio for the best part of the experience, the design consultation. We’ll go through your photos together 5. IT GETS REAL When we have all of your beautiful and pick your absolute favorites, and create beautiful pieces ready, we will give you a call letting you know art for your home, and gifts for loved ones. they are ready for you to come pick up at the studio. 4. CREATE YOUR ART After you’ve made all of This is our favorite part, when you finally get to see your selections and choices at the design consultation your gorgeous works of art for the first time. we get right to work creating your one of a kind art 6. DECORATE YOUR HOME When you have all of pieces. Since every photograph is hand retouched, your artwork home, now it’s time to hang it in the and every art piece is made by hand it normally takes place we helped you design it for. Custom artwork between 17-28 days for us to have your albums and designed for a specific place in your home. canvases ready to pick up at the studio. 11



A look at what people are saying about Shalem Photography.


“Shalem is amazing. I was so happy with the way my pictures turned out. Not only were the pictures great but I had such a fun time while taking them with him.” -Sydney Laudon

“Shalem is a true artist! Anytime we have photos taken, headshot or family portraits he is our go to photographer! When Shalem photographs you, you will feel and look like a movie star.” -Jennifer Stratton


“The quality of the photography is amazing. Shalem does an incredible job relaxing his clients during the photoshoot, which results in genuine smiles and beautiful photographs.” -Narine Vartanian

“I absolutely loved working with Shalem, he took the time to make me feel comfortable and encouraged me to act 100% me. I loved the locations and all the unique ideas just for my shoot. I felt at ease and loved cracking jokes, not to mention the photos were stunning. Can’t wait to be taking photos with Shalem in the future!” -Brook Evingson



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halem Mathew is an award winning fashion photographer as well as senior portrait artist. Shalem’s work has been published nationally and internationally in fashion and beauty magazines including Cosmo Magazine, Estetica, and American Salon, Launchpad Beauty, Modern Salon, Candian Hairdresser Magazine, Iridesent, and Alaska’s own FMagazine. He and his husband, Mitch Kitter, travel throughout the year doing beauty and editorial work for clients such as Sam Villa, and L’oreal Paris. Shalem and his husband have also been featured in The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Freedom to Marry, Alaska Dispatch, The Anchorage Press, and The Advocate for The Love is Love Project a nationwide photo project promoting equal rights and marriage equality.



your passion SHOW


Senior portraits are a great time to show the things you love and to share the things you love to do. Make your session as unique as you are with locations and props no one but you will have!



BR IN G A F R IE ND It’s always a good idea to bring a friend along on your session! It helps you relax and have an even better time. GALINA SIGNATURE SWG725 $8 5 0

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What better way to toast your new beginning than with a look you will never forget. Our favorite styles this season put a modern twist on tradition. They are of the moment and enduring, for today and for a lifetime.


SHOWING PERSONALITY Choose clothes that show your style and personality, not just what everyone else is wearing GALINA SIGNATURE SWG725 $8 5 0



THEMES Have a special idea for your session? We’d love to help it come to life for your senior year!

GALINA headband SWG725 $8 5 0


SPORTY Do you play a sport that’s been an important part of your life? We’d love to help incorporate it into your senior session! GALINA SIGNATURE SWG725 $8 5 0

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to go pro

Why should you have your makeup & hair professionally done? #3 Celebrities Don’t Really Look Like That There is a huge difference in “everyday makeup” and “camera ready makeup.” The products that our artists use are specifically made for the camera as well as camera ready faces. #4 You Won’t Have to Worry Using professional hair stylists and makeup artists with credentials can ensure a mistake free experience. Find security in using professionals who have had special training in camera ready hair and makeup. #5 Our Artists Know What They’re Doing Education is key. Using professional hair stylists and makeup artists who have been trained by the industry’s leading experts in the latest hairstyles and makeup will ensure that they know what they are doing. They didn’t learn from YouTube, yo!

#1 Camera’s Capture Everything Regular everyday makeup is hard to see through all the filters high def cameras can throw at it. Our makeup artists use highly pigmented makeup so that the camera won’t wash you out and you will look natural yet beautiful for your senior portraits. #2 Sweat Happens Our makeup artists waterproof and set your makeup so that your face will be flawless from beginning to end of your photo shoot. Sweat, humidity, water, and heat will have nothing on your super fab face!

And if these aren’t reasons enough, who wouldn’t want to sit back and be pampered by professionals on their big day? 26


Which look do you prefer? You should look like you!

day 1. Apply foundation to ensure nice even skintone. YSL Foundation $70 2. Keep your cheeks rosy pink with blush. NARS Blush: Orgasm $30 3. Use neutral eyeshadows to retain a more natural look. Smashbox: Full Exposure $52 4. Line the eyes on the upper lid to help the eyes pop a bit. MAC: Teddy Eyeliner $17 5. Give your eyelashes that vivid look with mascara. LancĂ´me Mascara. $28 6. Finish off the look with lipstick and gloss. NYX: Soft Matte Lip Cream $6








Professional makeup artists Lorina Alailefaleula and Brenda Lester share tips for yout freshest face, featuring products from Mac and Bobby brown

night 1. Even out skintone with a foundation. MAC Foundation. $35

2. Bring dramatic defintion to the face with contouring. ABH Contour Kit. $40 3. Accentuate those cheeks with a blush. MAC Blush: Mocha. $22 4. Create that smoky eye with a combination shadows. MAC Eye Shadow. $16 Each 5. Line the eyes with a dramatic liquid liner. Bobbi Brown: Liquid Liner. $30 6. Lashes will help finish off the dramatic look. Lashes & Duo. $20

PRETTY, PERSONALIZED book your photo session makeover today!



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“A l o o k a t t h e t r a n s f o r m a t i o n.”


t is very important to us at Shalem Photography that we capture a beautiful portrait for you right from the start. We pride ourselves on maintaining close to perfect images straight out of the camera and we know that it’s important to maintain your senior’s natural beauty. By capturing the correct colors, exposure, pose and composition in camera, we can use minimal editing steps to perfect the final image. In the next few pages, we are exposing our beginning images that ar straight out of the camera and allowing you to compare them to our final image

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“Our goal is to enhance your natural beauty... not to change the way you look.”


rusting someone to take your senior portraits can be difficult. When you book your session with us you can rest easy – our images are bold, colorful, and consistent. Your images will be a true reflection of who you are. You will also receive a variety of different edits. From stunning black and whites to beautiful retro haze images – if the image lends itself to something other than our basic (but gorgeous!) edits, that’s what you will receive. Part of being a photographer is being an artist and being able to transform photographs to new heights.











best grad party 6 TIPS FOR THE

Our proffesional event coordinator shares some of her best tips on making your graduation celebration an event to remember for years to come. Make your party the one next years class will be traying to top!


ant to throw the best bash ever?! Here are a few quick tips from our favorite party planner, Rebecca Kopperud of La Boum Events A graduation party is all about the celebration. This is a huge moment in life that deserves some real fan fare. So let’s break out the confetti and entertain our guests, because this party is going all. night. long.


An experienced DJ is worth his weight in gold! He (or she) knows how to read a crowd and can keep your dance floor hopping all night. Your iPod doesn’t know how to do that.


Have your guests go to stations and get into the process of building their own food. This way food becomes part of the entertainment and gives guests stuff to do.


Nothing quite says celebration like confetti! Put out assorted confetti and glitter OR use bird seed and flower petals if you are feeling green. Place your assortments in cute little bowls or jars and let guests fill their own. We like to use push pops, they are perfect for making little confetti bombs.



There is a reason lawn games are so popular. They are easy and fun, and don’t take a lot of time and resources. No lawn? No worries - we use our lawn games at indoor venues all the time.


There is no need for a formal seating chart and a sit down dinner here. Offer a cocktail style reception where guests are free to mingle about and move from the different entertainment areas.


Decorate with giant balloons! We absolutely love this trend! Use the giant 3’ balloons in your graduation colors to add big, bold pops of color. Or you can use clear balloons and put fun confetti and even miniature LED lights inside!


Proffessional event planner and owner of La Boum Events.





“Make this moment in your life shine with a piece of art that is uniquely yours!�




From cutom graduation announcements to wall collections for your home, we have all the details that help you celebrate this moment in your life. 44

DECOR & MORE From cutom graduation announcements to wall collections for your home, we have all the details that help you celebrate this moment in your life.


Wall Art

Our clients favorite way to see their memories shine is in one of our beautiful wall collections or framed pieces. Each piece of wall art from The Studio is designed specifially for your home and your style side by side with one of our skilled design consultants. You are going to love having one of a kind art celebrating the ones you love. • Each of our wall collections is comprised of the highest quality hand wrapped canvas available in the US. • Wall collections are made to fit perfectly on any size wall in any house with care taken at every step. • We love the look of the beautiful canvas material in the home, cine there’s no glass or frame sparating you from your art. • Our premium framed wall art pieces are also a great option to bring those special moments to life in your home. All individual wall art pieces are available as either framed or canvas pieces. • Your personal wall art of your loved ones should be the most talked about piece in your home 46




Albums Albums are a great way to showcase the images from your session. • Our albums are custom designed with spreads that have a lot of white space to spreads that are nothing but the images. The albums have quite a few options for the cover, from distressed leather to our standard linen covers. You can even customize the album even more by adding text to the cover! Some cover options let you add in what’s called a fill to the text, giving the album a more eye-catching effect. • We offer what we call an Unbound Album. Unbound Albums are a great piece of moving art! It includes an Amish-made hand-crafted box with spaces for the included 5x7 gift prints, and places to keep little momentos or notes!



Ad-Ons • Outside of the custom wall art and albums, we offer a variety of Add-On options for you! These include what we call a gift print. Gift prints are 8x10 or smaller prints that come on archival quality paper. These gift prints are great to give to family members! • Another Add-On we offer is our custom designed cards. With the photos that are ordered, we can design something great. Wether it be for a graduation or a Save the Date, we’ve got you covered. 52

the fine print With so many styles and printing methods to choose from at The Studio, finding senior announcements that match your style (and budget) is easier than ever.

1. Precious metels. Gold, silver, or copper

foil adds a glamorous edge by spotlighting a few artfully written words or a design feature, like a deco border.

2. Elevated type. If you love the elegance

of an engraved invitation - but don’t love the cost it incurs - consider thermography. The ink-and-resin combo creates a glossy, raised effect that feels formal.

3. Get it together. Among the most

economical options, seal-and-sends eliminate the need for multiple enclosures; they’re invitation and reception card cleverly folded into one.

4. Digital revolution. The latest digital

printing technique showcases vivid hues and intricate motifs. The end result? Edge-to-edge color that’s smooth to the touch.

5. Picture perfect. What better use for

those senior pics than a mash-up of your favorite shots? Photo-filled invites are fresh and contemporary.

6. Make an impresson. For your letterpress stationary, a vintage machine presses ink into heavy-stock cotton-fiber paper. The look can be traditional or quirky, depending on the design.



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WELCOME Hey there! First of all, congratulations on being a senior, This is your year! You will make so many memories this year, and we are so excited that you are considering us to help you make some of those memories last a lifetime! Senior portraits are such a huge part of your senior year and we want to make this experience amazing for you! We pride ourselves on not being like any other senior photographers in our area, we specialize in senior portraits, we focus specifically on high school seniors. Our one focus is you! By specializing, we can pour our hearts into your experience and make sure that it’s the best out there! We want more then anything to give you an experience that other photographer don’t. We are famous for our attention to detail and providing our seniors with not just some senior pictures… but a great experiance! You may not realize it yet, but think about it… when is the next time you will have the opportunity for something like this? Believe it or not, it will most likely be your wedding day. Please don’t wait until then to have amazing portraits to document such an amazing moment in your life. This is your time to celebrate your youth, your free spirit and your love for life. We cannot wait to photograph you!






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what to wear Bright – jewel toned colors. Complimentary layers. Functional clothing: if you want to get the most out of your poses, you need to be able to sit, squat, stand, etc in your outfits. Classic and thin chained jewelry paired with simple earrings. A variety of outfits that show off your true personality: at least one classic outfit + jeans, shorts, dress, skirts, etc‌ mix it up! NUDE undergarments. Tailored clothing that accentuates your best assets.


what not to wear Wrinkled & dull clothes. Busy patterns: camo, plaid, etc. Short length skirts, dresses and/or shorts that expose too much when sitting, squatting or bending over. Trendy and chunky jewelry that can draw attention away from your face. The same outfits of the same style over and over again: wearing four dresses over the course of your portraits won’t show variety. Cleavage bearing tops & blouses. Tight fitting clothing that can accentuate problem areas. 65

Warm Skin Tones Warm skin tones are usually deep and have yellow, olive, or tan undertones. People with warm skin tones (called “summers�) usually have brunette hair, red hair (with brown eyes) and black hair. Most warm toned people have dark or hazel eyes. Quick Tip: jewel tones still look good on warm tones, but deeper in color (eggplant instead of purple, deep teal instead of electric blue) Complimentary Colors: khaki, gray, olive green, orange, coral


cool Skin Tones Cool skin tones are usually pale and have blue, pink, or magenta undertones. People with cool skin tones (called “winters”) usually have light blonde hair, red hair, and light eyes. Some have extreme contrast s like dark brown hair with blue eyes and pale skin. Quick Tip: if you have blue eyes, wear blue… And the same goes for green eyes and a green outfit Complimentary Colors: blues, greens, purples


jungle fever

spring Bring the heat in a on-of-a-kind tropical print.


from mild to wild this trend looks great for spring!

summer Light-as-air looks let you channel ocean breezes in even in an Alaskan summer.

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Topaz and leather can take this classic look into a western feel! 69


Counter cool autumn days with rich hues and a Pacific Northwest vibe.


Show your adventurous side with this natural and timeless look!


winter Deep yellows and rich greens play up the glistening scenery outside.


Anything from Rust to yellow brings this looks comfy feel!


wa r d r o b e b y b o d y t y p e If you’re nervous abou t w h a t k i n d s of c l ot h e s t o we ar in order t o accent you r b e st f e a t u r e, h ave n o f e a r ! Over t he next few pag e s, you ’ l l l e a r n h ow t o d r e ss to creat e illusions for t h e b e st p ossi b l e you .



TRAITS: Yo u r s l e n d e r u p p e r b o d y t e n d s t o b e the same width as your slender lower body Yo u m a y o f t e n c o n s i d e r y o u r s e l f “boxy” Y O U R WA R D R O B E G OA L : Enhance your figure by creative curves with hemlines and colors


Dos & don'ts D on ’t b e a f r a id to exp eri me n t wi th col ors i f you wa n t t o a ccen tu a te you r u p p e r b ody, we a r a b r ig h t ly col ore d top wi th d a rke r b ot t om s, a n d vi ce ve rs a i f you wa n t to a c c e n t u ate you r l owe r h a l f S h a p e ly t op s ( s coop n eck , v- n eck , swe e t h e a r t , h a l te r n eck l i n e s ) ca n cre a te c u r ve s o n you r u p p e r b ody Pep lu m t op s or d re s s e s wi l l a d d cu rve s by b r in g in g a tten ti on to you r h i p s Re f in e d p a t t e r ns i n cl a s s i ca l l y b ol d colo rs h e lp g ive d ep th a n d a ri ch n es s to you r fra m e H ig h wa is t e d b el ts wi l l g i ve you th e i l lu s ion of a s m al l e r wa i s t wh i ch wi l l a d d cu rves



T RAIT S: Yo u r m i d d l e body h olds m os t of your we i g ht (che s t, upper arm s, stomach , hi p s an d bottom )

YO U R WARDRO BE GOAL : L e ng t he n yo ur torso an d create th e i l l u s i o n of a waistlin e


Dos & don'ts We a r a g r e a t t u m my s h a p e r to mi n i mi ze a ny b u lg e a t t he wa i s t a n d a n u p l i fti n g b r a t o c r e a t e se p a ra ti on b etwe e n you r wa is t l i n e a n d b ra l i n e A d a r ke r t on e d lon g e r l e n g th ca rd i g a n ca n h e lp e lon g a t e you r tors o a n d cu t you r m id d le hori zon ta l l y i n h a l f We a r a s t r u c t u re d b l a ze r or j a cket th a t w ill h e lp d r aw a n g u l a r l i n es g i vi n g you r u p p e r b ody s tru ctu re 3.4 s le eve s a r e b e s t for you r top s to d raw a t t e n t ion away form you r u p p e r a rm s heav ie r f a b r ic s a re b e s t to h e l p h i d e a ny t r ou b le a r e a s – a ny l ycra or s p a n d ex i n you r c lot h in g w i l l m e a n th a t i t may cl i n g t o you r b ody b oot c u t b ot t oms wi l l h el p l e a n on you r b ody



TRAITS: Yo u r u p p e r b o d y ( s h o u l d e r s, b r e a s t s, And stomach) is more slender in Comparison to your wider lower B o d y ( h i p s, t h i g h s, a n d b o t t o m ) Y O U R WA R D R O B E G OA L : To b a l a n c e o u t y o u r l o w e r b o d y b y Creating optical illusions on you Upper body with appropriate clothing 78

Dos & don'ts Kee p you r t op s l i g h te r i n col or th a n you r bot t om s – it w i l l b ri n g a tten ti on to you r t h in u p p e r fra m e We a r b la z e r s an d j a cke ts th a t s top a t th e hipline Br ig h t ly c olor ed ca rd i g a n s /top s wi l l a lway s d r aw a t t e n ti on away from you r h i p s a n d u p towa rd you r fa ce Yo u r p a n t s s h ou l d b e b oot or fl a re cu t – i t w ill h e lp ba l a n ce ou r you r h i p s St ay away f r om p e n ci l s k i rts – th ey wi l l on ly a c c e n tu a te you r l owe r b ody a-lin e c u t s k ir t s wi l l h el p b a l a n ce ou t you r hi p s a s wel l



TRAITS: Yo u r u p p e r b o d y a n d l o w e r b o d y a r e similar in width while a very small waist breaks through your middle Yo u o f t e n r e f e r t o y o u r s e l f a s “ c u r v y ” with a small waistline

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Dos & don'ts We a r f it t e d / t a il ore d l ook s th a t a re n ’t too t ig h t or a tten ti on d rawi n g Wa is t lin e b e lt s ca n h el p a ccen tu a te you r s t om a ch a n d s h ow off you r f i g u re S k in ny je a n s a nd b ootcu t j ea n s l ook b es t on you N u d e h ig h h e e ls ca n eve n l e n g th en you r legs Tr y n ot t o we ar you r s k i rts /d re s s e s too s h or t a s it c a n l ook l e s s th a n cl a s s y on you r b ody typ e Fi tt e d ja cke t s c a n h el p h i d e l a rg e r b re a s ts a n d n ot c a ll s o mu ch a tte n ti on to th em Wa t ch h ow low you r top p l u n g es – kee p i t s e n io r a p p rop ri a te



TRAITS: Yo u r u p p e r b o d y ( s h o u l d e r s, b r e a s t s, a n d stomach) measure wider than your smaller lower body

Y O U R WA R D R O B E G OA L : Minimize your upper body and accentuate your lower body to create balance for your body type


Dos & don'ts H ig h wa is t e d b ottom s a re g rea t for th i s l ook b e c a u s e t hey h el p b ri n g a tte n ti on to you r s h a p e l y h i p s Kee p you r n e ck li n e s oft: g o for cowl n e ck s, d e e p v - n e ck s, or eve n s coop n eck s St ay away f r om s p a g h e tti s tra p s a s th ey can d r aw a t t e n t i on to a l a rg er u p p er b ody D o u s e a h ig h wa i s ted b el t to a ccen tu a te yo u r wa i s t l i n e Go for s im p le a nd d a rker ton ed top s wh i l e ex p e r im e n t in g wi th b ri g h tl y col ored or r e f in e d p ri n ted b ottoms We a r w id e le g p a n ts to b a l a n ce ou t a wide r u p p er b ody


boho BEAUTIFUL Whether you’re wanderlust at heart or a wild spirit, this boho look is for you! This style is the love child of the gypsies and the 1970s and is such a great way to bring emotional freedom into your senior portraits! Most boho looks are light and airy with sheer fabrics and lace while others are full or bold tribal patterns and hints of middle Eastern flair. You can mix and match these two options or keep them separate for two completely different looks.

A FEW TIPS AND TRICKS TO KEEP IT POLISHED If you decide on sheer fabrics, remember to bring NUDE under garments to maintain your modesty. Black or white under garments will definitely show through. Stackable bangles are HUGE accessories for this look and can add to the authenticity of the style. Headbands (for across the forehead) also bring a certain genuine look to match this gypsy throwback style. The more rings, the better! The more layers you have on, the better! Add on a cheer kimono, fur vest belted with a skinny belt, boot socks, and everything else you can think of!

COLORS TO MIX AND MATCH Cream & blush Cream & nude Cream & pink Middle Eastern tones Indian Tones



boho BEAUTIFUL WHERE TO BUY Free People Anthropologie ThreadSense Spool No. 72 Johnny Was

*DON’T FORGET* if you need a little inspiration for your

seniors portrait wardrobe, go to the above online sites and browse their images showcasing their clothing!

they will usually have amazing outfits completely put together

and digital “lookbooks” that are fully and professionally styled for your viewing pleasure!



gorgeous GLAM This is the time to memorialize your senior year – and what better way to do that than to showcase you formal dress from Homecoming or Prom! Glam it up with your favorite dress that flatters you to the core! If you don’t have a dress yet, always remember that you can rent one from or borrow one from our studio collection (sizes 2-10)!

A FEW TIPS AND TRICKS TO KEEP IT POLISHED The length of your dress speaks loudly! A short dress means you’re the life of the party and ready to go! White and long dress exudes elegance and Hollywood glamour! Always remember to bring the appropriate NUDE undergarments for your dress: Strapless or convertible bra, SPANX, seamless underwear, shapewear, etc. If you want to showcase this look for your senior portraits, always bring a back up just in case! Keep in mind that the more sequins and embellishments on your dress usually means that you should keep your accessories to a minimum. Vice versa goes for a simple dress.

COLORS TO MIX AND MATCH Black & nude Red & black Silver & blue Blush pink & nude Gold & black

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gorgeous GLAM WHERE TO BUY Rent the Runway Prom Girl Sherri Hill Nordstrom – The Prom Shop Circular Boutique

*DON’T FORGET* if you need a little inspiration for your

seniors portrait wardrobe, go to the above online sites and browse their images showcasing their clothing!

they will usually have amazing outfits completely put together

and digital “lookbooks” that are fully and professionally styled for your viewing pleasure!



urban STREET Whether it’s military combat boots, leather jackets, or bold angular patterns, urban street style is always a great modern look for your senior portraits. If you’re looking for a hard edge, stick with dark muted tones and tailored outfits that are as straight lacked as your boots. If you want to soften it up a bit, add a few brighter new threads with thrift shop finds and remember to throw it back a bit to the ‘80s and ‘90s.

A FEW TIPS AND TRICKS TO KEEP IT POLISHED Want to brighten up a foundation of dark colors? Try a printed pair of leggings with a pop of color. Remember the shoes: To really kick up your outfit and keep it real, throw on a pair of legit underground kicks. Play with either ankle cut or high tops sneaks for a more hip hop look and play with military lace ups or combats for that army brat look. Jackets: The only way to go for think look is to keep it structured and dark. Black leather jackets or army green twill will keep your look muted and edgy. Keep them matte with metal accents for authenticity.

COLORS TO MIX AND MATCH Army green & matte black Desert brown & matte black Silver & charcoal gray Deep navy & slate gray Forest green & chocolate brown



urban STREET WHERE TO BUY Urban Outfitters Forever21 GAP Nasty Gal Bailiwick

*DON’T FORGET* if you need a little inspiration for your

seniors portrait wardrobe, go to the above online sites and browse their images showcasing their clothing!

they will usually have amazing outfits completely put together

and digital “lookbooks” that are fully and professionally styled for your viewing pleasure!



casually CAREFREE One of the best things you can remember when deciding your senior portrait wardrobe is to BE YOURSELF! If denim cut-offs, sandals, and a slouchy knit top is your way of relaxing, let one of you outfits show that off! Don’t be scared of this style – you can still keep it looking pretty! Whether you like bold colors or muted tones, there is so much you can do with this casual senior look! The huge plus to this style is that it completely transitions into any season so there’s no reason to worry about the weather!

A FEW TIPS AND TRICKS TO KEEP IT POLISHED A casual classic will always be denim. Whether it’s cut-off shorts, boot cut jeans, or denim skinnies, you can always transform this look into whatever you want it to be. Keep your colors neutral and bold (instead of soft) to play up your primary colors. If you want to add a few complimentary colors, throw on a super fun scarf. To keep this look casual, keep your top loose fitting and/or slouchy.

COLORS TO MIX AND MATCH Denim & green with blue Orange & blue Denim & brown White & coral Denim & coral



casually CAREFREE WHERE TO BUY Urban Outfitters GAP Old Navy Forever21 Mable McKinley

*DON’T FORGET* if you need a little inspiration for your

seniors portrait wardrobe, go to the above online sites and browse their images showcasing their clothing!

they will usually have amazing outfits completely put together

and digital “lookbooks” that are fully and professionally styled for your viewing pleasure!

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Shalem Photography 2017 Senior Style Guide  
Shalem Photography 2017 Senior Style Guide