Zenfolio | Tony Collins Newton Mississippi Photographer | Session Tips
We will never rush your session,  a four outfit session will take around 3 hours.   We want your senior portraits to be the best they can be and we want you to have fun while you are with us!  Please give us a call @ 601-616-1636 with any questions prior to your session.  Take a few minutes to read the following tips and make sure to read them all!
Outfit Guide
Avoid stripes, plaids, and very large patterns!  Solids and small prints/patterns photograph much better.  Make sure to bring a variety of outfits.  Different colors, styles, and dress levels.   Bring one or two outfits your parents like and then we can move onto the stuff you want to do!  It's better to bring too many outfit choices than not enough.  We can help you choose when you get here.   Some ideas would be a long sleeve, solid dark top,  a white long sleeve shirt for white on white, a timeless outfit suitable for your grandparents, a trendy, fashionable outfit, and your favorite casual outfit that shows your unique style.   Don't forget about assessories.  They can make the look really rock!!!!
Bring all the items you need for each outfit; shoes, belts, jewelry, and for the girls, proper undergarments including strapless bras if needed.  Please bring your outfits ironed, on  hangers.  We can't photoshop our wrinkles, so try to makes sure items are ironed and wrinkle free.
There usually isn't a place to change when on location for your outdoor session.  I have a changing tent, but in high winds, it sometimes wants to malfunction, so you girls might want to consider a tank under your clothing to help with changing situations.
Your nails will show!  It's best to avoid colors for your nails (fingers and toes), as they will probably clash with your outfits.  Most girls love those barefoot, casual shots.  Make sure your toenails are in top shape and avoid brightly or unusual colored nail polish.
Make-up should look natural, applied as if you are going on a date!  If you don't wear any make-up at all, you need to consider a light coat of mascara and a little blush.  I promise you will still look like yourself!  Please bring something for your lips such as lipstick, lip gloss, chapstick, etc.  Lip gloss with color is a perfect choice!!  You also need to bring powder for those shiny spots that will pop up during your session.  Please have your make-up applied before you get here and we can make any adjustments if we neet to!  Guys, if your lips are dry, cracked, or sunburned, you will need chapstick!  It's usually best to match your face makeup to any other skin that might show (legs and shoulders), as it will be obvious if they are different.
Don't try anything new with your hair right before your session.  This means color or cut, and this goes for both guys and girls.  One to two weeks before, depending on how fast your hair grows, is about right.  Girls, please remember to bring a comb or brush and any hair products you may need.  Hair spray can be very helpful for those stray hairs that won't stay down.
Tanning and Sunburns
Be aware of tanning prior to your session.  Tanned skin does look great in your photos, but sunburned skin does not, so be careful in the days prior to your session.  Be aware of an outfits that you might want to wear in your session that might display any tan lines.  They are not as easy to remove in photoshop as people might think.  It's better to just not have them.
Bring them!  Sports gear (ball, uniforms, football pads, medals, running shoes, etc.), instruments, cars, motorcycles, pets, and yes, even friends!  Make sure everything is clean, including the friends!!  This is your session, so bring anything you want with you!
Bring your iPod/iPhone loaded with your favorite music we would love to play it during your session!  I keep a bluetooth speaker set with me on sessions so you can jam out all you like.
Mississippi weather is notorious for changing every 5 minutes during the spring and summer, so that can dictate when we can shoot!  Outdoor sessions need to be earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon.  That high, mid-day sun is no pleasing at all.  An overcast day is fine, clouds can actually be a photographer's friend!  If it rains, we will reschedule.