When you sit down with me for your in person consultation prior to your session, one thing you will hear me stress over and over again is to bring extra accessories for your planned outfits. Scarves, extra shoes, hats, and jackets will make me do a happy dance when I see them at your session. I may tell you three or four times to bring extra accessories...even if you don't think you will use them.
Why is that important? Well...first of all, you never know what might happen at the session. We have had seniors forget something they meant to wear, or spill a drink on their shirt as we were walking to the next site. Having extra just ensures you are prepared.
But more importantly, having extra accessories for layers gives us more options. I advise my senior girls to bring 6-8 completed outfits with them. Honestly, 6 is about as many as we can do in a two hour session and still have time for the actual pictures. However, when you bring accessories, we can completely change up the look of your outfit in about 30 seconds, by just adding something on to what you are already wearing. It simply allows for more creativity and more looks.
Here are some examples where simply adding a jacket gave a different look....
Ali wanted an elegant look with heels and a dress for images with her violin. We added the denim jacket and changed to boots for a fun, sassy look that literally took about a minute.
Aubrey's dress and beads were so cute! But we were able to give her a more western look with the chair by just adding the leather jacket.
Mallorie's dress was adorable just "as is". But we added a denim shirt that she had thrown in as extra to give her a more sporty look for a few images. The look is completely different with just the addition of the shirt.
It was hot...hot...hot...the day we did Marissa's pictures. She actually needed one more outfit in my opinion. So, we took her images with the flag in the white dress and bare feet. We added the boots and the shorty jacket to give her a different look for the images with her car. Again...simple changes that took less than a minute and didn't require finding a place to change clothes.
So before you come in for your consultation, be thinking of the different accessories that you have on hand to bring for your senior pictures. We can talk and make a plan....but be sure to bring extras...you never know what we might need.