5 tips for choosing your senior session outfits

as a blog photographer who shoots mostly with fashion bloggers, i've learned a thing or two about choosing outfits that photograph well. you want to make sure that your outfits will look good in photos, but you also want to make sure that they will help you look your best in your photos! i shared a few tips here about how to have a flawless senior session. but one big tip from that post is to choose outfits that you feel comfortable in. & while comfort is important, so are the following five tips:

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1. choose outfits that are flattering to your body type
you want to choose outfits that truly flatter you. each body is different, so what may look good on one person may not look best on YOU. make sure that your outfits flatters your body & that you feel comfortable. one of the biggest mistakes people make when choosing outfits for photos is that they choose an outfit that they don't feel comfortable in (ie: they're pulling at their skirt or constantly checking to make sure everything is where it's supposed to be) and they look uncomfortable in their photos. their smiles are strained & they look a little stressed. so choose clothes that are flattering to you that make you feel like the confident rock star you are.

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2. choose outfits that you can move in
the best photos are the ones that show emotion. a lot of photographers use movement to help draw out natural emotions. make sure that you can move in your outfit choices. ALSO (bonus tip) choosing clothes that are flowy (think chiffon dress or skirt) adds more natural movement (emotion) to the photo. and movement is always good!

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3. choose outfits that you feel confident in
you want to feel confident. remember in tip number one when i talked about how people choose outfits they don't feel comfortable in & then they look strained? it's hard to feel confident in clothes that you don't love or feel make you look your best. confidence is key to looking your best. so choose the outfit that makes you feel like your absolute best!

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4. choose outfits that are simple
you don't want your outfit to overshadow your photo. choose simple outfits that model your personality. the main focus of the photo should be YOU, not your outfit, not the location, not the pose, but YOU. 

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5. choose outfits that make you feel like your best self
i can't stress this enough. when you feel like your best self, your photos show that. choose outfits that make you feel like a million bucks & then act like it, because you ARE a million bucks!

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5 tips to have a flawless senior portrait session

although i typically am a blog photographer, i have shot quite a few senior sessions this year & i've learned a thing or two along the way that might help you while you're planning your senior session! 

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1. get your hair & makeup done professionally
hiring a hair & makeup artist can really help amplify the gorgeous features you already have! send them pictures of what you like and don't like so they can get a good idea of what type of makeup/hair style that you'll feel your best in. i also recommend using a bit more makeup than you're used to so that your facial features don't look flat in your photos. (false eyelashes usually help accent your eyes too!)

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2. plan your outfits according to your personality
you want to feel comfortable in whatever you're wearing, so wear clothes that you genuinely love! if you like edgy clothes, wear something edgy! if you like simple, neutral clothes, rock the simple & neutral look! if you're feeling uncomfortable in your outfit, that will show through in your photos, so choose clothes that mirror your personality!

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3. choose simple locations
your senior photos are supposed to highlight YOU, so choose locations that do just that! simple locations really point the focus of the photos to you as the subject! 

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4. trust your photographer
sometimes photographers ask you to do things like, pull a tree branch near your face or sit in a really random spot, but if you trust your photographer, they can create some really great shots for you & make portraits rather than just shoot boring poses!

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5. be yourself
this tip is the most important because YOU are the subject & people want to see YOU in your photos! be yourself & enjoy your session! if you have fun & be yourself, you'll look back on your photos & simply love them because they really show who you are!

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senior photos | class of 2018 | salt lake city photographer

the time has finally arrived!! it's that time of year when i get to start shooting senior photos again! i can't believe how quickly this year flew by! but i am excited to work with my seniors this year. because of work & life, my senior sessions will be VERY limited-- BUT I STILL WANT TO WORK WITH YOU! so if you're wanting a senior session, don't hesitate to reach out! 

if you're living in southern nevada or southern utah, here is the information for you:

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if you're in NORTHERN UTAH (utah county or salt lake county) email me at hello@sadie-banks.com or go here to book your session!!

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i CANNOT wait to work with you! be sure to email me or head to my contact page to book!

the ledges vacation homes | senior rep retreat 2017 | utah senior photographer

during the senior rep retreat we had the chance to stay at the ledges vacation homes in st. george, utah! these vacation homes are soooooooo dreamy. they're almost right out of the magnolia journal because SHIPLAP & wide open spaces & holy heart eyes they are just gorgeous. we found these amazing rentals through a friend & i am so glad we were able to stay there! 

you can book your next vacation at the ledges vacation rental here!

2019 SENIORS: if you want to be a part of my 2018-2019 senior rep program, you can apply here! it's $650 for the senior mod squad experience which includes the retreat, your senior session, discounts to local businesses, cash bonuses + gift cards, modeling opportunities & so much more!! the 2017 senior rep retreat was such a blast & i can't wait for the 2018 retreat! if you want in on the fun, apply here!
APPLICATIONS CLOSE ON MARCH 1, 2018.