Top 5 things to do before Senior Pictures by Loni Judisch near Conrad, MT

Top 5 things to do…

before your Senior Pictures

  1. Write down 5 favorite things about yourself that make you- YOU! Do you love to laugh? Are you an avid golfer? Do you have an affinity for art & music? Jot these things down!!! Consider them while choosing which outfits you’d like to wear for your senior portraits. Your photos can’t look the same as other because you’ll have your personality all over them, and you my friend are the OG, and there’s no one exactly like you.

  2. Look for Outfits & search Pinterest: Have no clue what to wear? Which colors & patterns look nice? I have a Pinterest board that might help you find what you are looking for, for any portrait, guy or girl. Pinterest overall is a great place to search for outfits that people just like you or professional stylists have put together. Plus, you get to see how it photographs! Once you’ve pinned or saved these outfit ideas- go out and shop to recreate the look!

  3. Think Props: Decide if you want props. I’d say they def add to an image, and I make sure what ever we do isn’t cheesy. What do I do with my hands??? Well, props solve that problem! If you are taking portraits in your softball jersey for example, it would be nice to have a mitt, a ball etc. some of the best sports shots I’ve taken have included many items, they give you something to do and tell a story. Not an athlete? Bringing a chair, stool or bench to sit on always gives more posing options, bring your instrument, heck- your piano even, flowers, hats, shoes, I’ve even had girls bring bubbles… anything that shows your likes and your personality!!

  4. Scout for locations, you don’t have to go far… if you want a town look it could be as easy as driving through the alleys and looking for neat old sheds, wall textures, old cars etc. If you are looking for a country look- take a drive! I love to shoot where there are trees, tall grasses, large rocks, old buildings & cars always make for a great shoot. Just find out who owns the land and ask for permission ( I’ve never had anyone ever turn it down). If you aren’t motivated for this step I always am on the lookout- I live in the country and always on the back-roads running lunch and parts to my hubby during haying season. Maybe you want a mountain shoot? I have favorite spots in the Black Leaf Wilderness, Teton area, Swift Dam, East Glacier & St. Mary, MT.

  5. Collect a few photos where you like how you look and show me in your free consult! I know you aren’t a professional model and I can show you a few poses to practice. I really aim to make things simple and mainly fun! Bring a friend, your parents, your siblings anyone that you know will be fun and positive through the whole process. We can take food and snack breaks that don’t count against your shoot time.

We parked this car he worked on in a spot where the colors matched the old building

We parked this car he worked on in a spot where the colors matched the old building

Just hiking up a mountain to do a little reading…

Just hiking up a mountain to do a little reading…

Alleys are full of interesting spots… and feral cats…

Alleys are full of interesting spots… and feral cats…

Might be worth the risk of breaking your back to get that piano outside.

Might be worth the risk of breaking your back to get that piano outside.