Getting real.

When I ask clients what kind of images are most important to them, the words I hear again and again are: funcasual, candid, relaxed, authentic, loving, laughing

No one has ever said: posed.

With that in mind, I've recently placed a strong focus on guiding and steering my clients to get the emotion, expression and position that will create a unique and flattering image. And I have avoided some of the more basic stances and hand positions (poses), that quite honestly, NO ONE does in real life. 

Oh, the results are so authentic.

With that in mind, let me share a few of my favorites from a recent session.

Why a stylist makes all the difference.

It may seem vain, expensive, or overindulgent to hire an stylist for a photoshoot. But honestly, it makes all the difference in the world to have a professional guiding your complete look for the shoot.  It's that something extra that takes your session from great to WOW.  I offer one of the best senior stylists in Dallas for my clients, Katie Lewis But don't take my word for it.

Check out the feedback from this mom of a recent senior gal.

1. What made you decide to hire your stylist to stay for your entire senior shoot?

We decided to hire Stylist Katie Lewis to stay for the entire senior photo shoot because we liked the possibility of trying several hair styles in the photos. My daughter has baby fine hair, and we just knew she would need a touch up of some kind after taking photos in the hot sun or wind. We also thought she would benefit from having someone (other than her non-glamorous mom) reapply makeup if needed. 

 

2. How did this help?

Actually, Katie ended up putting Caroline's hair in four completely different hair styles, which really complimented the different styles of clothing she wore. Katie also changed Caroline's lip color and touched up her makeup during the shoot, and it definitely helped make each of the different shots look like they were fresh and the first stop on our day of photography. Katie also had a discerning eye, and would watch out to make sure that Caroline's clothing, jewelry, hair and makeup all looked perfect in the photos. 

 

3. What did you expect and did Katie fulfill these expectations?

Katie really exceeded our expectations. First of all, the makeup was perfect for the photography session. Caroline had taken photos before with a very good artistic photographer, but comparatively, the makeup in these photos made Caroline look polished and pretty. Katie took Caroline's clothing choices and re-configured them in a way that we would have never imagined ourselves. Katie is fun and cute, and has a keen eye for combining colors and styles that look updated and very cute in the photo. The great thing about Katie is that my daughter trusted her choices right away, which gave her great confidence in the process.

 

4. Would you recommend the full styling package to others?

I certainly would. The added expense was value added in the final product. Caroline's makeup and hair styles in the photos look really beautiful. Caroline felt pretty and confident because of Katie's professional styling advice.  We are thrilled with the senior photos! 

 

Getting ready for your Senior Photo Shoot with Connie!

Getting ready for your Senior Photo Shoot with Connie!

I have photographed hundreds of senior girls over the last 8 years.   During that time, I have learned what works and what makes for a fabulous session with images that my client will be excited about – and now I can pass that information on to you.

For the best results from your senior session, take some time to think about your outfits and putting together some ensembles that you love and that will also photograph well.  You can’t just go to your closet and pick your four favorite outfits.

You need to read the following information and my WHAT TO WEAR GUIDE before you start planning your clothing options.

These guidelines are meant to give you the best possible photo session with the least amount of stress!

Make up:  I require professional make up application, as photography makeup is different from everyday makeup or even prom make up. Each lady featured on my website has received professional makeup by one of my makeup artists.   I have two make up artists I regularly use and their fees are separate from the session fee.  They are two of the best senior stylists in the city and you can see their work on my BLOG or Connie Roper Photography FACEBOOK page (as well as their own websites):  AUTUMN COOPER ARTISTRY and KATIE LEWIS MAKEUP ARTIST.   They offer two packages for your senior photo shoot experience:   1)Simple Starlet – style your hair and makeup one time before we start the session or   2) Style Me Up - staying the full session and change your hair and makeup for each look, as well as coordinate your clothing(the most popular option).  They will send you more details.

Hair:  If your hair is long, I suggest putting a bit of wave or bend in it.  Perfectly straight hair can photograph flat, plus changing clothing and the Texas heat and humidity can make that even worse.  If you opt for the Style Me Up package, my stylists will work with your hair to keep it looking picture perfect for the full session. Changing your hair during the session keeps the images looking fresh and fun –  a braid, a hair accessory, messy bun, side ponytail – anything that switches the look is good or even adding a hat.  Make hair appointments within a month of your session, so it is at it’s best.

Grooming:  These are little things that can become big noticeable things in a photo.  Eyebrows should be groomed at least 4 days before the session.  A manicure with nude, light colors or natural polish is recommended. NO chipping nail polish.

I love bright colors on nails, but really bright colors on your nails can distract. If you color or highlight your hair, make sure there are no obvious roots (no, I can’t Photoshop them out).  Your hair will look its best when it has been recently trimmed. Underarms and legs should be hair-free.

Clothing:  I recommend having 4 clothing changes, max.  Usually it breaks down like this: jeans/shorts with tops; dressy shorts or skirt with tops; nice dress and/or long dress, either formal or maxi.

When choosing clothing consider 3 things:

Color:   Choose colors that pop against your hair and skin coloring. For example, if you have really long dark hair, avoid navy, black, brown, etc.  I’m not a big fan of a lot of black or white, unless you are wearing it with a bright color or layering it under something.Try to bring an array of colors (not all blue).  Also, the location you want is important to the colors. If you are set on shooting at a park, you need colors that will contrast against a green background – pink, coral, white, yellow – no green or blue.

Layering:    The more layering and textures in your clothing, the more appealing the images will be. Jackets, cardigans and open shirts over t’s are a good look plus they can be used to pose you more naturally. If you are layering, be sure at least one piece is a color, not a neutral. Be aware of shape – your clothing should show your shape – not meaning it should be tight, but I want to be able to define your waist in whatever you wear.

The most flattering clothing for photography will be more fitted and give shape to your body. It will define your waist and arms. Avoid big, flowing tops that don’t define your shoulders and arms.  If there is a body part you don’t like (mine is my arms), then cover it. If you don’t like your legs for whatever reason, then wear pants, jeans, long skirts and dresses.  Not crazy about your arms, then wear long sleeves, jackets or cardigans – not sleeveless or strapless.  For jeans, blue denim jeans will always photograph more flattering than white jeans – let me make that easier – don’t wear white jeans. Trust me on this one.

Regardless of your height and size, your clothing needs to show your body shape – there is a great section on this in the WHAT TO WEAR GUIDE.

Other considerations:

Accessories: Scarves, Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, shoes, hats, or purses are fun.  Have 2-3 accessories for each outfit for a great look.  Check my PINTEREST board for ideas.  Purses can really be fun as it gives a natural feel to your photo if you are doing an urban setting.  Bring your sunglasses as I sometimes like to use them. If you aren’t really an accessories gal, don’t worry about it.

Shoes: Colorful trendy shoes and boots are always fun. If you have a great dress/outfit, but no shoes for it, no problem, we just won’t shoot it full length – shoes won’t matter.

Some tips:

It is always good to have something to hold: a purse, favorite book, glasses, sonic cup (if you love sonic).  Feel free to bring your favorite candy or let me know one of your favorite spots – maybe we can incorporate it into your shoot.

Strapless dresses are not recommended, especially if the top is held up by elastic that tends to pinch the skin.

Tight sweaters or snug t-shirts are not recommended. Avoid anything low cut.

Undergarments should not show. Meaning, wear nude undergarments and make sure no straps are visible with each outfit.  If your outfit has exposed undergarments, I may not photograph it.

When we meet at the studio, I’ll go thru your outfits and choose the order based on our location.

OK, so don’t panic and feel as if you have to do any major shopping.  Just take some time to put some outfits together and if you have questions, send me some pics or invite your best friend over for help.  If you are really just a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal, that’s great, just bring lots of jeans and t-shirts that you love.

Better yet, If you are opting for the Style Me Up package, Katie or Autumn will work with you on your clothing.

I want your session to be FRESH, BRIGHT AND YOU!

Bring clothing and outfits that you love.

Bring clothing that you love.  You won’t love the image if you don’t like what you are wearing.

HMUAs (means hair and makeup artists)

makeup with katie

 

I offer my clients the services of two of the best make up artists in Dallas.  They are both full-time make up artists with years of training and experience in in helping women look their best.

But most important, I know they will give my clients a look that will make them feel and look beautiful for theirr photo shoot experience.  When you book a session with Connie Roper Seniors, I will also book one of my artists to work with you. She will help you find the style that you want to capture for your senior photos. Or maybe you will opt to hire her for the entire shoot (my favorite way to go) and she will work with you on clothing, hair and make up for each outfit during your entire session.

Katie and Autumn are available to any lady wanting to put her best foot forward for her photo session. From head shots, family sessions or seniors, professional makeup will make a difference in your images.

Exclusive pricing for Connie Roper Photography:

hair and makeup   $165    one hair/one makeup look before the photo session

full session styling  $395   styling hair, makeup and clothing for the full photo shoot

Services provided by

AUTUMN COOPER ARTISTRY

or

KATIE LEWIS MAKEUP ARTIST