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Being well prepared for you senior photo session can make the difference between average and fabulous photos. Follow these easy tips and you’ll be well on your way to looking your absolute best. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us.

10 Tips on making the most out of your Senior Portrait Session!

1. Mindset! Your job is to relax and have fun — our job is to make sure you look good. So don’t stress about your pose or how your hair looks. Let us worry about that!

2. Arrive on Time! This is true of any aspect of life, but we emphasize it here for the simple reason that arriving late eats into YOUR camera time! The more time you have with the camera clicking the better chance of capturing that perfect photo.

3. Clothing! Bring as many options as you want, at Phil Cantor Seniors, you aren’t limited to the number of wardrobe changes. The more options you have the more flexibility we have to try different things. Select clothes that you know are flattering and put them on hangers. You don’t want them to get wrinkled. If you stuff them into your backpack don’t expect them to look picture perfect. The camera sees all!

Try to avoid patterns and logos– Solid colors work much better at making you POP! But bring a variety of colors and at different levels of dressiness. Bring some casual clothes and some dressed up–and some in between. It’s best to pick clothing that will accentuate your best features. For instance, If you have a round or square face you might want to wear a square-neck top, if you have a more pointed or thin face then perhaps you’d want to wear a rounded-neck top.

“Phil is a character!  I would definitely recommend him.  He is so professional and fun and produces gorgeous results!”

“It was so relaxing and creative.  Such a great experience – I wish I could do it all over again!”

Lisa (mother) and Gabriela Castillo, Montclair High School, Montclair, NJ

4. Shoes! They can be anything from casual to dressy but you should probably stay away from flip flops or gym sneakers because they end up looking too casual (casual in a bad way) in the final photo.

5. Makeup! Apply your makeup like you would normally. Most people think they need to put on a lot of makeup because the camera will see every blemish–actually the camera just sees all the makeup. We retouch the photos to make you look perfect so all you need to do is make yourself look… like you.

Do not wear glittery or sparkly makeup because they do not photograph well. Also, be sure not to wear shiny lip gloss. Anything shiny will not photograph well.

6. Hair! The best hairstyles are ones that you have worn many times before– your senior photo is not the time to experiment with something new. Remember, this photo is going to be looked at for years to come.

“Phil is a character!  I would definitely recommend him.  He is so professional and fun and produces gorgeous results!”

“It was so relaxing and creative.  Such a great experience – I wish I could do it all over again!”

Emma Kolenovic, Montclair High School, Montclair, NJ

7. Complexion! It’s the day of the photography session and you woke with a big zit on your face! This has been the nightmare scenario for high school seniors since the invention of photography. But don’t worry we can take care of that! We retouch all of our photos so there is no need to worry.

8. Props! Having something in the photo that represents a hobby or an interest is a great way to capture who you are. Maybe you want to bring a soccer ball and your uniform if you play for the soccer team or maybe you want to bring your guitar if you play in a band. It’s up to you! Feel free to call if you have any ideas that you want to run by us.

“I LOVE the photographs, they really show my personality! I was worried about posing naturally, but I was instructed step by step to get the perfect picture. The location was beautiful and I felt really comfortable in front of the camera.”

Jennifer Zelnick, Montclair High School, Montclair, NJ






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One second they’re toddlers, the next minute they’re in the school play. Turn around and they’re leaving for college. They grow up so fast, don’t they. Professional photography is one of the best ways to assure that those memories are captured forever.

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