Are you Session-ready? 

Mary Vance Photography Senior Girl Sammamish Washington What to Wear


Wear what you love! Fashion is such an individual expression and I want to see the real you. Here are just a few tips that will help you with your wardrobe. 


  • Plan accessories - hats, jewelry, shoes - details are important and FUN!

  • Iron your clothing - there's no "iron" tool in Photoshop!

  • Use patterns, texture, and layers to add interest to your look

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  • Neon colors - brights are fine, but neons don't work with skin

  • Large logos (unless they are significant)

  • Overly revealing clothing - remember grandma will see these, too!



It’s important that you wear camera-ready makeup. This doesn’t necessarily mean wearing a large quantity of makeup, especially if that’s not how you live daily.  It does mean taking the time to do things that will make your skin look bright and fresh. There are countless tutorials on Pinterest if you're not normally a makeup wearer. And if you want to hire a pro, let me know and I'll refer you to some great artists! 

Don't forget: 

  • Get a good night's sleep!

  • Stay hydrated to keep your skin bright.

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure prior to your shoot - there's not much I can do for a sunburn!

  • Avoid mineral-based makeup. (They are great for everyday, but can leave a grey tone on skin.)



Wear it how you like! I'm a total hair person, so I'll be working hard to make sure your locks are in just the right place. Beachy waves or an accent braid - have fun with it! 

Keep in Mind: 

Flyaways tend to be the biggest issue with hair. I enjoy a look that isn't too polished, but if you don't then think ahead and maybe use a little product to smooth it out. (This is especially true for people with straight hair.) 


A few more details... 


Please make sure that your undergarments coordinate well and won’t show through your clothing. Double check that all undergarments are smooth and won’t leave lines under tight fighting clothes.


Hands and fingernails will show in your images. Fingernails should be clean and trimmed. If nails are painted, neutral color is best. Please no chipped nail paint.


You may also wish to incorporate a sport uniform and/or meaningful prop like a musical instrument, letterman’s jacket, ball, etc. Keep props meaningful and simple for a timeless image.


Glasses can be tricky! On one hand, they are a fairly permanent addition to your face. Lots of people say that don't feel like themselves without their glasses. On the other hand, it can make things difficult during the shoot. For example, transition lenses or lenses with special coating can block the eyes completely or give strange colored glare. Additionally, my reflector is almost guaranteed to add to that glare. So take a few minutes to think about how you may want that included in your session.