It’s time for your senior pictures! You may be asking, what do I wear? What do I bring? Well, don’t worry, because we are here with a Senior Photo Shoot style guide!
Follow the tips below to get the most out of your Senior photos!
Keep your outfits visually simple
Solid colors and simple patterns look best on camera! Avoid busy patterns and large logos or words. Textured fabrics such as cotton and wool are great options, stay away from silks or satin.
Have an outfit plan
Your number of outfit changes will depend on which session you choose. Always plan out your outfits ahead of time and bring extra ones! You may change your mind once you see the backgrounds and sets in person.
Don’t be afraid to be diverse with your outfits
You may be tempted to just bring your favorite everyday outfits, but be sure to bring something a little dressier. Variety is key!
Apply your makeup normally
Powder, eyeshadow or lipstick with glitter or shine may cause a reflection from the flash so try to stick to matte finishes. Matte powder is your friend! Bring it with you even if you did your makeup, you may need to reapply to avoid shine.
Stick with hairstyles you know
Your hair needs to be styled in a way that you are comfortable with, so don’t try a new hairstyle for your shoot. If you need to get your haircut, try to go at least a week in advance to give your hair time to adjust and look normal.
Pay attention to details
Check your nails for chipped polish and go with simple colors that won’t distract from your outfits. Try to avoid going out in the sun for long periods of time right before your shoot. Nobody wants sunburns or tan lines in their senior pictures!
Hats, belts, jewelry, shoes, props… these items can be very important. They help show off your personality and make your photos all about you!
This week’s Senior Spotlight is Senecia from Ocoee High School. She participates in Flag Football at Ocoee and also volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club in her spare time. Senecia’s passions include dance and writing. She told us she has been choreographing since she was thirteen!
After graduating, Senecia plans to continue her passions by attending FSU to study Dance, Choreography and Journalism. She also hopes to open her own dance studio someday.
We asked Senecia if she has had someone influential in her life and she told us “India Demings taught me everything I know”.
Senecia it sounds like you are quite the star and we look forward to hearing about your successes in Dance and Journalism!! Enjoy Senior year!
This week’s Senior Spotlight is Taelor from East River HS! Taelor is involved in numerous activities at East River. He participates in Spanish Honor Society, Soccer, Track & Field, Engineering Club, Cru, Hip Hop Club and Band! In his spare time outside of school he is an OCPS Additions Volunteer. He will be graduating with a Scholar Diploma and Honor Awards.
After graduation, Taelor hopes to attend one of three schools, Duke, University of Alabama or Purdue. He is going to study Civil Engineering and hopes to become a Civil Engineer and develop new buildings, roadways and railways for big cities.
When we asked Taelor who inspires him, he told us “My parents have inspired me to persevere in the face of adversity and to strive to bring honor to God through my actions”.
Taelor also told us he is most looking forward to experiencing his independence after graduating and getting to experience new facets of life.
Taelor you are obviously a very dedicated student and have an awesome plan for your future! We wish you all the best in everything you do!
Our Senior Spotlight this week is Dylan from Seminole HS. Dylan is involved in Bright Futures and Baseball at school and he also does community service at the Lake Mary Prep concession stand. He also rides BMX in his spare time. His favorite book is Hunger Games and his favorite movie is Transformers.
When we asked Dylan if he had an influential teacher in his life that inspired him, he told us “Yes, my 8th grade science teacher set me on the right track”. He certainly seems to have continued on with that inspiration because he has a definite plan for his future.
After graduating High School Dylan hopes to attend either SSC, UCF or UF and plans to go into General Contracting and study Architecture so that he can be just like his dad!
We wish you the best Dylan and hope you have a wonderful Senior year!
This week’s Senior Spotlight is Essence from Wekiva HS. Essence is in AP Classes and participates in AP extra curricular activities as well as volunteers in the library and often does community service projects after school as well.
She hasn’t completely decided on which school she plans to attend after High School but she does have a few options on careers that she is considering. She would like to either go into the Navy, go into Law and become a Judge one day or possibly go into Finance and Accounting.
Essence has not always had it easy. She has chosen to persevere despite complications such as her mom getting into a car accident during her Freshman year and becoming paraplegic. She then took off school for a little while but she came back and excelled with all honors and AP classes. She told us “not allowing myself to get dragged behind was my most challenging obstacle along with having so many outside distractions.”
Essence it sounds like you work very hard to overcome obstacles that try to get in your way and we hope you continue to do so as you work towards a bright future! We hope you have a wonderful Senior year!
We are so excited to announce our first Senior Spotlight for the Class of 2018, Emily from Seminole High School!
Emily is involved in several school activities which include, the Science National Honor Society, Multicultural Club and UNICEF. She also volunteers at CF Regional Hospital and at local food banks in the area. She will be graduating this year with Honor Cords and medals in French.
After graduation Emily plans to attend Florida State University to study Medicine. She hopes to get her PA in Trauma/ Emergency Medicine.
Emily also shared some personal interesting facts about herself with us. She is one of fifteen grandchildren, she is a natural redhead and she is 5’11”.
We also asked Emily if she had any influential teachers in her life and she told us, “Mr.Galindez- U.S. History. He made school exciting and allowed me to express my personality”.
We wish you the the best with you Senior year and your endeavours after graduating Emily and congrats on being our first spotlight for the Class of 2018!
Today is a special day! Today is the start of BACK TO SCHOOL! Our home office is in St Johns County and today is the first day of the 2016-2017 school year.
Leonard’s is so lucky to get to be involved with so many schools across the state of Florida and Georgia. We have spent day after day this summer photographing the incoming Seniors and although Senior season is not quite over for us, the real fun is just beginning for these students as they go back to school. Senior year is a time in your life where you get to reflect on 12 years of hard work all while looking forward to becoming whatever it is you want to be after high school. To all of our seniors, we wish you the best of luck this year!
For all of our underclassmen, middle school and elementary school students, we look forward to taking your pictures this year and continuing to watch each of you grow!
We hope each and every one of you have an amazing school year!
Leonard R. Tucker, Sr. Memorial Scholarship
Leonard’s will award up to three $1000 scholarships to St. Johns County graduating seniors.
Please be sure that you meet the following criteria:
– Eligible to graduate June of 2016
– Full-time St. Johns County student
– Enrolled in one of the career academies or a member of the school’s yearbook staff
– Minimum grade point average of 3.0
– Enrolled full-time in a post-secondary, (after high school) degree program beginning
with the 2016 Fall Term
Applicant must also demonstrate The Six Pillars of Character :
Preference will be given to those applicants who have an interest in digital media and design, communications, photography, or computer technology.
Procedures for Applying – Submit the following documents:
– Completed scholarship application
– Two recommendation letters from academic teachers
– Current high school transcript or most recent report card
– Sample of digital media/design or photography, if applicable
This is a one-time scholarship of $1000.
Application deadline: Friday, April 8th 2016
Late submissions will not be considered.
There is something about going from February to March that just feels exciting. Maybe it’s just me but I start thinking about beautiful weather and fresh flowers and all of the joys that come along with the Spring season.
For us here at Leonard’s, it is an exciting time as well. It is Spring Picture time which is always fun and we are gearing up for our Senior Season which is a thrilling time of year! This year Leonard’s is making several big overhauls throughout our studios and with our road setup which are sure to make your experience one of a kind. Expect to see new backdrops, better studio layouts, premium lighting styles and photographers who have gone through extensive hands on training.
Big things are happening at Leonard’s! We look forward to giving you all even more beautiful memories through the photographs we take. 🙂