Seniors at Sea

Currently I am… sailing in the British Virgin Islands. This has been a trip of a lifetime so far, and I can’t wait to share with you all of our experiences. We are sailing on two 45 feet catamarans, with four families. On our boat we have two junior – going to be senior boys, so inevitably we had to take their senior pictures during our picturesque Caribbean sail. During this blog, I am going to share with you some tips on taking your senior pictures. I can remember when I took my senior pictures in Downtown Milwaukee last year just how long it took, and I want yours to go by smoothly. So here we go.

  1. I advise picking out what you want to wear one to two weeks ahead of time, as the date of your pictures will come out of nowhere! Neutral, solid colors are classic and photograph well.  Bold prints and trendy fashions are not going to withstand the test of time, so try to avoid these if you can.
  2. Look at Pinterest or talk to a photographer ahead of time about potential senior picture poses. When you are taking your pictures you can get overwhelmed by  what is going on and it’s just best to have seen some ideas of poses you want beforehand.
  3. If you are taking your pictures outside, just be aware that the sun will play a big factor. Keep your eyes open as much as possible so you don’t have to keep taking the same picture over and over.
  4. If you have an interest or hobby that is important to you, talk to your photographer about incorporating these into your photo session.  As you can see from this blog post, sailing is a major part of my life (and the boys on the trip with me!).  In the session here, we combined our love of the sport and sea, with nautical, preppy and classic fashion style.  You can’t go wrong with shades blue set against the vivid colors of the sea and sailboat.
  5. Location, location, location… You might be tempted to visit your local train tracks or a brick wall for your pictures.  So has everyone else.  Try to find a location that is unique to your hometown, school or family to personalize this moment in time as much as possible.  Some ideas might be, a field of flowers, a ski hill, with your grandpa’s vintage car, a tennis court or the Caribbean Sea!

I don’t want to give away too much of the session we had yesterday, but here is a sneak peak of the Carlson’s (and me!).  I’m wearing a classic polo style dress from my favorite, Vineyard Vines. The boys chose matching Abercrombie & Fitch oxfords (it’s ok that they match – they are twins!) Good luck to the Class of 2017 – make your senior pictures the best they can be!IMG_3533.jpg

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xo, Molly

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