Taryn is one of my 2020 senior reps. Not only is she at the top of her class at Fortuna High School, she is also super sweet. We traveled down to one of my favorite river locations in Southern Humboldt and shot some beautiful shots in the sunshine. The river is always nice and warm at the end of a long summer day, and I absolutely love being able to get my feet wet while I photograph beautiful seniors. It doesn’t get much better!
The sun is beaming bright and temperatures are rising, summer is here and it is HOT! This time of year often makes me feel like I am shooting in a sauna every summer when I head to an outdoor photography session with my high school senior clients. Even on those scorching hot days where I can feel the hair on the back of my neck drenched with sweat, I am so thankful for where I live. Nestled in the heart of redwood country, I love the ever changing weather and climate variations of Southern Humboldt. With having experienced the weather in all of it’s glory, I feel confident in my ability to adapt to any changes in temperature. With that being said, having my clients feeling good and looking their best is important! Not to mention I don’t like spending an entire session feeling gross and sweaty either…
I have put together a list of some of my favorite outdoor photography tips for beating the heat this summer!
Schedule With Purpose.
If you check the weather channel and it looks as if it’s going to be hot on the day of your photo shoot, make sure you consider which times of day might be the coolest. From my experience, early morning and late in the day work best because it’s not uncomfortably warm. The lighting is also gorgeous around these times. :)
Be Prepared to Hydrate.
When you have arrived at the spot you picked out, if it’s outside, chances are there’s no air conditioning or fully stocked fridge with cold drinks. Bringing a cooler with lots of ice, water and your favorite drink is a great way to help you stay hydrated!
Keep the Motor Running.
Even though you might not be able to duck into an air conditioned house on location, your car can help keep you cooled off it the heat starts to get to you. Take a 10-15 minute break in between shots by sitting in your care with the air conditioner on for a bit. This is a great alternative for a quick cool down.
Plan the Itinerary Ahead of Time.
If your outdoor senior summer session includes a number of locations, a water attraction might make for a great final pit stop! Squeeze in a fun and refreshing dip in the water somewhere along the Eel River. Not only will this little adventure be sure to cool you off toward the end of your photo shoot, but I will get the chance to take some jaw-dropping action shots of you in the water! It’s a win win!
Bring a Battery Powered Fan.
A battery operated fan can sure be a lifesaver on a hot outdoor session! Not only will a fan provide air circulation and help keep your makeup from running, but it might just create that perfect wind blown shot with your hair dancing in the breeze!
How About A Cool Treat?
With senior summer sessions I sometimes love to incorporate ice cream into the session. It provides a quick cool down on a hot day and well… let’s face it.. Who doesn’t like ice cream!
Use the Landscape.
When you’re planning an outdoor photography session, it’s a good idea to think about how much the surrounding landscape impacts the temperature. Wooded areas such as in Humboldt Redwoods State Park can be a cool backdrop for a very hot day. The top of a hill is always several degrees hotter during the heat of the day, so be sure to save those locations for either very early or very late.
Bring Supplies for Quick Comfort.
There are a lot of simple, inexpensive ways to cool down on a hot summer session. Cold, wet towels are great, especially draping one on the back of your neck during a pause between shots. Pouring cold water over your wrists also gives your body a quick cool down.
Think Like a Boy Scout.
You want to make sure you’ve got all the essentials you’d pack if you were heading to the beach or out on a hike. Sunscreen and bug spray are a must for an outdoor photography session and it’s a good idea to keep a first aid kit in the car and a little bit of perfume and deodorant, too.
There are so many unique & fun images you can create with a senior summer photo session! The landscape alone brings excitement and adventure to photo shoots. I highly recommend doing an outdoor photo shoot, the possibilities are endless for capturing some of the most amazing photographs! Strike while the iron is hot and book your summer senior session today!
Vianney and I met in Southern Humboldt for her senior session. There are a couple of different reasons that I love to shoot in the southern end of Humboldt County. 1. The weather is almost always nicer than it is northern Humboldt. 2. I know of many great locations, all within a small radius of one another, so you can get many different looks in one shoot! We spend some time shooting in both Redway and Garberville and I think we got some great shots! : )
Throughout your four years of high school many pictures are taken, capturing fun filled moments you will remember for years to come. Out of all the snapshots you will take and memories you will make, there’s one kodak moment that will stand out more than the rest, one that is so meaningful, it will last a lifetime. Your senior portraits.
Senior portraits are treasured photos taken by a professional photographer, they capture the pure teenage innocence and freshness, as it’s poised on the brink of adulthood, ready to enter college or begin a career. Because senior portraits capture such a precious moment in your life, you will want to knock this photo session out of the park! Here are some helpful tips on how to dress for your spring senior session!
Plan on bringing more than one outfit.
You should arrange to bring at least 3-4 outfits to your photo session in a variety of colors, not just your favorite hue. When choosing which outfits you want to bring, include different styles, such as casual, semi-formal, formal or outdoors. By having a variety of styles this will give you an opportunity to get creative and allow your personality to shine through!
Professional photographers have a great eye for color and lighting, so don’t be afraid to bring an array of different hues. Having a variety helps see what colors of your outfits stand out the most, depending on the location of your photo shoot. For example, if you are planning on having your photos taken in some of Humboldt County’s Redwood forests, wearing an outfit with a deep purple hue in contrast with some green redwood sorrel in the background can make for an exceptionally beautifully vibrant photo!
Remember to bring accessories for all of your outfits, from footwear to jewelry and hair accents. Since several full-body images are also taken, make sure to check your socks and shoes! You will want the right shoes for the appropriate outfit and also want to make sure your socks match! You never know, that full body shot might end up being your absolute favorite pose.
Check your clothing prior to the photo shoot to make sure it isn’t spotted or faded, and be sure to transport your outfits (you can wear one when you arrive), on hangers to prevent unnecessary wrinkles.
Visual simplicity with your clothing is important.
It’s important to not bring outfits with words or designs, stripes or pictures, except possibly your school logo. You want your face, eyes and true expression to be the focal point, not the words on your shirt.
Color is important.
Solid colors are highly recommended for most or all outfits of choice. For outside pictures, think of spring and summer colors of sky blue, pale green, watermelon and dark peach to complement the outdoor setting. Again, depending on the lighting and where your desired location is for your photo shoot, colors may vary.. Bringing a variety of different hues will help you and your photographer make the best selection of an outfit, for each destination location and photo op!
Help accentuate your best features with your clothing.
If you have a more slender build, spaghetti straps and short sleeves will accentuate that feature. Turtleneck tops tend to look best on people with longer necks. If you have more of a round or square shaped face, square-neck tops will look great! Thinner faces tend to look great with rounded-neck tops.
Be selective with the jewelry.
Try to avoid wearing attention-grabbing jewelry. You want the photograph to accentuate your face, eyes and personality, not draw unwarranted attention to your jewelry. Also, Jewelry can date a photograph very quickly. Classic jewelry pieces are best.
Apply natural makeup but with a little flare to it.
I know it can be tempting to get very “glam” when having pictures taken but this could very well make you look like a complete stranger in your senior portraits. Be sure to apply some of your makeup as you normally look on a day-to-day basis. It’s important to keep “who you are” conveyed in your photos. Adding a little additional makeup to dress things up and compliment who you are, is also okay and can really tell the story of “who you are” to “who you are becoming”. Just try to find the balance of keeping your true self in your photos.
Be comfortable and confident.
Last but not least, be comfortable and confident on the day of your shoot! Your outfits should reflect who you are and your style. Don’t be afraid to be bold! Feeling good about yourself is key to an amazing photo session! When we feel great about who we are, that is the energy that gets put out into the universe! Positive, happy, confident, feel good energy gets portrayed in photographs through your smile, your body position and poses. Let your personality unfold and create snap-shots you will look back on and smile for a lifetime!