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Saturday, December 22, 2018

7 Tips for How and Where to take Prom Pictures - Styles - Dallas Photographer Lisa McNiel

Senior Models Prom Class of 2019



The dress, the flowers, the hair and makeup, and shoes and jewelry, the dinner and the actual prom is an expense in almost every tax bracket! You want to make sure you capture your junior or senior in high school at their very best and preserve some of those memories of them with their friends and dates. Here are some tips to help you do that even if you aren't a professional.

Shout out to my wonderful Senior Models from the class of 2019 in their Junior Prom dresses from Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Guyer High School in Denton, and Grapevine Faith High School also serving Dallas and Southlake. I am now accepting applications for my 2020 Senior models so if you are or you know a junior have them fill out an application here: http://www.Lisa-Marie-Photography.com/be-a-model

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1. Find even light.

This is going to be tricky for group photos because the real estate they take up is just so much, and if they decide they want photos at 4:30 before they go to dinner, the sun is just too high in the sky to get nice even light on their faces all at once. If they are running the show and you have no say on what time the photos are, try to find a building tall enough to block the sun so they are all in the same light. If you can't, then turn their backs to the light so it's on their hair and not unevenly on their faces.


2. Variety of Shots:

Be sure to get individual photos of them, not only with each of their close friends, but by themselves, in closeups, three-quarters length and full length so you get the train and shoes.


3. Turn Around: 

If the back of her prom dress has detail, get a photo of her looking over her shoulder as you see in the top green one above. The bottom photo of the girl in green is shot through a crystal and the bevels are repeating her image and reflecting light. This might be impossible on automatic settings and smart phones.


4. Props: 

Think ahead and bring a prop. My full time job is as a boutique senior photographer, so I have props like a vintage love seat I can drag outside, but I bet you have something you can use to make it more interesting!



5. Candid: 

It shouldn't be hard to capture the emotion if your son or daughter is with their friends. Hopefully, they will be excited and laughing and so you need to keep that camera clicking.




6. Posing: 

Have you ever had someone take your picture and you just thought, "What do I do with my hands?" Find things to lean on, hold onto, or feature their wrist corsage, or bouquet. These were taken the day after prom so they no longer had those things.



7. Backgrounds:

It's not the most important thing, but it IS a thing! Look at the surroundings and try out different backgrounds.






















Shout out to my wonderful Senior Models from the class of 2019 in their Junior Prom dresses from Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Guyer High School in Denton, and Grapevine Faith High School also serving Dallas and Southlake. I am now accepting applications for my 2020 Senior models so if you are or you know a junior have them fill out an application here: http://www.lisa-marie-photography.com/be-a-model