Top Tips for a Sensational Senior Photo Session | Moundsview School District Senior Photographer

It’s completely normal to feel a little awkward when taking senior portraits. Many seniors tend to feel self-conscious about their appearance because they feel uncomfortable taking photos on their own.

Below are our top five tips for taking on your senior portrait with grace and confidence and leaving with photos that you will love for years to come.

Use your eyes.

Use your eyes to express emotion. When you smile naturally your whole face lights up and your eyes look bright and awake. Before the photo session practice smiling in the mirror and use different expressions to see what looks best.

Relax.

Great photos happen when the subject is relaxed and confident. Let the excitement of you photo session show through the lens as you take a moment and breathe, relax and just have fun. You may feel silly during this process but I will do everything we can to help you feel more comfortable.

Breathe.

This may sound obvious but breathing is key to capturing a natural look. Take time to  practice taking a deep breath while smiling in front of the mirror.  Slowly release the air while holding the smile and notice how your face and eyes settle into a natural and relaxed expression. Allow your eyes to “smile” by focusing on the apples of your cheeks pressing upwards. When in doubt, just breathe.

Move.

Staying stationary can sometimes produce a very staged and cheesy look. Just because you are sitting or standing still doesn’t mean you can’t change the angle of your body to create a look that is fresh and inspired. Try leaning into the camera slightly to appear more engaged, shift your weight from left to right, or simply move your chin slightly up and down for different shots as this gives us a variety of facial expressions to work with.

Beautify.

This goes for everyone. Ladies, spend some extra time getting your hair blown out, get your makeup done and choose an outfit that makes you look and feel your best. As for the men, take a shower and shave. When you look your best, you feel your best and when you feel your best, you are naturally more confident. Go the extra mile to walk into your senior session feeling confident, attractive, prepared, and inspired.


Michele is a lifestyle photographer in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.  She specializes in children and their families but takes on the occasional seniors in the Mounds View school district.  To schedule your next session with Michele email michele@mqnphotography.com or visit mQn Photography | North Oaks, Minnesota

Interested in a Senior Model Program | Moundsview Schools Area Photographer

With the opening of the studio this year I can now take on seniors like I haven’t been able to in the past.  I’m excited to announce that I will  now be officially taking on senior sessions and I’m going to need to start with a Rep or two! Are you a junior in high school?  Did you know the summer BEFORE your senior year is the best time to get your senior photographs taken?  Want your senior photographs at a discount?

Become a model! Grads wanted for senior rep program. Free rep cards, senior discounts & more.  Limited spots, apply now! Moundsview & Irondale High School Rep Program


What are SENIOR reps?

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What I’m Looking For

I’m looking for stylish, outgoing, and motivated high-school Juniors to have their Senior portraits taken in the Summer before their Senior year to help spread the word about my Senior Portrait experience, in exchange for a free session, and access to many exclusive prizes – only available to our selected Class of 2018 Senior Reps.

Be Yourself

Being a senior rep means you’re a spokesperson for mQn Photography.  All it requires is showing off your awesome photos to all your awesome friends!!  Remember, this session is about you and letting me show who you are through your pictures.  So this means going to your favorite place for pictures, wearing your favorite clothing or having your favorite pet in your photos!  All you have to do is put a little effort into showing off your awesome pictures! And by referring your friends to mQn Photography you can earn fun stuff!!!


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Refer some friends | Earn some credit

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So What’s IN IT for you?

FREE Session

Reps receive 2 FREE sessions!!! 1 FREE group senior session during the summer before Senior Year + 1 FREE session during your Senior year!! Yep, you read that right. 2 FREE SESSIONS!! (some qualifications may apply for the 2nd free session)

FREE images

One 8×10 print from each of your 2 sessions. 5-10 water marked images for your Social Media.

FREE Rep Cards

50 watermarked senior rep cards to give out to your friends. Photos of your choice of course.

$100 Credit

Towards any additional products.


Refer Your Friends

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What DO I do now?

  1. I ask that you have a strong presence in your high school and community, and spread the word via your social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  2. Use any pictures from your gallery as your profile picture for a portion of your senior year.
  3. You may not model for, or represent any other Photography studio between July 1st, 2017 and June 30th, 2018
  4. Have your parent or guardian sign a release form.

Become a rep today!

Get in touch with Michele at michele@mqnphotography.com or visit the contact us page on www.mqnphotography.com to apply for the senior rep program.

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Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks Minnesota representing the Moundsview School District.  She also works out of a studio in North East Minneapolis.  To schedule your senior session e-mail Michele at michele@mqnphotography.com

The Traveling Dress | North Oaks, Minnesota Fine Art Photographer

I was lucky enough to participate in a wonderful project that we called The Traveling Dress.  A few very talented ladies and I sent each other the same dress and photographed it.  Each of us had the dress for one week.  We didn’t tell each other what we were doing with it and it was a complete surprise until we published our images.  You can see the published post here at The Photo Sanctuary.  But I wanted to share all of my images from this session as well.

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Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota who not only enjoys photographing children and their families but participates in many photography projects throughout the year.  To schedule your next session with Michele please e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

 

Top 10 Images for Summer 2016 | North Oaks, Minnesota Family & Child Photographer

Before we get too far into fall I want to share my favorite images from summer sessions!  I know most clients want those beautiful fall colors but summer is such a fun time for sessions too.  It doesn’t get dark until late and its warm and everyone is comfortable.  Summer sessions are always a blast!  Think about it for your next session, fall always get booked up fast but think about getting ahead of the game and have your session during the summer months!

Top Summer Client Session Images


Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota when she’s not taking fall client sessions she’s talking her clients into having their session at other times of the year.  Variety is good! To schedule your next session e-mail Michele at michele@mqnphotography.com

Marsh Mania Sneak Peeks | Twin Cities, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

I just love when families opt for an urban session.  The number one reason NO BUGS!  lol  Ya I’ve had my fair share of bug bites this summer and the bugs haven’t gone away yet!  In any event here is just a sneak peek of these adorable girls who clean up quite nice!  🙂

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Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota but enjoys traveling all around the twin cities in search of great spots to hold photo sessions.  To book your next session e-mail Michele at michele@mqnphotography.com