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Thanks for clicking by the Blog today! I'm Andrea and the photographer behind the lens of Shining Moments Photography in Sycamore, Illinois. I have a guilty obsession with Starbucks + Instagram and specialize in Teens, High School Seniors and Headshots.

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Senior Portraits | Guys | Sycamore Illinois Senior Portraits

I am excited to share a guy’s session today! Although they may not be filled with as much fanfare as the ladies (who are often excited and have numerous outfits and poses!), a guy’s senior session is just as exciting. They are really fun, and help tell the “story” of senior year for parents and seniors to treasure for years to come. This guy was a true country boy, with a little rock n’ roll edge. He also knew exactly what he wanted to include: his truck, guitar, and commemorative rifle that celebrates his journey to becoming an Eagle Scout. We had beautiful sunlight and lots of country roads for him to show off his truck on, too! While I was adjusting my lighting during our session, I asked him to sit and play for awhile, and I never expected to hear “Stairway to Heaven” coming from his strings! How fun for me to get a little mini concert while I was shooting!

I also wanted to share three simple tips for my guy clients…I always want to make sure every senior who books with me gets the session they dream of. Here’s a few ways to do just that:

-Bring at least one prop that helps showcase your personality: I love when a senior includes things like their musical instruments (like below), and I get to show off just what makes them special. Things like a special hat showing off a favorite team, an athletic jersey, or letterman’s jacket can all bring individuality to your shoot. 

-Take care of your skin and body before your shoot: I know that you probably have about a million things to do during your senior year, like deadlines, scholarship applications and college tours. But, try to get good rest for the days leading up to your session. West-rested subjects look much better in portraits. A good moisturizer will also help you look bright, relaxed and hydrated (yep, moisturizer is not just something for the girls!)

-Get your hair cut and shave: Aim for a fresh hair cut before your session if you have short hair, but not the day of your shoot. Clean shaven is always a nice addition, just be careful not to nick yourself shaving!

Have some unique ideas for your senior shoot? I’d love to hear them. Please contact me today!

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Andrea, Shining Moments Photography, is located in Sycamore, Illinois and specializes in modern high school senior portraits sessions that highlights your individual sparkle! SMP offers other fun sessions as well. So click around for a few minutes + take a peek at just a few past sessions.