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Between makeup/hair appointments and planning outfits, prepping for your senior photoshoot takes a good amount of work! I wanted to share a few important tips that you don’t want to miss:

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1. Nails. Treat yourself to a manicure or even a mani-pedi before the photoshoot. Your hands will definitely be in some of the photos so you want them looking their best! If you don’t have time for a manicure, at least remove any chipped/old nail polish.

2. Undergarments. I always recommend trying on all your outfits head-to-toe beforehand. Check to make sure you don’t have extra straps showing and that nothing is too see-through. Nude undies, strapless bras and extra camis can be real life savers – don’t wait until the last minute to pick some up!

3. Brows. Never underestimate the power of a good brow! Your eyebrows help shape your face and draw attention to your eyes. Light eyebrows often disappear on camera, so be sure to ask your makeup artist to fill them in slightly. I also recommend using a clear brow gel. Between outfit changes it’s easy for the hairs to get moved out of place, so brow gel can make all the difference!

4. Accessories. Part of planning your outfits should be planning accessories! It’s always fun to mix things up, so feel free to bring extra earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets, hats, scarves, etc. Again, try everything on beforehand to see what works best – you can layer it up with an arm party or keep it simple depending on the outfit.

5. Skin/Lips. Start loading up on moisturizer and chapstick the week leading up to your photoshoot. This will keep your skin glowy on camera and will help you avoid chapped/cracked lips (the worst!). There’s no need to tan or spray tan before your session, just keep your skin healthy by drinking plenty of water and starting a good moisturizing routine.

I’m always here if you have any questions. Just shoot me an email (allegra@avphotolove.com) or contact me through my blog. Can’t wait to plan our photoshoot together!

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Graduation is finally here!! You made it! I think it’s amazing to reflect back on what the last 4 years have brought you. You’ve achieved so much, you’ve learned about who you are and who you want to be, you’ve created memories you’ll never forget, and you’ve formed some lifelong friendships. I asked my class of 2015 Senior Models to reflect back on their last four years, and asked them what advice they would give themselves as a freshman. Here’s what they said:

“I think it’s extremely important to be your most genuine self. You will attract real and loyal friends.” – Sophie Sedlar

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“A piece of advice for incoming freshman would be to take as many opportunities (academic, social, extracurricular) as possible and have fun with it because your high school experience is really what you make of it.” – Anika Raghuvanshi

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“To future higher schoolers: make the most out of your experience! High school is what you make it so get involved in as many activities, sports, clubs and classes as you can! All of your connections and hard work will pay off.” – Claire Lupfer

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“Do all of your homework and don’t skip too many classes!!!! It’s so easy to procrastinate, make good habits and you’ll do well :)” – Gena Carter

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“One piece of advice I would give an incoming freshman would be to get to know everybody you can this year. Being friends with a lot of people is never a bad thing and people can surprise you in so many good ways.” – Michelle McCall
M_31“To add to all of the cliches, I would say to really enjoy all of the moments of high school. It seems like only a few months ago when I was freshman, and now I’m at my last moments and its terrifying! Not that it isn’t exciting, but it is scary to know how soon college is in my future. My advise is to really enjoy everything you will experience in high school.”  – Sydney Mesher

SM_15Thank you to all the Senior Models who contributed! Wishing you an amazing graduation and a wonderful start to your next adventure! xoxo

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Name: Alison N.

High school: Catlin Gabel High School
portland headshots_0242portland headshots_0243Favorite things to do: I like to play soccer, sing with my school’s choir and travel. I spend a lot of my time hanging out with friends and trying out new things that push me out of my comfort zone.
portland headshots_0244portland headshots_0245Three words to describe yourself: compassionate, easygoing, and hard-working
portland headshots_0246What is your favorite memory from high school? Definitely hard to narrow down to a single one but I would have to say the school trip that I went on to Nepal last year where we got to trek through the neighboring mountain range to Everest and experience the daily life in a Buddhist village.
portland headshots_0247portland headshots_0248What’s something you’ve accomplished during high school that you’re proud of? I’m proud to have helped a friend of mine start up a non-profit that distributes feminine hygiene products to different shelters in the Portland-Metro area and helps empower women to advocate for their natural needs.
portland headshots_0249portland headshots_0250What was the best part about having your senior photos taken? I was definitely nervous before the shoot because I don’t consider myself a modeling-type at all but Allegra made the experience super relaxed and put my nerves at ease.
portland headshots_0251portland headshots_0252portland headshots_0253What advice would you give yourself as a freshman? I would tell myself not to sweat the small stuff like a bad grade on a paper or a test and not to take myself too seriously!
portland headshots_0255portland headshots_0256portland headshots_0257Any plans for after graduation? I’ll traveling this summer in Iceland and Norway and in the fall, I’ll be attending Northeastern University in Boston and majoring in Physical Therapy.portland headshots_0259portland headshots_0260portland headshots_0261

Thanks for sharing, Alison! So excited for your next adventures!! xoxo

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