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- Do find a location with good lighting and light traffic. You're likely going to want to take your photos right before Prom, but remember that sunset lighting isn't always the best. Choose a time in the late afternoon where you'll have enough time to get ready, but the lighting and scenery looks its best. When choosing your location, pick a spot that is sentimental to your high school days (a favorite park or public attraction) but make sure it's somewhere that usually has little traffic so you're not competing for space.
- Don't wait until the last minute to do your hair and makeup. Of course you want your hair and makeup to look perfect right before the photos, but you also want enough time to relax rather than rush to your meeting place. Plus, you may want to do touchups or corrections once your look is complete.
- Do study your favorite photos of yourself. Your photographer will help you choose flattering poses and angles, but they don't know what you like best about yourself in photos. Find some of your favorite photos and show them to your photographer so they know what you're looking for.
- Don't make a big fuss. Prom is stressful up until the moment you finally arrive and get to have fun. Yes, you want everything to be perfect, but remember this is supposed to be a fun event, not just a photoshoot. If something goes wrong, laugh it off! There's nothing so important about your photos that should ruin your big day.
- Do bring inspiration from other photos you like to your photographer. Check out Pinterest and Instagram for prom inspiration and send these photos to your photographer ahead of time. They can mimic some poses or at least get a better idea of whether you want your shoot to be more intimate and personal or silly and fun. If you're going with a group, team up with your friends to find inspiration that captures your friendship throughout your high school years.
- Don't direct the photoshoot yourself. You may have some specific ideas in mind, but remember that your photographer does want what's best for you and should be the lead in arranging your poses and shots. Trust that she or he is doing the best job possible and take time to enjoy the photoshoot.
- Do take some photos with your parents. This is a proud moment for your parents, just as much as it is for you. It may seem corny, but your parents want to be involved and you should take at least a couple of pictures with them in the beginning. Girls, remember that Mom will be excited to see you in your dress, so let her celebrate with you!
- Don't forget to enjoy yourself! Prom is the biggest event of the year, and it should be fun. Don't stress yourself out over the details. Just remember that no matter what happens, this is your night to party and celebrate the year.