Senior Photographer

Hello, Friend!

I am so excited to begin this journey with you! Your senior year is a special time in your life. I want to capture you, your style, your hobbies, your passions, your personality. Together we will create images that you will love forever.

I am excited and I hope you are too. I want you to feel comfortable in your own skin and know that you will love your images.

Thank you for giving me the honor of capturing these memories for you! In this Client Experience Guide you’ll find everything you’ll need to know about a session with me. I’ve included some helpful tips to hopefully make this process as smooth as possible for you. If there is anything I can do for you along the way, please don’t hesitate to ask! I’m here to serve you the best that I can. I can’t wait for our session together!


Alessa Yanssens

What to Expect


To secure your date you will be asked to pay half down of your session fee. This is to secure your spot. I understand we may need to reschedule due to illness or weather. If you cancel without rescheduling you forfeit your deposit. 


About a week before your session, I will send you an email with directions for how to get to your session location and where we will meet. You’ll also receive a reminder to make your final payment. If you have any questions leading up to your session, feel free to reach out!


During our time together, you can expect high energy, and probably some squeels as I snap photos! I will pose you and tell you what to do with your hands, so you won’t have to worry about any of that. I take LOTS of photos to make sure I get the great shots we need, so you’ll hear my

shutter snapping pretty rapidly. I also love to capture candid moments in between! I will go through those images and show you the best ones.


You can expect to receive a sneak peek. You will be asked to share the picture on social media and tag Photographybyalessa. Next we will either meet for an in person showing of your images or I will email you a link so we can view your gallery together. At that time you will pick your favorites and your package. All packages include products and digitals. Then the best part begins - sharing your beautiful images with friends and family!

Styling Tips

Alright… We Allllllll Know That Choosing What To Wear For Your Senior Session Is The Hardest Part Of Preparing. Let’s Combat That Stress And Make Choosing Outfits Super Easy!!


Be comfortable! If you do not like fitted clothing (super tight dresses or pieces that fit awkwardly) then leave them at home! Additionally, we will most likely be sitting on the ground, laying down, walking and doing other things that could be difficult if your clothing is uncomfortable! For your casual outfit, think about wearing jeans or shorts with a shirt! You can even bring a jean jacket, cardigan, or anything else to put over your shirt to spice up the outfit

a little bit and add another layer! 

Dress it Up!

Girls, for your dressy outfit, think about wearing a dress, skirt, or romper! Dresses are always a super easy option because you don’t have to worry about finding a shirt to go with it! Flowy dresses are always a perfect option! I have a list of online stores I could recommend if needed.

Guys, consider wearing a suit, blazer or dress shirt. Also, there is no such thing as “too dressy” for your portrait session. Dressy photos always stand out amongst those who go the more casual route, and they are so captivating to see. You’ll be sure to turn heads as you walk on the scene looking fantastic! 

Stick To Your Own Style

Pick an outfit you would typically wear. Show your personality. I feel like there’s sort of some pressure to wear clothes that aren’t truly who you are. You see what your friends are wearing or you may think that your style is a little “out there” but trust me, what your friends wear doesn’t apply to you and your style is perfect because it makes you who you are! Sticking to your style and what you love will ensure that you feel comfortable, that you love your photos, and that your photos will represent exactly who you are!


When you bring multiple options, your photographer can help piece together what will look best with the location and lighting! Now I’m not saying don’t put any thought into your outfits and bring your whole closet along… I’m just saying bring a few options so that your photographer can help you! Photographers will always know what photographs the best, so letting them help choose your outfits will take some stress off of you and you’ll know it’ll look good in photos!

Pick Your Color

On camera, solid black + white can make skin tones look very washed out and unflattering. So, when choosing outfits for your senior session, try to choose colors that POP and that compliment your hair, eyes + skin colors!

To Be SAFE Earthy and neutral tones are PERFECT for photos because they don’t take away from you or the background. Wearing super bright neon colors is extremely distracting and honestly it takes away from the overall photo. Do you want the attention to be on you or your outfit? For the focus to truly be on you, earthy/neutral tones are great. When I say earthy and neutral tones I’m not saying you can only wear whites, grays, and blacks! There are earthy variations of every single color! Instead of wearing highlighter yellow, wear mustard yellow. Instead of wearing Barney purple, wear an eggplant color. Instead of red, wear maroon. I could go on forever! If you go on Pinterest and search “earthy tones” you’ll find a ton of great colors. Also, if you wear bright red or pink and you have a fair skin tone, sometimes that color can reflect onto your skin and create an unflattering color cast. Long story short, stick to earthy colors!!

Think About Adding Layers & Accessories

Adding layers can mean throwing on a jean jacket, a cardigan, a leather jacket, a jacket with some fringe, literally any type of outerwear! Mixing textures is also super fun and makes the photo more interesting! For example, you can layer cotton and denim or silk and leather! When you layer, make sure the colors compliment each other by limiting the colors to one or two color families. Accessories can also be SO fun to add into your photos! I love when seniors incorporate cute hats into their photos because there’s so much you can do with them and they’re easy to take on and off! You can also wear a cute belt, rings, layered necklaces, a bracelet, a hair scarf, or cute earrings! These little details can make your outfit look more thought out and put together. 

Be Prepared


• Clean

• Ironed

• Try on, take a selfie and send and text to me.

• Make sure your bra straps won’t show or be seen through your top

• Hang on a hanger


• Hats

• sun glasses

• jackets

• sweaters

• belts

• jewelry

• letterman jacket

• sports equipment or balls

I have some fun props like 

• smoke bombs

• confetti poppers

• hats

• stool/chair

• blanket


Additionally, I highly recommend all of my senior clients invest professional hair and makeup. If it is in your budget, hiring a professional for your hair and makeup will make a drastic difference in the quality of your photos and senior portrait experience. You are already making a large investment in your senior portrait experience, so why not make it the best it can be?! If not,

• add some eyelashes and lipstick. It makes a big difference

• If you tan, 3 days prior

• Wax or tweeze 2-3 days before

• Blemishes, don’t worry I will fix that!