Senior Prep Guide Ashley Newman Photography


Thank you for selecting Ashley Newman Photography. I want to create a fun, personal experience for you so that when you receive your finished photographs, you’ll cherish not only the images themselves, but also the memory of creating them. If you are relaxed and happy during your session, that will shine through in your photographs as we capture the moments that share the heartbeat of this journey you are on.

Many clients wonder what they should expect during the portrait process, from beginning to end. This guide will help you through each step of the process so you will know what to expect and will feel relaxed and comfortable on the day of the session.

xoxo, Ashley

The Experience



I always like to talk with every client before pictures. It can be a phone call/skype or simple texts and emails. At this meeting I will learn about you, and we can go over all your ideas. This planning phase is so fun and important. I will also send out a questionnaire to help me get to know you even better.

General Tips

Keep moving and enjoy the process.

It is important that you are well rested the day of your session. You want to look your best, and getting enough sleep the night before is a good first step. Allow yourself extra time to perfect your wardrobe, style yourself, and travel. I recommend arriving for your session early and taking the opportunity to enjoy a few moments of relaxation before we begin.

I encourage you to embrace whatever mood you feel during your session. Feel free to relax, laugh and have a good time. Portraits are best when you are being yourself. It’s important to remember that just because there is a camera pointing at you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be looking at the camera. Sometimes the strongest images are created when you are interacting with one another and enjoying a moment as opposed to posing.

Choosing a location

When deciding on a location for your photo session, it’s important not to make a choice based only on what is visually pleasing. Consider the places that mean the most to you – where did the most special moments of your life take place? What location says something about you, who you are, and what you love? Choosing a spot that evokes memories or emotions will help you to be relaxed during the photo session, and it will add an extra layer of depth to your portraits. Tuscaloosa has a lot of beuatiful locations to offer, so I know we can come up with a spot that you will love.

Props and treasured items

Featuring an object in your photos can add interest and character to your photos. In choosing props, it’s important to consider what objects have personal meaning for you and your story. Whether it’s something with historical meaning for you, an item that represents a hobby or passion, or something that communicates an idea that is important to you, your props should help convey what is unique about you.

Session Check List

  • robe, cords, hat
  • any prop you want incorporated
  • bug spray
  • sunscreen
  • makeup for touch ups
  • brush/comb
  • additional outfit


When choosing clothing for portraits, I suggest neutral colors. (Gone are the days of everyone wearing white shirts and blue jeans!) Feel free to have color, but make sure you have balance as well. Please, be wary of stripes, busy patterns, plaid, words and logos. These things can be a distraction and I like to keep the focus on you. Simple clothing choices, such as solid colors and layered looks are best for creating timeless portraits.

Wear clothing that fits properly. A proper fit that allows you to move and feel comfortable will help you look more confident in your portrait. Another thought: always dress with full length in mind, including shoes and socks in your wardrobe consideration. Shoe styles should be simple and non distracting.

When in doubt, remember, I am here to help! We can design a visual board on Pinterest, I'm available via text or the phone to look at and discuss your ideas. Please do not hesitate to ask my opinion about your outfit choices.


I want you to feel comfortable and beautiful in front of the camera. Check out these resources for looking your best, and consider getting professional hair and makeup done for the day of.

Hair & Makeup: The Beauty Bar by Tori Crocker | 205-233-4124 | www.thebeautybar.org, Malorie Talley- 205-799-1139

Clothing: Alter Egowww.savedbythedress.com | www.freepeople.com | www.hazelandolive.com | www.shopthemint.com | www.861.ca | www.sophieandtrey.com | www.renttherunway.com

What toExpect


Outdoor photo sessions can be very rewarding, but they also depend on good weather. Excessive heat or cold can be hazardous to subject and photographer alike, and rain can drive everyone indoors. If bad weather threatens to mar a scheduled photo session, I will keep in contact with you as the day of the session approaches so we can decide whether to reschedule to another convenient time.

the day of

On the day of the photo session, we will meet at the selected location, and the creative fun will begin. It’s important for you to be yourselves so your photographs can communicate who you really are. A fun and relaxing photo session results in great portraits you can treasure.

2-3 weeks after

After the photographs have been taken and each image has been professionally retouched, you will experience the moment you have been eagerly awaiting. Sneak peek images may be posted to Facebook and/or the blog for your family and friends to view. Next, we will set up a viewing at your home or local coffee shop, to show you the full gallery. I will review each shot with you, answer all of your questions, and offer my professional advice as you choose from the prints, albums and other products available. The end result will be heirlooms that you will cherish forever.

4-6 weeks after printing

Your printed products and artwork are ready to be picked up!

And so the adventure begins...

I can't wait to spend time with you! Each senior I get the honor of working with is etched on my heart forever. Please know this process is very important to me and I value our time together.

Have a question or need some help? Let's talk! I'm here and ready to help make your session come to life!

www.ashleynewmanphotography.com | info@ashleynewmanphotography.com

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