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Perfect prom pics: Expert tips for incredible images

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Perfect prom pics: Expert tips for incredible images

Spring means flowers, sunshine and prom season at high schools across the country. Whether it’s couples or just friends, groups of students dress in beautiful gowns and handsome tuxes and get ready to take on the town. It’s an exciting time that makes for lasting memories for high schoolers and their families alike.


Getting dressed up is an important part of the prom process and makes the experience a lot of fun. With everyone looking their best, this is the perfect time to get professional pictures taken. Sure, there’s the cheesy prom images at the dance, but consider professional photography from JCPenney Portraits that are sure to become cherished keepsakes. Whether you plan a sitting early in the day or make the most of that dress and tux investment by scheduling a session a different day, it’s a fun process that results in plenty of different high-end images.


To get prom photos that you’re sure to love, consider these tips from the expert JCPenney Portraits photographers:


Coordinate: While not necessary, it’s fun to coordinate colors if you are going to prom as a couple. For example, match his tie to her dress for a seamless look that translates well in photography. Groups of friends can coordinate shoes or other style elements, too!


Complete looks: You put a lot of focus on the outfit, but don’t forget the details. Photographers will want some head-to-toe images to show off the complete look, so don’t forget about shoes, manicures, shawls, gloves and other extras that make the picture perfect.


Flowers: For a pop of color, indulge in the prom tradition of buying a corsage and boutonniere. The corsage can be made for a girl’s wrist or to pin on their dress while the boutonniere is worn on the guy’s lapel.


Smile: While you may have the perfect necklace and shoes to match that dress, everyone’s best accessory is their smile. Smile big and proud and your enthusiasm will shine through in your photographs. Nothing shows happiness like an authentic grin.


Poses: Traditional arm-in-arm poses are a must, but get creative and change things up. Friend pictures are a lot of fun, lining the guys and girls up in different configurations. Bring your ideas to the session and ask your photographer for suggestions.


Backgrounds: Formal photography means being mindful that backgrounds complement outfits. Light backgrounds go best with light or neutral dresses and suits. Dark attire tends to look best against dark photography backgrounds.


Get creative: It’s nice to have a few unique shots for your prom album. Perhaps it’s a picture of all the girls’ hands donning fresh corsages, or, maybe it’s a closeup of the guys tying their bow ties. These images shift the focus and add a unique perspective.


Tones: While full-color photos should be the bulk of the images you select, ask your photographer to show you a few in black and white or sepia tones. You’ll be amazed how this change can impact the emotion of the image.


Prom isn’t far away! Schedule your prom photo session today to get the best times.

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