I was given the amazing opportunity to do twins this year for a senior session and it was the most amazing experience. I loved getting to know both girls and their different personalities. I have a lot of advice to give you that will hopefully help you prepare for twin sessions and how to totally knock it out of the park and give them a wonderful senior experience. Since my twins were girls, I will speak about girls, but obviously this advice is the same for guys.
1. Meet Ahead of Time: Set up a meeting to get to know your seniors, their parents, and the expectations for the shoot. Major planning goes into shooting two seniors at once and is necessary to insure you get all of the photos you want in the time allotted.
2. Communicate: Find out if they want to have two separate shoots or if they want to combine them. (This will be the greatest challenge, but oh so rewarding in the end.)
3. Be on top of it! These girls wanted to get pictures individually at all locations we went to, so I had to be extra “on top of it” to make sure I gave both of them different poses at each location.
4. Pose Creatively: You don’t want all of their photos to look exactly the same, so keep track of what pose each girl has already done and be creative! They will get the flow of things once you get going and posing becomes more natural.
5. Give them the Best Experience: Make each girl feel equally as beautiful and special. Even though you are doing two at once, which can be challenging, they both deserve your 100% effort and the best experience they can have.
6. Think about their Family: Remember, behind every senior lie family and friends who are just as excited about these pictures as they are. Sometimes more so. So keep in mind the people who will see these pictures and the memories that they hold.
7. Get to know them: Get to know your seniors and what they have been involved in! Be creative to include those items. Their whole family has been involved in extra-curricular activities their whole life, so these pictures hold deep sentimental value and will for long after they graduate.
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8. Include their Family: For these girls, they have no other siblings, so mom and dad are losing two at once as they graduate and go off to college. One going off to college is hard enough as it is, but two is even more so! I was so thankful and excited that their mom wanted to be along for the entire experience.
9. Location: In one location, there is usually room to move around, so do one spot for one girl and another spot for the other.
10. Take Pictures Together: Make sure you take pictures of them together and individually. They want both and so do their parents!
11. Plan what Pictures they need: Find out what all they plan to do with their pictures and any special pictures they want. Keep those things in mind so that you capture those throughout the session. Some girls need headshots for scholarship applications or sororities, pictures for graduation announcements, photo books to give grandparents, or a specific spot on their wall needs to be filled!
12. Sister moments. Twins hold such a deep and special connection, so do not take that for granted. Capture those real moments that they share on a daily basis. These pictures are always my favorite.
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My name is Hannah Black and I live in Breckenridge, TX with my High School sweetheart of a hubby, who is also my best friend! I love Jesus, my family, coffee shops, iced soy chai, all things crafty, and going on adventures to new places! I love photography because I love capturing you being just that- YOU! It brings me so much joy to encourage you and capture your beauty through photography.
Raylin Sutter says
I like the pictures that you put up for these twin girls. However, I have twin sons and they are having their senior portraits done soon. Do you have any photos that I can look at that would be great for twin boys?