Prom Highlights in Ascot, Bracknell Forest, United Kingdom
Proms are big news in Britain these days. A school prom is a formal party to celebrate an important date at school such as the end of secondary school or after completing school exams in Year 11 (aged 15–16) and in Year 13 (aged 17–18). Some pupils also have a school promwhen they finish primary school.
The key to avoiding those awkward poses (you know the ones) is to seamlessly integrate photo snapping into your day. That way, you’ll be able to capture genuine smiles and candid goofing around. Have the camera on hand when you’re getting ready (there’s something super endearing about a full face of makeup while you’re still wearing pyjamas) and keep it with you in a small clutch throughout the evening so you never miss a beat. The key, though, is not to give yourself a sense of FOMO by being glued to your camera the whole night, unable to fully experience the actual event.
“If you want to create a backlit-style portrait,” she says, “put the sun behind or partially behind your subjects to give them a radiant glow. If it’s cloudy outside, you’ll get a nice natural soft light. And if you’re stuck shooting midday, try shooting in shade.”
Identical matching is for bridesmaids. Prom is a night to show off your individuality. But we’d be lying if we didn’t think about how our outfits would photograph on camera with our friend group. The good news is that Dixie Dixon, an international commercial fashion photographer, director and Nikon ambassador, says bright dresses like pink, yellow, and blue really pop in a photo. You get bonus points for having your friends or dates wear accent pieces in that color, be it a bow-tie, pocket square, purse or shoes to tie it all together. Choose backgrounds that contrast against your outfits or complement them directly.