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10 Prom Photos You Need to Take

Dec 20, 2015

The big day is coming, and all you can think about is getting ready for the prom. Make time to plan for these 10 must-take photos, too.

1. The Try-On Shot

Tell a story with your prom photos, beginning with trying on dresses. Plus, this is a smart way to capture a photo in that dress you liked before you chose the one you will wear to the prom. Now you have photos of you in both dresses.

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2. The BFF Shot

Take that best friend photo before the prom, when you are both relaxed and have practiced your favorite poses. Take several to allow each of you to pick a favorite.

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3. The Accessories Photo

Get close-ups of those special shoes, handbag and prom jewelry. You want to remember every detail of your prom.

4. The ‘Before’ Shot

Take a photo of yourself and your date before the day of the prom. It will be fun to compare casual pictures to your dress-up photos. Plus, this is your opportunity to practice poses for the prom day pictures.

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5. Relatively Speaking

Don’t forget those all-important pictures with mom, dad, siblings and even grandparents, favorite aunts, uncles and cousins. This is a big event for them, too.

6. Just For You

Traditional prom photos include dates or whoever else is escorting you. Also have photos taken of just you for your keepsake book and social media. You can show off the full effect of your dress and experiment with sitting or standing in front of pretty backdrops inside or outside.

7. That Sunset Shot

Often, people think prom photos during the day or at night. The light just before sunset offers the kind of soft lighting that creates attractive photos. Time an outside photo session just before you leave for the night’s prom activities or just before dusk a day or two before.

8. Entrance Photos

Remember: you’re telling a story. Pose for a picture at the entrance of the prom’s location to tell the story of your arrival. Plus, you’ll look fresh and excited, having just arrived.

9. Lights. Camera. Action.

Don’t just rely on that formal pose for prom photos inside the door. Look for places in the room with soft lighting and a pretty backdrop for a planned action photo.

10. About That Posed Photo

What looks corny to you now will be enjoyed later as a memorable photo in front of the set-up prom staging area where everyone gets a prom picture taken. Plus, it will be fun to later compare your photos to photos of your friends taken at the same spot.

Why You Shouldn’t Rent Your Prom Dress

Dec 16, 2015

Renting a dress for the prom is a fad that is fading fast in the wake of disaster prom dress rental stories. The best advice: Don’t do it.

Five Reasons to Buy Instead of Renting that Special Dress:

1. Fewer Choices

Prom rental companies online and offline don’t have the inventory of popular online retailers like The dresses they choose to rent tend to be last season’s picks or dresses from several seasons ago. Rental companies also tend to steer toward sturdy (read: dowdy) dresses so they can rent them again and again.

2. Wrong Size Disasters

Picture yourself posing for a prom photo in a dress that’s too baggy, too tight or too short. Altering your dress for that perfect fit is just fine with retailers but not allowed by prom dress rental companies.

3. Hidden Costs

While renting a prom dress can seem like a bargain, consider the true costs. If someone spills a drink on your dress, or if you stumble and rip the hem, you can become responsible for the full price of the prom dress. You can also run into super high late fees.

4. Snowball Effect

Retailers call the cost of accessories the snowball effect when it comes to making up for an ill-fitting rented prom dress by spending too much money on shoes and other accessories. There goes your savings. No amount of accessories will make up for a dress that’s out of style and doesn’t fit. Buy.

5. Better Options

Today, online retailers like offer hundreds of the latest styles, colors and sizes. They also have the power to negotiate the biggest discounts on every dress. Plus, retailers like now have 90-day prom dress layaway programs for young women on a tight budget.

Tips to Avoid Awkward Prom Photos

Dec 14, 2015

Don’t let your keepsake prom photographs become pictures best forgotten. Follow these five tips from prom photography experts.

1. Prepare for the Pose

You can start practicing your perfect pose even before you buy the dress. As you practice, take photographs to compare your poses. Look at professional prom dress photos at respected online sites like for ideas.

2. Stand at an Angle

Practice standing at an angle from the photographer, since straight-on photos can make people look (egad!) wider. Practice posing 90 degrees away from the camera and then turning your upper body about 45 degrees back toward the camera. Turn just your face directly toward the camera. Also hold your neck high to avoid looking like you have a double chin.

3. Smile, Smile, Smile

Smiling photos are more attractive than stiff or pouty pictures. If you feel tense, go to the restroom and subtly shake your face and stretch your neck for a few seconds. Take a cue from fashion models by applying a tiny, tiny dab of Vaseline between your upper teeth and gums to avoid your lips getting stuck together when you smile.

4. Make It, or Fake It

Even if you suddenly sour on your prom date, fake it for the photographer. Go for the affectionate pix of you two standing close and smiling at each other. Or, grab your BFF and hit the photo booth!

5. Remember Touch-Ups

Even if your makeup won’t fit into a tiny handbag, bring an extra handbag with all your essentials, and stash it somewhere safe. Visit the restroom often for touch-ups to be ready for candid and posed photos.

What’s the Traditional Color for a Quinceañera Dress?

Dec 10, 2015

Picking the Right Color for a Quinceañera Dress

While white or pink are the traditional colors for a quinceañera dress at the coming-out party celebrating your 15th birthday and your entry into womanhood, today’s young women are breaking with tradition. Go traditional, or show your individuality by choosing the color that best flatters you and most reflects your personality. Just remember that this is an important occasion in a young woman’s life requiring a very special dress.

The classic white dress dates back to hundreds of years ago in Mexico, when a quinceañera was about announcing a very young woman’s availability for marriage. White evolved to pink to show innocence. However, some young women prefer to reserve white for their wedding day, which in today’s era is years away from their 15th birthday. Choose pink if that’s your favorite color.

A best-selling quinceañera dress at is a stunning design in an organza dress with sweetheart neckline and beaded bodice that’s available in fuchsia or purple. The ball gown skirt on this dress with rosettes and cascading ruffles will make you look like a princess. Plus, the design will flatter most figures for those keepsake quinceañera photographs.

Short Prom Dresses for 2016

Dec 6, 2015

When it comes to prom dresses, long or short is often debated. As prom season 2016 nears, the annual question comes up again. Should girls consider a short prom dress?

If you ask a mom, the immediate answer is often no since many parents fear that a shorter hemline means showing more. However, that’s not necessarily the case because many long designs don’t often leave much to the imagination.

Yet, the most important point for ladies to remember when dress shopping for prom is to keep it classy. Whether you opt for long or short, it should be flattering and make you look and feel fabulous. Skin-tight and too short will get you remembered for all the wrong reasons.

While every young lady may have her own opinion, a short dress really is a better option for a prom. Why? Well, the answer is simple really. You are not a bridesmaid in a wedding and while a prom is a fancy event, it’s still a school function. A prom is not a black-tie event if it feels like it. You don’t need to show up in a full-length ball gown like an attendant at the royal wedding.

Short dresses are also easier to manage especially if you are someone that favors a more casual look. It can be nerve-racking to spend an evening in a full-length dress and heels if your usual attire is a pair of jeans and boots.

Short dresses really do give you a lot of options to choose from. Sure, you can go for a form-fitting, straight cut. Another choice would be a baby doll style with a flair skirt like the ones you used to love when you were a little girl. You can also choose a tea-length which is the best of both worlds. Many also like the short front with a longer back. has an amazing selection of short prom dresses for 2016 that will have you looking like the belle of the ball. You will most certainly find a short dress that suits your style.