Top Tips For The Best Senior Photos


September 12, 2020

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We love it when we get the opportunity to photograph a high school senior. It’s such an exciting time for a teenager and we love that energy and vibe. Today on our blog we are bringing you all the senior session tips on how to have the Best Senior Photos!

1. Get to Know Your Senior

The first thing you can do is getting to know your senior! And if you are a senior reading this, let your photographer know a bit about you! Sports, instruments, hobbies, heritage, traditions, music, all of these things play into who you are at this time. Adding in props is a fun way to bring out a senior’s personality and what they are into at the time.

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2. Consider a Tandem Shoot

Having a best friend along for Senior Photos can be a great addition as well. We have done several tandem senior photoshoots and they are such fun. Not only do you get to have a great time with your bestie, but you also get photos together. Something you will cherish for years to come.

3. What to Wear for your Senior Photos

  • Our first wardrobe tip that would we would tell all of our clients is to avoid bright or neon colors. Bright colors like red, yellow, and orange can distract from the environment and give a color cast on the skin that is not flattering.
  • Wear clothes that you are familiar with and comfortable in. Avoid last-minute wardrobe changes as they can cause regrets.
  • If you wear glasses make sure they do not glare badly and if so consider upgrading your frames to non-glare lenses or not wearing them at all.
  • Choose outfits that will be comfortable in a variety of poses. Sitting, standing, kneeling, etc.
  • Choose several styles of outfits. One might be more formal and one more casual or sport themed. It will add variety to your session and show different aspects of your personality.
  • Keeping it classic will help your senior photo stay timeless. Avoid graphic t-shirts in general, unless that is a huge part of your style or personality.
  • Consider the season before picking your outfits. Make sure your outfits fit the season. Many seniors like to have two sessions one in the fall and one in the spring before graduation.
  • Consider the clock…your session probably won’t have an unlimited timeline so make sure you budget for your clothing changes.

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4. Thinking Ahead

There are somethings you will want to think about before your session. A few weeks before your session you will want to finalize your location with your photographer. Make sure your wardrobe is good to go. Find your props, make sure they are clean, and set them aside. If you have regular things you do like getting your hair or nails done make sure to make those appointments beforehand. Get a good nights sleep so you feel fresh. Drink a lot of water. When you are hydrated your skin looks its best. Arrive to the shoot in one of the outfits you want to be photographed in.

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5. What to Bring

  • Your outfits of course and the right undergarments or accessories.
  • Makeup for touchups.
  • Jewelry and accessories like hats and scarves.
  • Any props that you want to use like sports gear, confetti, cap, and gown, etc.

Your photographer in the end will help you with posing and looking your best. But it’s up to you to be prepared. If you are looking for a senior portrait photographer we would love to connect with you!


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