My Guide to an Unforgettable Senior Photo Session

May 30, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Boy laying across hood of jeep wearing a hoodie and sunglassesAndrew

In my over 12 years of photography, I have to say high school seniors have to be my all time favorite group of people to photograph. There is so much creativity that can be infused into each senior session, whether it is showcasing athletic power and might or capturing a fun energetic personality, seniors are a lot of fun! Before you know it, graduation will sneak up on you and your senior year will have flown by! So what can you expect your senior photo experience to look like and what are some tips to help you along the way?

 

Your senior year is an exciting time filled with a lot of changes and decisions about what your journey after school looks like. Your senior photos shouldn't be another hard decision or process (unless you count choosing your favorite images). Over my many years photographing seniors, I have helped hundreds of parents and seniors through the seemingly arduous task of getting senior photos completed and ready for their graduation party or to hang on the wall at home. That's why I want to share my top tips and pointers to make your senior photo session an unforgettable experience that truly reflects who you are.

 

Girls throwing leaves into air with autumn colored trees in background across lakeDenise Girl sitting in long grass with wind blowing her hair, looking off camera, over shoulderRichelle

  1. Let's Plan Ahead:
  • Booking your session: Reach out to me as early as possible so we can secure a date that works perfectly for both of us. Remember, popular times like autumn or spring tend to get booked quickly.
  • Choosing the perfect location: Let's discuss your favorite locations that resonate with your personality and style. Whether it's a scenic outdoor spot, an urban setting, or a meaningful place on campus, we'll find the perfect backdrop together.

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  1. Express Your Unique Style:
  • Show off your wardrobe: Gather a variety of outfits that make you feel amazing and represent your personal style. We can mix casual and formal attire to capture different looks and vibes. Avoid distracting patterns and logos that take away from your radiant smile.
  • Accessorize to add flair: Bring along hats, scarves, jewelry, or any meaningful props that reflect your individuality and make your photos pop.
  • Hair and makeup tips: If you'd like, I can recommend talented hair stylists and makeup artists who specialize in creating natural and polished looks. Their expertise will make you feel like the best version of yourself.

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  1. Let's Highlight Your Interests:
  • Meaningful props and hobbies: Have a beloved instrument, sports gear, books, or any objects that speak to your passions? Bring them along, and we'll incorporate them into your session to capture the essence of who you are. These are some of my favorite types of images!

Black and white image of discus player holding discus. Leaning against fenceAustin Shot put impact in gravel after being thrown Austin Girl with lifeguard uniform and whistleDenise

  1. Relax, Be Yourself, and Enjoy the Moment:
  • Trust in my guidance: I'm here to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera. I'll give you direction and pose suggestions that bring out your natural beauty and authentic self.
  • Candid moments matter: While we'll create stunning posed shots, some of the most magical images happen in-between. So, embrace those spontaneous laughs, interactions, and genuine expressions. Those are the moments that truly reflect who you are.

Girl walking along beach on waterfront barefoot, splashing water as she smiles Richelle Boy sitting on log in flannel shirtAndrew

  1. Let's Get Creative and Have Fun:
  • Exploring different poses: Together, we'll explore a variety of poses and expressions to add depth and personality to your photo collection. Feel free to share your ideas too—I'm all ears for your creative input!
  • Including your loved ones: If you'd like, we can involve your family and friends in some shots. This way, we capture the meaningful connections that have supported you throughout your high school journey.

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After the Photo Session:

Once our amazing session is over, it's time to move on to the post-photo process. Here's what you can expect:

  1. Viewing Photos Online:
  • Within a week or two, I'll carefully select and edit the best images from our session. These stunning photos will be available for you to view in a secure online gallery. You'll receive a personalized access link and instructions on how to access it.
  • Take your time to browse through the gallery, reliving the moments we captured together. Share the link with your family and friends, and let them join in the excitement too.
  1. Ordering Prints Through My Website:
  • As you view the photos, you'll have the option to order prints directly through my website. I offer a variety of package options as well as a variety of high-quality print options, including standard prints, framed prints, canvases, and more. You can select the sizes and quantities that suit your preferences.
  • Ordering through my website is quick, easy, and secure. Just follow the intuitive steps, and I'll take care of the rest. Your prints will be professionally processed and delivered right to your doorstep. 

Football player in full gear standing in front of cloud of black smoke Austin Boy in blue button up dress shirt standing in long golden grassSal

I can't wait to embark on this incredible senior photo journey with you! By following these tips, you'll be fully prepared for a memorable and enjoyable session that reflects your unique style and personality. Trust me as your photographer to capture the essence of who you are. Get ready to create timeless images that beautifully capture this pivotal moment as you step into an exciting new chapter of your life.

Wishing you a remarkable senior photo session and a future filled with endless possibilities!

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