How to Prepare for Your Senior Photoshoot

When I was in high school, I was so excited to get my senior photos taken. A whole photoshoot just about me?!

Whether you’re excited or nervous about the opportunity, here are five ways to get the most out of your photoshoot.

1. Find a photographer that matches your style.

Browse local photographers’ websites so you can see the variety of styles available, and determine which photographs jive with you the most. Do you prefer a more casual, lifestyle look? Would you like to look like you belong in a magazine? What images speak to you?

You can also take time to meet with photographers in person to make sure you will feel comfortable spending an hour with them, especially since you want to feel like yourself in front of the camera.

2. Choose outfits that you are comfortable wearing.

No matter how trendy, if you wear clothes that are uncomfortable or need constant fixing, your discomfort will show. Find pieces already in your closet that make you feel beautiful, and not pieces that “wear you” instead of the other way around. If you’re not sure, ask a trusted friend to give you advice.

Wearing layers is also a good way to have outfit variety without having to completely change your clothes.

3. Decide if you want to bring props.

Are you on a sports team? Do you perform in the orchestra? If your extracurricular activities are passionate interests, perhaps you’d like to include them in your photos as a mark of who you are and what you like at this point in life.

4. Think about what makes you feel happy & confident.

This may be another reason to bring along props. Are you happiest holding your viola? Or maybe you find your brother hilarious. Should he come along to make you laugh?

Is your dog your comfort zone? Bring her with you! (Just be sure you also bring a parent or friend to watch the dog for shots without her.)

Karmyn wanted to include pictures of the cathedral where she often performed.

Do you feel strongly about being a country girl or a city boy? Is there a specific place you feel tied to? Knowing where you feel comfortable will help me plan your shoot.

5. Know your school’s yearbook requirements.

Even though there are many ways to share your photos, your school will certainly ask for an image for the yearbook. Do they have requirements for indoor backgrounds, vertical close-ups, or seated positions? Let me know beforehand so we can plan accordingly.

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Browse my portfolio, Karmyn’s senior photoshoot, or my pricing page and let me know if you’d like to schedule a shoot that fits your style.

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