Seniors are some of my favorite people to photograph to begin with. I mean, of course we all know (if you have followed my blog for any amount of time at all) that I’m a sucker for a beautiful bride and a good love story. You can’t top that, sorry. It’s just a winner in my book. But I am happy to award a close second to high school senior portraits.
I think one of my favorite things about life is the events, the moments. Everything feels epic to me when you look at it through a photograph. From the smallest little moment that will never come again to the couple standing at the altar. I LOVE the idea of celebrating the moments, the little daily ones and the GRAND events.
Graduating from high school is a grand event. There is so much out there, it’s such a crazy season of life. Transitioning from a child to an adult in so many ways, and the possibilities of everything. Where will you go to school, what will you do, who are you, and what are you about?? I love hearing what my seniors are about. I love seeing who they are.
Goodness. These girls. One of them said to me, “um, no beach. I hate the beach. We’re NOT going there. ” Keep in mind folks, I’m in South Florida here, where there is water everywhere. We are surrounded by water. So her statement is actually really awesome and profoundly funny. I found myself saying to her, “I promise you, my dear, there will not be a drop of water seen in your images”. 😉 These girls were just so much fun. Also side note, senior sessions together. Um, yes! This is a great idea. I love when my seniors choose to do things with friends. It just adds to the experience and the fun of the day. I really, really want my sessions to be a super fun time, where the session itself is almost as fun as the images when they’re done. I love when people say they hate having their picture taken! There is something so incredibly special about watching a young girl who feels self conscious at the beginning of a photo session blossom by the end. And then to see her see herself and how amazingly beautiful she really is. That’s grand. I LOVE being a part of something like that.
Before I show you all the amazing images we got from this session at both a random abandoned building in Stuart, Florida and The Tukahoe Mansion, in Jenson Beach (I love contrasts!), I want to give you a few ideas on what to wear for senior pictures as well as what to expect from a senior portrait session and a few tips for unique senior pictures. These girls completely rocked all of these by the way. 😉
1. be yourself
A senior photo session should be about highlighting who you are in this particular moment. If you hate the beach, say so. If you normally don’t rock a ton of make-up then today isn’t the day to decide to do a ton. BE YOU. Represent what makes you unique and beautiful. Don’t copy or feel pressure to be whatever you found when you Googled ‘senior portrait ideas’…just be authentic. Authentic will come through the images, and make them amazing. I recommend at least two different outfits, although three is my personal favorite for options if possible. One of your outfits should be casual and everyday clothing. Something you’d hangout with friends in. The next outfit should be something you NEVER get to wear. Boys, break out the suit (I promise you’ll thank me later, and your mother will thank me now.) Girls, that formal dress you love and wore once? That’s your dress!! Don’t be afraid of color. Bold is awesome. The most important thing to remember about choosing clothing for senior portraits is that you need to LOVE it.
2. what do you love
Are you a football person? Do you love art?? Is your faith key in who you are?? Bring stuff. A senior photography session is that one time when a few props are kind of fun because it’s about representing what you love. I recommend that you don’t bring more than 5 props, but bringing 3-5 things that you feel represent you is awesome. And, if you can’t think of anything that’s ok too, just know that the option is there.
3. have fun
This time is about you. It’s about showcasing who you are and just having another piece of a wonderful experience of your senior year. There is so much that happens in such a short time, these memories will last forever. Enjoy every one. That said, if you want to bring a friend with you, that’s awesome. If you want your siblings or parents or both, that’s great. Bring people that will just be able to enjoy the journey with you, and laugh and celebrate your moment.
I hope that was a little helpful as you plan for your senior portraits this year. Now on to images. Both of these young ladies are a delight. They are great people. I can’t even begin to image what they will do and who they will become, but I look forward to watching it happen. And hopefully, they’ll allow me to continue capturing some of their grand moments.
Congratulations ladies. You made it.