5 Things to Include In Your Senior Photos

Senior portraits vary from school to school. They will have different guidelines and may even require you to use a specific studio or photographer for the photo that goes into the yearbook. But one thing is for sure is you are going to want to do is capture the authentic personality and values of this chapter of transition in life. Here my 5 favorite ways to do this!


  1. Dress to your own style
    Have two to three outfit changes that are typical for you! Are you a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl or someone who likes to flip a collar? Is there a necklace that is kind of your signature piece of jewelry? If so, don’t change a thing. Stay true to your own sense of fashion. However, I will say that your outfit should be new clothes or professionally pressed. Wrinkles can be distracting and will make your final images look unpolished.
  2. Incorporate your interests
    This is kind of a biggie. The clubs, teams, and hobbies you have had the opportunity to dabble in this phase of life are like no other. If you are in the band, bring the instrument. If you are on the debate team, wear your jacket. If you are on the dance team, be ready to bust a move. These things define your high school career. Bring them!
  3. Incorporate you accomplishments
    For this one you may need to think out of the box. Lettermans jackets, earned honor sashes, even a cap and gown (if you have access to one) are all great ways to celebrate the big things you’ve worked hard for.
  4. Don’t forget about the car (if there is one).
    Yeah, you’re gonna want to tell your kids about your first car someday. It will be a topic of conversation later on in life. Get a photo with your “first car.” Danny Zuko would insist upon it.
  5. Honor your future plans
    Easily done with college sweatshirt, or some other kind of apparel. Maybe you take a picture with your parents holding a “SDSU Mom” bumper sticker. What are the tools of your future trade? They can make for simple props that can be added to the background.

As a former teacher, and now as an active parent in my own kids' school I love to help rally community and fundraise with my photography services. This works best with my mini sessions which don't come around very often. I work with your school's parent-teacher group much like we would with a restaurant dine-out where a percentage of the proceeds go right back to your school. We pick dates and locations, parents sign up through you. I take care of the rest!

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