Windham High School Senior Portrait session at Mack's Apples Londonderry NH, posed at pond and shot by local Londonderry photographer Fleur Foto Photography

Top 5 Senior Portrait Tips

Juniors!  It’s time to start planning and researching photographers for your senior portraits!  Well wait a minute, you think.  Here I am, about to end my junior year in the final stretch before the lazy days of summer are upon us.  I haven’t even thought about Senior Portraits!  Some of your friends may have already had their senior photos taken.  Others, like you perhaps, haven’t even begun to think about what they want for their senior shots.  There is no right or wrong time to have your pictures taken (well, I guess after the yearbook submission deadline might be a wrong time.)  Largely, the time of your booking will depend on the look want – a particular season or perhaps the session will be worked around your schedule.

One thing that’s for certain, though, it’s never too early to book your session.

To help you think about the process and what you might want from your pictures, I’ve put together a top 5 Senior Portrait tip list to help you.

Top 5 Senior Portrait Tips

1.  Book your session early

The number one rule is at least one full month before your yearbook deadline.  Once you have that date in mind, you can work backward and think about the kind of look you want for your session.  Do you want the pretty NH fall leaves in the background (September), or is it a summer beach look that takes your fancy (July – September)?  If you want those Spring blossoms in the background – pick up the phone NOW and call me!  If no particular season or location suits you, Fleur Foto Photography also offers a great studio experience!  Some seasons, particularly the Fall, are extremely busy for photographers, so don’t delay in getting your session booked to secure your slot.

2. Work with your photographer on wardrobe choices

One thing that is very true of today’s teenagers is that you all have a very clear style and if you’re anything like me, you have a wardrobe that is bursting at the seams.  This makes for great options for your senior portraits and we will have time for a couple of outfit changes in our session.  If we are on location, I have a handy pop-up tent for discrete changing.  The studio has it’s own private changing area.  I love helping my seniors pull their looks together for their session.  At our pre-shoot consultation, we can even go through your wardrobe and pull some looks together!  To help guide you in the meantime, I have Pinterest boards that I share with you and have also written a couple of blog posts for girls and boys with outfit ideas.

3. Is your time to shine – bring your personality! Props! Band Instruments! Sports Equipment!

A Fleur Foto Photography senior portrait session is FUN!  When you are having fun, you are relaxed and comfortable and this makes for the best images.  Whatever your personality, be you the high school track team star, marching band member, or the quiet avid reader, we will ensure that your session completely and accurately reflects who YOU are and YOUR personality!  Your session will be completely centered around you and your interests to showcase the person you are in this moment.  We will incorporate your interests and pastimes into your session through the skillful use of props to tell your story.

Top 5 Senior Portrait Tips | Windham High School girls senior portrait session in black and white shot at Mack's Apples Londonderry, NH by local Londonderry Photographer Fleur Foto Photography | Senior Portraits

4. Trust your photographer to pose you correctly

How should I stand?  What do I do with my arms and my hands?  A skillful photographer knows how to correctly pose you to achieve fantastic shots. There may be a few suggestions that feel funny at the time, but a quick flash of the back of my camera and you will see the results are spectacular! The important thing is you are comfortable with your photographer and trust their direction.  Not used to being in front of the camera?  Don’t worry.  Your senior portrait session is a fun experience.  We will spend our time chatting and laughing while creating fantastic shots.  You won’t even notice the time passing.

5. Share any concerns with your photographer

Do you have a best side?  Do you have a feature that makes you uncomfortable?  Blemishes got you down?  Don’t worry!  Speak with us before you session and be open about your concerns.  Chances are we have tools in our arsenal that will quickly take care of those, or we can pose you to enhance your best assets!  Working with Fleur Foto on your senior portraits is a partnership with showing only your best as our goal.

Top 5 Senior Portrait Tips | Boys high school senior portrait session for Nashua North High School by Fleur Foto Photography

BONUS TIP: Remember, these are all just suggestions.  Above all, be yourself & have fun!  Follow this advice, and your senior picture session will be an event to remember!

For more information about High School Senior Portraits, please contact Laura Bower here or call on 978-571-6280. Laura  is a high school senior photographer based in Londonderry, NH covering Southern NH and Northern MA, including Hudson, Windham, Derry, Nashua, Hollis NH and Groton, MA.

What to wear for boys senior portrait session | white button down shirt with jeans | Fleur Foto Photography

What to wear | boys senior portraits

It’s not just the girls who have a hard time deciding what to wear for their senior pictures.  Boys have so many great fashion choices these days and are just as concerned as the girls with looking stylish in their shots.  Boys generally are taking much more time with their appearance and you all have your own style.  Working from a solid foundation, there are simple ways for my NH senior boys to rock their shots.

  • Again the same golden rules apply as I outlined in my what to wear advice for girls.
  • I know you already have your personal style, so in our pre-shoot consultation, we’ll discuss what that is and find ways to ensure you are comfortable and well put together for your shots.
  • One outfit? Two?  Whatever you choose.  Even though I provide a pop-up tent for quick changing on location, it is still possible to create different looks without having to change clothes.  Layers and jackets can totally change the look of an outfit.
  • Accessories!  It’s not only the girls who can spruce up their look with the addition of these.  Incorporating hats, belts, sunglasses and watches all help add visual interest and provide different end looks for your photographs.
  • Let’s showcase your personality and interests – do you play on the sports team?  What about play in the school a band?  Adding a few shots to reflect these interests and time in your life is an important aspect of your senior pictures.  Likewise, we can choose a location that incorporates your interests.
  • “But I have no idea how to pose!” Don’t worry – we know exactly how to pose you for best results in your shots!  Whatever the feel you are going for – edgy, confident, silently smouldering…..ok, maybe mom won’t want that one, but the ladies will….we’ve got you covered!

One thing that’s guaranteed is that you no longer will need to stress over what to wear with our guidance, and we will capture some truly unique images for you.

What to wear | Boy high school senior portrait session by Fleur Foto Photography

Boys – What to wear inspiration guide

What to wear for boys senior portrait session | button down shirt pants and jacket | Fleur Foto Photography

What to wear for boys senior portrait session | white button down and jeans | Fleur Foto Photography

What to wear for boys senior portrait session | ringer t-shirt and jeans | Fleur Foto Photography

What to wear for boys senior portrait session | button down shirt and shorts | Fleur Foto Photography

For more information about High School Senior Portraits, please contact Laura Bower here or call on 978-571-6280. Laura  is a high school senior photographer based in Londonderry, NH covering Southern NH and Northern MA, including Hudson, Windham, Derry, Nashua, Hollis NH and Groton, MA.

 

Senior Girls' Outfit Inspiration | What to wear for girls | patterned dress | Fleur Foto Photography

Senior Picture Ideas

As one school year is coming to a close, it will be but a few short, fun and sun-filled weeks before the next begins.  For many, it will be their very last year of high school.  With that, they will be turning their thoughts to the future.  They will have to decide what course of study they will undertake and at what college.  It can be a very stressful year with all these decisions and study hours.  What needn’t be a stressful decision, though, is your senior pictures.  Fleur Foto Photography is here to ensure your high school senior portrait session is full of fun and stress-free!  When you choose Fleur Foto Photography for your high school senior photos, one of the very first things we do together is talk about senior picture ideas.

What do I wear for my Senior Picture?

The most common question I get asked when my seniors are planning their session is “what should I wear?”  There are so many clothing options available and it is important that your clothing choices reflect who you are and your personality.  I consult with all my clients before our sessions, not just the seniors, providing inspiration boards and examples of outfits that will look good in front of the camera.  You will most likely already have these items, or similar in your wardrobe, so don’t worry that you need to embark on a big shopping spree…..that is unless you were looking for an excuse to do just that.  🙂 There are some golden rules to follow, though:

  • Avoid logo clothing or clothing with writing on it.  You don’t want to wear anything that is going to instantly date you.  Can anyone say parachute pants?  And thinking of parachute pants, I know the 80s style is back in fashion, but neon colors should be something you choose NOT to feature in your senior pictures.
  • Choose an outfit that you LOVE and you LOVE WEARING!  It should be something you know is comfortable to wear and you feel comfortable wearing it.  You don’t want to spend your session itching and pulling at an ill-fitting outfit or wear something with scratchy material.  Your discomfort will show in your pictures and that’s the opposite of what we want!
  • Once you have your base outfit (or outfits – two or three in a session make for fantastic variety!), remember to style from head to toe – that means hats, scarves, jewelry, and shoes!  Layers are great and provide good visual interest.
  • Do you play a sport, or are a member of the high school band?  During our pre-shoot consultation, we will discuss this and can include sports items or musical instruments in the session.  What’s important is that these pictures reflect you right now – who you are and your interests.
  • Incorporate special items into your pictures.  For this Windham High School Senior, elephants had special meaning to her, so we made sure she incorporated her elephant necklace into her outfit.
    Senior Picture | Windham High School Senior portrait session | Fleur Foto Photography

Here are some Senior picture ideas for outfits for your session.  These outfits would work in all kinds of locations – at the apple orchard, in a field of wheat, or in an edgier urban environment.  Whatever the feel you want for your session, we will make it happen and will knock it out of the park!

Senior Picture | Senior Girls' Outfit Inspiration Patterned dress| Fleur Foto Photography | Senior Picture Ideas

Senior picture outfit ideas | Jean jacket, blouse and leggings | Fleur Foto Photography| Senior Picture Ideas

Senior picture outfit ideas | patterned dress & sandals | Fleur Foto Photography| Senior Picture Ideas

Senior picture outfit ideas | Tulle skirt and bra top | Fleur Foto Photography | Senior Picture Ideas

Senior Picture outfit ideas | Strappy blouse and shorts | Fleur Foto Photography | Senior Picture Ideas

It’s not only girls who have their senior pictures taken, we also love working with boys and creating unique sessions to commemorate their final year of school.  Check them both out and you will see how unique we can make your session.

For more information about High School Senior Portraits, please contact Laura Bower here or call on 978-571-6280. Laura  is a high school senior photographer based in Londonderry, NH covering Southern NH and Northern MA, including Hudson, Windham, Derry, Nashua, Hollis NH and Groton, MA.