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.
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.
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.