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7 Tips for Senior Portrait Success

Updated: Oct 14, 2022

We often hear parents of high school senior athletes overwhelmed with all the things they need to do for their kids. A busy practice schedule, games, meetings, and the day to day activities can be limiting for anything else. That's why we have put a few helpful tips together for you. It is our hope that you have a quick and handy list to make senior portraits fast, fun, and easy.

Start early! If you wait until the last minute, the timing can limit your options for locations, available photographers that specialize in sports photography, and fitting a portrait experience into an already packed schedule. Summer time before senior year is a great time to plan a session. The extended daylight hours, warmer weather, and less busy schedules make it easier to have a relaxed and fun session.

Get ideas from your student! Many teenagers are reluctant to hop in front of the camera. It is not something most kids are accustomed to. Talk to them and ask what would make their experience the most fun.

Find outfits that make them comfortable. There is often pressure to over dress, or have special clothes for senior portraits. Find their favorite outfit to include in the session, and maybe 2-3 additional ones for variety. Their sport of choice will likely have a uniform, that is an awesome outfit to include in a portrait experience!

Bring a friend! Nothing makes an experience more fun than friends! The most genuine smiles come from your very own hype crew.

GO WITH THEM! This is the perfect opportunity to have some beautiful photos taken with your kiddo. You are often behind the camera taking photos of them, this is your chance to jump in the frame with them and share some authentic moments to be cherished for a lifetime.

Print print print!! In this day and age, everything is digital. What happens when 10 years from now you no longer have the phone or computer those precious photos are saved on? Having wall art and images printed will last for years and decades to come.

Yearbook deadline! This can help you plan ahead and take the pressure off to find a last minute photographer. Most portrait photographers can take up to a few weeks after a photo session to deliver final images, make sure to give you and your student plenty of time. I have a few local high schools for you to review their website for info: AGHS Arroyo Grande High School

SLOHS San Luis Obispo High School

NHS Nipomo High School

MBHS Morro Bay High School

Mission Prep Mission College Prepatory Catholic High School AHS Atascadero High School

PRHS Paso Robles High School


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