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5 Tips for Taking the Perfect Senior Pictures

I don’t know about you guys, but I could not wait to be a senior (even though it went by waaaay too fast). And honestly, the only reasons I couldn’t wait to be a senior were senior skip day, senior trip, and senior pictures. I spent months planning out my pictures. I had Pinterest boards, I had sketches, I had the whole nine yards. In the long run, it paid off. I got exactly what I wanted. (Shoutout to my awesome photographer Paige Owens for making sure of that!)FullSizeRender 2

My goal for my senior pictures was to encapsulate my personality in a series of photos. All too often you see pictures that say nothing about the subject. But I wanted people to look at my photos and think, “Wow. That is so Callie.” I wanted to clearly capture who I am in this moment in time.

I’ve put together a list of 5 things that will help you achieve that, too!

1) Consider What Makes You Who You Are

Are you a record junkie? Do you frequent an old diner after football games? What genre of music do you listen to? The list goes on and on! Everybody has their individual quirks — what’s yours? Once you figure that out, then you can start browsing for ideas!

2) Browse Through Pinterest For Inspiration

Or even a local photographer’s Instagram! I say that because I am totally guilty of it. Browsing through other photos can do two things: inspire you to curate outfits/backgrounds that reflect what you like and help you master flattering poses for your photos. Be sure that you don’t blatantly copy someone else’s artwork, though. It’s ok to be inspired, it’s not ok to copy!

3) Use Props That Have Meaning

For one of my photos, I used an assortment of rings that were owned by my parents and grandparents. For another, I used items that were given to me from family members that didn’t make it to graduation day. These pictures meant a lot to both my family and me.


4) Work With A Photographer That Makes You Feel Comfortable

Whether it’s your mom with a camera in the backyard or a professional you’ve known forever, comfort is key! Some poses you may do will feel soooo weird, but end up looking great in pictures. Don’t worry about feeling goofy, because your pictures are guaranteed to turn out groovy.

…Yeah, ok. That last sentence sounded way better in my head.

5) Be Yourself

I really debated on if I wanted to phrase it like that because it sounds so cliche. But seriously, it’s so important to just be yourself. At the end of the day, these are your senior pictures that are meant to reflect you. If you wanna dress in all black, do it! If you wanna wear a flower crown and dance around in an open field, do it! Do whatever makes your heart happy.

I hope this list helps you some! And of course, if you are local, I 100% suggest Paige Owens. Here is some more of her work:


Leave a comment and let me know what you’re planning for your senior pictures!


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