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7 Tips For Planning An Awesome Senior Session

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

Congratulations, you are a senior! Be proud of yourself, this is a big moment in your life.
Now it's time to start planning for your senior pictures. Here are some tips to help you out.
Let the adventure begin!

Tip 1

Sleep and Eat

Get lots of rest the night before your session, and eat something beforehand so that you won’t be tired and hangry!

A boy hanging in a tree for his senior session

Tip 2

Your Location

If you would like to pick out the location, that’s cool with me! To find the best place, pick a place that you love, or has something that you love in it. Think about what the location has that you can interact with. Ideas include old brick walls, trees, bridges, stadiums, rocks, trains, railroads, water, open fields, skate parks, and fences are just a few things that you could lean on, sit on, do a hand stand on, or have as a background.

I am happy to make location suggestions and help find the right one for you!

senior picture of a girl laying on a pier with her head in her hand

A senior portrait of a girl standing in a covered vestibule

senior portrait of a boy looking out at the lake and lighthouse

senior portrait of a girl sitting on a wooden chair in a field of tall grass

senior portrait of a boy leaning against a railing

senior portrait of a girl sitting in a flower garden

senior portrait of a girl standing on a bridge

Tip 3

Time Of Day

Golden hour is one hour before sunset and my favorite light to work with. Golden hour light will make your skin look its best and if you love sun flares, we can get those too! However, if you need a session earlier in the day we can make it work by picking a location with shade from buildings or trees or getting creative with our posing.

senior portrait of a girl at golden hour

senior portrait of a boy standing by a railing

senior portrait of a boy sitting by a wall at golden hour

senior portrait of a girl sitting in a field of flowers

senior portrait of a girl standing by a stone staircase at golden hour

Tip 4

Get Your Body Ready


If you are sunburned, or have pealing skin we should reschedule. Acne will be removed. Scars will only be removed at your request.


Haircuts 1 month in advance for girls and 1 week in advance for guys, so that your hair has time to look natural. Style your hair in a way that says YOU! This is probably not be the time to try something dramatically different, unless dramatically different is your signature look;)


Your eyes will be the focus of most of your photos. Lots of eyeliner will make your eyes look smaller; lots of mascara will make your eyes look bigger!


Your hands and feet will be visible in some of the photos, so trimmed nails and no chipped paint will help them look their best!

senior portrait of up close shot of her eye

senior portrait of a boy standing on a bridge

senior portrait of a girls manicured nails while holding a flower

senior portrait of a girl looking over her shoulder in a field of flowers

Tip 5


When you are picking out your clothes pick a style you normally would wear but up it a notch with extra flare. You want to still look and feel like yourself. Here are some tips for choosing your wardrobe.

  • Try your clothes on beforehand and sit, bend reach etc. to make sure that they cover what you would like them to cover.

  • Dark colors are slimming; solid colors or a splash of color is the best.

  • Wear clothes that can be layered or changed in the car as there may not be a place outdoors to dress.

  • Match your outfit to the location. You won’t want to wear shorts in the concert hall, or a shirt and tie in the woods! (…although a gal can totally get away with wearing a dress in the woods)

  • Accessories can be added like hats, scarves, jackets, shirts, jewelry, belts etc. Don’t wear a hat to the session to avoid hat hair, but if you have a hat you like bring it along.

  • Glasses. If possible see your optometrist about loaning you a pair without lenses, or have your lenses removed. If this is not possible, I will do my best to avoid lens glare, but it may be in some photos. If you are comfortable we may also take some photos with your glasses off.

  • Avoid horizontal stripes, loud patterns, shirts with writing or big logos, visible bra straps and hair ties on wrists.

senior portrait of a girl wearing a crop top and brown pants while sitting on brick stairs

senior portrait of a boy holding his shirt open

senior portrait of a girl holding out her orange dress

senior boy leaning against a brick wall

senior girl sitting in an ally showing her boots

senior girl sitting on a bench in her blue sundress

Tip 6

Props, Props, Props

Props are a really good way to show who you are and what you love. Here are just a few ideas of what you could include.


Bat, balls, glove, helmet, shoes, rackets, hockey stick, pom poms, baton, uniforms, trophies, medals etc.


Instrument or an accessory of the instrument like drum sticks, sheet music etc.


Books, earphones, class ring, letter jacket, helmet, bike, car, pet, uniform if you are joining the army or volunteer firefighter etc.

Anything that tells your story is a good prop!

senior girl holding a leaf over half her face

senior boy posing with 2 swords

a senior girl holding her cello

a senior boy standing by his yellow convertible

A senior girl holding a hockey puck on her stick

Tip 7

Bring a Friend

Bringing a friend or family member along is fun and can help you relax. Plus, that person will most likely get to be in some pictures with you, bonus!

a senior girl hugging her brother

a boy and a girl sitting by each other

**Bonus Tip**

Relax and have fun while I guide you through easy poses that help you look your best!

If you have any questions or ideas I would love to hear from you. You can text, email, call, message, or send a carrier pigeon to communicate with me…Well, maybe not that last one. If you would like me to start a Pinterest board for you to share YOUR ideas with me let me know!

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