This senior has spent a lot of her life moving around from school to school. When her family finally settled in Austin, she was ready to graduate and start a new chapter in her life. So she is doing just that!
Senior Portrait Session
I absolutely love senior portrait sessions! Not only is it an exciting time in the senior’s life, but it’s also just a fun session in general! Getting dressed up and celebrating this life stage and new milestone, before moving onto the what’s next in their life …
Plus, these sessions are perfect for the parents. It’s a way to memorialize their little boy or girl growing up and entering adulthood and independence. I mean, it’s because of the help and support from their parents that these seniors are ready!
Not to mention, you can use the photos to update photos around the house, to use on graduation announcements, and/or ‘thank you’ notes. Or, even better, to dedicate a page in their yearbook and fill it with ‘then and now’ photos like my parents did. Of course, my parents had to use the most embarrassing photos of me as a kid … 😳
When planning your senior portrait session, I recommend:
• Choosing a fun location, like a local park, an urban landscape, or even your home! Wherever your senior feels the most comfortable. Kalea was deciding between Austin murals or doing an open field. In the end, logistically, it made the most sense to use Commons Ford Ranch. She and her parents liked the idea of a field, tall grass, and neutral backdrops. The easy and free parking were extra perks!
• Pick at least two outfits. I recommend one casual look and one more formal one. This allows for versatility and variety!
• Use props! Whether it’s your cap and gown, a faux diploma, furbabies, bubbles, confetti, balloons, a chalkboard, etc. it’s always fun to have a little something extra to play with! Just keep in mind that depending on your location, you need to be aware of rules and environment. I always check out the venue’s website for what is and isn’t allowed on property. If I’m unsure, I’ll give them a call to confirm. The last thing you want is getting kicked out or having to pay a hefty fine!
• Lastly, know who to bring. If you are shy or uncomfortable around others, then it’s best if it’s just you and the photographer. If you prefer having a friend or a family member around, let them come along. But please keep it to two persons max. Any more than that can get distracting and chaotic!
Other than that, have FUN!!! Be yourself and celebrate all of your accomplishments and the exciting adventures that lie ahead!!