The snow is finally melting (finally!), and we’re headed into the high season of senior photo shoots. We are completely impressed at the number of really beautiful, unique and non-cheesy senior portraits that are out there. As we look through our favorites on Instagram, we can see how a few key choices in what to wear or what to do during the shoot can make a huge difference. We thought we’d share these senior picture ideas for outfit, poses, backdrop and prop inspiration. As you can see, it’s fun to take the time to plan, primp and really have fun with it. These pictures will be around for a long time. In any case, we wish we had this kind of inspiration when we were getting our senior pictures taken. Maybe then we wouldn’t cringe every time we see them on the walls at our parents’ homes!
Have fun with color!
We absolutely love how the color in this photo just works on every level. It makes the picture sing, looks great against the subject’s skin, coordinates perfectly with the scarf behind, and just makes the viewer feel happy and optimistic. As our wonderful Stylevisor Julia Wester says, “Everyone needs a little POP in life!” It isn’t always easy to figure out which colors look best on you, but it is worth taking the time to find out – especially if it makes the end result look like this!
Please meet the WONDERFUL Miss Claire! She is a 2015 Senior with The Woodlands High School and is also a Highstepper (they got to go to Disney World a few weeks ago!!!!) and on the National Honor Society! She brought an AMAZING array of colors for her senior pictures – just you wait and see! <3 I think she resembles Sandra Bullock in this picture! #amandaholloway #amandahollowayphotography #thewoodlands #thewoodlandsphotographer #thewoodlandsseniorportraits #houston #houstonphotographer #seniorpictures #seniorphotographer
Wear what looks (and feels) good on you. A lot of people spend time and money buying a lot of new clothing items, but they don’t really love the items (or the way they fit). They just somehow think they will look good in the pictures. But what really counts is finding items you really look and feel amazing in, so that your confidence and joy in the moment shines through. We love the picture below because not only does it look great, but you get the feeling that this girl really loves what she’s wearing (especially those great shoes). Yes, the composition and color are on point (!) – but the subject just shines with happiness. The yellow color around just seems like a reflection of the bright future ahead of her. When a client works with Stylevise, we love to work with favorite pieces the client already owns and brands she knows and loves — and we always advise that clients try on everything a few days before the shoot…so they can rock what they feel really great in the day of pictures.
Have fun with backdrops.
This is about finding a place with a “personality” that matches yours! We love the urban, carefree, slightly daring feel of the graffiti background here — and we love how it ties in with the ripped look of those favorite jeans. You can tell the subject is in her element – and her upside down pose again echoes her “live life to the fullest” attitude. When all the elements of the photo can combine to reinforce this kind of statement on one’s personality, the perfect portrait emerges…one that really goes deep to tell a real, intuitively true story about its subject – and anticipates her sure-to-be-exciting, self-fulfilling future.
A simple, no fuss prop.
Ahh, what to do with your hands?! And how to make a pose feel natural, especially for those who might be shy or fidgety in front of a camera?!? That’s why we love a simple, lovely prop such as the colorful bouquet featured in this photo. Sometimes when people think “prop,” they think cheesy or complicated. But honestly, they don’t have to be. Done correctly, a simple, no-fuss prop can bring movement, personality and fun into a shoot – in a very natural way. We think these flowers are the perfect example. Tell us what simple props you love in the comments below!
A photo posted by Allison Dennis (@allidennis) on Apr 13, 2015 at 6:00pm PDT
Engage with what you love (vs. posing with what you love)
And while we are on the subject of props, a lot of seniors want to bring in items they feel represent their time in high school…maybe an instrument, an athletic item, or other object that represents an activity that they have devoted themselves to while in school. While we think this is awesome, we offer the cautionary suggestion of not making the item too obvious or a “subject” in itself — this is a portrait, not a still-life, as you know. One easy way to avoid the object taking over the shoot is to engage with what you love to do, not just display it or pose with it. The photo below is an amazing example of just this principle…and what a lovely shot it is!
Keep on moving, don’t stop no!
One last idea when all else fails — remember movement. We love that this subject has the perfect pop of color, looks comfortable and happy in what he is wearing, and has found a great backdrop. We really love how he is doing something fun and childlike, experiencing a little rush, and doing something a little challenging but still climbing ahead… such a great analogy for this time in his life and such an optimistic perspective on what is ahead. When the shoot starts feeling a little tired, remember to get up and play! The smile that this kind of fun will put on your face is hard to beat, and the sense of spirit that will serve you well as you go on to your next adventure.
A photo posted by Sara Knobel (@saraknobelphoto) on Apr 15, 2015 at 11:26am PDT
So there you go – some fun tips (and ideas) for getting senior pictures you will absolutely love and be proud of when you’re 35! To learn more about how you can work with your own personal photo stylist virtually, check out Stylevise.com. It’s free to get proposals from our talented roster of photo stylists and learn about all the amazing (and fun) stylists you could work with, all online. Happy spring and happy photos!!