Senior portrait session is in full swing! Early summer means families with seniors are gearing up for graduation and soaking in the last summer before their baby leaves the nest. If this is you, check out my Senior Cap & Gown Sessions here!
If your child is heading into their senior year, it’s time to schedule their senior portrait session! This is such a special session where we get to capture your amazing senior and celebrate all she’s accomplished before heading off into the world.
As a seasoned senior portrait photographer, I have a few tips I want to share with you so that you can help your senior feel comfortable and confident during the session. The more confident she feels, the more we’ll love how their portraits turned out.
How to Have a Great Senior Portrait Session
These are my top five tips for helping your seniors rock their senior session and have some fun while doing it! These portraits will hang on your walls for a long time, so let’s make sure we capture ones that the whole family will love.
A great way to feel confident and ready for the session is by choosing outfits that your senior will love but also shows off her personality! Select three or so outfits for the session that include one formal outfit, one that’s casual, and one that is your favorite to wear. This will give us some great options for different style portraits.
This is our opportunity to showcase your amazing senior! What are her hobbies and passions? Does she play sports? Play an instrument? Volunteer? Whatever she enjoys doing, we can incorporate it into the session in a meaningful way.
This might be your senior’s first photo session, and she may feel shy being the star of the show. This is totally normal! If bringing along a sibling or friend will help your senior feel more comfortable, that’s fine with me. They can be your senior’s assistant!
Find a Location
Is there an outdoor location that has special meaning to your senior? Maybe your family spent lots of time at a local park or the beach. Choose a location where your senior will feel comfortable throughout the session. If you’re not sure, share your vision for the portraits with your photographer.
Choose the Right Photographer
Speaking of the photographer, it’s so important that you choose one that your senior will feel comfortable with and one that knows how to bring your portrait vision to life. Your senior photographer will know all the best locations and offer advice for styling the session.
Finding Your Seacoast Senior Photographer
I really mean it when I say senior portraits are such an honor for me to capture for my families. This is your senior’s time to shine and celebrate before heading off to their next adventure. I know these portraits will be treasured and on display in your home, so I make sure to work with you to bring your vision to life. If you’re interested in booking your senior’s session with me, please send a note here.
As a senior photographer on the Seacoast of NH, capturing graduation photos is a truly full circle moment for me. Watching these young men & women heading off to conquer the world is bitter sweet. I have known many of them since they were babies.
Cap & Gown Portraits are a great way to capture this “next step”. You have watched them take their first steps, had their first crush, drive for the first time, and now they are heading out into the “real world”. Let’s remember this moment forever with beautiful cap & gown graduation photos.
This year we are Graduation with limited edition Cap & Gown Sessions. These petite 15-minute sessions are a perfect way to document this milestone. Sessions will take place in the Town House Park across from the Exeter Police Department in downtown Exeter, NH.
Tuesday, June 8th and Wednesday June 9th
Open to high school and college graduates from all towns
Pre-School and Kindergarten Graduation is one of those milestones that sneaks up on you. One minute your baby is a baby then you blink and they are all grown up. I can attest to this because my baby is all grown up (here come the tears). A cap and gown on a 6 year old may be one of the cutest things that I have ever seen.
This year we are celebrating Pre-School & Kindergarten Graduation with limited edition Cap & Gown Sessions. These petite 15-minute sessions are a perfect way to document this milestone. We will capture a few in the studio before heading across the street to the park.
Summer is almost officially here! Summer family portraits are popular for a few reasons; the kids are off from school, the weather is gorgeous, and there’s nothing like a summer beach sunset! Once you have the session scheduled, it’s time to work on what everyone will wear. I want to offer a few of my best summer styling tips to help you plan your family’s outfits with ease.
If you’re looking for what to wear for your spring family portrait session, read my blog with tips here! Here are my five tips for styling your summer family portrait.
5 Tips for Styling Your Summer Family Portrait
These are my best five tips to help you find the perfect outfits for your shoot.
1. Neutrals are Your Friend – Lean on neutral summer tones like light pinks, blues, greens, and tan outfit colors. The location of your shoot could provide some inspiration. The classic black and white polo for men and khakis will look nice with almost any outfit!
2. Choose Complementary Colors – Avoid trying to color match outfits, and focus on choosing complementary colors that will blend nicely together! Imagine a bouquet of summer flowers and how the light pinks, blues, and greens look so gorgeous together. You don’t normally see a bouquet of flowers that are the same color.
3. Limit Patterns – I actually do think some patterns will look really nice in a portrait, but there are limits! For example, in this family portrait, the lovely daughter is wearing a floral print dress, and as you can see, it pops without being too much. If both mother and daughter were wearing floral dresses, it might be too much!
4. Look To Your Home Decor for Inspiration – This might sound weird, but hear me out. Remember, we always take family portraits with the end goal in mind of where these will hang in your home. Look around the space you plan on hanging these portraits. If it’s the living room wall, look around your living room for style inspiration. You carefully designed your living room and it reflects your style, plus, this will give you color ideas for your portrait!
5. Prep Outfits – Always, always, make sure everyone’s outfits are planned and ready to go before the session. Make sure everything fits, is clean and ready for photos. This will save you time and stress, so you can head into your session feeling prepared.
Finding the Right Seacoast Family Photographer
The right family photographer will help you choose the right outfits for your portrait! I love helping clients choose their outfits and can offer suggestions to help. Dressing your family for your annual portrait shouldn’t be stressful! I have some session availability this summer, so please reach out soon if you’re interested in booking to secure your spot.
Your family portrait session is a big day! This portrait will hang on the walls and appear in photo albums for years to come. There is a lot of pressure on families (okay, moms!) to make sure this photo is perfect. You need to schedule the session, coordinate outfits, and make sure everyone is in a good mood the day of the portraits. It can be a lot!
I recently shared a blog post with tips on how to Make Your Family Photography Session FUN for the Kids. Today, I want to share a couple of tips to make the session less stressful for you and the whole fam. Your family portrait session should be a blast, and there are a few tips to help make sure that it is!
How to Make Your Family Portrait Session Easy
Here are my 4 top tips for making your family photo session less stressful and more enjoyable for everyone.
Make it Your Only Priority That Day – If your schedule allows you to, try to make the portrait session the only scheduled activity that day for your family. This will enable you to have plenty of time to get ready and make sure that your family is relaxed before the shoot. If you have other commitments that day, just try to give yourself ample time before the session.
Eat Before… And After – Try to make sure your family is fed before the shoot. We don’t want anyone hungry and asking for snacks. Even though you might have a kiddo that will definitely ask for snacks anyway. Packing snacks for after the session is a good idea if someone is hungry, but do not plan on giving out any snacks during the session.
Prepare All Outfits in Advance – Have everyone’s outfits ready to go the weekend before the family portrait session. And, I mean, ready to GO! Make sure everything fits, is washed and ironed. Nothing is more stressful than having to track down a shirt or realizing someone’s outfit needs ironing the day of the shoot. If your session is in spring, check out my blog post with what to wear.
Celebrate After – Another way to make the session a fun experience is if you can plan a fun activity after. This could be a fun dinner out afterward or plan on a family game night back at home. Whatever your family likes to do! This is a nice reason to celebrate and could be considered a nice reward for any family members who are nervous about the session.
Choose the Right Family Photographer
I truly hope no one in your family is nervous before the family portrait session. My best advice is to find a photographer that clicks with your family. One that can make sure everyone feels relaxed and ready to have some fun. I think your family portraits should be a fun experience for everyone and be one to remember! If you think I might be a good fit for your family, let’s chat!