It’s senior portrait season, and we look forward to this every year! We love hanging out with the coolest students around, and celebrating as they embark on a new adventure in life. It’s such an amazing time! We wholeheartedly believe that this time deserves some special portraits that are as unique as each senior themselves. That’s always a challenge, though, right? Finding the perfect location or selecting the best outfits to really show off who you are, so your photos don’t just look like everyone else’s, can become overwhelming if you don’t know where to look.
Luckily, we’ve got you covered (did you ever have any doubt?) with this amazing list of out-of-the-box ideas for killer senior portraits. Ready to dive in? Here we go…
Location Ideas for Senior Portraits
Take photos in a graffiti-filled alley, parking garage, or abandoned building. This could create a fun and striking contrast between natural and more urban scenarios. Plus, it’s super fun and unexpected!
If you’re passionate about music or dance, consider taking your session to a local music venue, concert or dance hall, or on a stage. What a great way to pay homage to your interests and long hours of hard work during high school!
Bookstore or Library
Love to read? Consider taking your portraits in a library or bookstore surrounded by stacks of books. It is cozy, a little moody, and definitely highlights your love of reading.
Vintage or Thrift Store
You can go for a funky retro look by taking your senior portraits at a vintage or thrift store. It’s a perfect way to go if your favorite pastime is scrounging for one-of-a-kind deals!
Skatepark or BMX Track
Love to skate? Let’s capture that! If you’re into extreme sports, consider a skatepark or BMX track to highlight your skills.
Using beautiful and unique artwork as a backdrop is a perfect way to show off your love of art, and to have stunning portraits that none of your friends will have.
Forest, Vineyard, or Orchard
Want a more natural look? You can choose a vineyard or orchard for your senior portrait to have more of a rustic, outdoorsy feel.
For the athlete, we love heading to your sports field of choice for some fun shots on the field, in the bleachers, and maybe even in front of the scoreboard.
A rustic barn can create a beautiful backdrop for your portraits, especially if you prefer a country feel.
Beach or Lake
We’re lucky here in Erie to have access to beautiful beaches, especially when the weather is warmer. Consider heading to the beach for a beautiful, coastal, natural look.
Some Ideas for Outfits
Once you’ve chosen the perfect location, it’s time to choose your outfits and if you’d like to bring any props along. Typically, we prefer simple or no props, so we can highlight your own beautiful (or handsome) face, but we’ve come up with a couple of options that can help enhance your photos, if that’s what you’re into.
As far as clothing, we recommend a few different options for your session. Typically, seniors choose a more formal outfit, and then a casual outfit, in order to create some variety. If you’re stumped when coming up with clothing options, you might consider:
- Vintage clothing or clothing from a different era, if that speaks to you
- A unique hat or headpiece
- Scarf or shawl
- Sunglasses or a unique piece of jewelry
- Uniform or jersey
- Letterman jacket
- Your cap & gown to put over your other clothes for a couple of shots
Senior Portrait Props
If you’d like to select a prop or two, here are some fun options we love:
- Sports equipment, such as a baseball bat or football helmet
- A musical instrument
- A favorite book
- A bouquet of flowers
- Your pet
- Your beloved car, bike, or other vehicle (but let’s plan ahead for that one!)
As you can see, there are loads of options to help create some fun and unique senior portraits – photos that you’ll love looking back on for years to come! If you’d like to create your own unique senior portrait session with some of these (or other) options, let’s chat! Contact us now to get your date set for the spring!