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A Guide to Senior Portraits for Parents

For most parents, senior portraits are a distant memory. They have changed a lot over the last two  decades, incorporating more creativity and individuality than ever before. 

Seniors have a lot more options available to them, ranging from traditional sessions in a studio to  trendy urban shoots. This is the perfect opportunity for them to showcase their unique talents,  passions, and personality, while also creating a lasting memory. 

However, with all the available options, portrait sessions can quickly become overwhelming for both  parents and seniors.  

 

Here are a few quick tips to help you prepare for your child’s upcoming senior session.

Make a Note of the Yearbook Deadline 

Knowing the yearbook deadline encourages you to schedule a senior session instead of putting it off  until the last minute. Depending on your requirements, a senior photo session will start with a  yearbook portrait followed by creative shots that are unique to your child. In most instances, it takes  at least 2 weeks to receive the final images, so plan accordingly.

Keep Your Senior’s Schedule in Mind 

As a parent of a senior, you already know how frantic their schedules can be. Before you go ahead  and schedule a session, sit down with your senior to discuss a good time. They should be just as  involved in the planning as you are. Even the specific time of day matters when scheduling a senior  session. Ideally, you want to take photos just after sunrise and just before sunset, as this is when the  lighting’s the best. However, the right photographer can make any time of the day work. Midday  should be a last resort though as the lighting is far too harsh.

Compromise with Your Child 

You may have a specific idea about the photos you would like to see, but this is about your child and  what makes them feel confident and comfortable. Most senior sessions allow for several outfit  changes, so use this as an opportunity to find a happy balance between what you want and what  your senior wants. Be patient and hear them out before you brush off their ideas. Their portraits  should represent who they are and what they love.

Encourage Sharing 

Prior to a senior session, get your child to open up about their passions, hopes, and dreams. This  information will help guide the shoot and ensure the most authentic photos. Knowing what your  senior wants these photos to represent will also guide their outfit and location choices.  

Don’t forget to include your senior in the search for a photographer – a photographer’s style needs  to fit in with the images you hope to create.

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