If your oldest child is approaching his or her senior year in high school, here are a few tips for you, the parent of a senior student. To help parents who are navigating this high school portrait phase, I’ve got a few helpful thoughts for you.
When to do senior portraits?
Senior portraits are usually taken before the senior is back in high school, during the summer before their senior year actually starts. Usually it is easier to get those pictures done before the student is back in high school and busy with sports or other activities. If you don’t get them done before the school year starts, don’t worry. You can still book them in fall or early winter. If you want to get your student’s picture in the yearbook, find out when that deadline is and book it early enough to get it completed in time.
If you are hoping to have some fall colors in the pictures, I recommend booking a session between Sept. 30 and Oct. 10. Of course, that can vary from year to year, but we can hopefully find some color to include in your senior’s pictures.
How long does it take for the senior portrait session?
Every photographer is different, but I only do one senior per evening session. I like to dedicate enough time for the senior, and I don’t watch the clock and limit our time together. We usually start about two hours before sundown and shoot for 60 to 120 minutes. It varies depending upon a number of factors. Just know, I will take all the time necessary to capture your senior in the best manner possible.
How long does it take to see the proofs of my senior?
Once the pictures are taken, I have the photos online for you to view in two weeks. The yearbook photo can be prepared in fairly short order to meet that deadline if it is coming soon. (Here is the link to Northfield HS info for last year.) Once you select one for the yearbook, I’ll get the retouching done and get that off to your high school.
What should the senior wear for pictures?
What your senior wears should reflect their individuality and style. Also know that senior photography has become more casual over the years, so there are many options. However, solid colors or subtle patterns work best, and you don’t want the clothing to distract from the face when you are looking at the final photograph.
If your senior insists on wearing something you are not happy with, ask them to at least wear one outfit that you are happy with. Since you won’t pay more for clothing changes, you can let them know that both of you should be able to be happy with the clothing selection.
Can I have props for my senior pictures?
Yes, props are welcomed. Also know that accessories and props can add a personal touch, such as a favorite musical instrument or sports gear.
What about hair, makeup and grooming?
Professional hair and makeup can elevate your child’s confidence during the photoshoot. However, girls make up should look similar to how they normally wear it and look as natural as possible. Also, remember to schedule hair cuts a few days beforehand, so the style can look good without looking freshly cut. Boys should shave (carefully), so there is no stubble that will show up in the images.
If you would like to make an appointment or have any other questions, please email me using the contact page. Thank you.