Senior Photo Ideas
Senior year! 📚 Senior portraits are a milestone most of us are quite familiar with—these photos have been a tradition for decades, although some things have definitely changed over the years. Are you wanting to do something different but still keep things classic? Here at Flytographer, we easily connect people with trusted photographers for fun photo shoots and have helped capture over three million memories worldwide. 📸 Today, we asked some of our local photographers to share with us the very best senior photo ideas for your university or high school senior, and we can’t wait to share their ideas with you!
- Cross the leg: a tried-and-true favourite pose, this one is easy, flattering, and one of the best poses for any photo shoot!
- Invite the girls: a senior photo shoot with girlfriends is the perfect way to commemorate this special season in life with the very people who have helped make it so meaningful.
- Bring the fam: including others in senior photos often takes the pressure off your grad and creates sentimental graduation pictures the whole family will treasure.
- Try a candid gaze: one of our favourite ways to loosen up and keep things natural and beautiful during a photo shoot is to encourage eyes away from the camera!
- Choose a meaningful location: portrait photography in a location that is meaningful elevates grad photos from traditional and classic to sentimental and timeless.
- Pop the heel: doing a little heel pop is the perfect way to show off personality, in addition to being super flattering!
- Integrate a passion: props aren’t necessary, but thinking creatively and showing off your grad’s passion(s), such as art, music, and sports, is one of our very favourite photo ideas.
- Add a splash of colour: although we love classic neutrals, don’t fear adding a splash or two of colour for senior pics!
- Take pics at your school: campuses not only represent different memories from the school years, but they also offer a variety of backgrounds and textures for creative senior picture ideas.
- Be on the move: adding movement during your grad shoot is an eye-catching and fun way to demonstrate comfort, maturity, and personality.
1. Cross the leg
To kick off our senior picture poses, let’s start with one of the easiest, most flattering stances for any solo pics: crossing the leg. 🦵 No matter where you are or what you are wearing, the easiest, most flattering thing for anyone to do is stretch out and cross a leg (this is a big one on social media too—we’re sure you know what we’re talking about 🤳)! You can do a little walk, kick, or wobble if it feels unnatural to just stay still—and don’t be afraid to get some movement in your hair, arms, and shoulders as well. If you have pockets or your hair is down, add a little fidgeting and fussing while your forward leg is crossed for an even sassier, more carefree vibe! Crossing the leg is one of the tried-and-true senior portrait ideas, so definitely keep this one at the top of your list of poses to try.
2. Invite the girls
Calling all senior girls! What about having photos taken of your senior with her best friends?! 👯♀️ This is a great gift for your grad and her friends, as well as a perfect way to capture friendships and dynamics that are likely to change post-graduation. Inviting friends to participate in a photo shoot, either in its entirety or for just a few shots, helps make your senior’s photo shoot more dynamic, sentimental, and definitely more fun! 🎉
3. Bring the fam
Even though it’s a senior photo shoot, your senior doesn’t have to be there alone! Whether it’s the friends mentioned above, siblings, or your entire family, gathering everyone together for some photos, along with lots of gentle squeezes and side-by-side walks, is a natural way to capture this special season. 👍 Including others often takes the pressure off your senior—they don’t feel like they’re “performing” in front of others— and creates some really sentimental shots you’ll be sure to treasure for a lifetime. In the past, tradition typically didn’t include family in senior photos, so this is one of our favourite improvements to the standard senior photo shoot.
4. Try a candid gaze
One of the best senior photo ideas and ways to loosen up during a photo shoot is to encourage eyes away from the camera! 👀 Whether it’s a natural look at the surroundings, an impromptu game of “I Spy,” or a request for your senior to try and ignore the silly dance moves of a family member hidden off camera, this is one of our photographers’ favourite ways to keep things silly, natural, and beautiful. The best senior pictures are often these candid gaze images.
5. Choose a meaningful location
One of the best ways to capture special photos is to do so in a location that is meaningful to your senior and/or your family. ❣️ Whether this means a favourite vacation spot, the site of a treasured family tradition, or a beloved place a little closer to home, choosing a Flytographer in a meaningful location is one of our very best photo tips.
Depending on the location you choose, narrowing down the time of day helps ensure success for your photo shoot. Whether it’s early morning, golden hour, or even midday, customize your location, timing, and your senior portrait photographer for maximum success! 🌇
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6. Pop the heel
Doing a little heel pop 👠 is the perfect way to show off personality, in addition to being flattering—especially if your senior is wearing that uber-chic, ultra-flattering graduation gown! 😉 Headshots don’t need to feel stale or stiff, and senior photography should show off your graduate’s personality! Although close-ups are awesome, wide shots are a perfect way to capture the scenery, as well as some body movement and are one of our favourite senior photo ideas. So, pop that heel! A heel pop is a sure-shot win in the world of senior portrait photography.
7. Integrate a passion
Senior year is often a time to celebrate passions, hobbies, and talents that your grad has been working hard on over the years. 🎭 Showing off those passions in grad photos is an ideal combination. Whether it’s dance, music, gaming, theater, sports, or more—get creative and add some action shots! 🏑 Physical props (or a literal football field!) aren’t critical, but thinking creatively to show off your grad’s passions in one way or another is one of our favourite photo tips.
8. Add a splash of colour
Although we love classic neutrals, don’t fear adding a splash or two of colour for senior pics! 🎨 Think about the time of day, background, landscape, season, or other location specialties, and add a hint of colour! Oftentimes, complementary colours (opposite on the colour wheel) are even more fun than directly corresponding colours. Adding accessories or layers of colour is a fun way to add punch without major outfit commitment, although you can certainly consider changing clothes or adjusting your wardrobe mid-shoot for some variety! (Hot tip: it’s not always easy or feasible to do a complete outfit change in many locations, especially during early-morning shoots, so keep this in mind if you’re considering a complete change of clothing. 💃)
9. Take pics at your school
Your grad’s high school, university, or college might be just the perfect backdrop for senior photos! Think about it—most campuses represent not only a specific phase in life but also tremendous energy, effort, and personal growth! In addition, campuses typically offer a variety of backgrounds and textures, giving your grad tons of choices for gown photos, pics in their graduation cap, as well as any other creative senior picture ideas celebrating those precious school years. 🎓
10. Be on the move
No matter the location, one of our favourite fun senior picture ideas is to be on the move. Opposite the classic sitting pose you’d get in a portrait studio, adding movement during your shoot is eye-catching and a fun way to demonstrate comfort, maturity, and personality… So get going! 🥰 Moving doesn’t have to mean just walking straight ahead; you can be on the move by walking or balancing along a curb or planter edge, running through the grass in your campus quad, touching or playing with nature and other surroundings, climbing stairs, and more.
Throw that confetti and pop that bubbly! 🥳 Posing ideas don’t have to be intimidating, and a senior photo session doesn’t need to feel unnatural or awkward! Unique senior picture ideas are easy once you get a little inspiration—and we hope we’ve helped inspire you for your or your loved one’s senior portrait session. We can’t wait to connect you with one of our local Flytographers—professional photographers who are oozing with talent and excitement and who can’t wait to help capture this super special time! Cheers, grads! 🥂
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