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Senior Photos: A how to guide. Fort Myers, Florida

September 25, 2018

It is no secret that I LOVE photographing seniors. Maybe it’s that they are on the verge of making big changes in their lives or maybe it’s because they can hold a pose 🙂 Either way, I wanted to give a little “how to do a senior session right” blog so that it may prepare others for a successful session!

  1. When we are setting up a session, I always encourage parents to bring at least one wardrobe change. Why? Because it gives depth and variation to the shoot, and your gallery will be that much more colorful!
  2. Bring props! Allow me to explain: I personally prefer to create individualized senior sessions. I want my clients’ personalities to shine through. Now this can be something as simple as a bat, baseball glove, volleyball, dance shoes, musical instrument etc. (You might be thinking, my child plays the tuba; I’m not bringing that to the session…and that’s fine. Bring some sheet music and I can guarantee it will be worth it!). If they are a more academic student; bring books, pencils and paper!
  3. On occasion, there are seniors that do not have any extracurricular activities that they are involved in, and that’s great too! This is where we can really play up wardrobes and accessorize (bring a hat, jacket, or different jewelry)!
  4. Get Creative! Ask your senior if they have ideas on how they might like to portray their style. The biggest most important part to this is that it is fun, beautiful and that we are creating timeless images to last.
  5. Enjoy our most recent senior, Cooper. (And notice that they came prepared with outfit changes and props!) I truly enjoyed working with this guy and his family!


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