ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Take Senior Portraits

Updated on July 17, 2015

Introduction

Senior year is a defining time in any young person's life. That's why senior photos need to be just as unique as the senior!

You can even do your own senior portraits, if you have a digital camera and a friend. All it takes is some creativity and time, and you can have great looking photos without the price.

Photo credit: Paisley Studios Photography, Blackfoot Idaho

A Portrait

is a photograph of a person, created with intention. It usually features the person's face and shows some kind of personality.

Graduating year

Photo credit Cortney Dani Hostin.

Use photo editing software to add your graduating year to your portrait!

Other ideas for including your class year:

- Hold it up on a chalkboard

- Write it on the bottom of your shoes

- Draw it in sand or dirt in your photo

- Have your friends make the shapes

Hobby photos

Photo credit: ReasonToBreathe.

The girl above likes fashion and beauty, so a make-up portrait is perfect.

More hobby photo ideas:

- Musical instruments (or a microphone!)

- Sporting equipment - ball, pom pom, weights

- Lots of accessories or costume pieces

- With a vintage camera

- Dancing shoes

- With technology

Sports Photos

Photo credit Natalie Bacon.

Student athletes don't have to be playing for a great portrait - put on your uniform and post on the empty field, next to the fence, or in the locker room.

More ideas:

- Hold the ball/mitt/pom/etc halfway in front of your face for a mysterious portrait

- Sit on the steps of the stadium

- Wear regular clothes but pose with the equipment (like a basketball) on the court

- Get into action in an abnormal place - like doing ballet in front of graffiti

500 Poses

Since it's easy to get a high-quality digital camera these days, the biggest thing separating amateur and professional photography is posing. Don't do static photos - use a book like this to help find flattering poses and shots for your senior photos.

Music Portraits

Photo credit Ryan Austin Dean.

Take your instrument out into the world and take photos!

- Play it. Play against a wall, against the sunset, on the railroad tracks (be careful!!), or someone else unique

- Hold it covering part of your face for a mysterious look

- Lay down and place your instrument next to you

- Singer? Take a microphone with you instead!

Become a professional

Interested in becoming a professional portrait photographer? Jeff's book is full of great advice on starting your business, marketing, and landing a contract with high schools.

A Kid And His Car

Photo credit Brandon Mulnix.

A first car is a huge deal - if you have an interesting-looking one, this could be a great portrait.

Or find an old car to take photos with, for a vintage look!

Other ideas:

- Pose with a luxury car

- Go to a parking garage for an edgy look

- Open the door and sit inside

- Take photos in the back seat

- Shoot through the front windshield at the "driver"

Edit your photos

Touch up your photos after the shoot with basic Photoshop techniques. Don't let that pimple haunt you forever!

Portraits with Pets

Photo credit theRYEstudios in Stillwell, Kan.

Pets are a big part of many student's lives. Take this opportunity to document your cross-species friendship by including Fido in your senior portraits!

- Dress your pet in a costume to match yours (tux and dress, shark and surfer, chef and lobster, etc)

- Run with your pet

- Let your pet be in focus, and you smiling in the background

- Put your arms around your dog and kiss her head

What's your favorite senior portrait idea?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Colin323 4 years ago

      I like the music theme with this age group, as it looks natural and part of their lives - which it clearly is. Some great shots here.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)