When getting ready to take your teen's senior pictures, be sure to follow these tips.

5 tips for taking senior pictures

It’s the summer before your teen’s senior year of high school, which means it’s time to start thinking about senior pictures. This time-honored tradition is a right of passage, and you’ll cherish the photos for years to come. Many people choose to use these portraits on graduation party invitations or high school graduation announcements, so it’s important that they are a true reflection of your teen and are something they can be proud of. Keep these tips in mind as your soon-to-be high school grad gets ready to take their​ senior pictures:

1. Search for inspiration
After you schedule a session with a photographer, have your teen compile some inspiration for their portraits. They can make a Pinterest board to share with the photographer, or page through magazines and cut out poses and photo shoot locations that they find interesting. Coming to the photo session prepared will help your son or daughter get the pictures they envisioned.

2. Don’t go overboard
While your teen may want to wear the latest fashion trends or have their makeup professionally done, it’s important that they don’t go overboard. Seniors pictures should be a true representation of who they are in that moment, so encourage them to keep their makeup looking natural and wear clothing that makes them most comfortable. Keep it classic!

3. Choose multiple locations
To add some interest to your son or daughter’s senior pictures, make sure you take photos at multiple locations. They can be places that have been important during your teen’s high school years, such as the soccer field, or beautiful settings like the park. Some of the most unlikely places produce the most beautiful backdrops – try snapping some pictures at an old barn to give the photos a rustic feel.

4. Use various props
Props play an important role in senior pictures, so you should bring a few items that represent your teen’s time in high school. Did your son or daughter play saxophone in jazz band? Be sure you get a few photos with the instrument. Was your teen a star tennis player? Don’t forget to bring their racquet and a few balls!

5. Get a variety of shots
It’s important that you have plenty of photos to choose from when designing graduation announcements and invitations, so make sure you get a variety of shots. It’s a good idea to take photos of your teen wearing several different outfits at various locations. Encourage them to access their inner model and try out numerous poses as well! That way, when it comes time to choose the perfect photo to share with family and friends, you’ll have no shortage of options.

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