Deciding where to have your senior portraits taken may seem daunting. There are so many choices, and you want it to be perfect. After all, it’s your (or your child’s) senior year! Then again, it’s such a busy time, and there are so many choices ahead on the journey into full-fledged adult life that selecting a portrait location may seem like a blip on your radar... so you haven’t even considered it. Either way, we’re here to help and hopefully provide some inspiration.
The first thing to consider when deciding where to have your portraits taken is the time of year. What’s your favorite season? Is season even important to you? You may despise being hot, but love crisp air, layers, sweaters and scarves. If so, a summer session on the beach is probably not for you. If the opposite is true and summer fun-in-the-sun is what you live for, then it’s time to start thinking of all your favorite things to in the summer. Once you’ve narrowed down your time of year, you can really start to think about what it is that you love.
What do you enjoy doing? Where do you spend a lot of time? Chances are you have a place that really means a lot to you, or a place that holds a special memory. Do you have a passion that can be illustrated through your location choice? Do you have a talent, sport, or activity that is a big part of your life? Taking these things into consideration and incorporating them into your session can make all the difference. It’s easy to get photos that simply show what you look like. We want to do more than that; we want to create images that illustrate who you are right now.
So, you’ve decided on the season, you’ve thought about your favorite things to do, now what? Once you’ve come up with a few ideas on where, it’s time to think about the details. What do you want your images to FEEL like? Do you want them to be whimsical, edgy, classic, or some sort of unique combination?
You may have an idea of what you want, but it doesn’t fit in with what you think a typical senior portrait should look like. That’s perfectly okay. Ask us what we think, we'd love to be able to make it work for you. Remember, your portraits don’t have to be typical. Your portraits should be about you. Chose something that when you look back on the portraits years from now, you are transported briefly to this extraordinary time in your life.