A Winston-Salem Senior Photographer captures a high school senior during her portrait session in Old Salem.

If you're reading this, you're either a senior or the lucky parent of a senior that I'm going to get to do senior photos for, and I am already so excited for our session. Senior portraits are some of my favorite individual photo sessions, because they're done at such an exciting and pivotal time in life, and it's so great to really get to watch each senior's individual personality shine through in their photos!

To make sure our session is the absolute greatest, first please go fill out this little questionnaire, and then read some of my favorite senior session tips below.


Between Pinterest boards, Instagram style bloggers, and your mom, figuring out how to turn your closet into a few select outfits for your senior session can be overwhelming. There are definitely some things to consider when prepping for pictures, but ultimately, your portraits should reflect you and your personal style.

If you wear glasses every day, don’t feel like you need to put in contacts just for these pictures – your glasses are part of your identity! Two things to keep in mind that can be a little challenging: glare and transition lenses. Removing the lenses temporarily (no one will notice) so you can show off your eyes is by far the easiest solution. If this isn’t possible, keep your glasses pocketed until just before the picture is taken so they won’t turn in to shades. There are posing techniques that can eliminate, or at the very least minimize glare, so don’t stress!

When it comes to picking out your outfit, here are a few little tips:

  1. Avoid shades of red or anything that’s ever appeared on a highlighter. Bright colors like red, orange, and hot pink will reflect in your skin tone, and highlighter tones can be too bright + distracting. This is especially important if you plan on using a natural setting for your portraits.¬†Senior pictures should show off you and your tremendous achievement, not your choice of clothing.
2. If you want to bring your cap and gown for a few photos, I would recommend coming to the shoot in your fancy outfit, and planning to do the cap and gown pictures first. Most senior ladies opt to wear a white dress for their cap and gown pictures, but if you’re feeling a little non-traditional and want to do something different, then feel free.
3. Think comfy – I know you want to look put together and beautiful, but it’s so important that you feel like yourself! My advice is to bring a nice, formal outfit to get the classic portraits for your grandparents, and then also bring an outfit that totally screams “you!”. That oversized sweater you’ve had since freshman year? Yes. Your favorite pair of blue jeans that you practically live in? Yes, yes. Use this session not just to get beautiful, posed shots, but also to memorialize exactly who you are during this moment in time.


4. In general, I caution against anything with graphics or logos. I try not to include any kind of branding in my images, and it also has the risk of dating the photograph. As far as prints go, think subtle and subdued. If you have a particular printed button-up that you adore, awesome! Just pair it with something solid on the bottom so it doesn’t overwhelm.


5. Make it easy to move in – portrait sessions require a lot more moving than people realize, so go with fabric and outfit choices that will look good no matter how you’re posed. Avoid the dress that only looks good standing up, or the pants that oddly pucker when you’re sitting down. Fabrics that are less wrinkle-prone are obviously a smart choice, but don’t forget to break out the iron beforehand.