4 Tips That Answers: When Should I Schedule My Senior Portraits?

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2019 Senior Time!

“When should I reserve my senior portraits?”

Here in the Midwest the class of 2018 have tossed their caps in the air and relaxing a bit before they pack up and move into their next chapter. I’ve photographed Teens in every season {yep, even in the cold of Winter}, and I get asked often, “When should I reserve my senior portraits?” It’s a great question, and one that’s completely individual. As we head into the Summer months and pivot towards the class of 2019 I’ve put together 4 quick tips to help you answer that question this week.

Don’t race through this moment.

Don’t snap a few quick shots and call it good enough.

Celebrate who you are in this senior year of high school, because you’re only in it once. Seriously, this moment is unrepeatable!

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A Look of Summer

 

1.Your Look/Wardrobe::

What do you like to wear on a daily basis? If you were to ask your Mom or BFF what kind of clothes they picture you in, what would they say? Think of a casual outfit, active outfit, best dressed, and any accessories you can’t live without right now.

2. Time::

When will you have the most time? True, most people in our Chicago area love the Fall for the colors + temperature. However, when are YOU THE BUSIEST? Most teens have a lot more spare time in the summer months and taking the time to reserve your senior portrait session in the summer gives more time to relax and enjoy it before the Fall rush. Do you like Spring blooms? What time of year is your favorite + when will you have time to ENJOY your senior picture moment?

3. Trend-Setter::

Are you a trend-setter?  Many high school seniors think their senior session needs to be in the Fall, once their senior year starts. Not so. This is about your moment + telling your story. If you’d rather set your portraits in the warmth of Summer, then go for it! If you love getting bundled up in heavy sweaters and cute scarves, then maybe late Fall/Winter suits you best. Be a trend-setter and take YOUR senior portraits when they best fit YOUR STORY.

4. Favorite time of year::

If you have a favorite time of year and it’s a popular one, late Summer into early Fall, then be sure to reserve your date SOON. In your senior year you want to have the best memories so you can look back and smile, remember all the cool memories!

Remember this is YOUR STORY! It’s not what everyone else is doing. True, there may be a lot of similarities with your friends, but if you want senior portraits that show your kind of beautiful then you can’t copy someone else’s story. Mom & Dad want to see you in senior pictures, and sitting down to plan that out is what I love to do! When these portraits go on the wall or in an album we want family + friends to say, “yep, that is totally a ______ look!”

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A Look of Early Fall

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A Look of Late Fall

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A Look of Winter

Alyssa had a great, on-trend outfit for her images, but she definitely braved the cold with this one on a late February day. We went for the more urban look in the buildings since there were no leaves on the trees or Spring flowers 😉 I released my Summer Dates a few posts back incase you’re one of my Summer Seniors. Fall dates will be released in July.  They are always released in my Sparkle Notes first in case you want to see those coveted weekend dates!

 

Here are some other great resources I’ve created to help you with creating your best Senior Moments::

Receive your monthly Sparkle Note + free Make-up Guide

Tips for Creating Great Grad Cards

Tips to Be Cap & Gown Ready

Shining Moments Photography Manifesto

LIVE | LAUGH | SHINE

 

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