When Should I Schedule My Senior Pictures?

4 Tips to help you answer, “When should I schedule my senior pictures?”

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Here in Illinois seniors toss their caps in the air every May. I’ve photographed teens in every season {yep, even in the cold of Winter}, and I get asked a lot,

“When should I reserve my senior pictures?”

It’s a great question, and one that’s completely individual. As we head into the Summer months, and pivot towards a new senior class, I have 4 quick tips to help you answer that question.

Don’t race through this moment.

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

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

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Looks Like Summer is Here!

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 more spare time in the summer months and taking the time to reserve your senior portrait session in the summer allows you to relax + 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 pictures moment?

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A Look of Early Fall

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, maybe late Fall/Winter suits you best.

Be a trend-setter and take YOUR senior pictures 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 look back and smile, remembering all the cool memories!

This is YOUR STORY!

It’s not what everyone else is doing. Similarities with your friend’s locations + style’s, but if you want senior portraits that show your kind of beautiful then don’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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Brave the Cold of Winter/Early Spring

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 an urban look in the buildings, If you love the urban look too we can have your senior session ANYTIME of year!

If you’re looking at Summer dates reserve quickly!

I’m making family memories too, so there are only a select few dates each Summer.

Fall dates are EXTREMELY POPULAR in Illinois. I release those dates in my Sparkle Notes first in case you want to see those coveted weekend dates!

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Late Fall Colors

Cheers & Sparkles to having an EPIC senior pictures memory!

💖-Andrea | High School Senior Storyteller


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

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