Senior Picture Ideas – 5 Reasons You Need Them

“I don’t have time to get senior pictures.”

“I don’t want to get senior pictures.”

“Why do I need senior pictures?”

Today I have five senior picture ideas + why you need them!

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Obviously I’ve always thought senior portraits were a big deal and I have 29, okay 30, reasons why you should have senior portraits before graduating high school.

I had my first senior in the house in the class of 2020. We had a lot going on with looking at colleges to find her next home-away-from-home, checking through our Summer Bucket List, and curating her senior picture ideas.

Let me tell ya a story about Elizabeth.

We had a one-on-one tour with ‘Tour Guide Elizabeth” at one of the campus’ in Washington.

Elizabeth “lives” in Arizona.

I put “lives” in quotes because she doesn’t really live there anymore. Going into her junior year she decided to stay and work on campus + take a summer class.

I asked her if she was going home over the break and her response hit me – like a sucker-punch to your throat – kinda hit me!

“I’ll go home for a week to get the token-mom visit.”

“SAY WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Those two words were the monologue scream in my head. What I said out loud to her was,

“What does ‘token-mom visit’ mean?” Trying to sound nonchalant about it, but not so sure I pulled that act off. I’m not much of an actress.

She said her friends, job, and classes are all on campus now and there’s not really much for her to do at home anymore except see her parents. After a week she’s ready to get back to her life.

I totally get it + we want that for our kids, but for the love of Chipotle guacamole that was another peek into how much life is about to change in our house.

So there’s reason #1 why you need senior pictures – a REALLY BIG REASON! And that is why I’m always curating your individual senior pictures ideas so when these last high school days are over, we have beautiful memories to look back at.

\Reason 1:: Things are about to change BIG TIME and there’s no returning to the land of “all under one roof”

True, they may come home during holidays or be heading to community college for a few years, but after heading onto campus they start their next adventure and for the most part – it’s without us {am I the only one who’s feeling their chest tighten right now?}.

\Reason 2:: This will be their last ‘formal’ portrait until their wedding

Let reason #2 sink in for a sec. With everyone clicking their smartphones these days some think they don’t need to take time for actual photo session anymore.

There are big moments in life way before your wedding day that deserve formal portraits. Graduating high school and leaving home is like being born again {stick with me}!

So much is going to change and when your senior heads off for school they’re going to experience so many things. Don’t give up this chance for your senior – WITH YOUR SENIOR!

\Reason 3:: It’s fun!

So many seniors are under a lot of pressure and senior portraits is a day for them. A day for Mom’s. A day to HAVE FUN!

We talk about all kinds of senior picture ideas. I’ve planned all sorts of senior portrait sessions over the years.

We plan the wardrobe together, talk about your style, I make the playlist, organize our locations and what to include so the most important pieces in your life RIGHT NOW, in this chapter are captured forever!

\Reason 4:: We want them to freeze time that speeds by like Danica Patrick on race day.

How many times have you looked back at the baby pictures, baby book, or have baby pictures on your wall? A senior picture on your wall is one of those milestone moments that only comes along once!

And if we let is pass without the photo memory it’ll fade way too soon. Freeze their last year of high school just like those newborn, toddler, Baptism, family portrait moments.

We don’t get a do-over on this one.

\Reason 5:: Summer Sunset Sessions

I’ve written a lot about how I went through the 2020 school year of lasts with my baby girl + how I tried to make it extra special to celebrate it! I know, the COVID Pandemic could have been memory enough. That WAS NOT the memory I wanted her to have forever.

I try to make every senior year special for my seniors. So if you haven’t jumped into Sparkle Notes – it’s a good place to be. I only send out an e-mail once-a-month. They’re good each month, like drinking a glass of lemonade while getting a foot massage good!

Yeah!

It’s that good!

Don’t let this big chapter pass. Take the time to schedule your senior session so we can talk about your individual senior picture ideas + have that piece of the story captured forever.

Don’t pass this chance up before it vanishes. POOF! GONE! Just like that!

Cheers & Sparkles!

💖-Andrea |Your Senior Photographer


PS – Here are a few other pieces that might help you out too::

Senior Portrait:: 4 Tips

10 Reasons to Love Senior Year

And those Sparkle Notes

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