Smile, You're A Senior 5

Experts Tips for the Best Senior Photos Ever

Gone are the days when a high school senior had to rely on a five-minute photo shoot by the photographer the school chose for high school photos. Now, seniors want unique photos. They want to showcase their personality. They want to be different and distinctive. And they want to look GOOD.

The Class of 2018 in Atlanta is in luck! There are fantastic photographers throughout the metro area. We polled some of our favorites to get their secret tips for getting the best senior portraits ever.


  • Hire a professional photographer. This is a special time in your life. Treat yourself to professional images you will enjoy for years to come.
  • Drink lots of water in the days before your shoot. It will keep your skin and lips moist and supple, just like you want it!
  • Be vigilant about protecting your skin from the sun before your photo shoot.  Sun burned and peeling skin is very hard to retouch.
  • Plan your outfits carefully and remember jewelry and shoes for each.
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before the shoot. You don’t want to have to worry about dark circles or bags under your eyes!


  • Choose a photographer you like! If you get along with your shooter, it will translate into great photos.
  • Think about bringing music into the shoot.  It might help you relax and have more fun.
  • Don’t stress out if you have a blemish. Most photographers can easily edit them out.
  • Work your personality into the photos. Talk to your photographer about your talents, likes and hobbies and include them in the shoot.
  • Consider the lighting. Ask your photographer about using dramatic lighting to make the shots seem more editorial.


  • Outdoor portraits work best. Think about scheduling them 1-2 hours after sunrise or before sunset for the best, softest lighting.
  • Relax! Go ahead and laugh. Be enthusiastic. Get as comfortable during the shoot as you can.
  • You can use props. Think about including things that showcase your interests like books or sports equipment.
  • Don’t try to copy looks you see online. This is your shoot. The goal is to capture your best looks and poses, not someone else’s.
  • No waxing right before a session. Try to schedule that at least 2-3 days ahead of time. Guys should be careful when shaving to avoid nicks and cuts.


  • Go for fresh locations. Work with your photographer to come up with a place that hasn’t been used by everyone.
  • Choose clothes and props that hold significance to you personally.
  • Consider including special friends in your shoot. Family members (especially the elderly) or even pets can make the images extra significant.
  • Don’t copy your friends or the latest trend. Look at what makes you…you. You will treasure these images for years to come.
  • Say no to a new haircut the day before the portrait session. Now is not the time for big, dramatic changes!