Senior pictures are right around the corner and you may be thinking, what is the best pose for my senior pictures? To tell you the truth there are so many poses you could do and to be honest I think it’s best you just know all the different kinds of poses you could do so you are more informed. Whether you’re in the water, against a tree, laying down or running through the flowers… there is so much variety and the best thing to do is go with the flow, figure out what will work best with your outfits, location and comfort level then just have fun! So I compiled a little list of pose ideas but trust me, this is not the only list you could choose from.
Here are the first five list of poses you should think about when taking your senior pictures! I love all five of these ideas and they are so fun to play with. Here is another thing to think about when reading through this list, you don’t have to do all of them! If you really love a couple but don’t like the others, then just stick with the ones you like- your pictures will turn out better that way!
1. Natural setting: Find a beautiful natural setting like a forest, park, or beach and have the senior sit or stand in the midst of the scenery. I love pictures of seniors who aren’t afraid to play in the water or climb up on the rocks or run around in the forest. There are so many options when it comes to posing in a natural setting and to be honest, natural settings are so timeless that no matter what pose you choose, your pictures will be amazing for years to come.
2. With a pet: If you have a pet, bring those little fur babies to the shoot and let’s have them be part of your senior pictures! I love when cats are cradled, dogs are outside being played with and even birds (yes, I’ve photographed a pet bird) are there to join in the fun. Pets are a really important part of your life so let’s let them be a part of your senior pictures!
3. Reflection: Take a picture of the senior's reflection in a body of water or a mirror. I love these pictures, especially when the senior wants to get in the water. It’s a little different and you have to be up for a big adventure! But if you’re up for the task, the pictures you get are amazing 🤩
4. Silhouette: Take a picture of the senior in front of a beautiful sunset or sunrise, creating a silhouette effect. I love sun flares and the best part of getting pictures in a sunset is its golden hour! Not only do you get beautiful silhouette pictures but you get warm, golden and beautiful pictures that look perfect every time. Jump for joy in the golden hour pictures or go more dramatic and lean against a rustic barn with with flowers around. Whatever you choose to do during this time, you won’t regret going out during golden hour.
5. Candid moment: Capture a candid moment of the senior laughing, talking with a friend, or doing something they love. Honestly, the best kinds of pictures you can get are the ones when you don’t know you’re taking pictures. Laugh, play and enjoy the moment. Those true smiles that you capture during candid pictures are my favorite. People look so truly happy and I love to capture those moments.
Love the first list of five poses? Well you’ll love the second list even more! Keep on reading to continue to read about photo poses and see which ones you like the most. Remember, you don’t have to like all of them and I’ll add, I’m always up for a new idea. So if you have your own idea, shoot them my way!
1. Textured background: Find a textured background like a brick wall, graffiti wall, or a colorful mural to use as the backdrop for the photo. These posed pictures really stand out from a lot of other pictures because the background is so different. Not many people have their pictures in front of a beautiful and unique textured background so if you want a stand out senior picture, go for unique backgrounds.
2. Sports-themed: If you are involved in sports, let’s be sure to celebrate your achievements and bring in your uniform or gear. Hold your equipment, strap on your tennis shoes and strike a pose. I love active pictures of seniors in their sports gear. Sports are such a big part of your life so it’s important to have pictures to remember all your achievements.
3. Snowy Day: Summertime poses are gorgeous. But if you want to something really unique, opt for snow senior pictures. There are risks to having your senior pictures taken later in the season but if you want to do it, you can have such beautiful senior pictures in the snow. Bring a sled, play in the snow, run around… the punctures you can get in winter time are so fun.
4. Balloons or confetti: Incorporate colorful balloons or confetti into the photo shoot for a fun and festive look. We can pose you with the balloons, or they can be the back ground. Cheer and jump for joy because you made it through high school! Use these props to show your excitement but also they make for really cute and unique senior pictures!
5. Play with lighting: Use natural light or different colored lights to create unique and interesting lighting effects. We can have fun with the light and poses in the lights. Whether we pose you on a vintage couch or have you spin around in a gorgeous dress, the lighting around you will make a difference. I personally love when we use lighting to create silhouettes or dramatic up close shots… they’re beautiful and of course so unique!
There you have it! A list of 10 different pose ideas. Love them all or don’t like any.. either way I hope this list gives you a start for what you think you want you pictures to look like. It’s a good starting point! I want to be your photographer too… so please reach out and let me know how you want your senior pictures to look like. I want to make it happen ☺️