Tips for a Great Senior Portrait Session

Read on for more tips & tricks – for both guys and girls!

Senior Portrait Tips & Tricks for Girls:

Before the Shoot:

  1. Skincare: Establish a consistent skincare routine weeks before the shoot. Moisturize daily and address any concerns like dryness or acne. Apply makeup primer for a smooth base.
  2. Hair: Experiment with different hairstyles in advance to find what flatters you most. Opt for styled hair (blowout, braids, etc.) or bring hair styling tools for the shoot.
  3. Makeup: Apply natural makeup that enhances your features without being heavy. Focus on flawless foundation, defined brows, and mascara. Highlight your best features, whether it’s eyes, lips, or cheeks. Don’t forget your nails; they will be visible!
  4. Wardrobe: Choose outfits that fit well and flatter your body shape. Experiment with color, texture, and patterns, but avoid anything too revealing or distracting. Bring 2-3 different outfits with varying styles.
  5. Accessories: Jewelry can add personality, but keep it simple and avoid over-accessorizing. Consider earrings, necklaces, or bracelets that complement your outfit.
  6. Posing Practice: Practice some poses in front of a mirror to get comfortable with how you look and feel.
  7. Mindfulness: Stay present and enjoy the moment. Focus on the positive aspects of yourself and your life!

During the Shoot:

  1. Angles: Play with different angles to find what flatters your face and neck. Tilt your head slightly or turn your body to create dynamic posing.
  2. Eyes: Make eye contact with the camera for engaging portraits. Experiment with different gazes, like looking confidently over your shoulder or smiling with gentle eyes.
  3. Hands & Posing: Avoid awkward hand placement. Use props, play with your hair, or hold your clothes for natural-looking poses.
  4. Variety: Try different sitting, standing, and walking poses to create variation in your photos.
  5. Feedback & Collaboration: Communicate openly with your photographer and feel free to offer suggestions or ask for feedback on poses and expressions.

Bonus Tip: For both guys and girls, get a good night’s sleep before the shoot and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and healthy-looking.

Remember: These are just suggestions. Personalize these tips to match your individual style and preferences. The most important thing is to feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera!

Senior Portrait Tips & Tricks for Guys:


  1. Skincare: Wash your face daily with a gentle cleanser and use a moisturizer suitable for your skin type. Exfoliate a few days before the shoot for smoother skin. Address any blemishes (shaving bumps, etc.) beforehand.
  2. Hair: Get a haircut a few weeks before the shoot to ensure it’s styled how you want. Consider different styles for variety. If longer, style it neatly or consider a product for a textured look.
  3. Wardrobe: Choose outfits that reflect your personality and style, but are also flattering. Solid colors photograph well and avoid overly busy patterns. Bring 2-3 different outfits with varying formality.
  4. Accessories: Less is often more. A simple watch, necklace, or bracelet can add personality. Avoid anything too trendy or distracting.
  5. Grooming: Trim your nails and any facial hair (if applicable). Shave or trim neatly the day before the shoot.
  6. Relax and Be Natural: Don’t overthink your poses. Just be yourself, and let your personality shine through.

During the Shoot:

  1. Posture: Stand tall with shoulders back and relaxed. Avoid slouching or hunching.
  2. Expression: Experiment with different expressions, from genuine smiles to relaxed confidence. Avoid forced grins or overly serious looks.
  3. Movement: Don’t be afraid to move! Walking, laughing, or engaging in an activity can add naturalness and dynamism to your portraits.
  4. Confidence: Be yourself and have fun! Confidence is always attractive in photos.
  5. Open to Suggestions: Trust your photographer’s expertise and be open to trying different poses and ideas.