Professional Tips for a Sensational High School Senior Portrait Session

Below are Seraphine Photography’s five tips for taking on your Senior portrait session with grace and confidence and leaving with portraits that you will love for years to come. As a mother and a professional I find that proper planning for senior portrait session helps alleviate stress and anxiety of what to expect during a your portrait experience this is where the design and planning consultation session helps the Senior and their family prepare mentally, emotionally and even physically by picking out their clothing and expressing what they wish to have captured. Once the preparation is done now we get to the nitty gritty of the actual session day and the tips below will go along way in making your session a success.

use your eyes.

use your eyes to express emotion. when you smile, naturally your face and eyes light up and look bright and awake.

 Use your eyes to express emotion. When you smile naturally your whole face lights up and your eyes look bright and awake. Before your senior photo session practice smiling in the mirror and use different expressions to see what feels your best but focus on having fun.


Great photos happen when the subject is relaxed and confident. Let the excitement of your senior photo session show through the lens as you take a moment and breathe, relax and just have fun. You may feel silly during this process but we will do everything we can to help you feel more comfortable.


This may sound obvious but breathing is key to capturing a natural look. Take time to practice taking a deep breath while smiling in front of the mirror. Slowly release the air while holding the smile and notice how your face and eyes settle into a natural and relaxed expression. Allow your eyes to “smile” by focusing on the apples of your cheeks pressing upwards. When in doubt, just breathe.


Staying stationary can sometimes produce a very staged and cheesy look. Just because you are sitting or standing still doesn’t mean you can’t change the angle of your body to create a look that is fresh and inspired. Try leaning into the camera slightly to appear more engaged, shift your weight from left to right, or simply move your chin slightly up and down for different shots as this gives us a variety of facial expressions to work with.


This goes for everyone. Ladies, spend some extra time getting your hair blown out, get your makeup done and choose an outfit that makes you look and feel your best. As for the men, take a shower and shave. When you look your best, you feel your best and when you feel your best, you are naturally more confident. Go the extra mile to walk into your senior photo session feeling confident, attractive, prepared, and inspired.

Contact me and let’s customize your session to make it as unique as you!

Best way to reach me is by either calling me at 508-579-3669 or emailing me at Feel free to follow the link above with hyperlink contact me to fill out an inquiry. I look forward to speaking with you and helping guide you as you plan for your final portrait session while you still live at home and prepare to take a leap of going to college. Wishing class of 2020 the best as they navigate their final year of high school as for the Juniors its never too early to start thinking of your senior portrait.