Nikki's Portrait Photography | SENIOR PICTURES

Autumn 054Autumn 054 So, you're going to be a senior!  What an exciting time!  

A lot of people ask when most seniors start getting their pictures taken, and the answer to that varies.  

Most seniors have their photos taken  the summer or fall before their senior year begins.  Some students, however, wait for winter so they can get pictures in the snow.  

Photographers tend to be busiest in the summer and fall, so please book your session months ahead of time to guarantee your spot.


Read on for some tips to get the most out of your senior session!

















Having your Senior pictures taken is fun and exciting, but it can also be nerve-wracking if you're not sure how to prepare.  Here are some tips I've compiled.  I hope they help you to relax and have fun knowing that you look great and your pictures will, too!


  • If getting your hair cut before your pictures, try to do it at least a week ahead of time. 
  • Girls, if you don't have time to get a manicure, at least make sure to remove any chipped nail polish that could ruin an otherwise beautiful portrait.
  • Guys should be clean shaven or have beards and mustaches neatly trimmed.


  • Plan to bring a few different outfits in different colors and styles.  
  • For the girls:  Pay special attention to necklines, and try to avoid sleeveless tops.  Bring accessories for each outfit including footwear, jewelry, and hair accessories. Remember, though, that the portrait should accentuate your face and not draw attention away from you.
  • For the guys:  I strongly recommend at least one formal picture with a shirt and tie.  Not only are these the favorites of parents, but they seem to get a lot of compliments from high school girls, too!


  • It is recommended that you practice different facial expressions in the mirror as well as different poses so that you have an idea of what is flattering.  I will also direct and pose you, but practice will help you feel more comfortable in front of the camera.  Bringing a friend along will also help keep the mood light and make it a more enjoyable experience for you, and they can provide feedback and ideas during your sitting.


  • Bring along anything that helps describe you in high school.  Some examples are sports equipment, musical instruments, stuffed animals, hobby items, hunting items, etc…  The possibilities are endless! 


  • Don't worry too much about blemishes; they are usually pretty easy to edit out.  
  • If you have a specific mole, scar, or other mark that you're concerned about, please bring it to my attention so I know to remove it.  There is no extra charge for blemish removal.


  • Braces removal is provided for a fee.  After you view your portraits, you can choose which you'd like to have the braces removed from.