High School Senior Photo Ideas

Hey, y’all! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

One of the things I was able to finish up over the weekend is the editing on a High School Senior photo shoot I did a couple of weeks ago. Then it dawned on me that I haven’t done a post of my photos giving everyone some Senior Photo ideas…and it’s definitely that time of the year!

Of course, there are always the studio yearbook shots. Classic, right? But over the past few years, seniors have been expressing themselves a bit through some more creative photos (at least here in Central Florida!)

So…here we go!

Classic – Lots of white columns, gardens, manicured lawns, etc.




Contemporary – Brick, iron, and lots of other architecture included




Country – Fields, meadows, lakes, etc.




Grunge – Shots in unexpected, vintage or run-down places (no greenery included)




Urban – Literally picking a few downtown blocks and shooting all along the walk




With props – Anything from caps, gowns and rings to pets!




So those are some of my most popular offerings when it comes to High School Senior photos! Have you had YOUR high school seniors photos taken yet? Can you believe it’s almost MAY?!





69 thoughts on “High School Senior Photo Ideas

  1. What a great idea for senior photos! Sure not loke the ones we took way back when–Mine was so bad that my Mom had a professional photographer do mine–Nehru collar and all!!

  2. No, I can’t believe it’s almost May! I was going to list the photos I liked the best, but then I realized I loved them all! Great job, Kristen!!!

  3. Love these ideas! They’re so much better than the usual plain white background pics taken at school. Congratulations!

  4. When I was a high school senior back in the dark ages, photos were taken in a studio with that velvet black cape draped across the shoulders. My baby girl graduated from high school in 2005. Her senior portraits were beautifully done by a photographer with lots of vignettes at his studio. Now, folks go on location to get the backgrounds. I really like the run down buildings in black and white! Those are my favorite.

  5. These are so much better than the draped girls, tuxedoed boys we had as seniors (waaaaaaaaay back). My daughter will be a senior next year and you have given me some great ideas! You take beautiful photos!

  6. They are all beautiful, Kristen! You are very talented! It’s so important to get photos done for certain milestones. A great way to look back and remember the memories!!

  7. When I was in high school, way back when, they senior pictures were usually taken in the summer before you entered your summer year. They were needed that early at the time if you wanted them in the yearbook. I wonder if it is still like that now.

    These are some great pictures and I love the settings.

    • Here, the traditional ones are still taken for yearbooks, Pam! But most kids and families want some taken that show off their personality more…and that they can update their social media sites with and give to friends and family! That’s where I come in 😉

  8. These are all really nice! You do good work!

    When my son was a senior a few years ago, I could not get him to do a brick wall photo, but I wanted him to. We did similar scenes to some of these listed. We also did some by a covered bridge and some railroad tracks.

  9. I am so glad to see that someone is thinking about something other than the traditional photos. These are so beautiful and show so much more personality and character than the ones they had when I was younger – beautiful job.

  10. I can’t believe it’s that time of year.. or my life! My oldest grandson is graduating this year.. wow, time goes too quick! I’m sending a link of this post to my daughter. She takes great photos, I mean really great and thought if even for just the fun of it, these were great ideas she could share with Joe before he leaves for the Navy in July! These are all fabulous, the kids must be thrilled with the outcome! I would be if I was a teen for sure!

  11. I love how you describe the different settings, I love the urban and grudge. It’s been a long time since I had my senior photos taken….I ended up becoming a model for that photo studio, those where the days! Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas.

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