Class of 2023 Senior Portrait Tips

This year marked 10 years taking senior portraits. Over the years I’ve found a few trends that I’d love to share so that the next class of high school seniors feels prepared and not left scrambling trying to figure out senior pictures days before the yearbook deadline!


Plan ahead! I’m serious. It’s currently November 2021 and there are photographers in Portland that have already booked Class of 2023 for the summer of 2022. January and February is a great time of year to start searching to find the right photographer for you. Ensure that you book your photographer before the end of your junior year.


I love our seasons but they aren’t always the best for outdoor photography. Not a problem for me, I have a studio in NW Portland but a studio session might not be your ideal location. Peak season for senior pictures is July and August BEFORE senior year.


Every year I hear from seniors that they want fall colors. I get it, it’s beautiful when we have that cool crisp weather with the colorful leaves. But sometimes it does nothing but rain. Plus once school starts, you only have 2 days a week of availability. The sun is setting earlier, you’re busy with school and friends. This is why summer is the perfect time and best weather option for senior pictures


Senior portraits are an investment. Talk to your photographer about setting up payment plans before the session or after your order. Most parents with their first senior tell me they didn’t spend this much on their wedding photography. I get it!


I hope these tips were helpful! I’m always trying to get the education out there so that you can plan ahead. The worst is getting a flood of calls needing pics for the yearbook in a week or two and I’m fully booked for the year. If you have any specific questions about senior portraits please reach out via email!

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