High school senior portraits aren’t what they used to be. In the past, seniors basically had one choice – formal portraits. Nowadays, seniors can really be themselves, and show people who they are. How about an outdoor shot for your senior photo? Photos can be taken near flowers, sitting on a tree swing or on distinctive benches, or near a barn.

For the person who loves to change their outfits, you can have 4 changes of clothes during one session. The studio even takes senior photos with siblings or a friend. Traditional poses are head and shoulder poses, in one outfit. Also black and white photos are taken for another type of casual look. Portraits could mean posing with a musical instrument, leaning against a tree, or even dressing in jeans.

It could also mean taking a photo with sports equipment, or getting dressed in a sports uniform or letter jacket. Prestige Portraits, found nationwide, lets seniors bring props for these contemporary photos. Seniors can also bring a change of clothes so that parents and relatives get a more formal pose, and friends get a photo of you dressed more casually.

According to Professional Photographers of America (PPA), another change is using a photographer of your choice for senior photos. Another break with tradition is having portraits taken at the seniors’ favorite spot, or having a few images taken with their best friends. Working with the right photographer is important for both parents and seniors to be happy.

PPA’s research shows that senior portraits hold a lot of nostalgia for both parents and students. These portraits are a reminder of the way things were, and the changes that are on the horizon. They are keepsakes for always – to be framed and kept on Dad’s or Mom’s desks at home or at work, or hung with pride on the living room or family room wall. Parents, grandparents and other family members would not have it any other way.

Of course, as in the past, having a polished photo means wearing clothes that aren’t wrinkled. For guys and girls, it’s still important to get your hair in place before your session, and getting a good night’s sleep the night before.

Don’t forget, your senior portrait is one of the most important keepsakes you can give to your parents as you begin your new life at college, in a new job, the military, or wherever you plan to be after you graduate. So, take the time to frame it right so it can be displayed on a wall at home, on the living room table, or on the desk in the office.

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