Hey seniors! Or, almost-seniors. It’s nearly the end of your junior year, and I’m sure I’m not the first to tell you that next year is a big year and a super exciting time in your life. Senior year is full of challenges and milestones and opportunities. And one of the things you have to look forward to as a high school senior is your own senior portrait session.
As a senior portrait photographer, I am often asked about the best time to take senior pictures. And there really isn’t a simple answer to that question. There certainly isn’t a right or wrong time, or a time that you’re “supposed” to have your senior session. But there are some things to consider when deciding when to have your portraits taken. I’ve put together this post to help you think through some of the factors that are important to you.
Scenery and Time of Year
Here in Indiana, the four seasons are varied and each one offers something unique in the way of weather and scenery for portraits. Sometimes it’s easy to decide when to have your portraits taken based on which season is your favorite.
The weather is warm and the days are long, and without school or regular extra-curricular activities you might have more dates to choose from when scheduling your session. Heat, humidity, and lots of sun will be the biggest obstacles during a summer session, even in the evening. Summer is my favorite time of year, and I love the warmth of summer evening portraits.
This is usually my busiest time of year. The weather is mild and the leaves are at their most colorful during mid-October, and the trees in Fort Wayne's parks make great scenery for portraits this time of year. There's something special about the sunlight of a fall evening. Since the fall is so popular you might want to schedule early, especially if you're in a fall sport or activity and your availability is limited.
Around here, winter is prettiest around the holidays and in January. Winter sessions can be cold but beautiful. It's a bit tricky to plan around snowfall, but I'm definitely willing to try! The biggest challenge in winter is the cold, as it can be hard to look your best in a 20-degree windchill. However, winter portraits can be really unique, and I'm up for it if you are!
There are so many great places to take spring portraits in Fort Wayne with all the flowers on trees and in the many parks and gardens. Around late April or early May, the weather is mild, if a bit unpredictable, and everything is flowering. If you're graduating at the end of May, you might be cutting it a bit close if you wait for the trees to bloom to take your portraits. So if you love spring portraits, you may want to consider having them taken at the end of your junior year.
Keep Your Seasonal Schedule in Mind
If you’re involved in a lot of extra-curricular activities, you may want to take those schedules into account. If you’re in marching band, it will be a bit trickier to schedule a season in the fall than in the summer, and you definitely don’t want to squeeze a session in the same day as a basketball game or practice. My senior sessions take place in the evenings, because that’s when the light is best, and you’ll be much more relaxed during the session if you didn’t have to rush over after a meeting or practice.
Watch Out for Deadlines
Some schools require graduating seniors to have portraits taken for the yearbook and submit them by a certain date, however that isn’t usually the case around Fort Wayne. Here senior portraits are used as keepsakes and for graduation announcements and party invitations. Once you know when you want to send these out, it's best to have your portraits taken at least a month in advance. Many extra-curricular activities also close out the school year with a banquet and slideshow, so you'll want your pictures done before these events take place as well.
There really is no "right" or "wrong" time to have your senior portraits taken. It's completely up to you! If you're graduating in 2020, now is the perfect time to start thinking about when you want your portrait session to take place. Contact me to get my client guide with all the information about my personalized senior portrait sessions!