5 Senior Portrait Ideas That Will Stand Out

Every adult has one: the clichéd senior portrait in the suit or black dress (or rather, the imitation suit or dress top the photographer brought as a prop), the awkward smile, and the slightly dated background. Today’s seniors are more creative than ever before, and we are eager to personalize and recreate senior portraits to truly stand out and showcase your student.

Creative senior portrait ideas don’t have to be bizarre. In fact, they draw on the best senior portrait traditions, just slightly better. Both parents and their kids can agree on the gorgeous portraits these ideas produce. So work with a Gittings photographer, and try a modern take on the classic senior portrait.

Doing What You Love

The passion many seniors have will carry them into college sports, professional careers, and avocations. Others may radically shift course in college, embracing new identities and shedding the old. No matter what happens in the future, an image that shows your senior doing what they love now is a great way to preserve this moment of your child’s history.

A school journalist might plan a portrait session around an interview. A basketball player might want a photo of a major game. A band player may forever cherish an image of playing their favorite instrument. Consider what matters most to your student, then build the portrait session around it. We will work with your senior by planning out all the details in advance to create the smoothest portrait session possible.


More and more seniors have been requesting in-studio portraits. Well-done fashion images allow the seniors to express their unique preferences and tastes in a setting that may not be otherwise accessible in the outside world. The only boundaries of studio portraits are your imagination!


One way to create a unique portrait that suits your senior is by arranging the session in a lush outdoor setting. The natural environment can add fun variation to the session by presenting more opportunities for diverse environments and flattering contrasts. Try planning a portrait session in a favorite park, or outside a museum, they love to personalize the portrait session even more.


Does your senior have a favorite pet or a great relationship with their sibling? Meaningful bonds like these last a lifetime. What better way to honor these heartwarming relationships than with a gorgeous portrait! Take advantage of the opportunity to create a lasting memory of the relationship your senior cherishes the most.


Many seniors want unique photos with bright hues, sharp contrasts, and architectural twists. We can help seniors pick a landmark that offers a compelling background. Colorful doors, local art, and brick walls can all be ideal settings for senior portraits. Outfits can be coordinated to the setting for an even more attractive photo.


Rather than taking senior portraits in a spot your senior does not really like, they can choose to take their pictures in their favorite high school sport. Do they love the library? Do they sneak off to the woods to get some time in nature between classes? Can’t get enough volleyball? Spend all their time in the yearbook room? Try planning a portrait session at school. Ten years from now, when school is in their rearview mirror, the image will bring back memories that were long since forgotten.

A Casual Look

A great senior portrait captures seniors as they really are. Seniors can plan a session to fit them and all their different styles. Seniors can plan a more casual portrait session, and they can also mix it up and show their more classy and dressy side as well. These photos will show who they really are, and will stand the test of time in a more personal way.

Not sure where to begin with a senior portrait? Do you know that your senior wants something different, personal, and fun? We can help. We’ll craft a portrait session that tells a story as unique as they are. Give us a call today to learn more!

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