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The Ultimate Guide to Flawless Senior Portraits: 15 Tips and Tricks Revealed!

July 7, 2024

Senior year is a huge milestone that deserves to be captured and celebrated. Whether you are a student eagerly anticipating your final year of high school or a proud parent wanting to savor every second of this special time, senior portraits are the perfect way to do that. But how do you ensure these photos turn out flawless? As an OKC senior photographer, I’ve gathered 15 tips and tricks to help you achieve stunning senior pictures that you’ll cherish forever.

1. Choose the Right Photographer

The first step to flawless senior portraits is finding the right photographer. Look for someone with experience in senior photography, a style you love, and a portfolio that speaks to you. An OKC senior photographer with a good reputation and positive reviews can make all the difference. Make sure they provide the experience you desire, as well. Is professional hair and makeup provided? Are products included? How long are their sessions and how many outfits and locations do they all?

2. Plan Ahead

Start planning your senior pictures well in advance. Book your photographer early to secure your preferred date and time, especially during peak seasons. Planning ahead also gives you time to discuss your vision with your photographer and prepare for the shoot.

3. Select the Perfect Outfits

Your outfit choices play a crucial role in the overall look of your senior portraits. Opt for a mix of casual and formal attire to capture different aspects of your personality. Solid colors, subtle patterns, and well-fitted clothes work best. Avoid overly trendy outfits that might look dated in a few years. When you book your session with Brandi Price Photography, you will receive a full What to Wear Guide to help you choose the best outfits for you!

4. Accessorize Thoughtfully

Accessories can add a touch of personality to your portraits, but don’t overdo it. Choose simple, meaningful accessories that complement your outfits without overwhelming them. Hats, scarves, jewelry, and even sports equipment or musical instruments can be great additions.

5. Pay Attention to Grooming

Ensure your hair, nails, and skin are well-groomed for your photo session. A fresh haircut or trim, clean nails, and moisturized skin can make a significant difference. Your Welcome Kit with BPP will include a Makeup/Skin Prep Guide and a Photo Worthy Nails Prep Guide.

6. Scout Locations

The location of your shoot can set the tone for your senior portraits. Whether you prefer an urban setting, a scenic park, or a meaningful spot like your high school, discuss location options with your photographer. An experienced OKC senior photographer will know the best spots for stunning backgrounds. Scroll through my Instagram and/or website and see which images speak to you the most. While you are getting hair and makeup done before your session, we will nail down the locations you would like to shoot at.

7. Consider the Time of Day

Lighting is crucial in photography. The golden hours—shortly after sunrise and before sunset—offer the best natural lighting for outdoor shoots. Midday sun can be harsh and create unflattering shadows. Plan your session accordingly to take advantage of the best light. All sessions with BPP will take place at sunrise or sunset to create the most beautiful images.

8. Strike a Pose

Posing can make or break a photo. Practice different poses in front of a mirror to find your best angles. Relax, have fun, and let your personality shine through. Do not stress too much about this. I will walk you through poses throughout your session.

9. Include Personal Props

Incorporating personal props can add a unique touch to your senior portraits. Think about items that reflect your hobbies, interests, or future aspirations. Whether it’s a musical instrument, sports gear, or a favorite book, props can tell your story in a creative way.

10. Mind Your Posture

Good posture is essential for flattering photos. Stand up straight, relax your shoulders, and avoid slouching. Imagine a string pulling you up from the top of your head. This will not only make you look taller and more confident but also enhance your overall appearance.

11. Natural Expressions

Natural, genuine expressions are key to captivating portraits. Think about happy moments, listen to your photographer’s cues, and don’t be afraid to laugh or smile. The best photos often come from spontaneous, candid moments. We will incorporate laughs, big smiles, soft smiles, and more serious faces throughout your session.

12. Get Plenty of Rest

A good night’s sleep before your photo session can work wonders. Rested eyes and a fresh complexion will make you look vibrant and full of energy. Avoid any activities that might leave you feeling tired or stressed on the day of your shoot.

13. Hydrate and Eat Well

Stay hydrated and eat a balanced meal before your session. Drinking plenty of water and having a nutritious meal can help your skin look its best and keep your energy levels up throughout the shoot.

14. Weather Contingency Plan

Outdoor shoots are subject to weather conditions. Have a backup plan in case of rain or extreme weather. Discuss alternative indoor locations or rescheduling options with your photographer to ensure a smooth experience.

15. Review and Communicate

Finally, review your photographer’s work and communicate your preferences. Clear communication ensures that your photographer understands your vision and can deliver the results you desire.


Creating flawless senior portraits involves careful planning, thoughtful preparation, and the right photographer. By following these 15 tips and tricks, you can ensure that your senior pictures are not only beautiful but also a true reflection of who you are during this significant time in your life. As an Oklahoma senior photographer, I am dedicated to helping you capture these precious memories with stunning, timeless photos that you’ll treasure for years to come. Happy shooting!

To start the booking process, complete the contact form on the website or email me at brandi@brandipricephotography.com.

If you enjoyed this blog post, you might also enjoy:

“Senior Session Prep for Your OKC Senior Photos”

“5 Ways to Prepare for Your Senior Pictures”

  1. Susan says:

    These are awesome tips for great senior portraits!

  2. I love how you help your clients plan their senior portraits so that session day is stress-free and they can enjoy the incredible experience you offer!

  3. Jodi Major says:

    What a wonderful guide to flawless senior portraits. These high school senior girls are blessed to have such a wonderful photographer

  4. Andrea says:

    These are amazing tips for success in senior photos. I love that you make it so easy for your clients to look and feel their best for session day. Great photos Brandi!

  5. Ashleigh says:

    Fantastic tips for making sure your senior photos are everything you dream them to be, and Brandi is the best in OKC!

  6. Jeanine Offer Krupp says:

    These tips are pefection! I can see why you are the go-to OKC Senior Photographer! A well-planned session, with these tips, is sure to make for the best senior portrait sessions.

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Brandi Price Photography is located in Oklahoma City. Brandi Price is a Premier Senior Photographer, specializing in custom, unique Senior Portraits. Brandi Price is a Professional Photographer that serves Oklahoma City, Edmond, Moore, Norman, and surrounding areas.