Can you do senior pictures in your own back yard? Sure! High school senior pictures don’t have to be in the studio anymore. These days, it’s possible to hire a photographer to go on location, even to your own backyard, and have senior photos taken there. Where you have many memories. Where the setting is meaningful to you. Don’t think that these senior portraits will cut it? Does your backyard sound too boring and mundane?
If so, here are some reasons why you should consider doing senior photos in your backyard.
You don’t have to go anywhere. Most professional photographers will cheerfully go on location, including to your home.
What are some of the benefits of staying at home?
Well, for starters, you don’t have to drive anywhere on the day of your session — your photographer will come to you.
Then, there’s the whole wardrobe thing. If you’re planning on multiple outfits for your portrait session, you’ll appreciate not having to bring half your wardrobe with you (like would be necessary if you went elsewhere). Outfit changes will be easy — just head back inside. No fumbling with clothes in a public restroom, or layering clothing so that you can “change” in the middle of a park.
And, if you have a instruments, a pet, or other items you want to add into the session, you don’t have to worry about piling those into your car to drive to the portrait studio or another location. Your things are at your house already. When it’s time for that part of the session, just go get the dog, or bring your trumpet out.
Your senior photos will mean more to you because of the location, the setting, and the memories you’ve made there.
If there’s one thing I’ve noticed over the years as a portrait photographer, it’s that people love settings that have memories. You might think your backyard looks boring and commonplace, but trust me when I tell you, that’s a concern I voiced hear frequently when planning portrait sessions. Trust your photographer. Show her the space, and let her work some magic for you.
Your backyard might be ordinary, but it will look fabulous in the pictures.
If you want your senior pictures to be different from everyone else’s… to be different… then why not choose a location no one else will be using? Let’s face it. The local parks tend to be popular portrait destinations.
Your backyard? Not so much.
By simply selecting your backyard as the location, you’re setting your portraits apart from the masses. Your backyard is different from Jane’s, so even if you both have the same ideas about what you want for your pictures, you won’t end up with a cookie cutter portrait.
No one else will have portraits like yours.
Unless you have siblings who also have their senior portraits done in your backyard…. but that’s a story for another day.
See what I mean?
Here are some high school senior portraits I’ve created for clients… in their neighborhoods or yards. No park pictures here!
Hire a Senior Portrait Photographer?
Now, when it comes to the question of hiring a photographer or doing it yourself, I’m a bit biased. Obviously I’d recommend hiring a professional photographer (like myself!) for your senior portraits. Sure, it’s going to be an investment. But you get what you pay for — quality portraits that make you look great. There are several big milestones in life that you can’t let pass by without having your portraits done — and graduating is one of them.
Sure, you could do it yourself, or find a friend with a fancy camera to do it — but this is your high school graduation. It’s a big thing.
You deserve it.
These pictures will be hanging on your relatives’ walls for years.
One thing to keep in mind? Scheduling senior portraits can a little hectic if you wait until the last minute. As the school yearbook deadlines get closer, senior portrait photographers like myself get booked up. Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule something! Get it on the calendar now.
If you’d like to contact me about helping you plan your senior portrait session, please don’t hesitate to call (734-424-0472) or send me a message. I’m located in Southeast Michigan.