One of the tough things for any high school senior to decide is where to have their senior portraits taken. It’s a big part of expressing individuality, or conveying personality. So, with that in mind, here are 10 places you should consider having your senior portraits done.
1. Indoors at the studio.
Studio portraits are timeless and classic. It’s a great choice if you want to do something simple, or want to avoid the unpredictable weather. We can do a lot indoors, trust me. Here are some senior pictures taken indoors at the studio. Click on any image to enter gallery view.
I always love using this traditional studio backdrop! It’s a little more interesting than your run of the mill textured color wash, and pairs wonderfully with earth tones and blues alike. While this senior portrait wouldn’t cut it for the yearbook, it would definitely be a nice portrait to display at home!
I typically run through a series of poses when doing studio portraits, changing out chairs and such to create a variety of portraits for my clients. Love how this one turned out!
And here’s another from the studio portion of Ian’s session, with a smile this time. Love it!
2. In your own backyard.
While you may not think of your yard as picturesque, it likely has potential. My job, as a photographer, is to make the most of what you’ve got. So, if you want your senior portraits to be someplace that has lots of memories — your own yard is a great choice! Here are some portraits taken in my clients’ yards (and outdoors here at the studio too). Click on any image to enter gallery view.
3. In your car.
Ok, so this isn’t a “place” …persay. But work with me on this one. If you have a car you’re proud of, I’d love it include it in your senior portrait session. Cars can be part of a portrait session pretty much anywhere — your home, the studio, a park… you name it. Click on any image to enter gallery view.
4. Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor.
This is a great park in Ann Arbor, with many acres. There are the peony gardens, the Huron River, wooded paths, open grassy expanses… you name it. This is also a great location if you’d like to bring your dog along for some of the pictures. Click on any image to enter gallery view.
4. Mill Creek Park in Dexter.
I love this park; my son and I visit all the time. I’ve done all kinds of portraits here. The greenery is fantastic, and the river is great too. Since the addition of a boardwalk and walking path, you can even get to Hudson Mills Metropark from this spot. Though, I wouldn’t recommend that jaunt during a portrait session. Click on any image to enter gallery view.
5. Downtown Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor’s downtown covers a lot of area. Some places are easier to get to than others, but there is a lot of neat architecture and urban imagery that can be incorporated into pictures. One word of advice? Don’t plan a downtown Ann Arbor portrait session the week of the Art Fair unless you really, really, love the crowds. That was an experience! Click on any image to enter gallery view.
6. Graffiti Alley in Ann Arbor.
If you’re going for a contemporary, urban look, then Graffiti Alley is a perfect spot for senior portraits. The fun thing about this spot? The graffiti is never the same. So from year to year, or week to week, the senior portraits could look completely different. Click on any image to enter gallery view.
6. Downtown Dexter.
Dexter’s downtown is a little more… quaint, perhaps? But it is a lot of fun for senior portrait sessions. An added bonus? Parking is a lot easier than if you’d chosen to venture downtown Ann Arbor. I love all the different looks we can get within a one block radius. Click on any image to enter gallery view.
7. At your school.
Maybe you’re a sports fan, or you really love playing sports. If that’s the case, then pictures at your school would be a great choice. Pioneer High School has the added bonus of being kiddy corner to UM football stadium, so it’s a two-for-one sports deal! Click on any image to enter gallery view.
8. Curtiss Park in Saline.
This is a great part for senior portraits, there is a river, grassy open areas, wooded spots, and even a playground. I have done a number of sessions here for high school seniors and it is so much fun. Click on any image to enter gallery view.
9. Train tracks (near, but not on).
As I’ve mentioned before, it’s dangerous to do pictures on train tracks. But, I’m happy to do senior portraits near them, as in these photos of the young man. The young woman in the photos below actually had her portraits done at the caboose in Depot Town in Ypsilanti — it’s a “permanent fixture” and doesn’t pose any danger to get near (or on). Click on any image to enter gallery view.
10. Go on location indoors.
There are many neat places to go– indoors — for your senior portraits. Your own home is one great place, or perhaps the local coffee shop where you go all the time. Or, maybe you love your job and want your senior pictures taken there. The nice thing about indoor locations? No need to worry about the weather. Click on any image to enter gallery view.
So, there you have it. This list is by no means all inclusive, I had to leave off some fun places! What’s your favorite spot?