5 Things to Do to Prepare for Senior Portraits

Preparing for Senior Portraits:

There are lots of lists and tips out there but here are a few things I recommend, as you get ready to have your senior portraits taken.


  1. Find a Photographer.  First things first, you need to find the right photographer for YOU! I definitely know my style isn’t for everyone, so it is important you check around and see what you like best. Ask to see the images of an entire senior session (not just the one photo that is on display). It’s also important that you are comfortable with your photographer, someone who puts you at ease. I remember when I was having my senior portraits taken (a couple years ago…?!) how at ease they put me…and even to this day I keep in touch with them and love them to pieces!
  1. Decide What to Wear and What to Bring.  “What should I wear?” is the main question I get. I recommend around 3 outfits. Layering is a perfect idea…that way we can get a few different looks with just one outfit. I also suggest that you pick one solid outfit (nothing too busy). It tends to be a bit more timeless (think about the 80s, any regrets there?!). 😉 Above all though, we want these images to represent you…so what do you like on yourself? When in doubt ask a friend or text me a picture! In addition to your outfits, I always encourage my seniors to bring props! Whether it is your tennis racket, flute, dog, or best friend, it’s a great way to express you!
  1. Hair and Make-up.  For girls: I think getting your hair and make-up done professionally is a great idea. It alleviates the stress from you having to have THE perfect hair day.  And even if you don’t wear make-up, I recommend a little – any good make-up artist will know what photographs best. For guys and girls: don’t get a haircut too close to your session and don’t start tanning a couple days before your session!  I think we can all guess why this would be a bad idea. 😉
  1. Pick a Location. Definitely discuss this with your photographer. I’m constantly looking for new locations so that I can recommend a scene that would fit my client’s vision. Be mindful of what time of day your chosen location’s lighting will be best. When I lived in Florida, the beach was a popular choice…but the beach lighting is only best around sunrise and sunset! You don’t want to be squinting in all your photos.
  1. End Result.  Think about what you want to get out of these photos. Get your parents involved in all this! What do they want and what is the budget?  In this digital era we now live in, it is so easy to ask for all the images on CD and then you go home with the CD…and then what?



Ok, that photo is just a joke, not a recommendation! 😉

So I challenge you to think of what you want as an end result…an album, gallery wrap for the wall, wallets to hand out to friends, framed prints for your grandparents, announcements, etc. One of my absolute favorite products we offer seniors is our Senior Memory Book. It is a great way to show off ALL your senior portraits to your friends and family, AND have them write you a message or answer a fun question.

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Here is a senior session I photographed back in Florida.

1 3 4 6 6a 7 7a 8 9 11 12Ready to get started?  Feel free to give me a call (239-634-4191) or email me (alison@alisonbeyerphotography.com) to set up your consultation and get planning!


Senior Portraits | Wyoming Senior Photographer

It’s crazy we are already in full swing for our 2015 senior graduates…wow, 2015!  Time just keeps flying!

Caleb graduated last year and for his senior photos we did a little variety in our location.  I love taking senior photos in a downtown/urban setting because of all the variety it provides…cool old and new buildings, pillars, water, colorful storefronts, etc.  Then to end our shoot, we went back to my studio and took a few more.  This first photo of him in his football jersey (B&W) is my favorite!

Enjoy these photos as you start getting some ideas for your own senior pictures!  We are now booking for 2015 seniors photos so feel free to call anytime to reserve your session.  🙂

1a 1b 2a 2b 3b 4 8 10 11 12 13To book your senior portrait session please email us at alison@alisonbeyerphotography.com or call us at 239-634-4191.  We have session times available for Wyoming/Montana area (Cody, Powell, Clark, Red Lodge, Billings) and we will be in SW Florida at the end of October for sessions.  🙂


I Love Traveling!!!

I have that itch again (not from a fire ant!)…I’m ready to go on a trip and explore!  I’m currently sitting at my computer editing and retouching projects and off to the side I have my husband’s laptop with Pinterest up while I search for photos of where to go next. 🙂  I’ve already calculated the cost and when would be the cheapest time to fly, the big question is where…?  Not really where I want to go, because I want to go everywhere, but where can I convince my husband we should go? 😉   He takes a lot of convincing, so I’ve taken to texting him photos everyday of various options.

So if any of you have a great travel spot, please do share!

In the meantime…here are some places I’m dreaming about visiting again…

This is the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland.  Probably one of the top 5 most beautiful and breath-taking places I’ve been.

CliffsMoherABPhotoThis is Dunguaire Castle in County Galway.  We happened to drive past it on a tiny little windy road on our way to the Cliffs of Moher.

DunguaireCastleABPhotoAnd lastly, this was on our hike around Killarney National Park close to the Muckross House.  How perfect to see a rainbow!  But there was no leprechaun or pot of gold! 😉

LuckyWalkABPhotoAlso…don’t believe every photo you see on Pinterest as I have a habit of doing!  Some places aren’t real, just some great photo manipulation.  🙁 #waterfallcastlepoland #castlehouseislanddublin

Senior Fun in the River District!

Senior season is in full swing!  We took Samantha’s portraits a little while back and what a perfect model with an amazing smile (I’m super envious of her dimple!!).  We covered a good bit of downtown Fort Myers, which always makes for a great backdrop.  And I even convinced her to pick a dance pose in the middle of the street, such a great sport. 😉

Jenny, senior portraits

It is graduation season!  And as we are gearing up for the summer of photographing the next year’s class graduates, we’re also finishing orders and books for this year’s seniors.  We did Jenny’s photos on Sanibel Island, a beautiful beach session.  She brought along a variety of great outfits, from casual cowboy hat to prom dress.  Loved it!  We also lucked out with a pretty amazing sunset!  Congratulations Jenny!

Kaylee, senior portraits

Kaylee has been my little advertiser! She’s been so sweet to pass my name along to her friends.  I was so excited with all her fun ideas that she wanted to do for her senior photos.  She told me she wanted really different locations, which sent me on a hunt for some new sites!  I loved her balloon idea, such a fun prop.  Kaylee is definitely a fun-loving, full of life, sweet young lady!


Chelsea, senior beach portraits

Chelsea was such a sweetheart! While vacationing down here, I had the opportunity to do her senior photos at Bowditch Beach (one of my favorite beaches).  And despite a bit of rain, we ended up having perfect, soft lighting.


Keith, senior portraits

Keith is one of the very few who has a great “serious” expression.  What do I mean? He doesn’t look like he’s gonna kill someone if he’s not smiling, he looks pleasant! It was great to do some senior studio portraits with him as well as go to the beach. KeithDSCF1313f