Senior Portraits

New Trends in Senior Portraits

Senior portraits are becoming a much bigger deal than they used to be.  There aren’t many times in this teen’s life to get all glammed up and treated like royalty for the day.  Teens want to stand out from their peers.  Senior portraits are now more elaborate. Kids want to be unique and make a statement with their photos.  They want to go a step above their predecessors. This is a huge event and something many kids look forward to from the time they can understand what it means.  Now we are seeing things like

THEMED Portraits – from disney charaters to sports stars to favorite color pallets and or music.  Themed photography give a sense of direction and are be a lot of fun!

CANDID Shots – the standard posing has gone out the window from some young folks.  They want to be captured mid laugh or pondering life’s important questions as they look out over the water.

GROUP SHOTS – sometimes best friends are added to pictures or maybe cousins or coaches, etc. How cool is it to see who you used to hang out with?

UNIQUE LOCATIONS – instead of beside the water, what about IN a waterfall?  Wide angle lenses are becoming more important as backdrops are becoming bigger and better.

TEXTURE – photographs in front of or next to some interesting texture really adds dimension to any photo.

FURNITURE – an old sofa in the middle of a field?  Yes please!JJ Photography (47 of 69)

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Why I Love to Photograph Senior Portraits

Why not?  Young adults…naive to the pressures of the world…bursting to get out of their parents’ house…young and in love with life; their boyfriend; their tuba; their swim team….Photographing highschool seniors is a blast!  You have those that have never really been in front of a camera before so their shy shell is a great challenge to break and one I like.  Then you have those aspiring models, ready to take on the world.  Those career minded kids with their strong profiles and perfect posture seem to shine in a camera lens. There is never a dull day in the world of senior portraits.  I like to talk to them about their aspirations.  I like to encourage their dreams and stand in their corner. I like to hear all the wacky stories and tall tales of what goes on in those highschool hallways. I feel like I was just their age! Where did the time go? Sigh…..

At JJ Photography we take pride in our beloved Seniors.  Why wouldn’t we?  They have that life in them before anyone told them they couldn’t.  They are the next generation.  Their cheeks are still rosey and teeth are still white.  The spirit of a high school senior about to go off and make their way in the world can be seen in those photos.  They will look back on those for the rest of their lives.  Heck ya, I want to be a part of that!

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Best Places in Austin for Senior Portraits

Austin Texas…The Live Music Capital of the World…what a beautiful place we live in.  It’s a photographer’s dream. North, South, East, and West…there are so many unique places in this melting pot.  We have our favorites for photographing weddings of course, but Senior Portraits are a blast to shoot around this city.


Here are some of our favorite places to photograph Senior Portraits in Austin in no specific order.

#1 – Radisson – This beautiful riverside hotel backs up to Town Lake and is short walk to the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge.  There are so many places to photograph around the Radisson we couldn’t even pick just one.

#2 – South Congess (SoCo) – This hip strip features an array of eclectic shops, restaurants, boutiques, antiques, music venues and galleries. With lots of color and life down here, photographing in SoCo is a revolving backdrop to play with.

#3 – Mills Pond – Mills Pond is a little hidden gem in North Austin off of Wells Branch.  A nice walking trail outlines this pond as well as cool swings, benches, rocks, and covered pier.  You wouldn’t believe it’s in the middle of the city!

#4 – Texas Capital Building – no explanation needed.

#5 – Brushy Creek – A 90+ acre park.  Where do we start?  This is just a great place if you are in the outdoor mood and want more natural backdrops.  We could even stop for a picnic!

#6 – Chisholm Trail Park – Home of the famous Round Rock, this place it all – a water fall (small),  big rocks, beautiful bridge, interesting trees and even a little old school house looking building with a tall staircase.  You should defintiely check it out if you haven’t been here.

#7 – UT Campus – fun, fun, fun!

These are 7 of our favorite places to photograph your Senior Pictures.  Have a place in mind?  Leave your comments and let us know!


Tips for Stunning Senior Portraits

There are so many tips out there from clothing choices to make up and hair to location and even props.  When it comes to Senior Portraits, you want to be especially thoughtful about all these aspects.  These are your Senior Portraits!  They stay with you (or haunt you) the rest of your life they deserve more thought than just a trusty ol’ letter jacket and cap and gown.  Here are some tips for this very special time in your life:

#1 – Stick to YOU and your normal clothing style but kick it up a notch.  Keep the essence of you because you don’t want to look at the pictures 10 years down the line and realize you never wore that sweater again after your Senior Portraits because you didn’t really like it to begin with!JJ Photography (44 of 69)

#2 – Practice your smile.  You probably want to do this when you know your little brother won’t be spying on you in the bathroom but cheese it up in front of the mirror.  See what angles you like and what looks most natural.

#3 – Spend some time piecing together different tops with different bottoms and add in a variety of shoes and/or jewelry.  See what looks good. Get the opinions of your friends.

#4 – Remember that dark colors are slimming and stay away from patterns.  They take away from your gorgeous face!

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#5 – Get plenty of sleep the night before and make sure you have plenty of time to get ready.

#6 – Avoid sparkles or shimmer on your face. Enhance your eyes with a really good make-up job.

#7 – Schedule for early morning or late in the day to avoid harsh sunlight and sweaty cheeks.
#8 – Don’t use too much product in your hair.  If you tilt your head to the side, you want your hair to tilt with you.  This isn’t the         80’s!

#9 – Vary your clothing choices. Don’t do all skirts or all jeans.  Mix it up!  And don’t forget your props!

#10 – Make sure your nails look nice and clean.