A Guide For The Best Time To Schedule Senior Pictures

Jun 16, 2021Families, Parenting Teens, Seniors, teens

by Candace Miller Photography, Montrose CO

Alright friends, I don’t know if you are anything like me (but if you are keeping up with my blogs I’m hoping you are). I like to plan things and be prepared. So this is just as much for you Senior Parents out there as it is for all you beautiful Seniors! When to schedule your Senior Portrait Session is an important question and I have a few tips to help you stay on track…not like you have a million other things to keep track of this year, right!? But the fact that you are thinking ahead is going to be a big bonus point for you! So let’s not waste any time and dive right in.

  1. Make note of when your yearbook photo is due! Mark it in your calendar, put it on a sticky note on your mirror, whatever you need to do to remember. This will put your photos on your radar and help you remember that those photos need to get taken care of! And PARENTS, yearbook photos are a little different than when we were kids, when we might get lucky to throw on our letter jacket for a different look. Most schools allow outside photographers as long as we/they follow the school guidelines for the yearbook photos. Beyond that, your Senior is welcome to show off their talents, likes, adventures that makes them who they are through their photos. This is where they get to, and are encouraged to, show their personalities and create some beautiful keepsakes for their parents as they leave the nest and move on to the next adventure in their lives.
  2.  Sports, concerts, events! Make sure you are staying connecting with your teen during this time! Their lives are going to be a bit chaotic and their schedule is going to be even more frantic. But keeping in touch with them and making sure that we know when their sports starts, what night practices are, if they have special events to attend, all of these things would be conflicts. But if you know for sure they play a fall/winter sport like football and basketball, the best time for their photos is summer before their sport starts so they don’t have to juggle too many things! For baseball, lacrosse, or soccer, a fall session could work for them.
  3.  Work Together With Your Senior’s Schedule! Sit down with your kiddo and discuss what they are thinking for their Senior year. Look over their schedule together and figure out what looks best for the Portrait session. See where it can fit into the mix. Even the specific time of day will matter. It will help you to know that for outside sessions in the summer we usually start shooting 2 hours before sunset, so that’s usually around 6pm to get that good glowy summer light and avoid extreme heat. In January and February that’s usually around 4pm.
  4. Compromise! Parenting is all about give and take right? So for this Senior Session, there may have to be a little bit of compromise. I’m sure you, as the parent, have an idea of what you would like these photos to look like and it’s most likely completely different than what your Senior’s idea is. The great news is, there is almost always room for multiple clothing options and multiple locations. So the best advice I can give you is to talk to you kiddo! Get them excited about a day that’s just about them. Ask them questions about what they like and what they don’t like and find out if you have any common ground. And when you find it…run with it!

Then once you have scheduled your session with me, you won’t miss a beat. I’ll make sure you have all your ducks in a row and it will be smooth sailing until we are finished. The hardest part is finding the right time and for a lot of you, that time is now! The glow of the summer evening can’t be beat! For scheduling information click this link: Senior Session Info



  1. Michelle Robertson

    This is a great time to remind the Class of 2023 that the time to start thinking about senior pictures is NOW! I love that photo of her jumping in her cap & gown! So fun!

  2. Susan

    I love these helpful tips especially for parents of high school seniors. Planning ahead is truly the key to great Senior Portraits and an outstanding experience.

    • cmphotographyowner

      YES! Planning ahead is great and making sure everyone is on the same page is always a plus!

  3. Brandi

    First, that is such a fun photo of the senior jumping in her cap and gown! Second, these are great tips for seniors and their parents on when to book their senior pictures!

    • cmphotographyowner

      A lot of people come to me saying, “I have no clue how this works!” So I feel like guiding them through this journey is the best way to make it work for everyone!


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