After many years in the photography business, I began to realize that most people want their senior photos captured in the fall. I think the reason is that picture day has always been in the fall at school and parents and students are conditioned to think that senior portraits have to be taken in the fall. (Spoiler alert: This is NOT TRUE!)
While senior pictures truly can successfully and beautifully be captured in any season, here are my top 5 reasons why I think summer is a great time for senior photos!
1. Check senior pictures off of your to do list!
There tends to be a little more flexibility in the summertime, so why not check off something from your senior year to do list? Once the school year begins, there is a lot of activity preparing for ACTs or other testing, visiting and applying to colleges, sports, activities, dances, school functions, etc. so I recommend having your photos taken in the summer to have one less thing on your plate for the school year.
2. Backgrounds are alive!
If you are a fan of nature, summertime is full of life in the trees, flowers are blooming, and there is beauty everywhere!
3. More daylight = more flexibility
In the fall, it can start getting dark very early. This pretty much rules out weeknights after school for photo sessions because there just isn't enough time to get ready for portraits and complete the session before it gets too dark for outdoor sessions. Plus, summer light is gorgeous!
4. More clothing options
Show off your casual look in a sundress or shorts and then add a jacket for a fall look. In the summer, you can dress for any season for a few photos to get many different options for your images.
5. Show off your summer glow
Everyone seems a bit more relaxed in the summertime and it shows on the skin and in the photos!
The time of year of your senior pictures is up to you, but consider summer for some amazing portraits!