5 Posing Tips for Graduating Seniors

I hear congratulations are in order, and so are senior portraits! You’re graduating and going off to bigger and better things, but not before having a senior photoshoot to remember the best moments of your life so far as a graduating high school senior.


Let me put you in front of the camera and click away. If you feel the nerves creeping up and start to feel awkward and camera-shy, don’t be because we’ll laugh all of that away. Unlike other senior photographers, I talk to you, listen to you, and give you time. Most importantly, I’ll provide you an environment that makes you feel comfortable, confident, and at ease.

How do I make the nerves and awkwardness disappear?


It’s all in the poses!

Here are a few posing tips that will make the entire senior photoshoot a breeze:

  1. Sitting Pose

Comfort comes with sitting down, not standing up. We’ll begin with a sitting pose. You can sit on the steps, grass, or the door. We’ll find the best spot for you to sit. I’ll show you a couple of pictures I took to give you an instant confidence boost. You’ll be sitting taller, and your smile will get bigger with each picture I take. Be free to bend your legs and arms. Be free! Be natural!



  1. Standing Pose

Now, we’re ready to try the standing pose. When you stand, I want you to project how you feel in that pose. You can channel the superhero, speaker, dancer, or athlete in you. We can make it fun and exciting. I want you to be yourself.

If you want to laugh in your standing portrait because your high school graduating class awarded you “Class Clown, laugh, my friend. If you’re in drama, we can take pictures of you making various expressions— sad, happy, angry, and more. Whatever works for you, works for me.



  1. Leaning Pose

You can lean next to a wall or door or whatever we can find. I’ll make sure to find a backdrop that adds to the picture, elevates it, and makes you shine. You can giggle, laugh, smile, or do whatever you feel in that moment.

I love the leaning pose because it allows me to capture the 3/4 body or half body shots. This pose is perfect for capturing leading lines as well. Don’t worry. We’ll mix it up! I’ll take both full and half body shots and you can choose which ones you like.



  1. Moving Pose

When I say action, twirl, throw your hands in the air, smile and laugh bigger, jump in the air, and any movement that comes to your mind. We can plan the movements depending on the background and according to what you want to portray.

If you’re a ballerina, put on your ballet shoes, and let’s dance. If you’re a football player, put on your uniform and grab a football. I always have an incredible time taking moving shots, as it always starts and ends with laughter. I get to capture your personality through your movements. You’ll find the process a lot of fun.



  1. Shoulder Pose

Trust the shoulder. It has more power than you think. The “over the shoulder” shots never get old. They are a great way to capture your beautiful eyelashes and lovely eyes. You can give me a serious look or lean and laugh. The close-up shots are one of my all-time favorites, as it allows me to highlight all your amazing facial features.

These are just a few poses out of the many I’ll make you do. There are several more than we’ll brainstorm together. Your “best you” will shine through the pictures. Contact me for senior photography in Minneapolis, and let’s get this photoshoot underway.



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