Get Your Glam On with 5 Simple Posing Tips for Senior Pictures

When the day of your senior session arrives, you're probably wondering how to pose for senior pictures. There’s one VERY IMPORTANT thing you need to realize: It’s YOUR day and I want you to be completely comfortable! If you're still nervous, check out these 5 simple posing tips that work great for senior girls.

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How should I pose for my senior pictures? I want to look natural and not uncomfortable. No worries, I’m here to help with some great posing tips for senior girls! As a professional photographer specializing in high school seniors, not only do I have lots of tips for posing, but I’m also able to walk you through each pose so you naturally make it your own!

I’m always looking to capture grace and elegance in my images, and I have to confess that Kristiana made that task effortless with her natural ease in front of the camera—and her lovely and outgoing personality. She told me she was interested in mostly urban settings for her senior pictures, but after chatting a bit more, I learned she was completely open to a mix of images that included different backgrounds, outfits, and poses.

Posing Tip #1: Look away from the camera


You absolutely do NOT have to look at the camera in every image! In fact, looking in all directions will give you a gallery filled with unique poses.

Try this. Casually run your fingers through your hair and look away from the camera. Don’t look up too high—try looking just above your photographer’s shoulder then check out the beautiful location. surroundings.

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I was thrilled to head lakeside to kick of Kristiana’s senior photo session, and it was doubly exciting to see the sun was exactly where I needed it to be! In this initial photo, you’ll see it’s at the perfect spot—showing off gleaming rays of late-day warmth and showering the natural setting around us with a golden glow.

Throughout the day, I was focused on ensuring both Kristiana and her mom enjoyed their time together as we moved from location to location capturing the very best images of the grad-to-be.

Posing Tip #2: Lay on the ground

This is a super easy pose! Just lay down and stare straight into the lens. If you’re struggling with laughing, that’s OK! Some seniors rock the serious face and some look better laughing. A good photographer will catch a mix of different expressions.

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When it was photo session time, she was ready to show off glossy waves and healthy skin—along with super stylish outfits! All of that comes together to make her stand out exceptionally in her senior pictures.

Her fluttery white dress was the perfect choice for these daytime photos that show off Kristiana’s love of the outdoors. With this dressy-casual look, she’s able to pull off a timeless and naturally glamorous look.

Fabulous in Formalwear

We still had our sunshine when Kristiana decided an outfit change was in order, and boy did she wow when she pulled out this formal, off-the-shoulder evening dress in a light neutral color.

Posing Tip #3: Move around

Photos with movement are my favorite!! Rather than spinning in circles, try just a simple half turn. Face away from the camera, then turn straight to the camera. With the right dress, you can just sway back and force and get movement too!

Bonus Tip: Notice how Kristiana is running her fingers through her hair here too? That’s a winner!

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The fact that it was still daylight when we shot photos of her in this dress gave us tons of options for locations and poses, so we started off in one of my favorite local parks. By fading the background of both the footbridge and the stone wall, I was able to ensure that Kristiana stands out front and center in her photos.

Graceful Theatre Poses on Stage

A graduate of Hamilton High School in Chandler, AZ, Kristiana is no stranger to the stage. She’s a theatre student through and through, and is continuing her onstage studies by pursuing a musical theatre program in college.

Of course, her love of acting led us directly to the stage she’s been familiar with all through high school for her next round of graduation photos! Kristiana stands out from the black, flowing curtains, and she’s absolutely stunning in an off-shoulder, high-slit dress.

Posing Tip #4: Act Natural

There is no need to panic about posing for your senior pictures! When you’re doing what you love, posing will come naturally. With the beautiful gown, Kristiana was able to sing, move, and fluff her dress for poses that don’t look forced, and instead they show off her personality and natural beauty.

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Notice how her tasteful and minimal use of accessories ensures Kristiana is the star of the show! With outfit extras in perfect balance, she lets the dress, the setting, and her overall gorgeous look do ALL the talking.

Radiant in Red

Changing things up at the end of the evening, Kristiana opted for a red, strap-shoulder tank dress that shows off her beautiful smile and meticulous complexion!

Red is definitely Kristiana’s color. (I’ll stick by that even though I’ve seen ALL of her photos, and they are ALL fantastic!) This nice photo of her seated under the nighttime lights is so flattering, plus it gives off casual, yet dressy, evening vibes that are just right in this urban setting. (Psst…don’t forget to notice how fabulously her lip color coordinates with her dress!)

Posing Tip #5: Criss Cross Applesauce

Oh I know you remember than from your preschool days! Well guess what? It’s also a great pose for high school seniors. Rock your head back and forth for a little bit of movement too!

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Off & Running

A successful grad, Kristiana is off to pursue her dreams as a theatre arts major, and all of us here are cheering her on. Not only is she smart and talented, gorgeous and energetic, she’s full of bright plans for her future, and I have no doubt she’ll achieve everything she sets her mind to!

14 Comments
  • I love the night time photo of her in the red dress! It looks amazing! I love that you have the option for your Arizona seniors to have day time and night time senior pictures! I bet they love that option!

    • My day/night sessions are definitely my most popular!! It means we can get even more variety, plus something that other senior photographers don’t offer. 🙂

  • I love the variety of senior picture poses that you offered this senior girl. And your nighttime pictures are gorgeous!

  • These are gorgeous senior portraits of this Hamilton High School senior, Kristiana! Thank you for the time you took to share these gorgeous settings and poses for senior girls. I love how much you invest of yourself into your clients. She is radiant in red, and I love the stage and other portraits as well.

  • I love these! So much variety! My favorite senior photo of hers, is the one of her spinning in her green dress! What fabulous photos for her to celebrate her senior year!

    • Thanks so much for taking the time to comment Kelly! That green dress was sooooo pretty, and the perfect outfit for senior pictures!

  • Who doesn’t love posing tips! It’s hard to relax in front of a camera and especially in front of other people. It can be intimidating. I love that your senior picture posing tips are practical and easy to follow. As always, your senior photos are truly exceptional!

    • I always love hearing from you, Andrea. I’m so glad you enjoyed these posing tips for senior pictures. Thanks for stopping by again!

  • Love these posing tips for seniors! Sometimes it can be a little stressful knowing that you will have a camera in your face for an hour or more, but knowing that you won’t have to come up with the poses all on your own helps a ton!

    • I’m so glad you found these posing tips helpful! We all get nervous in front of the camera, so remember these tips next time you’re working with a teenager! Thanks for commenting, Candace!

  • So many great tips on posing for High School Seniors! It can be so hard to look natural, but when a professional photographer is guiding, it is so much easier!

    • Hey Susan! I’m glad you stopped by to read these posing tips. I’m sure you have similar tips and tricks for weddings and couples too. Thanks so much for commenting!

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