Senior Photos That Dazzle in Chandler, Arizona
How should I pose for my senior pictures? I want to look natural and not uncomfortable or awkward. No worries, I’m here to help with some great posing tips for senior girls! As a professional photographer specializing in teens and 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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