5 Tips – Awesome Picture Ideas for Guys – from choosing locations, to outfits and even how to pose a senior guy. Learning how to take senior pictures is easy!
Senior Picture Ideas for Guys
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Choosing Locations/Clients Vision – Choosing locations that match the clients vision is one of the most important things to make these images perfect for the client. I like to sit down with all clients before the session and discuss what they are envisioning for their session. I like to discuss locations, hobbies, and times of day for best lighting. This helps reassure the clients about the location and helps us get to know each other a little bit before the session. If sitting down with your clients isn’t an option, I suggest a phone call, email, etc. with the clients to make sure you will be capturing their vision during the session.
Making your client comfortable – You want to make sure your subject is comfortable at all times during your session. I like to try to crack jokes, use prompts, ask questions and just keep them talking the entire session. This helps them from being tense and uncomfortable in front of the camera. It is really noticeable when a subject looks uncomfortable in their portraits and that is one thing you definitely do not want. Below is an example of me telling the client about a dogs butt photobombing his picture. Whatever he did, do not turn around! Of course, that got a genuine smile and this is the shot I got from it.
Unique Senior Picture Ideas
Posing tips and tricks- When I have senior guy session, I love to give demonstrations of the pose I would like them to do, while still encouraging them to do it a natural way that feels comfortable to them. This helps me know their normal stance. I go from there and get them to throw their hands in their pockets, cross their arms, anything that makes their arms and hands look as natural as possible. Guys most of the time hate having their picture taken, do not naturally strike a pose, and do not know where to put their hands automatically. Because of this, I bring props, such as chairs along on a lot of my sessions but specifically for senior guys. Using a prop, like a chair gives them a place to put their hands that makes it look natural for them.
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Being flexible and adventurous during the session – I like to try to have locations picked ahead of time based on what my clients vision for their session was. Although, I try to always be open minded and down to try anything that catches the clients eye. The shot that I have pictured below happened to be my absolute favorite from the entire session, all because I agreed to go with a location that caught the client’s eye. This location is one I never would have chosen but was super excited that I went with it and got these awesome shots!
Capturing their personalities/hobbies – Capturing the clients personality and hobby in the session helps express who the client is and makes the session more “them”. Any hobbies such as sports, music, hunting, etc. are great ways to incorporate things into your session that help express who the client is and express their personalities. For this session specifically, the client has a love for baseball which of course, we had to incorporate into the session. As you’ll see below the client wore his baseball shirt and brought his glove. Any way you can add in your clients hobbies to show more of their personalities in the session, do it.
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Picture taken by: Brittany Mitchell Photography
Photographer. Makeup Artist. Dog mom. I am a full time photographer and makeup artist. I currently live in the very small town of Potts Camp, Mississippi. I thrive on Jesus, chocolate, and candid moments. I love capturing sweet moments and memories that clients will cherish forever.