When I help plan an Orange County Senior portrait session, I always consider color! I love a high school senior portrait that includes a fun prop or a bright color. I focus on 1 or 2 colors and use clothing, props and backgrounds that make these colors come to life. Adding color works both for shoots in studio or in an outdoor location!

Color can accentuate an already great image and can help tell the story of the session. For example colored smoke is a great prop that adds whimsy and personality to the images. Creative props, such as flowers or balloons, can add both color and texture to an image. Check out some of my recent shoots using props and color.

A graduate of any age can participate in these photoshoots to have as a memory to commemorate your special day! Whether you are a middle school graduate, a high school graduate or even a college graduate, there is no better way to freeze this special moment in time! Visit Blue Sky’s Studio‘s website to book a session now.

If you are interested in booking your own personalize session click on the button!

The best thing about being an Orange County photographer and having a studio in Laguna Beach are the beautiful beaches! The beaches in Laguna are one of the most stunning places to have a high school senior photography shoot.

Although I end up with half the beach in my car after, it is truly one of my favorite places to shoot, especially in the Southern California “winter”. Personally, I believe the beaches in the winter make some of the most amazing backdrops. The unrivaled sunsets and blue skies, along with the beautiful textures of the rocks, sand and water, come together to capture the best moments!

If you have a senior that is graduating soon and you are looking for one-of-a-kind pictures to commemorate their high school accomplishments and utilize for gifts and/or graduation announcements, this is the perfect time.

I am offering a “Model for a Day” promotion in February and March. For $249, the package comes complete with hair and makeup and a portrait session with up to 4 outfit changes! You also get to go home with a 11×14 matted print. This is perfect for a senior session or even as a special treat for another treasured family member! Here are some of my recent beach sessions with some amazing seniors.

Newport Beach Family Photographer- Sisters and Senior Portrait Session

The best thing about being a Newport Beach family photographer is that I get to capture such gorgeous subjects.  I love this sweet senior and sister portraits session at the Bourke home in Newport Beach. Read more

Fashion trends come and go, but here are some tips to rock your senior photos session:what to bring to your senior photos photography session

Remember Who You Are

This is your time to shine.  Whether you are Earthy, Urban, Chic, Funky, Sassy, Bold, Modern, Dreamy, Edgy, classic or a mix your clothing and accessories should reflect your personal style and should tell the story of who you are today as you begin the journey towards following your dreams for the future.

Pre-plan Outfits

Use Pinterest and Ssense (formerly Polyvore) to create great looks online and put stylized outfits together.  We have a stylist on staff to help you achieve those looks you love.  We can help you create your own personalized board and even pin ideas for you.

Check out our high school senior photos boards here:

High School Senior Styled Sessions


High School Senior Guy Photos Inspiration:

Practical Wardrobe Ensemble Pieces

It is important to create complete, multi-piece looks for your senior pictures.  When planning for your photo shoot, consider purchasing a cropped blazer, fitted leather or denim jackets or throw-over pieces you already own and cuff the sleeves for a fresh look that will keep its modern edge years after your pictures are taken.

Statement jewelry can speak volumes about your personality.  Go all out with a colorful necklace, chandelier earrings or stacked bangle bracelets.  Worn with a simple tee or solid tank, the jewelry takes center stage.

Wicker and straw accessories are perfect for summer.  Spruce up your pretty sundress with a trendy straw fedora or floppy sun hat.  These must-have accessories look adorable in photos taken on the beach, in a open field, or in the park.

And don’t worry if you don’t have all of these–we have many accessories that you can borrow for your shoot!

Don’t Be Afraid to Over-pack

When it comes to your senior session, it is always better to pack too many options, than too few.  Bring an oversize black or brown belt to help cinch dresses and blouses so you don’t look bulky on camera.  Bring hats, shoes, accessories that complete your look.

Don’t Forget the Shoes

Sometimes we forget that our feet may be in pictures too. It’s important to bring a few pairs of shoes–different options that go with your outfit selections. If you don’t have a ton of shoes just let us know and you can borrow from our wardrobe library. Or sometimes, barefoot works with the look you’re going for!


Bring Your Healthiest Self

The right clothes, makeup, and hair-styling can help highlight your natural beauty, but do you know the best possible beauty secret? It’s taking care of YOU!

  • Make sure you get a good night’s sleep the day before your shoot.
  • Drink lots of water (stay away from alcohol or substances).
  • Eat healthy foods–including veggies and fruits, rather than fried, fatty or salty foods that can make you look puffy or bloated.
  • And for those of you with allergies, don’t forget to take your allergy medicine. You don’t want an itchy nose or watery eyes for your session!

Bring a Friend for Senior Photos

senior photos orange county friendsDid you know that you can bring a friend to your senior photo shoot and get pictures together? It’s true, when you call or email to book an appointment, or learn more, we’ll give you all of the details.

Want to know more secrets to making your senior photography session the best ever? Download my free Senior Portrait Style Secrets Guide!