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Orange County Senior Photographer – JSerra High School – Makenna

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I’m so glad senior sessions have officially become a “thing”! Capturing photographs of your final months before heading off to college is something really special and I am so glad to have met the lovely Makenna for her session! This Orange County Senior Session took place in Irvine at the Jeffery Open Space Trail; a perfect outdoor location for natural senior portraits. There are so many perfect spots along this trail. Creeks, trees, fields, and more. Makenna’s outfit was a great fit for the backdrop.
A lot of high school senior clients, or their parents, approach me with the question about when is the best time to take senior portraits. I typically recommend any time between late April through the Summer after graduation, although April-June is most ideal for clients who would like to include a photo with their college announcements, at their graduation party, for thank you cards, etc.
I have a few tips for your senior photos throughout the post! Congrats, Makenna, on your graduation and thank you for having me along to capture this session!

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Senior session tip #1: Wear something you are comfortable in that expresses your individuality at this time. This also includes accessories. I love Makenna’s straw hat and the yellow dress not only looked great in photos, but was a perfect reflection of her during her last year of high school.

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Senior Session Tip #2: Relax in front of the camera by trusting your photographer and their directions and taking few deep breaths before each set up. I typically send some outfit and look + feel inspiration photos to my clients ahead of time so they know what to expect in terms of poses and mood.

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Senior Session Tip #3: Have fun! You are only a senior in high school once, so enjoy this moment in time, even if you’re a little nervous. The photos will turn out way better if you are enjoying yourself. (It was hard for Makenna not to have fun in this vintage VW bug I brought along for the shoot! I love how these images turned out!)
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