Continuum Seniors » San Diego Senior Photographer

Shooting your senior portraits is definitely an enjoyable and special event, but if you’re not used to being photographed, you might feel a little nervous out about your session. There’s no need to worry, though: it’s our job to make sure you look and feel great in your photos, and with a little bit of planning, you can help make sure that we get the most out of your session.

Be fed, be relaxed, and BE RESTED. It’s in your best interest to be feeling energetic and in a good mood when you have a session with us. We know the life of a senior can be crazy-busy, but we also want you to have fun during your session, and it’s no fun to pose for photos when you’re tired, stressed out, and your stomach’s growling. Give yourself time to arrive at the session, and maybe even bring a quick snack, just in case the shoot runs a bit longer than you’re expecting.

Pick your perfect outfit. Start thinking about what you want to wear for your shoot before you get there. Seniors should stick to their own personal style, but maybe rev it up a notch. If you like color, wear something BOLD!  If you’re all about shoes and accessories, feel free to go wild with them. It’s never a bad idea to bring a few different outfits, so don’t be afraid to have some extra options on-hand. If you’re doing a group portrait, you might even consider coordinating the styles or colors of your outfits with each other.

However, the most important thing? Wear something you feel good wearing! Choose clothes that you love, and that fit and flatter you, and you can’t go wrong.

Don’t be shy about what you want. Everyone wants something a little different from their portrait shoot, be it funny, spontaneous, glamorous, or something else entirely. No matter what you’re looking for, if there’s something you specifically want from your portraits, tell us. Different types of shots may require completely different approaches, and if we don’t know what you want, then you may not get it.

Also, don’t be afraid to suggest an idea, even if you think it’s “weird.” Chances are, we’ll be open to and even excited about trying something different from the norm. We want you to go home happy at the end of the session, so speak up! We’re ready to listen.

Consider booking a makeup artist. Sometimes, if you’re having trouble getting relaxed, having a makeup artist on-hand can help you feel fabulous, and settle into being comfortable in front of the camera. It can be fun to feel pampered while your hair and makeup is worked on, and you don’t need to worry about looking overdone or costumey, either: quality, professional makeup artists like the ones we work with know exactly how to highlight you and keep you looking fresh, so your natural beauty can shine through.

Don’t worry, just HAVE FUN! Life isn’t perfect, and neither is a portrait shoot, so you are occasionally going to blink or make expressions that might not be so flattering. BUT, we want you to feel the freedom to experiment, and there’s no need to stress about how the final photos will look! Remember that we’re here to select great shots for you, and you’ll be able to choose the ones you like best, so nobody’s going to see the “bloopers” if you don’t want them to. So, relax, have fun, and get creative… just let your energy come to life on camera, and we’ll capture something wonderful.
Monica poses with a parasol for a conceptual portrait near Portland, Oregon.

Continuum Seniors – Be Yourself. (senior portraits in Portland, OR)

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I had a great senior portrait session with Crystal, a senior at Lake Oswego High School. Portland was lucky to get those few extra weeks of summer, because the weather couldn’t have been better on our shoot day! Crystal was looking for images with bright colors, so our first stop was the Peace Memorial Park in North Portland, and then we headed over to the Rose Test Garden at Washington Park to play with the roses.

Crystal’s an expressive individual with some experience in modeling, so we did several outfit changes and let her play around. Her mom was also there to lend plenty of support, carrying extra tops, fixing lipstick and even holding the occasional reflector for us. Working with the two of them made for a relaxing Saturday afternoon, and we’re all loving the results. And, when I told her it was okay to throw in a few silly faces, she was more than happy to oblige.


Crystal laughing in PortlandCrystal among pink roses at the International Rose Test Garden at Washington Park.Crystal works magenta stripes for her senior pictures at PortlandCrystalA cute senior portrait near a fountain at Washington Park in Portland, Oregon.

Continuum Seniors – Be Yourself. (modern senior portraits in Portland, OR)

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Melissa sits in the grass near a wire fence in the SE Portland industrial district.Melissa stands near deserted railroad tracks for a senior portrait.Melissa makes a cute and silly face during her Portland senior portrait session.Melissa makes a surprised and happy face for her senior photos in Portland.Melissa holding yellow dandelions during her SE Portland senior portrait shoot.

Continuum Seniors – Be Yourself. (senior portraits in Portland, OR)

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