Tip Tuesday~ Taking the stress out of Senior Portraits {Southern Montana Senior Photographer}

Class of 2020, I know it doesn’t seem like it, but NOW is the time to start thinking about your senior portraits. Before we know it, it will be summer and activities will be in full swing.

It actually just occurred to me that I will be on my road trip in eight short weeks. I have so much to do in that time! Anyway, this is about you.


If you are anything like me, you have been thinking about your senior portraits since freshman year. Where you will take them, what outfits you want to wear, what part of your personality you want to show.

This is your year. The person you are now, is not who you will be in the next ten years. Trust me when I tell you, you want to have these images to remember this time in your life.

Senior portraits are my favorite to shoot. Maybe because it makes me feel like a kid again. Or maybe it is because my senior portraits are so dated I am redoing mine vicariously through each of my clients. Either way, it is so fun to get to know these kids and listen to their plans for their lives.

Senior sessions should not be stressful. They should be fun, light hearted, and all about you.

Finally getting to the meat of this post! I encourage all of my senior clients to bring things they love to their sessions. If you are in sports, bring equipment, we may not use all of it, but we can get some pretty cool images.

Hobbies. Showcase them. Are you in FFA? 4-H? Dance? Bring that to your session. Even if you are on the fence about taking any photos with them, you may change your mind and it is so much better if you have it with you.

As far as other outfits, let your personality shine through. When you book a session with me, you get as many outfits as we can fit in our time together. Don’t bring too many, you don’t want to be overwhelmed at your ordering session.


With me you get up to two locations for your senior portraits. Be creative. If you spend your summers on the hiking trails, let’s go there! Do you ride your horse at the barn? Let’s go visit him.

If you don’t have any locations in mind, we can brainstorm together and come up with a plan.

Speaking of plans. Make one. Think of photos you want taken, make sure to let your photographer know the ideas you have. Remember, we don’t like to replicate images exactly, however, speaking for myself, I want to know your ideas. I want you to love your images and you need to have some say in what we capture.

Most important of all, have FUN! Enjoy your time and revel in the attention. This is your year and you are ready to SHINE!


If you are thinking of having me capture your senior portraits, PLEASE contact me soon. I have limited availability this summer and want to make sure my seniors get their portraits!

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Kyleen Olson is a  Shields Valley Montana Wedding and Portrait Photographer that specializes in capturing the imperfect moments of life. She loves helping her clients to find the authentic moments and spending her Sundays with her family.

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