The New Senior Portraits – An Evolution of the Changing Times

It’s about living in the moment. Embarking on new independence. And sharing in the best years of their lives. Today’s senior portraits reflect all of that, and more.

Cue the pomp and circumstance. In just a few short months you’ll have a graduating senior. But first – the time-honored traditions of college acceptance letters, prom, and of course…their senior portrait session.

What was once a quick snapshot of a 12th grader in a cap with a hint of gown showing sitting stiffly in front of a white or faux backdrop, the senior portrait has evolved into a display of individuality and illustration of spirit.

Significance of the Senior Portrait

Today’s senior portraits are far from just the iconic yearbook remembrance. Typically, these photographs end up a decorative canvas of stories lining the walls of your home. Framed memories frozen in time to engage the conversation of visitors as they walk from room to room. Senior portraits entwined in collages of family snapshots evoke laughter and joy as tales are recalled by the grownups that were once the students in the same images. They are a beautiful reminder of your children on the cusp of adulthood yet still wildly free with youth. Senior portraits are priceless heirlooms that stand the test of time long after Snapchat and Instagram fade into obscurity.

The New Senior Portrait Session

When we get a reservation for a senior portrait session we take a few minutes to discuss your ideas and align our suggestions with your goal for the photos session. Our job as photographers, is to capture the essence and personality of your senior, and how they want to be remembered in this, their final year of high school.

Now parents, we know you may have ideas that clash with what your student has in mind. (I mean, they may want to be seated in front of a burger and fries in their favorite fast food joint, and you’re thinking suit and tie – not exactly on the same page) However, we’ve always found a “happy medium” to snap the cherub and angelic baby-faces you’ll always see them with in their maturation, and couple that with the eclectic eccentricities of your burgeoning adults.

Now for the ideas…

Let’s take this outside. Senior portraits are typically taken outdoors, and they can be propped to the nines. We have favored locations that have been found to be ideal spots for this type of shoot, and we can accommodate your unique requests such as a sports field, a favorite hangout, or the picture-perfect backdrop that speaks volumes. We assess each booking individually and provide options based on your preferences.

Our senior portraits tell the tales of athletes, dancers, artists, hobby enthusiasts, and more. Unique adorations – from quiet nature to urban chic – are put on full display using outfit changes and poses –  with each stance, smile and pensive stare giving just a little more away. A well-placed prop and an angular shot may be all it takes to snap an epic image that embodies the significance of the moment.

No matter what is worn or on full display though, each photo we take or shot that is set ensures your vision for senior portraits reflect the versatility and unique personality of your graduating senior.

Check out our gallery of unique senior portraits.

An End of an Era

For some parents, the senior portrait is an end of an era. One that is 18 years in the making complete with pregnancy and newborn sessions, cake smashes, and decked-out in holiday attire.

It’s the last year that parent’s will be initiating professional photography for their child to capture the moments they’ll never want to forget. This is why for us, it’s so important to create and deliver the photographs that make memories for families and friends. It’s an honor to be part of this time in your life and provide the elite photography services and senior portrait sessions that last a lifetime.


J & S Photography services the Greater Boston area and shoots on location throughout New England. We specialize in individual and family portrait sessions, corporate and product photography, senior portraits, maternity, newborn, and life-stage photography, holiday sessions, weddings, and more.  Contact us to learn about our full-service studio and on-location photography, and why families and businesses trust J & S to deliver the high-quality images and sentimental pictures that tell your story.


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