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Get a picture with the parents! Capture senior photos that will last with this expert advice

Here are all the things to remember for senior photos this spring.

As parents of graduating seniors, you are likely cataloging a list of all the “lasts” this time brings  – last proms, last competition, last performance.” A senior photo shoot is also on the list, but the difference is, this to-do will be a “last” that will last forever!

Photographer Kayla Trujillo shares everything you need to know to get the perfect senior photos to perfectly document this moment in time.


3 Outfits for a Senior Session

  1. A casual outfit – like jeans + a top or blouse. Having a casual outfit is perfect for doing fun poses like sitting criss-cross apple sauce or jumping.
  2. A dressy outfit – this could be a shirt and tie or a dress. This is a little more elevated and gives you a different look than a casual outfit, which is perfect for putting on an announcement.
  3. An outfit representing their high school experience – this could be a cap and gown, a letterman’s jacket, a soccer uniform, etc. Choose something that has significance for them.

Favorite Utah Locations

  1. The Exchange Place, Downtown SLC – Urban, fun look with lots of different backdrops. Perfect for changing outfits and getting different looks.
  2. The Utah State Capitol – In April, the beautiful cherry blossoms are in bloom and the back drop of the capitol itself is beautiful.
  3. Around your high school – this is a fun, sentimental option. Kayla loves doing senior pictures around a high school, especially if the senior has been involved in sports and can shoot on the field or baseball diamond.
  4. In a studio – studios offer a variety of looks and are warm!

What to bring

It might be helpful to bring a few things for your senior session. Kayla recommended bringing:

  1. Cap and tassel (and potentially a gown if you have it)
  2. If you’re planning to wear your sports uniform, bring equipment that goes with it, like a tennis racket, baseball glove, etc.

Pose ideas

  1. A good head shot – this is perfect for sending on announcements and depending on what you do next, is great for using on LinkedIn or work email accounts.
  2. Fun, candid type shots like walking, laughing, throwing their cap, etc.
  3. A picture with parents – don’t skip this. As exciting as graduating is it’s also emotional for mom and dad. Make sure you get a picture of mom and dad with their grad.

Find more of Kayla’s work, or book a session, at, or on Instagram @kayla.trulyphotography.

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