Senior Model Photo Shoot: The Morning After (D224)

Creating an unforgettable experience for a group of junior (soon to be senior) girls is a joy and a challenge. We want everything to be flawless, but certainly nothing is ever perfect. The key is doing enough right that the experience will linger long in their memories as one that gave them a new vision of themselves. In our eyes, their senior model photo shoot should be one that makes them feel powerful, capable, strong, and of course, beautiful.

That vision has less to do with equipment and output and more to do with the time we spend preparing the environment and connecting during the time we spend with them. For us, we did this shoot on a Sunday afternoon when the teen girls could’ve been working, hanging out with friends, shopping at the mall or a myriad of other options. But they chose to spend the time with us.

Although we didn’t put an end time on the photo shoot, each girl said they set aside the entire day so we could go as long as we wanted. That’s an honor… giving us their time, their attention, their trust. They are believing that we’ll honor, respect and value what they say, who they are, and capture it all in images that reflect back the value we see hidden deep inside each one of them. And that’s exactly what we strive to do.

You wouldn’t know it from the morning after picture, but the set was not this clean during the photo shoot. Clothing, jewelry, hats, purses, vintage props, and magazines were coming out of every nook and cranny. Seriously. My filmmaker partner and husband captured it all on video, so I can’t wait to see what it looks like. Needless to say, the studio requires a bit of clean up the morning after.

One question you might ask is: Is it worth it?

If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time you’ll already know the answer: without question… YES.

We’re starting a teen revolution and every teen girl that trusts us with her images is a treasure. Here’s to many more “mornings after” in the near and distant future.


What is something you do that may momentarily create work or chaos, but ultimately gives you great joy? If the answer is nothing… time to do some soul searching and find that thing that’ll stir your heart to action!

Manual: Page 23
Images: Better Photo Basics by Jim Miotke

  • Jeni315

    Having a whole day devoted to the shoot would be a dream! Usually they are cramming it in an hour lunch break from work or they procrastinate down to the last wire, so that puts pressure on the photograper to get everything right…the first time! The brain is usually fried for me when I'm done but when I see on screen what was captured it was WORTH IT! That and seeing how greatful their parents are to have it done and knowing it was a good friend willing to take time out of busy schedules to do those things. I always hope they look back 20 years later or longer and remember those moments. I still remember mine… :)

    • tasra

      Yes, a whole day is wonderful… especially with four different girls! Can you imagine trying to fit all of them in one hour?!? My brain was definitely fried at the end of the day and even into the next one, but gotta rest up because we have another shoot planned this weekend!