When to Schedule Senior Portraits | Maine Senior Portrait Photographer

Senior portrait season kicks off the minute after the last day of school, as that is the official moment juniors become seniors, and it lasts until the day before the yearbook picture is due (which varies by school, but typically anywhere from October 1 – December 1).


Hair & Makeup: The Crown. August 2016

As the Seacoast’s leading modern senior portrait photography studio, we get a lot of questions about senior portraits, including when they should be scheduled and taken. There are a few factors to consider as you plan your senior’s session…these factors are the key to figuring out when to schedule your session. For the sake of this article, we’re going to address senior girls. Let’s face it, most teenage guys would rather pretend senior portraits, (and perhaps photography in general), didn’t exist.

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Hair & Makeup: Wink Salon. Wardrobe: Pretty Little Things

If this is your first child, you should be warned: senior portraits are not what they used to be. We are talking individualized, editorial, magazine style photoshoots. Kids aren’t lining up in the school gymnasium, holding roses, with an angelic hair-light pointed at the back of their aqua-net heightened hair anymore. That was the dream we lived.


Hair & Makeup: The Crown. Venue: Outside our studio/June 2017

WHEN to be photographed..in four easy steps

  1. Fashion. The major deciding factor for when to be photographed is fashion. Senior girls have ideas about what they want their portraits to look like, which is largely influenced by what they’re wearing. Some girls want to wear sundresses and some want to wear sweaters. The quickest way to determine when to be photographed, is to figure out what she wants to wear.
  2. Skin Tone. Girls often tell us that they want to be tan for their senior session, which gets trickier as summer turns into fall. If having a “summer glow” is important, she’ll want to schedule her session during the summer months, while she can still get to the beach.
  3. Schedule. This is the most pragmatic factor, but often overlooked. If your student is a fall athlete, their schedule tightens up in mid-August. Senior portraits are scheduled in the evening, typically 1-2 hours before sunset. That’s often the time students are practicing, have games, work, or are doing homework/studying (once school begins). Seniors who plan to get their hair & makeup done by a professional also need to remember that they’re navigating not only their busy schedules, but also the hair & makeup artist and photographer’s schedules. This is where planning ahead will make a big difference!
  4. Environment. The last factor is the environment. If your senior wants blooming flowers, she will want a summer session. If she wants colorful leaves, early October is her best bet. It’s worth noting that there are more weeks of blooming flowers than colorful leaves. There are only a few weeks of foliage, so if foliage is at the top of her list, her October date should be scheduled as early as possible (we have clients who book their fall sessions a year in advance). “Environment’ is the least of all the factors because many environments don’t really change with the seasons (cityscapes, beaches, forts, etc..), and honestly the picture is more about the senior than what’s behind her.

Hair & Makeup: The Crown. October 11, 2016

When to schedule your session

As soon as possible. The early bird gets the worm. The earlier you schedule your session, the more flexibility you’ll have in terms of choosing your date. You don’t have to have any of the details figured out, just get a date circled on the calendar. You can fill in the details about location and wardrobe later.


Hair & Makeup: The Crown. August 2016


We think July & August are the perfect months for summer senior portraits. The weather is great, the tans are on point, and our schedule (and your senior’s schedule) isn’t completely jammed yet – which makes rescheduling in the event of rain, easy peasy.  Of course we photograph seniors from June through November, so there’s really no right or wrong time to get photographed. We always make it work!

For more information about our senior portrait sessions, please review our guide or contact us to schedule your session!






Newborn Photography | Southern Maine

What do handlebar mustaches, gorgeous mamas, squishy big brothers and adorable babygirls all have in common?  The Roy family!  What fun it was to capture the newborn and family photographs for these dear people.  royblog-5Big brother was just a love, enamored with his baby sister (just look at him examining her little toes!) and so darn cute I just wanted to squeeze him!  Don’t you!?


Sweet baby sister was an absolute doll to work with.  It had been a loooooong, cold winter that just. kept. hanging. on. even though it was technically spring.  I remember feeling the deep need to create a beautiful spring blossom set up and I adore how this cherry blossom image came out.  I truly believe this played a large roll in actually ushering in spring 2017 😉royblog-9

Although I believe she did tire of my shenanigans near the end… royblog-4

And I couldn’t help but have a little more fun with Big bro in our airplane minis set up.  Nope, that fedora is not one of our props.  It’s his.  He brought it.  He loves it and it loves him!

I do it for the snuggles… (and the squeezable toddlers).


Fashion Photography | Southern Maine

After taking a few months off from our fashion photography projects, we pulled together a sweet little fashion shoot at FUN-O-RAMA, a York Beach institution.

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I love the role serendipity plays in life, and this shoot was basically birthed by serendipity.

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A few weeks ago Max Charles Salon reached out to me to do some photography work for them in the fall.

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In the meantime, had just I texted my fashion partner, Michelle at Pretty Little Things about doing a shoot before my season gets too crazy.

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We had two weeks to pull a shoot together.

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In the meantime, I met with Missi at Max Charles about her fall project and while we were talking about editorial shoots, I mentioned that Michelle and I were pulling something together…like in a week.


Missi was ALL IN and 100% excited to be part of this arcade concept that Michelle had come up with.

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When we arrived at FUN-O-RAMA we met with the owner who was such a sweet woman with a huge heart. She was so gracious about letting us shoot in her arcade.

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…even when we asked if we could um…do..this:

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So gracious.

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Our models were fantastically gorgeous and incredibly talented and just a complete joy to work with.

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Everyone won. The photos are exactly what we had hoped they’d be.

What a fun way to start out a week. I wish every Monday morning went this smoothly!


Elite Athlete Photoshoot | Southern Maine Photographer

Three years ago I bought a bunch of smoke bombs with the desire to make some sweet smokey photographs. When they arrived, they were marked “explosive”, so I decided that I would just put them in my desk drawer for safe keeping. You may not know this about me, but I have an aversion to danger. Perhaps I watched too many Road Runner episodes when I was a kid, but I’ve seen what explosives can do to a Coyote, and I feared they might do that to me.CMSS_8573-EditFast forward to last week, my dear photographer friend Meg was in town to do one of her STRONG photoshoots (she was photographing our Lynn) and she had a vision for a night shoot with water. Somewhere between 10pm and midnight, while we were playing with the hose in my front yard, I remembered the smoke bombs..and was feeling the bravery that comes with having two other photographers and a hose handy. Safety first, people.

Elite Athlete 2017-35bIt turns out that smoke bombs aren’t actually scary..at all. And we made all kinds of magic happen that night. But since I wasn’t shooting, I was only helping, I had to make my own magic happen.La CroixC-4Two days later, my assistant Caleb, who happens to be an amazing athlete and soccer player, willingly stood out in the rain at 10pm to let me photograph him.La CroixC-5b I wish I could show you the behind the scenes footage of this shoot. It wasn’t just raining, it was POURING, I had plastic bags over my lights, my youngest daughter was under an umbrella with a hose, while my oldest daughter was sitting on my back, holding an umbrella over my camera. I was laying on the ground (in the dog poop region of my front yard), yelling instruction to Caleb, then we’d take a few shots and all run into the garage and look at the back of my camera and then devise a plan for the next shot. Then we’d all run back out to our positions and do it over again. Repeat. We were drenched. Like as though we had just been submerged underwater in our clothes, yet fully fueled by the excitement of the epic photos we were making.

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The results made me swoon.

La CroixC-12They also made me want to offer these to everyone, because these are just beyond good.

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Elite Athlete 2017-1But first I called some friends to come play..11MSS_8916-EditAnd I swooned again.Elite Athlete 2017-29These sessions are for people of all ages, sizes, genres, hobbies, sports..

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Or anyone who wants to illustrate their badassery. You don’t even need to be an athlete.

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So we’re offering mini-sessions on Friday (tomorrow) evening. If you can’t make it tomorrow, my friend Meg is doing these sessions on Monday evening in Windham, ME and I’ll be there to help out.


You can sign up for our sessions on Friday 7/7 HERE.

You can sign up for Meg’s sessions on Monday 7/10 by contacting her, HERE.


Vera| Southern Maine Newborn Photography

Sweet baby girl Vera was less than 6lbs when she came in for her newborn photo session if my memory serves me correctly.  But she comes from a gene pool of small yet spunky, smart and strong women.  I would expect nothing less than for her to follow in those footsteps! ananiablog-8You see, I know her grandmother and I went to school way “UP” Maine with her mother and her aunts.  Many of us have since moved to Southern Maine and and so it was such a joy to be able to photograph them in this beautiful stage of life!




I do it for the snuggles,