by Susan Willis Photography

ABOUT ME: Susan Willis is an internationally published, award-winning photographer specializing in high school senior photography. Susan is the most sought after senior portrait photographer based in southern Illinois. She offers a unique experience and incredible portraits that her clients absolutely love.

Senior Portrait Idea #1

Classic and elegant

This is number one because taking a classic and elegant portrait should be the absolute must have in your senior portrait session! This is something you'll hang on to for the rest of your life.

Senior Portrait Idea #2

Have fun!

Hair flips or using props in a fun way are great ways to show off your fun side! You definitely want to incorporate something fun and remember your goofy self.

senior portrait idea #3

Add Drama

Adding drama to your senior portraits is the perfect way to show of your serious side. Having professional hair and makeup done and incorporating a prop, like a hat, is a great way to do this. 

Senior Portrait Idea #4

Wear a Formal

Taking a portrait in a formal is a fantastic way to take a senior portrait. I think it's one of those forgotten outfit ideas. It makes for some of the best portraits!

senior portrait idea #5

Incorporate a pet

Don't forget those you grew up with! If you have a dog, cat, horse etc.. don't forget to bring them along. Don't have a pet? Bring your instrument or a stack of your favorite books.

Senior Portrait idea #6

Show Off Your School Activities

School activities are one of the most memorable moments in high school. You want to make sure to take a portrait in your sport/club uniform.

Senior Portrait Idea #7

Pretty Colors

Make sure to use colors that are in harmony with your hair color and skin tone. You also want to use a photo location that is in harmony with your hair, makeup and outfit as well! It can make or break a portrait.

Senior Portrait Idea #8


Make sure to choose a senior photographer that can make you laugh and have fun!

Senior Portrait Idea #9

Your Car

Having your car as a part of your senior portrait session is almost vital! You'll want to remember what you drove.

Senior Portrait Idea #10

Guys: Wear a Suit

This one is for the senior guys. Don't just wear a t-shirt and jeans. Dress it up with a suit or even just a shirt and sport coat. 

Other Senior Portrait Ideas

View the video above to see an overview of the Susan Willis Senior Portrait experience.



Susan Willis is an internationally published,  award-winning photographer specializing in senior portraits in southern Illinois.

Susan is recognized as one of the top, and most sought after high school senior photographers in southern Illinois for her classical style portraiture with a mix of fashion. Susan offers a fun experience and stunning portraits that her clients absolutely love.

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