Kyle’s Murrieta senior session was so much fun! As a Murrieta senior photographer, I love working with seniors to create photos that show your personality and interests at this memorable time in your life!
I’d recommend booking your senior session as early as possible! In Murrieta, and all of Inland Southern California, my recommendation for timing of senior portraits is fall or spring/early summer. As we get into later summer, a lot of the landscape dries up. That can work if that’s the vibe you’re looking for in your photos, but overall, consider the way the landscape looks. Additionally, you’ll want to consider when you’ll want your photos back! Turnaround time for my sessions is 3 weeks and I only photograph senior sessions during the week.
As a Murrieta senior photographer, I’m well-versed in locations! When considering locations, think about the backgrounds you’d like in your photos or your personality type. If you want more of a city-like feel to your photos, maybe Old Town Temecula’s a good choice for you! If a rustic vibe is more your style, there’s plenty of parks and outdoor locations. I’ve scouted this area to find “hidden gems” and have a recommendation for any type of style you’re looking to achieve! There’s no need to limit yourself to Murrieta or one city – there’s a lot of fantastic choices here in the Inland Empire! Check out this article for more info!
I book my senior sessions an hour and a half before sunset. This allows enough time for an outfit change and also ensures you get the best light of the day for your senior photos!
I recommend at least 2 outfits! Again, this is all personality dependent. I see many seniors like to have a casual outfit and a dressy outfit, but it’s up to you! For ladies, I recommend bringing a pair of flat or comfy shoes in the case the shoes you bring aren’t great for walking – I like to change up backgrounds to give you lots of variety! Shortly before your shoot, you’ll want to try everything on to ensure you like how your outfits fit and you can move comfortably in them. Avoid patterns that are very small (they can create odd optical illusions in digital photos) and make sure to hang your outfits if they’re wrinkle-prone and change once you get on location!
For most of my senior sessions, parents come along (and they’re incredibly helpful during the session!). I don’t permit friends at sessions; while they can bring some great smiles, they can also be distracting and limit the number of photos I return to you in your gallery. Sometimes seniors want to bring pets – that’s great so long as you bring along a parent or family member to keep your pet company when they’re not in the photos!
I encourage you to bring anything that helps your personality to show itself! In this session, Kyle bought along a lasso (I was so impressed with his skills!) and students have also brought football helmets. In one amazing session, a Murrieta senior brought her horse! You can also bring your cap and gown and diploma holder – I don’t count that as an outfit, and it’s nice to have a traditional graduate photo!
Being the single object of focus for an entire session feels weird! I know this from experience – as much as I’m behind the camera, whenever it’s on me, I feel myself freeze up and feel awkward! Knowing what that feels like, I’m a guide through your entire session – helping you to get in the right light and how to move your body and face for natural photos that don’t look over-posed!