Mackinac Island is the PERFECT place to take senior portraits.

There’s a wide variety of locations to match every personality. And I’ve got all these spots in my back pocket! Just tell me what vibe you’re going for, and I’d be happy to suggest several locations.

Let’s say you’re attracted to natural landscapes… I know just where to find flowery meadows and sandy beaches away from crowds. Not to mention, the Grand Hotel’s Secret Garden is a flower lover’s dream.

For those who adore the Mackinac Island aesthetic, the photo ops are endless, from biking down Main Street, exploring the boat harbor, or twirling on the Grand’s famous porch.

In this blog post, I want to share my top 5 tips and tricks to ace your senior photoshoot, and get the best images that showcase the brilliant person you’ve grown into. Keep these in mind and you will shine in your senior photos while enjoying a fun and relaxed experience!

1. Let Your Personality Shine!

Whether you’re a free-spirited adventurer, a bookworm, or a sports enthusiast, incorporate elements that reflect who you are.

Opt for a mix of timeless classics and trendy pieces to create a versatile wardrobe.

These outfits should make you feel confident and at ease to express who you are. And don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes – you don’t want sore feet distracting you from looking your best!

2. Location, Location, Location – Pick the Perfect Spot

Don’t limit yourself to traditional locations for your senior photoshoot.

Choosing an unconventional location will make your senior photos stand out from the crowd.And as I mentioned before, whatever your personality/style, Mackinac Island has prime locations for your senior photos.

3. Timing is Everything – Embrace the Magic Hour

To achieve truly breathtaking photos, schedule your session during the golden hour.

This is the hour just after sunrise or before sunset when the light is soft, warm, and flattering. The gentle, golden glow will add a touch of enchantment to your senior photos and make you shine like a star.

4. FUN Candids

While posed shots are essential, candid moments can truly capture your genuine emotions and personality. Have FUN!

Come on … senior portraits are you just having fun… doing whatever you want to do, no stress, just capturing the essence of you in your last year of high school! Be natural with your surroundings, laugh, dance, or engage in activities that reflect your interests.

5. Glam It Up – Hair, Makeup, and Confidence

Ladies, I recommend pampering yourself before the photoshoot by getting your hair and makeup professionally done.

This will enhance your natural features and give you an extra boost of confidence. But no pressure, if you prefer a more natural look, go for it! The key is to feel comfortable and radiant in your own skin. Remember, confidence is the most beautiful accessory you can wear.

Senior portraits are a celebration of how far you’ve come…

By following these tips, you’ll not only ace your senior photoshoot but also create fun memories that will last a lifetime. So, embrace your unique style, find the location that suits you, pamper yourself, embrace the magic hour, and let your true self shine through.

Let’s create stunning photos that you’ll be proud to share with friends and family for years to come.

P.S. If you’re not based around Mackinac Island, I’d be happy to come to you!
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