Should you bring props to your High School Senior pictures?

Props are a must have for a high school senior photoshoot. The right props capture the essence of the unique high school senior's personality. Plus, it provides epic reminders of what was important to them in high school and help the high school senior standout from the crowd.

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Here is list of creative high school senior photography prop ideas for the classic senior portrait photography experience as well as some original photography prop ideas so you can capture a unique senior portrait filled with all their extracurricular activities and individualism.

Sports/Team Jersey or Letterman Jacket


The high school senior sports jersey or letterman jacket is a simple yet effective prop you can use for an athlete’s senior portrait session. Featuring the senior's sports jersey or letterman jacket by showing their name and number is an iconic idea that will celebrate their achievements and commitment to their favorite sport through a memorable senior portrait.

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Cheerleader/Dance Outfits


Being a high school cheerleader and dancer is not easy and it should be celebrated. So grab your pom poms and your outfits and strut your stuff girl!

Tie in the sports they play


There are other high school senior picture ideas that call for using sports equipment during the photography session. Incorporate sports gear in a senior portrait by having the senior hold a ball, bat, or football helmet. You can also create a display with sports equipment in the background at the high school field with bleachers or the goal posts in the background.

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Get Musical and Artistic


A photography session with a senior who played in the school’s marching band, sang in the choir, or who has a creative side is a MUST capture. Having the senior pose with their musical instrument, sheets of music, easel, drawing books, art supplies, or a piece of art they created will reflect these impressionable experiences. If a senior is passionate about music using a prop like headphones, drums, guitar, microphone, or a record can capture a fun senior portrait.

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Incorporate the Prized Car/Truck


A high school senior getting their first car/truck is a big deal and the senior will love posing next to their prized vehicle for a senior portrait by having them sit on the hood or lean against the car/truck.

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Academics - Bring out the Books


Books make fun props that evoke academic achievements in a senior portrait pictures. It’s one of the most versatile photography prop ideas because you can have a senior pose in front of a bookshelf, stack some books in the background to introduce a touch of color or feature a book cover as a prominent prop if it’s an item that is significant to the senior. Plus having senior pictures at a library is a fun place to have senior photos at anyways.

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Include their Four-Legged Friends


Pets should be featured in at least one senior portrait. The senior can either hold their pet or capture an adorable senior portrait with their beloved pet sitting next to them.

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Theater Props


A high school senior who took part in a school play and loves theater could use a prop they wore on stage or we can create a dramatic scene with the senior on stage, sitting in the auditorium seats, or using the theater curtains.

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Gamer/Cosplay


If you have a high school senior who is seriously passionate about gaming then let's incorporate their gaming gear. Or maybe you have a senior into cosplay and ComiCon; let’s get them all dressed up and create some amazing and creative senior portraits that are truly unique.

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High School Clubs, Hobbies, and Activities


No matter what your high school senior is into; a senior photo session can be tailored to them. If your senior participates in high school clubs like chess, a specific language, cooking/culinary arts, fashion, or just has awesome hobbies - it can be photographed. The senior can pose with a skateboard, skates, or snowboard (of course at Bogus Basin in the snow!). Bicycles are fun too and unexpected props. Shooting a high school senior who loves traveling can pose with a suitcase and other travel-related props. Why the heck not? Let's have your senior pose with their favorite food or drink as props or colorful umbrella. Maybe you have a high school senior who dived into a trade like welding or auto shop, lets include the welding equipment or one of the cars the senior has been working on.

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Classic Cap and Gown photos


There isn’t always time to capture good senior pictures on graduation day. A senior portrait session is a great way of capturing some unofficial graduation pics. Plus it gives the professional graduation photos that the parents want!

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Invite the High School Senior's Besties


Teen's love having a photograph of the friends who made their high school years fun and exciting, so invite the bestie/besties to capture some group shots.

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Other Creative High School Senior Prop Ideas


1. Balloons! If you want portrait ideas that involve using colors; balloons are classic portrait prop go to. Using balloons for senior pics adds a touch of color and evokes the high school senior’s fun side.


2. Flowers are a classic portrait prop for teen girl senior portraits. The high school senior can hold a bunch of flowers or use a flower crown to create a feminine look. There are plenty of other ideas to explore with flowers.

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3. Personalized signs - A sign with the senior’s graduation year is a must-have prop to capture a classic senior portrait. Bring a slate sign to the high school senior photo-shoot and have the senior write their own message on this prop. If you don't have one, I have a sign I can bring. Basically, the high school senior can use this prop as a way of expressing their excitement at the idea of graduating.


4. Sentimental items - Maybe there are a few items that have a special meaning to the high school senior. The items can be something they created, a gift from someone they care about, a favorite clothing item, or even the book bag they used throughout their high school years.

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Baseball Jersey - Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko, Piano - Photo by Pavel Danilyuk, Guitar - Photo by Mardoc, Besties and truck - Photo by Nathan Moore, Skateboard - Photo by Jonathan Portillo, Artist girl - Photo by Artem Malushenko, Girl teen with vehicle - Photo by Jeff Denlea, Teen with horse - Photo by Gaspar Zaldo, Teen in theater - Photo by cottonbro, Gamer - Photo by cottonbro, Cosplay - Photo by POI

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