I still cringe whenever I see my senior portrait. It was a studio shot, and because I had braces (which I loved), the photographer wouldn’t let me smile naturally. Instead, I have a generic senior portrait that doesn’t accurately reflect who I was at the time.
That’s probably why I appreciate that senior portraits have evolved into something amazing. Although many yearbooks still require the studio headshot, so many photographers include a lifestyle session which reflects the senior’s personality. I’ve seen senior portraits of students on the athletic field, playing musical instruments, and creating art. Naturally, my favorite photos, are the ones that include their dogs.
It is common for families to add a dog to the family when a child is in elementary school and they grow up together. It makes perfect sense to include a dog (or other pet) in the lifestyle portion of senior portraits.
Here’s a small smattering of seniors and their dogs from different senior portrait photographers.
Of course, dogs aren’t the only pets who should be in senior portraits.
Fashion trends come and go, but the love between kids and dogs is timeless!
I think portraits like these are something to be treasured forever!
Did you have your pets in your senior portraits?