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Top 3 Must-Have Accessories for High School Senior Photos

Updated: Feb 14

As a San Diego Photographer specializing in High School Senior Photos, I'm often asked what accessories and gear I carry in my bag. To give you a peek inside how I create, I've compiled a list of the top 3 must-have items for successful High School Senior Photos. From essential camera equipment to lenses that will add a unique touch to your photos, these are the items I wouldn't want to be without. Read on to learn more!


1) Camera Body

When it comes to High School Senior Photography, having the right camera body is essential. As a Premiere High School Senior Photographer, I've found that having a reliable and versatile camera body can make a world of difference in capturing stunning senior photos. In my bag, I have both the Nikon D850 and the Nikon Z7ii mirrorless to ensure that your senior photos are crisp, clear, and full of detail. Senior photo sessions often take place in various lighting conditions, so having a camera body that can handle low-light situations without excessive noise is crucial. That's why i love these camera bodies with a wide ISO range and good low-light performance.


Additionally, I love my specific cameras becasue they offer a variety of shooting modes, such as aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual mode. This gives me more creative control over your senior photos, allowing me to achieve the desired depth of field or freeze action when needed.






2) Lens Selection

Lens selection is a crucial aspect of high school senior photography. As a San Diego photographer, I have experimented with various lenses and have found that the right lens can greatly enhance the quality and creativity of your senior photos.


When choosing a lens, there are a few key factors to consider:

  • Firstly, it's important to think about the focal length that best suits a shooting style and the desired look for your photos. I have the very versatile lens, the 24-70mm zoom lens, in my bag as it can be a great option to capture a variety of compositions, from wide-angle shots to close-up portraits. This lens range provides flexibility and can adapt to different shooting environments.

  • Additionally, I have two prime lenses in my bag because of their superior image quality and wide aperture capabilities. I have the 50mm prime lens, also known as the "nifty fifty". It is a popular choice among photographers due to its ability to produce sharp images and create a shallow depth of field. This can be especially useful for highlighting the subject and achieving a beautiful bokeh effect. I also use the 85mm prime lens as it is amazing at shooting headshots. The results are amazing!

  • Another lens I use is a telephoto lens, the 70-200mm, which allows me to capture intimate shots from a distance. This lens is particularly useful for senior photos taken in natural environments or during sports activities. It provides the ability to zoom in on details and isolate the subject from the background.

Ultimately, my lens selection will depend on what I am shooting. By choosing the right lenses for your high school senior photography sessions, I elevate my work and capture memorable moments that will be cherished for years to come.


3) Lighting Gear

Lighting is a crucial element in my high school senior photography, as it can make or break the final result of your photos. To ensure that I have complete control over the lighting during your photo sessions, it's essential to have the right lighting gear in my bag. Here are 2 must-have items that I use to achieve stunning lighting effects.

I use the Profoto A10, a reliable on and off body flash, which is a must-have accessory. This portable flash is perfect for adding a burst of light when natural light is limited or when you want to create dramatic lighting effects. I also use this off camera flash because of its adjustable power settings and the ability to bounce the light off ceilings or walls for softer, more flattering light. In addition, I sometimes use light modifiers such as diffusers and softboxes. These accessories help to soften the light, reduce harsh shadows, and create a more pleasing and flattering lighting effect.


Another important lighting tool is a reflector. My reflector can be found on Amazon. Reflectors are incredibly versatile and can be used to bounce light onto your subject, fill in shadows, or even create catchlights in the eyes. They come in various shapes and sizes, but a 5-in-1 reflector that offers different reflective surfaces such as silver, gold, white, and black is a great choice.


By having these lighting gear essentials in my bag, I am able to create stunning senior photos with complete control over the lighting.


And, lastly, I have exciting news! I have launched my online senior portrait course: Mastering the Art of Senior Portraits. I created it for new and established photographers alike. If you are looking to Master the Art of Senior Photography or would like to level up your senior photography game, THIS ONLINE SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE IS FOR YOU! Check it out!


Before you go, check out my friend's blog regarding Portraits this fall in Minneapolis. Michele guides you through a style board for photo sessions this fall.


I'm a natural light photographer working in sunny San Diego! I love working with high school seniors and creating timeless images they will cherish forever! I photograph seniors all over San Diego and would love to work with you, document who you are today, and create memories that will last a lifetime!




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