Senior Pictures in Montecito and Santa BArbara

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Senior Picture Outfits and Senior Picture Ideas for 2023

Keep us in mind for senior yearbook pictures for your 2023 grad! We are one of the top Santa Barbara photographers for senior yearbook pictures and graduation portraits for college graduates and Masters degree graduation portraits too! These area few ideas for choosing the best outfits for senior pictures and the best locations and ideas.

Here are some of our favorite senior picture ideas:

  1. Outdoor setting: Consider taking your senior photos in a natural setting, such as a park or garden. This can add a sense of whimsy and youth to your photos.
  2. Urban setting: For a more edgy, city vibe, try taking your senior photos in an urban setting. This could be in the downtown area of your city or in an interesting architectural setting like our funk zone or a colorful mural, or even a parking garage with a great view. 
  3. Sports or hobbies: Incorporate your passions and hobbies into your senior photos as in the example. ofthe ballerina below.. If you’re a athlete, consider taking some photos on the field or court. If you love music, bring along your instrument.
  4. Formal wear: Dress up in a formal outfit, such as a tuxedo or evening gown, for a classic and sophisticated look.
  5. Casual wear: On the other hand, you could go for a more laid-back and casual look by wearing your favorite jeans and t-shirt.
  6. Group photos: Consider including your friends in your senior photos for a fun group shot.
  7. Pets: If you have a beloved pet, consider including them in your senior photos for a cute and unique touch.
  8. Special location: Is there a place that holds special meaning to you? Consider taking your senior photos there to add a personal touch.
  9. Black and white: Black and white photos have a timeless and elegant feel. Consider converting some of your senior photos to black and white for a classic look.
  10. Seasonal: The time of year can also play a role in your senior photo shoot. Fall foliage, spring flowers, and winter snow can all add a beautiful and seasonal touch to your photos.

Ultimately, the best senior picture idea or outfit is one that reflects your personality and interests. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and try something unique.


How Much Do Senior Pictures Cost?

Senior pictures in Santa Barbara run a wide range from free for staff college photographers, friends, and even junior photographers on Craigslist to four figures for boutique higher end family and portrait photographers in Montecito and Santa Barbara.  In general if you want to guarantee you actually receive usable digital files in a reasonable length of time with a fairly high level of polish and/or you want help with ordering printed products or grad books, look books or coffee table books, you will want to hire a professional senior picture photographer. Current industry rates as of 2023 for senior pictures around Santa Barbara are between $350 and $850, with some photographers requiring per image download fees or additional print purchases.

I charge $475 for my 45 minute session with three retouched files and a gallery of high res selects. $675 for up to an hour and a half and five high res selects which allows us to go to multiple locations and change into multiple senior picture outfits.  The Full Session also includes more selects in the gallery and time to include friends and family into the session as well. 

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Guys Senior Picture Group Portrait
UCSB Guys Senior Picture in Front of Library
Group Guys Senior Picture UCSB
Group of guys with graduation sashes UCSB
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Senior Pictures in Nature
Senior pictures in natural settings like parks.
Senior Picture Dress Ideas
The classic white senior picture dress.
Senior Picture Downtown Santa Barbara
Senior picture in downton Santa Barbara
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Urban senior picture with mural in the funk zone
Urban senior picture with mural in the funk zone.
Seated casual portrait for High School Senior
Seated casual portrait for high school senior in the funk zone.
Henley Gate Classic with Graduation Sash
Henley Gate at UCSB..always a popular spot.
Graduating High School Senior Picture
Senior picture headshot in Malibu
Cap & Gown at Henley Gate
Cap & Gown at Henley Gate
Masters Program Grad Photo
Masters Grad Photo doing a twirl outside the Chemistry building
Boys Senior Picture Idea
One possible senior picture idea for boys..the classic white t-shirt and jeans!
Happy Smiling Grad Class of2022
Class of 2022 at Henley Gate
Senior Picture with Argyle Sweater
Senior picture outfit idea #35..the argyle sweater!
Happy Grad Photo Outside UCSB Library
Happy grad photo outside UCSB Library
Tossing the Cap at Coit Tower
Tossing the cap at UCSB Coit Tower
Boys High school Senior Portraits on Location
Boys senior picture ideas for Montecito--make the most of the Italian cypress trees.
Boys Senior Picture at UCSB Lagoon
Another good location for senior pictures..the UCSB lagoon.
Senior Pictures at the Beach
Senior pictures at the beach in Santa Barbara
Senior Picture with Surfboad
Senior pictures at the beach carrying a surfboard in Santa Barbara.
Thacher School Senior PIcture Riding Horse
Thacher School Senior Picture riding a horse
High School Senior Ballerina Picture
High School Senior Ballerina Picture at Alice Keck Park.
UCSB Grad Photo with Sash
Classic white dress senior picture outfit with blue and gold sash of UCSB.
Creative UCSB Grad Photo
Having some fun reversing the direction of the sash for UCSB grad photo.
High School SeniorOutfit Idea Trash the Dress
Trash the magenta dress, one other high school senior picture outfit idea.
Pink Moment in Magenta Dress
Santa Barbara beach sunset with magenta dress in Santa Barbara.
Boys Senior Picture Outfits and Ideas
Boys high school senior portraits at outdoor locations.
Close Up Boys High School Senior Portrait
Closeup portrait of boy for High School Senior Picture.

What Makes Me One of the Best Photographers for Senior Pictures?

The difference is in the preparation and the care we take to create memories and printed artifacts you and your entire family will enjoy for life. We also don’t hold the digital files hostage or force you into expensive print packages or products. We take the time to get to know you and your hobbies, interests, and to suss out specific photo locations in Santa Barbara with a personal relevance to you. Then we help you with the hair, makeup and clothing as needed so you can make sure you have the right senior picture outfits to really celebrate and capture this graduation milestone in fine style.

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