Ultimate Secret For High School Senior Portraits – Franklin, TN Photographer

So it’s Senior year…  You are finally ready for the cap and gown.  Graduation is around the corner.  You’ve sent all the college applications and said your prayers.  And now you are ready for one of the best senior traditions: high school senior portraits.  Like everything else, you want your senior portraits to stand out. You want them to be the best.  Unique but timeless.  Classy but edgy.  Modern but traditional.  And the beauty of high school senior portraits is the variety.  Senior sessions include a few wardrobe changes, different locations, they are by nature varied.  But the one true secret to ultimate senior portraits is…

old fashioned jeans and white t-shirt senior picture

Be YOU!  Yeah, yeah, I know.  You may be thinking, this is so cliche.  Everyone says it.  But does everyone actually do it?  No.  And that’s where you can create the edge you really desire in your senior session.

So, here are a few simple steps to showing the real, authentic you in your senior portraits:

vintage black and white picture of teen boy

Step 1:  Be honest.  With both your photographer and yourself.  Don’t say you want a trendy location if you are actually more comfortable in a secluded area.  This goes for everything from locations to wardrobe.  You need to be comfortable.  If you are uncomfortable, the awkwardness will show in your senior pictures. No one wants that.

moody portrait by river

Step 2: Be daring.  Ok, I know, this kinda goes against step 1, but bear with me here…  You should be comfortable, but that doesn’t mean you should be curled up on a couch in your sweats!  Be willing to try something different.  If it reaches outside your comfort zone, then refer back to step 1 and speak up.  But otherwise, be ready to get a little creative.

country sunset senior girl

Step 3: Trust your photographer.  Funny story:  A few years ago I needed a new headshot.  Ok, no problem.  I set up the camera in the backyard, set all of the settings according to the light, etc., and then I went to work posing for the camera as my husband snapped away.  He’s not a photographer and he loves me no matter what, so it never occurred to him to tell me that the poses were painfully awkward.  After I looked at the pictures I realized they were unflattering at best.  I finally understood the weird looks I had been getting from high school seniors.  You see, I like to demonstrate poses for the sessions.  And I always got weird looks that kinda said You want me to lean how?  You want my arm where?  But here’s the difference- on me it looks awkward.  On you it’s amazing.  How do I know? Because this is my gig.  This is my thing.  It’s what I do.  Trust me.  How can you trust me?  Well, just check it out.  You can see example after example of stunning senior portraits right here on the website.  Each one trusted me.  You should, too.

beautiful girl surrounded by purple flowers at sunset

So?  Are you ready for the ultimate senior portrait experience?  Are you ready to really be YOU?  Are you ready to risk a little?  Trust your photographer?  Create epic portraits?  Ok, let’s go.

Misty Carter is a portrait artist in Williamson County, TN.  Best known for her masterful use of color and light, Misty specializes in high school senior pictures, fine art children’s portraits and family portraits.  Now serving Franklin, Spring Hill, Thompsons Station, Brentwood and the greater Nashville area.

Senior picture trends and tips – Franklin, TN senior photographer

Nashville is such a trendy town.  Everything about it is cool.  The music, the lights, the venues, the eateries, the museums, creative artists…  everything.  cool.

So, it’s no surprise that high school seniors around Nashville hold a higher standard for their senior portraits.  They need to be stunning and understated, on trend and unique.  And in all this mix of awesomeness, they need to tell the story of who you are at this moment in life.  (After all, your senior year marks an exciting and hard-earned transition from childhood into adulthood.  You’ve made it! Woo hoo!!)

How can you make sure to have some of that classic cool that is so very Nashville in your senior pictures?  Well, here are a few tips:

  1. Consider location!  With so many stunning parks and urban areas, it’s tempting to take a photographic tour of the whole town.  However, you need to remember that this is the story of YOU, so pick a few places that mean something to (you guessed it) you.  Run these locations by your photographer and discuss which would be best for your senior pictures.
  2. Consider wardrobe!  This is where it really gets fun.  Choose a variety of outfits.  You’ll need AT LEAST three…  Something casual, like what you would wear everyday; something fancy, like a sundress or sweater, something grandma would like to see on her wall; something fun, like you were heading to a party or special event.  You can also include a favorite t-shirt, team jersey, uniform from your favorite activity, riding boots and jeans, etc…  so, so many choices here…  be creative!  Have fun with it.  But if it feels overwhelming, know that I’m here to help with it, too 😉
  3. Consider accessories!  Accessories in normal life have the ability to change an outfit from drab to fab, but in the photographic world they have even more power.  A scarf can create a dreamy effect around your face.  A jacket can be worn, rolled up, thrown over a shoulder or clutched at your side.  A hat can be anything from sassy to secretive depending on the tilt…  (You can check out some of my favorite hat pictures below and see just what I’m talking about).

Bottom line, Nashville is cool.  Senior pictures are cool.  You’re cool.  Let’s bring them all together.

americana senior pictures sassy girl in black hat girl in convertible bmw best of senior photographers cary, il girl in field of wild flowers

Misty Carter Photography is portrait photographer serving Nashville, TN  and the surrounding areas, including Franklin, TN, Brentwood, TN, Spring Hill, TN, Murfreesboro, TN, Leipers Fork, TN, Columbia, TN and Thompsons Station, TN.

Country Senior Portraits – Franklin, TN Photographer

There is something so simple and charming about the country.  Getting outside, into God’s creation,  being surrounded by the humbling vast beauty…  it’s enough to leave me speechless…

country girl in cowboy boots

When you add in a stunning senior, and a gorgeous, glowing sunset…  well, it really takes my breath away.

country cowboy boots and flannel senior girl pictures

natural senior portraits

I photographed these senior pictures at the beginning of the fall season.  The leaves hadn’t really started to turn yet, but the tall grasses were showing the wear of a long, hot summer.  The clouds and the sun danced together to create a perfect backdrop for these images.  Of all of the moments we captured today, my favorite were the ones with the wind blowing freely through her hair.  The light strands couldn’t be tamed and I believe were a perfect expression of her own free spirit.  This girl is one to watch.

country sunset senior girl serene wind blown hair on girl in flowers

For senior pictures in Nashville, TN or Williamson County (including Franklin, Brentwood, Spring Hill and the surrounding areas), contact Misty Carter Photography today.

sun flare natural wind blown hair country picture

Misty Carter is a portrait photographer in Franklin, TN.  Best known for her masterful use of color and light to create rich, emotive images, MCP is now serving the greater Nashville, TN area, including Brentwood, Spring Hill and Murfreesboro.

Foster – High School Senior Portraits

I love to share images from my sessions.  My clients are so beautiful.  The love and uniqueness in each one just shines in their portraits.  But sometimes, I don’t share.  There are many reasons why I might not share an image online.  Privacy is a rare thing in todays world.  I always want to honor it.  Some images are intimate – no, not in a scandalous way…  but in a deep, meaningful, emotional way.  Some are of families that are easily recognizable – and they don’t want to be recognized.  And sometimes, I am privileged to do what I did this week.

This week I had the opportunity to work with one of the amazing youth in our foster care program.  I don’t know her story.  I don’t know her dreams, her hopes, her aspirations for the future.  As a high school senior, she is poised to enter the adult world soon.  But for now she is still a child.  A precious child.  And when she sat in this dark forest, surrounded by wild flowers, with the golden sunset light flooding in, her brilliant red hair was set on fire.  And the light that surrounded her was nothing to the light beaming from her eyes.

Glowing fiery sunset in forest foster youth

Foster care and adoption have always been very close to my heart.  And even if you don’t feel called to foster or adopt yourself, there are still numerous ways we can all support these children and families.  For more information, here are some of my favorite resources:

Tennessee Kids Belong

The Heart Gallery Of Tennessee

Together We Rise


High School Senior Portraits – Franklin, TN

Continuing my “summary series,” I am highlighting what I love, what I’ve learned and what I recommend for each type of session I offer.  Today we are talking about…

High School Seniors!!

thoughtful senior picture with purple flowers at sunset


Here is what I love about senior portraits – they are all unique.  Each one is different.  Each girl or boy brings their own style and personality to the picture.  Whether it’s a sport, hobby or fashionable flair, they are all different.  

sunset glow over flowers and classically beautiful girl

What I’ve learned about successful senior portraits is that variety is key.  Planning a few (3-4) different outfits adds to the session.  Try to pick an array that includes something dressy, something casual, something trendy or funky, something sporty…  They shouldn’t all be the same style.  Something you would like and something your grandmother would like are probably two different things (if not, your granny rocks). We want to please everyone with a good collection of images.

high school senior pictures with horse

Another tip for success, consider getting your hair and make-up professional done.  If you are a style maven and have a finesse for contouring and curling, you can skip this.  But looking and feeling your best in front of the camera adds so much confidence and strength to your portraits!!  If you love the way you look, it will show in your portraits.  I can recommend a salon that uses gorgeous, natural looking makeup that leaves you glowing and not at all over done.  Let’s chat!

senior boy in front of urban brick wall

Want to know more tips for a successful senior portrait session?!  Click here to schedule your personal consultation!


old fashioned jeans and white t-shirt senior picture


Misty Carter is a portrait artist best known for her masterful use of color and light to create rich, emotive images.  Located in Williamson County, Tennessee, Misty Carter Photography serves Franklin, Brentwood, Spring Hill and the greater Nashville, TN area.  MCP specializes in children’s fine art portraits, family portraits and high school senior pictures.

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