The Best Time to Schedule Your Senior Portraits

September 24, 2018  •  9 Comments


Are you a junior?  Even if you a sophomore, it's not too soon to start thinking about your senior portraits.  This is a milestone that is worthy of documentation.  These will be images that you will keep for the rest of your life.  It's definitely not an event you want to put on the back burner.  



So which month is the best for portraits?  Some months have their advantages, but there really isn't a simple answer.  Let's look at the pros and cons...


June/July:  School hasn't started yet so there is plenty of time to plan.  Life is probably pretty stress free during the summer.  However, it can be SUPER hot so may not be so great for hair and makeup.


August:  School is starting and practices for extracurricular activities for sports and band ramp up.  Weather is still really hot.


September:  School is underway and everyone is getting back in the groove.  Temperatures are slightly cooler.  Time may be stretched thin depending on extracurricular activities.  Late September is actually a popular time for senior sessions.  Getting this task accomplished early in the year can be a relief with all the things on your to-do list.  Plus, you can be one of the first to show off your images!


October:  October is a great time for senior portraits.  The weather is cooler.  Routines are set.  October is a busy month in general, though.  Another thing to keep in mind that is in Texas, October is still green.  Lots of people associate October with fall colors, however, fall does't arrive here until November.  


November:  If you are wanting fall colors for your senior pictures, November is THE month.  Autumn is short lived in our neck of the woods.  The fall colored leaves only last about three weeks.  The weather is usually still good.  Maybe cool but not cold yet.  Who knows?  It might still be hot on the day of your November session!


December:  By December, the leaves are mostly gone and the greens have usually faded into brownish tones.  The temperature can be all over the place.  December is a super busy month for most people.  Not that you can't schedule senior pictures for this month, but not an ideal time.



January:  January is one of the least desirable months for outdoor portrait sessions.  The weather is very unpredictable.  Many days are cold and windy.  However, east Texas is known for having the a few sunny beautiful days in January, however, I recommend finding some urban locations to use.  Also, expect reschedules due to weather.  


February:  Things start to bloom at the end of February and everything is starting to turn green.  Thoughtcrimes it may be cold and windy, the latter part of the month can still be a great time for a session.  But again, expect reschedules due to weather.  


March:  March is the month where everything comes back to life!  March is a very popular month for portraits and usually fills up quickly.  Everything is green again and the flowers are starting to bloom.  Weather can still be unpredictable at times, so be prepared for reschedules in March as well.  Keep you extracurricular activities in mind, too.  Often March is a busy month as far as student events and commitments are concerned.  


April:  April is gorgeous in Texas.  Everything is green and lush and the flowers are blooming.  The weather is warmer and generally pleasant.  Another bonus is that you will probably have received you cap and gown at this point to wear during your session.  However, graduation is approaching quickly and you need to think about timing as far as graduation announcements are concerned.  You want to make sure you have time to get those in the mail in a timely manner.  Also, by April, yearbook deadlines for senior pages and such may have passed.


May:   This is the procrastination zone! :)  I definitely recommend scheduling your senior session before May in order to get your invitations delivered in time for graduation.  Although the weather is typically beautiful, the stress of waiting until the last minute in not recommended.  



So there you have it - the pros and cons for each month throughout the year.  I hope this helps you make a decision about when to schedule your senior portraits.  Keep in mind the most popular months fill up the fastest so the sooner you can schedule your portrait session, the better!

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Lucca Builder(non-registered)
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Jodi Major(non-registered)
What a great breakdown of the months and pros/cons! Nice job
This is such helpful information, and gorgeous photos!!
What great info!
Great information! Not everyone thinks about it until the very end and then rush... :)
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