3 senior photo posing ideas if you’re feeling camera shy

December 7, 2020
Senior looking over her shoulder for senior portraits in lavender field

3 senior photo posing ideas if you’re feeling camera shy

If you’re feeling nervous about having a camera pointed at you for your senior photos, that’s ok and normal! The sensation can make anyone feel awkward and self-conscious. Try these posing ideas to help if you’re feeling a bit camera shy:

1. Play with your hair (and look down)

Sometimes you may not know where to place your hands. One of the easiest things to do is to play with your hair. Here is a couple of variations you can try:

  • Tuck your hair behind your ears.
  • If there is a breeze you can pull your hair out of your face.
  • Bring both hands up and give your hair a soft shake.
  • Play with your earrings or necklace.
  • Add a hat to your outfit so you can play with it too!
  • Look down if you’re feeling very shy!

This gives your hands something to do and helps you get used to being in front of the camera.

Senior photo of girl in lavender field
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Senior photo of girl in a black hat

2. Look everywhere else but the camera lens.

Looking into the lens can feel very daunting. After a while, it can even start to feel forced and fake.

If it begins to feel this way, look everywhere else except at the lens. Look to the sides as if you’re saying hello to someone. You can also look up and laugh! This will help you feel comfortable and natural.

Smiling senior in purple sweater at grounds for sculpture NJ for senior photos
Senior photo of smiling girl with braids

3. Look over your shoulder

Keep your back towards the camera and look over your shoulder like someone called your name. Take a few steps and look over your right shoulder. Keep walking, and then look over your left shoulder. This will keep you feeling natural and not too posed!! It adds more movement to the shot. Plus, walking away gives you time to reset and take a break between shots.

Senior portrait of a girl in blue dress
senior photo of smiling girl in the snow

Want to see these posing ideas in action? Check out a Tiktok I made just for it! I move around a little as I do each pose. It adds variety and makes it look more natural!

BONUS: Combine all three of these ideas into one pose and above all, use with movement, like I did above! Movement is key to making your senior portraits look more authentic and true to you.

2022 Seniors, your turn is right around the corner!

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