Posted December 27, 2014 by Adam Hofmann

It’s never too early to start planning for your senior pictures! The sooner you select a photographer, the better. Getting that chore crossed off your to-do list will feel great, and of course, it’ll let you start thinking about the most exciting parts of your photos: your hair, shoes, and of course, your outfit.

The Best Indoor Senior Picture Locations

Senior Photography by Andrew Harris

But while you’re busy thinking about heels vs. flats or an updo vs. curls, don’t forget about a location for your pictures. The setting you pick will help set the mood of your portraits which will be used for graduation announcements, party invitations, and yearbook photos. After booking a photographer, start thinking about whether you want to take indoor or outdoor senior portraits.

The Best Indoor Senior Picture Locations

Senior Photography by Khaaliq Thomas

There are many benefits to selecting a few indoor senior picture locations. Unlike outdoor locations, your photographer will have an easier time controlling the lighting – there’ll be no need to worry that the sun’s getting in your eyes! Plus, if you live in an area known for its springtime showers, rain won’t be an issue. Re-booking senior pictures due to weather problems can be very frustrating and stressful, especially if your photographer has few timeslots left.

The Best Indoor Senior Picture Locations

Senior Photography by Craig Lawrence

Once you’ve decided to go for indoor senior pictures, it’s time to start looking for a venue. No matter what location you pick, you’ll need to contact them ahead of time to make sure flash photography is allowed. Be sure to verify that your venue will be open on the day you booked with your photographer; too many seniors book their shoot for a weekend without realizing that their venue closes early on Saturday or Sunday.

The Best Indoor Senior Picture Locations

Senior Photography by Khaaliq Thomas

Your venue should reflect the aesthetic you’re trying to create in your senior photos. Are you known for your studious nature? Find a charming small book store, and ask the owner if you can your photographer can shoot in there. (Of course, it’ll help if you’re a patron.) If you’re more artistic, head to a classic theater or opera house. A local university may have interesting indoor architecture. (It’s even better if you’ll be going there in the fall.) Shooting in a tea shop or bakery are other quirky yet classy options that will surely create memorable senior pictures.

Remember that if you’re completely stuck on ideas, your photographer should be able to help you pick an indoor spot for your senior portraits. They’ll know about all the great locations your town has to offer, especially if they’re not well-known to the public. There’s nothing wrong with taking your portraits in front of a backdrop in your photographer’s studio. Even a simple flat color can look very professional and sophisticated.

The Best Indoor Senior Picture Locations

Senior Photography by J Gregory

No matter what sort of location you select, think about how it will impact your outfit and hairstyle ahead of time. For example, if you’ve found a wallpapered room to take your photos in, stay away from printed shirts or dresses and go for solid colors instead. Ask your photographer for advice on shades that will complement your natural skin tone and hair color. Once you’re sorted out your options, relax, have fun, and be yourself.

About Adam Hofmann

Adam is the Head of Marketing for SmartShoot. He looks after all things content marketing, SEO, social media, customer acquisition and growth. When he's not geeking out at the office, he's off on adventures taking photographs of the world.

Keep in touch: @smartshootinc

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