The Perfect Locations for Your San Luis Obispo Senior Portraits!



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As a senior portrait photographer in San Luis Obispo (SLO), I have noticed that senior portraits have come a long way. What used to be a simple portrait session in a studio has become a senior experience. One of the most important decisions that a senior must make with regard to their San Luis Obispo senior photos is to determine the location.

Find The Best Locations for Your San Luis Obispo Senior Portraits

Before booking a photographer for your senior session, start thinking of a location you might want. Once you find a photographer, tell them about your location of choice. Your photographer will suggest the best time for you to shoot at that location. The location is by far one of the most important factors to consider. As a senior photographer in San Luis Obispo, I believe that your location will also dictate your outfit choices. For example, a senior session at the beach will require you to wear something different than a session downtown.

How to Find Your Location

In San Luis Obispo, there are several locations that are popular for high school and college seniors. Some of these locations include California Polytechnic State University, Terrace Hill, Pismo and Avila beaches, and downtown SLO. So, how do you find the perfect location for you? First, try to figure out where you spend most of your time. When you look back on your college years, what will you remember? The downtown vibe, the beaches, the hiking trails, the sunsets at Terrace Hill. Second, ask your photographer for suggestions or check out their portfolio to get an idea of what other seniors have done.

Gina’s San Luis Obispo Senior Portraits

I recently photographed Gina, a college graduate. Gina wanted her senior photos to showcase the beauty and nature of SLO: no brick buildings or downtown vibes for this girl. Gina wanted outdoor photos inspired by nature and the beautiful surroundings of SLO. We started out on campus and did the obligatory graduate photos in front of the famous California Polytechnic State University sign. Then, we quickly moved on to the various gardens and nature-inspired locations throughout the campus. We then left school and headed to Terrace Hill. I was able to capture beautiful images at both locations. These nature-inspired places were the perfect locations for Gina! With just a few locations, I was able to give Gina a gallery full of variety.

Ready for Your San Luis Obispo Senior Portraits?

What is the perfect location for your San Luis Obispo senior portraits? Let me help you find it. Book a session here. Once you book a session, I will send you a location guide to help you find the perfect location for you. After that, I will send you a style guide to help you coordinate your outfit with your location.


  1. Robyn Scherer says:

    love your thoughts on what you want to remember! and the photos are gorgeous!

  2. Delanie says:

    These are some gorgeous images and locations!

  3. Great tips for seniors! This will for sure get them started thinking about the session they want.

  4. I love the locations and beautiful images!

  5. Annie says:

    These images are beautiful! They are so vibrant and full of life, exactly what senior pictures should be like.

  6. Beautiful Images and great locations!

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