Back to School Inspiration with Senior Portraits! / by jacqueline andrade

Hill Country Senior Session | San Marcos, TX

Personalize your senior portraits!

Here is my way of inspiring all of the students going back to school soon. Wether it’s your first or last semester of college, it never hurts to plan ahead. Today we’re talking about the fun ways to personalize your senior pictures.

Christina just graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Biology from Texas State University. She came to me with some of the most exciting ideas for her session like going climbing, canoeing and enjoying some Texas brewed beer in her cap and gown! This has been one of my favorite sessions of my career! One of the main reasons for this is because Christina and I share similar interests when it comes to outdoor activities and adventure! But mostly because she chose some of the best locations and activities to match her personality and truly represent her time at Texas State.

First Stop! Reimers Ranch

Reimers Ranch is a beautiful place in dripping springs where Christina goes hiking and climbing at! During the shoot we found some of the plants and animals in her wildlife book!

Just a side note, if you have never been to Reimers Ranch I highly recommend it! It’s one of my favorite places to visit when I’m in the hill country. You can do anything from rock climbing, hiking, swimming and horse back riding! There’s also lots of ferns! I love ferns!!!

Rock Climbing

You may or may not know that I love climbing! Chris and Naomi are two amazing friends who helped belay and choose a route for these images. All four of us went on a climbing trip together last year, I couldn’t have asked for a better crew to help us out! Thank you so much Chris and Naomi!

Next stop, the San Marcos River!

Another outdoor activity I was excited about, canoeing on the San Marcos river! The rice plants photographed so well thanks to the clear water! This river actually runs through the school’s campus and it’s a fun tradition for grads to jump in right after the graduation ceremony!

We had to sneak in a few traditional campus portraits for Christinas parents lol. We even spotted a few turtles where Christina had done research at for one of her classes!

Next, Beer!

I was not leaving San Marcos until I got these cap and gown portraits of Christina drinking her favorite beer surrounded by Texas wildflowers in cowgirl boots!

Last but not least, Pets!

Christina talked about how her pets helped her in college by simply laying in bed with her while she studied. This is so true! My dog Lobo, to this day, helps me out by having someone to go on a long, quiet walk with when things get too crazy. Always include your pets in all your sessions!

I kinda wish a had taken some photos with 100 snack size bags of hot Cheetos and a box of Pinks Pizza at UH(Cheetos and pizza was my source of energy). So how would you sum up your college experience in a photo session? Contact me with all of your ideas so we can start planning, don’t leave anything out!