Tracy Waitkus Photography 805.264.2771

​Avila Beach, California

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Outfit Simplicity


Confused about what to wear
​to your session? Keeping it simple and true to your personality is key to portraits that are flattering and authentic. Kody had the genius idea of layering a flannel shirt over a polo, creating two different looks without having to change clothes. And if you have no clue about what to wear, I'm happy
​to help you decide from the options available in your closet. 

San Luis Obispo senior portrait photographer

Wear Something Special or Unique


Have something with special significance hanging in your closet? Maybe the tie you wore to winter formal? Or a tee-shirt from your favorite band's concert? Your senior portraits are a great opportunity to showcase a special accessory or garment. Julian chose to wear his letterman jacket. What a fun way to commemorate his years as a high school athlete. 

Oceano dunes senior portraits

While it's true that I shoot more senior portraits with girls than I do with guys (about 70% of my senior portrait clients are female), I really do love shooting with guys just as much. They tend to be pretty laid back about their sessions, and open to suggestions about clothing, locations, and poses. Here are a few ideas for senior portraits for guys featuring some of my clients from the class of 2018.

Pismo Beach senior portraits

Top it Off


Most high schools do not permit hats in senior portraits for their yearbooks, but that doesn't mean we can't get a few shots with one if a hat is your thing! I love these two very different looks worn by Matthew and Danny for their sessions at Pismo Beach and Cuesta Park in San Luis Obispo. 

San Luis Obispo senior portraits
San Luis Obispo senior portrait photographer

You WILL Laugh!


Finally, it's super important for you to feel comfortable and at ease during your session. It's not unusual for clients come to their senior portrait session with some trepidation, unsure of how to pose or even how they should smile. Know that I'll direct you through your entire session, and will do whatever I can to make your experience comfortable and enjoyable. To help Calvin feel at ease, I put his Mom and sister in charge of Googling corny jokes on their phones and reading them at the right moment so I could capture his authentic smile (even if the jokes were REALLY bad!). 

Avila Beach senior portraits

Senior Portraits: Guys

March 8, 2018

Pismo Beach senior portrait photographer
Pismo Beach senior portraits
Nipomo senior portraits

Choose a Great Location


It all starts with a great location. And we have no shortage of amazing backdrops here on the Central Coast! It can be a place where you've spent a lot of time and have awesome memories. Or a place that you think is especially interesting or beautiful. Evan chose Port San Luis because of his love for the beach and fishing, and the fact that his father was once a commercial fisherman. It suited him perfectly. Don't have a special place (or anyplace!) in mind? No worries.....I have lots of location ideas that I can share and we'll find just the right spot for you.

Small Details, Big Impact 


It's amazing how something small can have great impact in a portrait. One of my favorite examples is from Nick's Downtown San Luis Obispo senior portrait session. He accessorized his outfit with a beautiful wristwatch that was a gift from his parents. Not only does it look fantastic in his portraits,
​but it also signifies the bond he has with his family.