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When is the best time of year to take your kids Senior Pictures?  It is in the early fall of their senior year.  We have collected some great Senior Picture Ideas for Guys so you can be prepared!

While there are a few things that might look similar, one thing that has changed dramatically in recent years is the way senior photo sessions are done. Once upon a time, you just took the high school seniors to a studio and they stood (or sat) in front of a generic canvas, smiled and that was it. Now photographers everywhere are working hard to incorporate the individual personalities of the subject in as clever and creative a way as possible. You want nothing less for your grad.

Senior Picture Ideas Guys

Before we go to the pose suggestions, here are the…

Top Tips to Take Senior Portraits

  1. Keep it Simple.
  2. Use the backgrounds of different locations you have.  A big bush, the sports field, grandma’s back yard… a blank white wall from your house.
  3. Show their personality!  Don’t be afraid of being goofy or sullen – show who they really are.
  4. Shoot in the Golden Hour – this is the hour before and immediately after sunset.  This is when the light is the best!
  5.  Include their hobbies or their pets.  What are the things they care about the most?  Feature them.

So if you’re stressing out trying to find that perfect idea that will highlight your son’s personality and show the man he’s become, you have permission to cease stressing now. We’ve given you an inspiring list of 18 senior picture ideas for guys that will certainly show off their passions and character.

Senior Picture Ideas for Boys

Fun Senior Picture Ideas for Guys

1. Wear their graduation outfit in their senior portrait session

Love this fist shot in the top corner.  It was easy!!  This photoshoot was a blast and they had so many different poses.  Hint for the photographer.  Get the dress, cap, and diploma portfolio for your school colors.  You can take the photos with them before they walk.  You’re not left waiting for the actual graduation on this one.

2. It’s A Home Run With This Senior Photo

We know how busy you are and here’s how you can score some amazing shots for your son’s senior photos: Slot in some extra minutes during one of your afternoon school runs and hold a photo session for your son in their baseball field.

This baseball picture with his graduation year arranged in baseballs and a bat is one of the many senior photo ideas you can borrow. You’re guaranteed to hit a home run with his senior pictures!

Your boy already has his baseball uniform, balls, bat, and there’s no shower or any prepping needed. His stinky self only serves you better by giving you real, raw, authentic photos.

3. Keep it Simple.  Got a big bush in the yard?

Actually, the more simple the pose and the background, the more your shy guys are able to shine through in his senior portraits.  The Hands-on-the-hips is a simple pose that is easy to pull off and says they are ready for that next stage of their life!

4. Find Fun Walls.

Here is an old fence.  And it’s perfect for the rustic portrait shot.  The best part of getting your son’s senior picture done is that it won’t take much effort for either of you. Seen that neighbor’s rustic fence? It’s an amazing prop! Getting him to pose in front of a fence is a classic, but why not combine different poses in front of the fence into a single image? This one looks great!

senior picture ideas for guys - image with 3 different poses of a guy posing in front of a rustic fence

5. Find MORE Fun Walls from your local town.

If these walls could talk, I wonder what secrets they’d tell –  Gayle Forman

We might never know all the details but any picture taken against a wall is a classic pose. I prefer stone, like the picture on the right, but brick or barn wood look great, too.

You can also go monochromatic like the kiddo on the left.  He picked a distinctive wall in his town and wore a t-shirt to match it.  Crossing their arms and leaning on the wall is an easy pose even for more introverted fellas.

6.  Use a plain wall to capture their love – be it being a punk or running track.

The cool thing about these senior portrait ideas is that almost every home has a blank wall.  Even if it is not white, a plain background helps “focus the attention” in the shots.  In the top shot the student loved chewing gum and got loads of demerits – he used his senior portraits as an opportunity to have the last laugh.

In the other shot, a track student struck up a running pose.  In this one they took items out of the background with photoshop.  I bet your senior will have a blast hamming for his photos and then editing them later!!

Senior Picture Ideas for Boys

7. Go Black and White in a Simple Portrait For His Senior Picture

Life is in color, but black and white is more realistic. – Samuel Fuller

Guys are simple and taking their photos is bliss, sometimes. And, simplicity wins the day oftentimes. Like this black and white picture taken along the side of a wall. Although he can be smiling, a serious look works well for this pose, too.

8. His Regular Sports Session Gives Great Senior Picture, Too!

Don’t wait till too late to start racking your brain for senior photo ideas for your boy. On a regular day after or before one of his football games, take this great shot of your football player. Be sure to get one in color to show off the school colors, too.

senior picture idea for guys - guy's face partially hidden by a football he's holding upright in front of his face.

9. A Barn and The Letterman Jacket for A Winning Senior Picture Idea

This senior picture idea for your not-so-little guy is a winner and getting a shot in the Letterman jacket is a must. Whether he cracks a smile or not, we love how it pops against the barn and trees/weeds … talk about perfect props!

10. Secret Batman? Cool Senior Picture!

Most boys have a comic book fan they won’t be dropping off any time soon, no matter how old they get. Does your son have one? Acknowledge it and help him show off his superhero status!

He might not show you outwardly but trust us, he’ll be grinning from ear to ear inwardly.

11. Edgy Senior Photo Idea For Guys

Ergonomics aside, except in formal settings, do our boys ever sit on a chair as we all do and should? Rarely! The backward chair pose is a go-to for guys, and it looks great for almost everyone!

Jazz it up by taking it outdoors and have an amazing backdrop and props for this edgy senior photo idea for guys.

12. All Suited Up! Get Him in a Suit.

Get your son a picture all decked out in a nice suit. Hey, even if we don’t much care for suits, everyone looks good dressed up now and then! Don’t be surprised if you shed a tear or two…doesn’t your boy look oh, so grown-up in a suit?

senior photo ideas for guys - guy in suit posing for photo along an empty sidewalk

13. Go Outside!

The hour before sunset and right after sunset is the best time to take portrait photos outside.  They call this the photography “golden hour”.  Usually you will need a flash to front fill the faces, but boy, the results are awesome.

For a pose, put a hand in the pocket (make sure to keep their thumbs out) or have him rest an arm on his leg as he’s seated.

14. First Ride? Snap a Picture with that First Car

We rarely can separate a boy and his first ride. He might have hated it a lot at first. In your defense on why he was getting that vintage hand-me-down ride, you said you wanted him to be safe, it was what you guys could afford and it was easy-to-ride. After all, always loved trying to drive a stick even before he started walking. Now that you can’t keep him away from that noisy ride, why not make it a part of his senior picture?

After all, he’s always in, under, or on it… Yours is only to snap away, though it helps if he changes into a clean set of clothes.

senior picture idea for guys - guy seated on top of a light blue pick up truck.

15. Country Boy Look? An Empty Railroad Track’s All You Need

For your boy’s senior photo, you should get a picture by the railroad tracks! We have several in our small town and they rarely have trains on them, so this is an easy choice for the country boy look. Don’t mind the dusty shoes; they really complete the picture!

senior picture ideas for guys - guy posing for a photo while seating on an empty railroad track

16. Bridge That Gap – Finest Senior Photo Idea For Guys

What’s not to love about bridges.

Not only do bridges have fantastic lines, like this one, but we also love their symbolism. Your son is in the last days of his senior year moving on to the next chapter of his life. His senior photo might as well feature a bridge. After all, isn’t life all about crossing bridges?

senior picture ideas for guys - guy seated on bridge

17. Effortless Senior Picture Ideas – Catch Him In His Element

One of the best ways to effortlessly get beautiful shots is to catch your boy in his element. Is he a musician? Get a shot that focuses on his instrument, like this pose with a guitar.

18. Penny For Your Thoughts? Amazing Senior Picture.

Your boy is probably always on the basketball pitch either shooting hoops or lost in deep thoughts. We love the perspective of this basketball picture looking down from the hoop. Catch him during one of his sessions for this casual yet great photo which will be an amazing idea for his senior pictures.

senior picture idea for guys - photo taken from above a basketball hoop of guy looking up and holding basketball

19. A Senior Picture Idea For Guys That You Won’t Have To Wrestle For

I’m yet to meet or hear of a wrestler who’s not proud of his sport and if your son is one, then this will also be an easy photoshoot session for both of you. You’re welcome to borrow our idea of our favorite wrestling photo… the shoes and headgear are hanging from a tree along with his medals.

Be sure to also take one where he’s in focus blurring out the stuff hanging on the tree…

a wrestler's medals, helmet, and shoe hanging on a tree and a guy seen out of focus in the image

Whether he’s into sports, cars, music, or just looking downright handsome (maybe that’s more your goal than his), there are so many possibilities, these just scratch the surface.

But if the selected photographer is good, then they can take a few of these ideas and run with them. Now, be honest, which idea had your teenage boy excited about getting pictures taken?

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Which senior picture idea is your favorite?