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Congratulations! You’re a senior and about to embark on one of the most exciting times of your life. Emily Hardy Photography wants to help you get the most out of every moment. I have years of experience in the business of creating images that are remembered forever. Here are just a few reasons why you should book your senior session with me today.

I know you look great posing for Instagram, but wait until you see what I can do for you with flattering lighting, posing, and other techniques that will make your best features pop. It’s all about my undivided attention to you. I’ll hook you up with your favorite beverage, play the music that energizes you, and even have a personal shopper help you select the best images after the session.


I love seniors for their fresh, varied, and individual styles and tastes. Nothing is more fun than the challenge of capturing your personality in a session that is custom designed for you. My goal is to help you fondly remember your senior portrait session as a fantastic experience, even long after the diplomas and tassels are stored away and you’ve made your incomparable mark on the world.



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Feeling the love.

I had an amazing shoot with Emily Hardy Photography. Emily had a lot of great ideas and if I had some, she encouraged me to try them. Together we got some great shots. Now my only problem is picking out just one for my senior picture.

Ryan, Lincoln High School

I had the best time at Emily Hardy Photography. Emily was so awesome. She’s funny and very laid back. When I first went there, I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect, but she made the whole time I was there so much fun. I wouldn’t get my senior pictures done anywhere else.

Lacey, East High School


Did you know you could earn credit toward your portraits and products with Emily Hardy Photography® by acting as a senior rep for your high school? I need one fantastic ambassador per local high school to help us connect with your classmates and friends.

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What to wear.


I know seniors think a lot about what to wear for their senior portraits, but there is another “where” you’ll need to consider, as in where will you have your pictures taken? Here are some of my favorite places.



How about a back alley with a fire escape, an old warehouse with interesting metalwork or worn windows? Graffiti, brick with peeling paint, or old signage can all serve as fantastic backdrops. If you are an adventurous type who likes to explore, this setting can add striking contrast to seniors dressed up in something chic.



Natural settings are always popular because outdoor light is so flattering and easy to work with. Most public parks work well for this type of session, or anywhere with trees, long paths, open grassy spaces, or ponds and fencing. If you like to be active and moving, a natural setting will provide the most freedom.



What are your passions? Channel that into a customized shoot somewhere you love. The barre at a dance studio? The golf course? With your surfboard at the beach? The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination.


Yourself in print.


Emily Hardy Photography offers the most innovative and hip studio specialties to bring your senior portraits to life. All of our products are processed with archival grade inks on the highest quality materials. We have packages and goodies that are friendly to any taste and every budget. We’ll even sit down with you and your family for a custom order session to help you choose and put together the best images for framing, albums, and displays.

Portraits & Wallets

Essential for sharing with family and friends, you can order portraits in nearly any size with a variety of fine art textures and finishes.


Metal & Canvas Wall Art

For a truly striking and contemporary look, Emily Hardy Photography® will reproduce your favorite images on chic metal or museum canvas. Available in many sizes, these are our clients’ favorite way to display their portraits.


Keepsake Albums

Our personalized keepsake albums can include all your images. You‘ll love paging through them over and over again.


Graduation Announcements

We provide custom announcements in crisp, clean and trendy designs to shout out your big day. And don’t forget to order thank-you cards to go with!

All in the details.


A little planning is all it takes for a polished and stylish session that you’ll remember forever. Here are a few essentials to bring along to your session:

    • Props! Hockey skates, paint brushes and canvas, a cello, soccer balls, flowers, textbooks, team jerseys, ballet slippers, even cars, bikes,
      or pets can add visual interest to your portraits.
    • Your BFF! Having a friend around for support is fun, and will help you relax in front of the camera.
    • Don’t forget to get a good night’s sleep before your session and stay out of the sun. You’ll want to be energetic and alert without that sunburned or “I just pulled an all-nighter” look in your eyes!
    • A brush, hairspray, headband or clips for any hair emergencies
    • Lipstick, gloss, and powder for facial touch-ups.
    • Lint roller and static guard spray.
    • Favorite hats, jewelry, scarves, or other accessories.
  • If you wear glasses, keep in mind that some lenses show glare on camera. Think about visiting your eye doctor to see if you can borrow a similar set of frames without lenses.
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Hot tip.


A little preparation goes a long way. Here are some things to keep in mind as you anticipate your big moment:

    • Most stylists recommend having your hair cut two to three weeks prior to your photo session. Your hair will look healthy, you’ll be used to working with it. This applies to both girls and guys.
    • If you want to try different looks during your session it’s best to start with your hair down. Adding accessories like headbands and clips, can leave marks or fly-aways in your hair.
    • Subtle make-up, when properly applied, beautifully highlights your eyes, plays up your bone structure, and nicely evens out your complexion. Stay away from anything shimmery. Neutral lips are sophisticated and timeless.
    • Clean up your eyebrows! This is another one that applies to the guys as well as girls. Unibrows are never in vogue.
    • Guys, shave the day of your session. If you want some scruff or sideburns, make it look intentional, not shabby.
  • Don’t forget your nails. Neutral or clear polish looks best. A full manicure and pedicure isn’t necessary, but clean and trimmed nails are! Are you still with us, guys?

What to wear.


If you want a timeless portrait that is still fresh and stylish 25 years from now, here are a few things you can wear to achieve that look:

    • A neutral belt can cinch a dress or flowy top that might otherwise look bulky on camera.
    • For outdoor shoots, a straw fedora adds flair to a pretty sundress.
    • Avoid anything with a large label, brand name, or graphics splashed across the front. Big stripes and prints can also be distracting.
    • Pay attention to footwear. Your feet won’t be hidden in every shot!
    • For inspiration, page through our galleries, magazines, Pinterest, or stop by your favorite local boutique to gather ideas.
    • Dark denim is flattering, and it photographs better than light or distressed washes.
    • It’s important to put together layered, multi-piece looks for your senior pictures. A cropped blazer, lightweight leather or denim jacket to layer over a dress or jeans can keep its modern edge.
    • Bold jewelry is a great way to make a statement and stay on trend.
  • If you’re wearing something sheer or sleeveless remember to wear the proper undergarments to prevent any awkward or revealing poses.

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