4 Reasons to Bring Your Musical Instruments to Your Senior Shoot

Seniors With Musical Instruments

Some of my favorite senior pictures I’ve taken over the years are of seniors with musical instruments. From flute, saxophone, drums, and guitar — I’ve seen almost everything and I’ve loved the challenge of capturing the relationship between musician and instrument.

Sometimes seniors don’t want to go through the “trouble” of bringing their instrument, but once they see their pictures they are usually very happy they did.

Here are four reasons you should bring your instrument with you on your senior shoot.

Reason #1 – It’s a Part of Who You Are

Your senior pictures are supposed to reflect who you are. If music is a part of your high school experience, then what better way to showcase this side to your personality than to be photographed with your instrument?

northern virginia senior photographer

high school senior with guitar

Reason #2 – It’s Different

Not everyone can play an instrument! Bringing your musical instrument can help your senior pictures look more unique.

northern virginia high school senior with drums

loudoun county high school senior with flute

Reason #3 – Musical Instruments are Cool

Most instruments are visually interesting, if not actually beautiful. Families can spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on instruments. All that polished wood and gleaming metal adds texture and interest to your pictures, and helps them look great!

high school senior with guitar

loudoun county senior photographer with french horn

Reason #4 – It’s Fun!

A beloved instrument can help you feel at ease right away. Many seniors aren’t used to being the star of a photoshoot, so your instrument provides a sense of comfort because it is so familiar and gives you something to do. And as a photographer, seeing the interaction between a senior and his/her instrument often inspires me creatively.

beautiful high school senior with guitar

senior guy with drums

high school senior with tuba

high school senior playing guitar

loudoun county high school senior

So there you have it, four great reasons to pick up the phone and give Goodhart Photography a chance to photograph your high school seniors with musical instruments!!

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  1. Alyssa September 14, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    I love it! As a flute player, I do regret not getting any pictures with my flute way back then. Great pictures. 🙂

  2. Andrea Brandt September 14, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

    This is awesome- I definitely agree, and the photos prove it! Love your senior pictures!

  3. Nicole Sanchez September 16, 2016 at 8:31 am #

    These are such great reasons for taking senior pictures with an instrument. It’s such a reflection of personality and interests – a wonderful thing to remember years from now.

  4. Kim Miller September 19, 2016 at 4:34 pm #

    Such great points! It is so important for us to not just capture pretty smiles but also who they are at this time in their life. Great post.

  5. Melissa K Klein September 19, 2016 at 11:36 pm #

    WOW – these are all fantastic! Great points, too!

  6. Chelsie September 22, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

    I agree!! Love sessions with musical instruments! Great shots!

  7. Melissa DeVoe September 23, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

    These are all so fun and such great pictures! I totally agree that instruments should be included!

  8. Md Linkon September 21, 2018 at 12:02 am #

    Just I love it……

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