Unique Senior Pictures Photo Shoot Locations, Plus 30+ West Michigan Photographers Ready to Go

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Getting Senior Pictures in West Michigan

Taking senior pictures with one of our local photographers is a rite of passage for students set to graduate next spring.

If getting to the photoshoot is the finish line, here’s how to get there:

Downtown Grand Rapids Senior Portrait Location Ideas

Blue Bridge

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Vibe: Urban, Historic
Fee: No
Photo Policy: No

blue bridge
Blue Bridge over the Grand River in Downtown Grand Rapids

Choice One Bank Wall

330 Market Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Vibe: Modern
Fee: No
Photo Policy: No

6th Street Bridge

275-219 Newberry St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Sixth Street Bridge

Outside of Madcap Coffee in Downtown Grand Rapids

98 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The cool patterns and colors on the building make for interesting senior pictures.

Madcap Coffee Downtown Grand Rapids

MSU Grand Ideas Garden

775 Ball Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Waterfall, trellis, interesting walkways, tons of flowering plants – they all make for a lovely backdrop for senior photos at the Grand Ideas Garden.



825 Bond Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Cool old building just asking you to pose.

825 Bond Ave NW Senior Picture Spot

North Ave Cobblestone St

This historic NE side street is on a steep hill and is paved with old-time cobblestones. Makes for a fun backdrop for creative senior photos.

Address: 999-931 North Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Walnut St NE Cobblestone Street Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Ballet Mural

341 Ellsworth Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Grand Rapids Ballet Building Mural Downtown Grand Rapids

Rainbow Bench

rainbow bench mural downtown grand rapids

West Michigan Senior Picture Places

From scenic lakeshores to charming urban spots, this section highlights the best West Michigan locations for senior photos.

Wittenbach Wege Center


Vibe: Pines, Nature
Fee: No
Photo Policy: No

Pine Grove in Lowell, MI

Ada Covered Bridge

7490 Thornapple River Dr SE, Ada, MI 49301

Vibe: Historic, Bridge
Fee: No
Photo Policy: No

Ada covered bridge
Historic Covered Bridge in Ada, MI

Fallasburg Park


Vibe: Historic, Bridge, Nature
Fee: No
Photo Policy: No

Fallasburg Park
Fallasburg Park Senior Picture Spot
Fallasburg Park

Grand Riverfront Bridge


Vibe: Rustic, Bridge, Park
Fee: No
Photo Policy: No

Bridge at Grand River Riverfront Park Lowell
Bridge at Grand River Riverfront Park Lowell

Eastmanville Farms

7851 Leonard Road, Coopersville, MI 49404

Vibe: Barn, Rural, Trails, Nature
Fee: No
Photo Policy: No

Eastmanville Farms
Eastmanville Farms

Downtown Rockford

By the dam/river

Vibe: River, Dam, Flowers
Fee: No
Photo Policy: No

Rockford MI Dam

Grand Rapids Bike Park

580 Kirtland St SW Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Vibe: Urban, Tunnel, Graffiti
Fee: No
Photo Policy: No

Grand Rapids Bike Park
Bridge at Grand River Riverfront Park Lowell

FAQs for Senior Pictures

What are senior portraits?

Senior portraits are meant to capture and celebrate a student’s completion of high school. These photos are often used in school yearbooks and handed to friends and family as mementos. They will also likely be on display at graduation open houses and posted to social media.

senior pictures with mural background

How much do senior pictures cost?

The price of senior photos varies wildly and is dependent on factors like:
– photographer’s experience
– length and location of photoshoot
– demand for photographer’s services
– turnaround time

We’ve seen prices for smaller photography sessions or with photographers just starting out at around $125. From there, add experience, props, location and outfit changes, etc, and the cost can rise to $400 for the session, and even into the $1000s. Consider your budget while searching for a senior portrait photographer.

Some photographers offer packages that include digital files and printing rights, while others offer print packages or will let you buy prints ala carte from an online store.

Another senior photo cost – sometimes overlooked – is the cost of new clothing, footwear, and accessories for the photo shoot.

Pro Tip: Ask about Your Photographer’s Photo Packages

Some photographers offer packages that include digital files and printing rights, while others offer print packages or will let you buy prints ala carte from an online store.

These often come at an additional cost above the photo session fee.

How far in advance do senior photos need to be scheduled?

Unless you enjoy feeling rushed, schedule senior photos for the spring of the junior or year or summer before the senior year. This will give you ample time to get the photos taken, selected, and processed before your school’s yearbook deadline in the fall.

Depending on your photographer, the amount of time needed to get on their schedule will vary. Generally, the earlier you begin your photographer search, the more options you will have. It’s not impossible to start the senior photo process in the fall of the senior year, but you will be rushed and may end up compromising on your location and photographer options. You may also need to pay a rush fee or end up taking the photos yourself.

senior pic ideas

When should senior pictures be taken?

Most students get senior portraits taken before starting their senior year in the summertime, but some senior pictures are taken in the early fall.

Yearbook photo deadlines are usually the driving force behind the timing of senior photos and these are typically in the fall.

What should I bring to my senior portrait session?

At the minimum, you’ll need to bring your outfit selections. Also consider bringing makeup and a hairbrush for touchups between shots, and a mirror.

Props are common among athletes or musicians and other students with a strong interest in a subject. Sometimes the family pet is also included in a portion of senior pics.

How long are senior portrait photo sessions?

The amount of time booked for your senior pictures photo session will depend on your photographer and your desired outcome. Most photographers will offer a certain number of outfit changes and may even offer location changes, within reason. On average, expect to spend at least an hour, but up to two or three.

What to wear for senior pictures?

Outfit selection for senior photos is a big deal and can be a stress point between the student and parent. In general, it’s a good idea to pick clothing that the senior feels comfortable and confident in and that reflects their personality.

To find style and outfit ideas, check relevant hashtags on TikTok and Instagram – some to consider are #seniorpictures #outfitinspo #2022grad #outfitideas #seniorportraits

List of Senior Portait Photographers

There are hundreds of photographers in West Michigan. Selecting the right senior portrait photographer for you might take some time and research. Use this list to get started.

Michelle Kristine Photography by Michelle Smigielski. Based in Ada. Est 2020

Kara Hanes Photography by Kara Hanes. Based in Allendale. Est 2010

Love; Photography by Katie VanderWal. Based in Allendale. Est 2012

Emma Haigler Photography by Emma Haigler. Based in Belmont. Est 2021

Chrystin Melanie Photography by Chrissy Marsman. Based in Caledonia. Est 2016

Korinne Luchies Photography by Korinne Luchies. Based in Fremont. Est 2018

Jules K Photography by Julie King. Based in Grand Rapids. Est 2006

Inkling Pictures by Tabitha Blanski. Based in Grand Rapids. Est 2011

Honeywild Photography by Jackie Scully. Based in Grand Rapids. Est 2022

La Reverie Photography by Annie Blanding. Based in Grand Rapids. Est 2015

Terence Frixen Photography by Terence Frixen. Based in Grand Rapids. Est 2020

Kate Faber Photography by Kate Faber. Based in Grand Rapids. Est 2012

Crowned Creative Studio by Sarah Seaberg. Based in Grand Rapids. Est 2018

Huisman Photography by Heather Huisman. Based in Grand Rapids. Est 2010

Hailie Tebo Photography by Hailie Tebo. Based in Grand Rapids. Est 2019

Katie Cook Photography by Katie Cook. Based in Grandville. Est 2013

Beyond Memories Photography, LLC. by Becki Linsea. Based in Hastings. Est 2020

GoenPlaces by Daniela Goen. Based in Holland. Est 2018

Images by Jennifer by Jennifer Batts. Based in Holland. Est 2012

Abe Lee Photography by Amanda Haveman. Based in Hudsonville. Est 2015

BlackWind Photography by Toni Sims. Based in Jenison. Est 2019

Awe Photography by Kara Awe. Based in Kentwood. Est 2013

JD Expressions Photography by Jessica Wigger. Based in Middleville. Est 2010

LM Photography by Leah Mokma. Based in Middleville. Est 2021

Karla Michelle Photography by Karla Schmidt. Based in Rockford. Est 2018

M. Bee Media by Melissa Bazany. Based in Walker. Est 2014

JLS Photography by Jessica Sommer. Based in Wyoming. Est 2012

LindaLurainePhotography by Linda Nelson. Based in Wyoming. Est 2019

Elisabeth Marie Photography LLC by Elisabeth Vanderwall. Based in Zeeland. Est 2013

Iris & Oak Photography by Meghan Johnson. Based in Zeeland. Est 2022

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