Downtown Wheaton Senior Portraits | Sarah Class of 2022

Sarah’s Downtown Wheaton senior portrait session was definitely one for the books. The weather had been spotty all week and there happened to be some rain in the forecast the day of her session but because of both our busy schedules, we decided to take a risk and go for it anyway. I have to say, it’s a good thing we did because the sky at the end of her session alone made the risk worth it!

Senior portrait in downtown Wheaton IL

Downtown Wheaton Senior Photos

Sarah and I decided to meet on the corner of Cross Street and Front Street outside of Carlson’s True Value Hardware to start her senior session. We wandered around the back alleys to the iconic blue door behind the old Carlsons Art Store snapping photos. I LOVE Downtown Wheaton for senior portrait sessions because of all of the unique backgrounds that Wheaton has to offer. Between the brick walls, the fountains, the cute little side streets, and the overgrown shrubs that frame many of the streets of Wheaton, there is just SO much to explore.

Senior portrait in downtown Wheaton IL
Senior portrait in downtown Wheaton IL
Senior portrait in downtown Wheaton IL
Senior portrait in downtown Wheaton IL

Choosing Your Outfits

Comfort is key. More important than anything I tell any of my seniors, is that when you are choosing your outfits for your senior photos, you MUST make sure you’re comfortable in the clothes you plan to wear. Make sure your pants fit, your shirt feels good, your shoes are broken in and you’re ready to rumble!

When you go to a photo session and you’re uncomfortable in the clothes you’re in, you can read it on your face in your photos the entire time. Break in those shoes the weeks leading up to your session, make sure your shirt fits you right, be sure that you like the way you look in the jeans you picked out. From there you’ll be able to show up for your senior photo session feeling like your best self, ready to show off your style and have a good time.

Senior portrait in downtown Wheaton IL
Senior portrait in downtown Wheaton IL

Choosing a Location for your Wheaton Senior Photos

Like many seniors, Sarah wanted to have some contrast in the locations she chose for her Wheaton Senior Session. We opted to have the first portion of her senior session in Downtown Wheaton when the sun was a little bit higher. I always suggest taking photos in a more urban landscape when the sun is higher in the sky because there is more space to hide in the shade and there is plenty of light still in the day to bounce off the buildings. This gives the subject that is having photos done a nice even light source.

For her second location, Sarah opted to have something with a bit more of a nature feel. We went with St. James Forest Farm for its proximity to Down Town Wheaton as well as everything it has to offer in terms of backdrops.

Senior portrait taken at St James Forest Farm near Wheaton
Senior portrait taken at St James Forest Farm near Wheaton
Senior portrait taken at St James Forest Farm near Wheaton

Looking for some more inspiration for your own senior session? Check out the Seniors tab on my blog for all of the inspo!

Senior portrait taken at St James Forest Farm near Wheaton

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