EST.D 2006 Kevin heslin Photography • CostaRica •

Senior Portraits in Jacó, Costa Rica

Maylin's senior portraits

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to do a senior portrait session with Maylin.

What I love about senior portraits is that you can get really creative with them as the point of a senior photo session is to show off the young person’s personality. Check out some of these amazing shots I got of Maylin during my photo session with her in Jacó, Costa Rica.

A collage of Maylin's senior portraits

What Are Senior Portraits?

The senior year of high school is an exciting–and nerve-wracking–time of life. Childhood is coming to an end and people are starting to take you seriously as an adult. It is the end of an era and the beginning of something new.

Life as you know it is about to change quite a bit. You may start working, or go from working part-time to full-time. You may go to college. Whatever you decide to do, it will be decidedly different from what you have known up to this point. You’ll probably see your friends a lot less and you’ll have less time for your hobbies and the activities that you enjoy.

A senior portrait session is a fantastic way to mark these changes. The session can be whatever you want, but it’s common to incorporate your favorite activities or hobbies. For example, a jock might want shots with his jersey and football, or a dancer might want to show off a few moves during her session.

Model shot

Maylin’s Photo Session

Maylin is from Texas and she wanted to do something different with her senior portraits than what everyone else in her town was doing. So she came to Costa Rica with her family!

I recommended some unique locations and Maylin totally rocked the session. 

We started in an abandoned restaurant overlooking Jacó beach and the Pacific Coast. It’s close to town but up real steep hill, so the view of the ocean is absolutely breathtaking. Graffiti artists have claimed what’s left of the structure and it’s a really edgy spot for a photo shoot. 

After the look out, we headed down to the beach in Jaco. After all, it is Costa Rica! Gotta get some beautiful beach shots with that amazing sunset. Lastly,we headed to the world famous Los Sueños Marina for some creative night shots.

Epic shot overlooking the Pacific Ocean

Not-so-little anymore girl ready to take on the world!

Maylin's senior portraitsSenior portraits along the beach in a beautiful white dressCloseup of Maylin on the beachThe last rays of the sun strike Maylin from the side

Frontal portrait of Maylin with the sunset in the background

Epic portrait with the sunset

Creative shot of Maylin in Los Suenos Marina after dark for her senior portraits

Your Senior Photo Session in Costa Rica

There is no shortage of epic locations for photo shoots in Costa Rica. Whether you want to take photos on the beach, in the jungle, or on a hanging bridge in front of a waterfall, you can find the right location in this diverse piece of the world.

If you’re planning to come to Costa Rica for your senior portraits–or even just for vacation–feel free to check out my travel tips page! There’s lots of good information on there that will help you and your family make the most of your time here and see some of the local scene!

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