Noblesville Senior Pictures

Studio Kate – Portrait Design

Portrait Photographer | Noblesville, IN

A Few Of Our Favorite Senior Pictures

In which cities do we photograph high school Seniors?

Classic interstate roadmap of Hamilton County, Indiana, highlighting the cities of Noblesville, Carmel, Zionsville, and Fishers.

Noblesville, Indiana is our home. We just had one Noblesville Miller graduate from NHS in 2022, and have another one graduating in 2024. We work all over the Indianapolis area, and have even done destination senior shoots as far away as Florida, Colorado, and Texas. Primarily, our senior photography is done in the Hamilton County area, including Noblesville, Fishers, Westfield, Carmel, Pendleton, and Fortville.

Where are the best locations to create senior photos in Noblesville?

Every senior photographer has their go-to places for senior photos. Some of them guard that information with their lives. But unless they have exclusive access (and yes, we do have a few of those unique spots), we all share the city of Noblesville and the beauty that it provides. Whether you are a senior class member, a parent of a graduate-to-be, out taking selfies, or just a new photographer looking for ideas in this area, here’s our list of some of the best places in the city of Noblesville to do a senior shoot:

1. Hamilton County Courthouse

Noblesville Senior High School Student with long dark wavy hair wearing burnt orange flowing pants kneeling in front of the Hamilton County courthouse with a big laughing smile on her face. Credit: Studio Kate Portrait Design - Noblesville Senior Pictures
While the Hamilton County Courthouse provides some amazing architectural backgrounds, the surrounding courtyard has a number of beautiful areas to shoot in as well.

2. Downtown Noblesville Square

Noblesville Senior High School Student leaning against and old store window on the historic Noblesville square wearing a sleeveless white summer dress and giving off serious fashion model vibes. Credit: Studio Kate Portrait Design - Noblesville Senior Pictures
Everything surrounding the courthouse is considered part of the Historic Downtown Noblesville Square. It’s lined with restaurants, retail shops, antique stores, and service businesses like ours. Each of these storefronts provides another unique photo opportunity, as do the recently renovated alley spaces and art installations.

3. Forest Park

Noblesville Senior High School student is wearing a green summer dress while she stands on the edge of the carousel floor leaning out holding one of the classic polished brass bars.  You can see the carousel horses, classic roof lights, and the Forest Park trees softly focused in the background.
Forest Park is 150 acres of photo possibilities. With plenty of green spaces, playgrounds, walking paths, and even a fully functional carousel, this park is a senior photographer’s dream. There’s plenty of shade (photographers love shade) and a bridge crosses SR19 and the White River, which leads you right back to our studio!

4. Potter’s Bridge

Noblesville Senior High School Student wearing a jean jacket sitting on the ledge of a rock wall built on one of the supports that holds up Potter’s Bridge. Credit: Studio Kate Portrait Design - Noblesville Senior Pictures
One of the highlights of Noblesville is Potter’s Bridge. This 150-year-old covered bridge spans 260 feet across the White River. The bridge itself is a great place for senior pictures, but there are also some trails, a field, and the river itself that make this a potential all-in-one stop. While this is a classic spot for locals to take pictures

5. White River Greenway

Noblesville Senior High School Student wearing a long blue dress sitting in the grass with spots of sunlight sneaking in along the White River Greenway. Credit: Studio Kate Portrait Design - Noblesville Senior Pictures
We’ve already talked about a few of the stops on the White River Greenway, like Potter’s Bridge, Forest Park, and the Square, but it extends far beyond that. While a large portion of the trail follows the river’s path, some people don’t know that it technically connects all the way over to the park at Morse Reservoir.

6. Noblesville High School

Noblesville Senior High School Student wearing his Noblesville Millers basketball jersey and palming a basketball at arm’s length toward the camera.  In the darkened background of the NHS gymnasium, you can see the various awards and championship banners from many years of the team’s competitions. Credit: Studio Kate Portrait Design - Noblesville Senior Pictures
By the time our students complete their 12th year, they will have spent more time at Noblesville High School than most any other place in their lives. It just makes sense to use the school, sporting facilities, grounds, and signage as elements in their senior portraits.

7. Federal Hill Commons

Noblesville Senior High School Student wearing a sharp suit while he sits on the steps in front of the stage at Federal Hill Commons leaning on the step behind him. Credit: Studio Kate Portrait Design - Noblesville Senior Pictures
In 2017, the city of Noblesville opened Federal Hill Commons as an amphitheater-style venue and a park for community events. Throughout the summer, it hosts the local farmer’s market where we can often be found handing out balloons. The long steps to the stage, the large textured walls, and the big open grassy areas all make for amazing senior picture possibilities.

8. Arbuckle’s Railroad Place

Noblesville Senior High School Student wearing jeans tucked into her knee high brown boots and a white flowing top.  She’s leaning against a post at Arbuckle’s Railroad Place. Credit: Studio Kate Portrait Design - Noblesville Senior Pictures
Arbuckle’s is closed now, but still a hidden gem in town that you’ll probably never see unless you’re specifically looking for it, or you get lost downtown. And its late owner Bob Arbuckle is now a Noblesville legend. There are a number of reasons that professional photographers have stopped shooting on railroad tracks (even retired ones), but this is a great chance to climb up on a caboose and get a few extra fun clicks.

9. Hamilton Town Center

Noblesville Senior High School Student wearing a white sweater looking up and away with her hand on the back of her neck just behind her wavy blonde hair.  She’s leaning on some greenery in front of a black framed store window at Hamilton Town Center. Credit: Studio Kate Portrait Design - Noblesville Senior Pictures
We’ve found that lots of students really enjoy spending time at Hamilton Town Center. With all of the shops and restaurants, it’s an easy way to spend a summer day before their senior year kicks off. If they live on Bath & Body Works products, maybe that’s a good place for a few shots. Or it could be that they love Yatz!, and want to an image to remind them of the times they’ve enjoyed there. This is another location with familiar scenes that brings their personality into their senior pics.

10. Studio Kate Portrait Design

Noblesville Senior High School student wearing a while off the shoulder sweater and black pants.  She’s posed against the exposed brick studio wall in almost a “Thinker” statue position but looking directly at the camera with only the slightest hint of a smile.  Her shoulder length straight blonde hair is all pulled to one side and the dramatic light provides some darkened shadows on the right-side edges of her face.  Credit: Studio Kate Portrait Design - Noblesville Senior Pictures
Last on our list, but certainly not least, is our very own portrait studio in the Gordon Building on the historic Noblesville square. Most seniors do choose outdoor locations, but for those who love the idea of being a supermodel for a day, the possibilities inside our well-equipt photography studio are endless. We can do anything from classic clean white pictures to dramatic images that look like they belong on a magazine cover. Just let us know that you’d like some studio photography in addition to your other location choice(s), and we’ll create something that’s incredibly unique for your student.

Are senior pictures important?

This is a celebration of your teenager successfully completing their initial education and beginning this new adult phase of their lives! Everything is changing for them quickly. This is your last chance to stop time for just a moment and preserve their carefree spirit, innocent smile, and that glimpse of hopes and dreams that sparkles in their eye. Ask any mother whose child has been off to college for a couple of years.., “Are senior pictures important?” or “Were they worth it?” We think you’ll hear a resounding, YES!

When is the most common time to take senior portraits in Noblesville?

Different areas of the country have different senior picture seasons, partially due to weather, but also due to local traditions. Here in Indiana, we’ve found these to be the busiest times of the year for senior photographers.

  • Most seniors do their sessions during the summer between their junior and senior years of high school.
  • We even recommend as early as a month or two before their senior summer vacation begins.
  • Those who choose to wait until their final school year has begun typically have them done mid-fall to take advantage of the Autumn colors and comfortable weather.

What should they wear in their senior pics?

Seniors wear all kinds of different things for their senior shoots. The most important thing to remember is to wear the clothes that make them feel best about themselves! If that’s ripped jeans and a t-shirt, let them wear them. If that’s the Homecoming dress that made her feel like a princess, then she should wear that, too. There will be time during their session for at least a couple of changes of clothes. So if you aren’t sure, bring it! We’ll help you decide which outfits work best for their senior picture outfits.

Here are a few examples of what students wear for the senior portraits:

1. Formal Wear

Noblesville Senior High School Student wearing her formal homecoming dress standing in front of the Hamilton County courthouse, leaning against the stair hand rail. Credit: Studio Kate Portrait Design - Noblesville Senior Pictures
Is she totally in love with her prom dress? Or did her homecoming dress make her twirl like a 5-year-old? And how many times did she tell people, “Look! AND it has pockets!”? Some girls are just meant to have their senior portraits done in a full formal gown.

2. Casual Clothes

Noblesville Senior High School Student wearing favorite sleeveless concert t-shirt. She’s sitting on the hood of an rusty Ford truck, with her jacket hanging off her shoulder, in her bare feet. Credit: Studio Kate Portrait Design - Noblesville Senior Pictures
From cut-off jeans and a concert t-shirt to the hoodie they wore all summer long. Don’t forget to include their favorite casual clothes. Worn in, worn out, and worn through. It doesn’t matter. This is a big part of who they are in their late teenage years.

3. Cap and Gown

This Noblesville Senior High School graduate is on the sidewall in front of one of the shops on the square.  His arms are crossed and he’s wearing his black and gold Noblesville cap and gown.  You can see the NHS crest on his chest and the tassel hanging from his mortarboard cap.  His smile could only be described as contagious.  Credit: Studio Kate Portrait Design - Noblesville Senior Pictures
The cap and gown comprise the iconic outfit for high school graduates. Many students choose to add this to their list of clothing options so that they have a great picture to use for their graduation invitations. Don’t have your cap and gown yet? Just let us know ahead of time that it’s something you’d like and we’ll be sure to have a mock set available for you.

4. Team Uniforms

This Noblesville Senior High School cheerleader is standing on the NHS football field with her black and gold metallic pom poms at her hips.  The school’s “N” logo covers the torso  of her cheer uniform, and she has a big laughing smile on her face.
Sports at NHS sometimes consume more of a student’s time (or at least more energy) than their actual classes. It would be a shame not to record this memory in their senior photo album. With over 15 years of creating senior images here in Noblesville, we’ve developed a great relationship with the school staff and are often granted access to different sporting facilities when they are locked up for others.

5. Letter Jacket

Senior portrait image of a Noblesville High School student posed along the edge of the water on the White River Greenway in Noblesville, Indiana.   Credit: Studio Kate Portrait Design - Noblesville Senior Pictures
Letter jackets have been around in some form for over 150 years. Traditionally, these jackets must be earned by “Lettering” in a sport, usually at the varsity level. They are not just for anyone at the school to wear. They are a symbol of the hard work and dedication that your student gave to NHS. If they’ve earned one, we believe they should have at least one professional senior portrait in it.

6. Big Floppy Hats

Noblesville Senior High School student wearing a big floppy sun hat.  Her long wavy hair is falling in front of her shoulders and her hand is gently pulling one side of the pink hat down. Her smile reaches from her mouth, up her cheeks, and all the way into her eyes.  Credit: Studio Kate Portrait Design - Noblesville Senior Pictures
I don’t know why these girls look so cute in these big floppy hats, but I can tell you this: when they put them on their faces just light up. If they have one of their own that they love, let’s incorporate that into their session. If they don’t, we’ll have a few options in our fashion closet that they can choose from.

What else should we bring to our senior photography shoot?

Aside from all the different outfits they’d like to consider for your pictures, there are a few other things they should bring as well.

  • Hair Tools – Even if you choose to use our incredibly talented hair and makeup artists, sometimes they just need their own brush. Don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of hair spray!
  • Accessories – You’ve seen what a big floppy hat can do to a girl’s smile. Sunglasses, jewelry, and even her cherished Apple watch can bring more of her personality into the images. Don’t be afraid to bring too much! We’ll help you sort out what will create the best senior pictures.
  • Props – Do they play a handheld instrument? Bring it! Do they consider their hydro flask part of their fashion statement? Bring it! Do they play sports? Bring that equipment, too! If it’s important to them, let’s find a way to use it in their album!
  • Vehicle – Maybe it’s their car, truck, or motorcycle. These are often things that often provide a piece of identity to a student. We’ve even captured senior portraits next to that old blue bi-plane that you always see flying out of Noblesville Airport! Anything that they feel defines a part of them is a good thing to bring with them to the studio.
  • Mom – It’s not mandatory, but it’s highly recommended that we have a parent or guardian accompany the senior during their time with us. No one knows your child like you do, and no one else can tell us about the little quicks and gestures that make them who they are. And we want to capture those things for you. Trust us, you’ll want to be there, even if you’re a big cry baby the whole time.

What should we expect in a senior session?

Every senior photographer is different, but our senior sessions are more like a fashion magazine model shoot than your local JCPenny portrait center experience. With optional hair and makeup services, multiple outfits and backgrounds, and lots of local outdoor locations to choose from, we know we can create senior pictures that are as unique as your student. And if we can spend a little time in our studio, too, you’ll be amazed at the creative things we can do with a few rolls of paper and some dramatic lighting.

We have a couple of videos from our senior photography shoots that might explain it better than we could:

Kelsey’s Senior Session Video

Sarah’s Senior Session Video

What is the senior portrait yearbook policy for Noblesville High School?

Noblesville High School uses its own photographer for yearbook pictures, so unlike some other schools, They are typically taken at the same time as students receive their iPads. NHS students don’t need to worry about their yearbook senior picture when we do their session.

How much do senior portraits cost?

For senior pictures, our standard session fee is $199. There are options for extended sessions, hair and makeup artists, and fashion or home decor consultations. Or if you’d like to consider one of our destination sessions, we can talk about those, too! Products and images are purchased separately when you return to the studio for your ordering session. We always love to see our models in big, epic wall art! And specifically for seniors, we believe that our senior photo albums are the very best way to archive a variety of images and create an heirloom that will last for generations.

Are we the best senior photographer in Noblesville?

That’s not really for us to say, but we can share what others have said.

Best I’ve ever worked with.

Kate is definitely the best photographer I’ve ever worked with. I 1000% recommend Katie. I will definitely be a returning client.
Courtney P.

The Best!

The best! So down-to-Earth & easy to work with! I love her sense of humor & creative ability.
Suzie S.

100/5 stars

If I could give 100/5 stars, I would!
Would recommend over and over!
Lori N.

Lots of Fun

Her work is phenomenal! She has lots of fun during your sessions too! Highly recommend!
Celina K.

What’s the best way to connect with Kate?

Just fill out the form below, and we’ll be sure to get right back to you. Or if you prefer to call or email, those details can be found at the bottom of this page as well. We can’t wait to hear about your student and collaborate to create images as unique as they are. Reach out! When you see these pictures, you’ll be thrilled that you did!