Christina Runnals Photography is the leading senior portrait studio on the South Shore, working with seniors from all over New England.  Seniors receive an all-inclusive photography experience that includes a photoshoot, digital images, and heirloom products – whatever you need, we have! This luxury photography experience is once in a lifetime, with a pre-session in-person or virtual consultation, a thorough preparation guide, and a variety of looks and locations for your senior session. 

NOT YOUR AVERAGE SENIOR PORTRAITS

YOUR SOUTH SHORE Senior portrait PHOTOGRAPHER

Hi!  I'm Christina, a South Shore senior portrait photographer based in Scituate, Massachusetts. I founded my photography business in 2017 with the mission to bring high-end, natural, light-filled images to clients looking for something special in their photoshoot experience.  I specialize in using natural sunlight to create a beautiful glow in my images, and my photography style is often described as light, airy, bright, and natural.  

I am beyond excited to provide high school seniors from all over New England with a luxury senior portrait experience. I offer several packages so that everyone can pick the perfect option for themselves!

As the South Shore's premier senior photographer, Christina's senior portraits have helped teens gain confidence and see themselves in a new and beautiful light, and her senior work has been featured in Senior Muse Magazine, Modern Teen Style Magazine, and Senior Szn Magazine.

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Yes, all packages include downloading and printing rights to ALL of your selected images.
Does my session price include high resolution digital images?  
We recommend booking your session at least six months in advance, but once in a while we do have space open up at the last minute.  August and September sessions are often booked 8-12 months in advance.
How far in advance should I book my senior portrait session?
Class of 2026 can pre-book their summer/fall 2025 spot beginning in January of 2025  This will guarantee you a spot on our calendar for your desired month in 2025.  You will choose your session date in April 2025.  Join the list here if you'd like to be among the very first to book your spot for next year!
I'm in the class of 2026.  Can I book a spot already for NEXT summer/fall?

No spots remaining

This likely means that that specific month is, unfortunately, sold out.  Make sure to check out our sunrise sessions and mid-day sessions for availability, and also do not hesitate to add your name to the waitlist!
Why are there no dates available in the month I'm trying to book?
I love creating images that are natural and full of light. My photography style has been described as light and airy, or bright and colorful.
How would you describe your photography style?
After you book your session, you will receive a thorough guide from me detailing my best senior portrait wardrobe tips.  There is a guide for the ladies and a guide for the gents!
What should I wear for my senior pictures?
When you receive you proof gallery, you will have the option to purchase as many additional images as you'd like for your final gallery!
What if we end up loving more photos than the amount of images our package includes?!
We will reschedule of course! I typically will try to reschedule for the very next day, or within 7 days of your session.
What if it rains on the day of my session?
Yes!  I have had many beautiful beach sessions in October and November.  The grasses are golden and the light is warm.  I recommend sweaters be worn at the beach in these months!
Will the beach work as a location in October or November?
Yes!  I have photographed seniors all over the northeast US.  You can view my current travel fees here.
Do you travel for sessions beyond the South Shore?
Absolutely! I love creating images that are customized to you and your personality.  
Can I include my pet or sports equipment or other props?
Most definitely not! The Sand Dollar package is popular with senior guys because it allows them to wear an athletic uniform on a field and then a different outfit for some beach or urban shots. 
Do guys *have* to choose the "for the guys" session?
I am happy to set up a way for you to pay in monthly increments leading up to your session.
Do you offer a payment plan?
Yay! Simply head to our booking page and fill out your information. Choose a date for your session, sign the contract, and pay your deposit - you're booked!  (Class of 2025 can pre-book their session here for the summer/fall of 2024).
Okay, we're so excited and we're ready to book!! What next??
freqently asked questions
MARGIE D.
Christina made the whole process so easy and stress free. I was at work when the link came with her proofs, I almost burst into tears of joy and pride. They were more beautiful than I could have imagined. Thank you Christina for giving me such breath taking memories to admire while I prepare to send my baby off to college.

Christina did my senior photos and was wonderful. She has a truly unique and specific way of customizing the shoot for all of her clients. I felt like Christina knew exactly what I wanted and the photos came out amazing. I would 100% recommend her if you want timeless photos to look back on.
NATASHA B.
OMG!  OMG!  The photos are stunning!  We can't thank you enough Christina!  My daughter is so excited by them, and I have to admit that my jaw dropped when I saw them.  You are a phenomenal photographer!  
THERESA B.
Talented, organized, fun, creative, thoughtful...Christina is the best! I have always told my daughter she was born on a sunny day... and Christina captured that spirit with her bright and beautiful photos. Thank you! Thank you!
ANDREA D.
I just wanted to thank you for making what I thought would be very difficult (he hates getting his picture taken) afternoon into a really enjoyable time. I can’t believe how much you got him to smile! I can’t wait to see how they all come out. Thank you again!
BETH K.
Christina is a wonderful photographer! She did my daughter’s senior pictures and they were so good I set up a session for my other daughter. Christina is fun, easygoing, and just a very nice person. The quality of her pictures is amazing.
KRISTIN D.
When you get your pictures done with Christina you get so much more than just pictures, you get an EXPERIENCE! Not only does she take AMAZING pictures but she also makes sure you’re comfortable the whole time and having fun! I 100% recommend her for senior pictures they all come out gorgeous and the hardest part is picking your favorites!!
KATIE A.
My senior pictures were taken by Christina. Taking pictures isn’t really my thing and I had low confidence going into my session but she made it so that I was more than comfortable and felt like myself. Even when I thought I wasn't photogenic she made me feel beautiful and confident ! If i could i would recommend her 1000 times !
JENNY G.
Christina did my senior pictures this summer and they came out SO good! I had never done a photo shoot before and she did such a good job making me feel so comfortable in front of the camera. Her pictures are very different from a "traditional" senior portrait. Highly recommend her for any type of photo shoot!
NICKI H,
Christina made taking senior photos a super fun event! Her enthusiasm and ability to connect with my daughter made for a wonderful experience. The photos were all completely outstanding.  Christina is professional, her website easy to make business happen and she is on top of following up/through.
DIANE L.
I absolutely loved working with Christina! She made the whole process amazing, making me feel so comfortable and confident during the shoot! And in the end I got AMAZING senior pictures I can have forever! If I had to do it all over again I wouldn’t change one thing, I highly HIGHLY recommend going with Christina!.
KAYLA D.
Christina is the absolute best! She made me super comfortable and I felt like a model the whole time! She captured my personality perfectly and I am in love with every photo! I 100% recommend having her do any photo session! 
ANDIE T.
My photos came out incredible and looking like they came out of a fairytale!!  Christina knows so much about photography and will guide you through everything (poses, outfits, etc) making the shoot so easy and anxiety free! I can’t wait to work with her again!!
AVA M.
Christina is amazing! She’s so contagious with her energy, sweetness, and positivity! I highly recommend Christina Runnals Photography! You won’t be disappointed.
DONNA B.
Christina did my daughters senior pictures and they were absolutely amazing! She made the shoot so easy and fun!! She is the best!! 
SHARON B.

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I will provide you with a whole list of items to make sure to bring to your senior portrait session. But one special thing I like to suggest is to bring some kind of prop. This will give some of your senior portraits more of an "editorial" feel. Your "prop"could be as simple as a bouquet of flowers, a blanket, or a bottle of sparkling cider to pop. It could even be something like a bicycle, beautiful chair, or antique car!! I am happy to bring along a white blanket for you. In addition, I rent some larger items to be used during your session. I have a gorgeous antique chair and an adorable light yellow beach cruiser bicycle with a basket and leather trimmings.

7. WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY SENIOR PORTRAITS?

This is one of the most common questions asked by seniors having their senior portraits taken.  When a senior books a session with me, I straight away send off my Senior Portrait Style Guide. My Style Guide is jam packed with all my BEST tips and tricks for flattering outfit choices. It also suggests colors that photograph beautifully on camera and compliment skin tones, and what accessories I recommend bringing. My style guide also provides you with a list of my favorite hair and makeup artists in the area. It also gives you tips on choosing your location/s!  

6. WHAT SHOULD I WEAR for my senior portraits?

This is a great question to ask your photographer! I always encourage you to bring a parent AND a friend along for your senior portraits. I also am happy to include well behaved pets in a few photos. In addition, I'd also love to snap a picture of you and your parent/friend during our shoot!

5. Can i bring a friend, pet or parent along with me?!

For the type of location you use for your senior session, the sky's the limit!  Beaches are of course gorgeous for South Shore high school senior portraits.  Many seniors love to go the route of fields and tall grasses, or even a flower garden or urban setting.  It all depends on the kind of vibe you would like for your session.  Several of my packages give you the option for TWO locations - that way you don't have to choose and you get the best of both worlds.

4. WHAT LOCATION SHOULD I USE FOR MY SENIOR PORTRAITS? 

This is important to know because your photographer may charge a fee to travel a certain distance.  I personally live in Scituate and will travel up to 15 miles for a session before a travel fee is added on.  Any location further than that, I do charge a travel fee. Make sure to check in with your photographer about this before booking! 

3. WHERE CAN MY LOCATION BE FOR MY SENIOR PORTRAITS?  

It is very important to make sure that your photographer is happy to reschedule your senior portrait session if it is bad weather the day of your session. I personally will reschedule even if it is a very cloudy day, unless my client would rather have their session anyways. I am happy to shoot in humidity, but will gladly reschedule your session if your hair gets frizzy in humidity- in fact, that is a question I ask in my questionnaire you will receive after booking your session!  

3. WHAT IF IT RAINS ON THE DAY OF MY SENIOR PORTRAITS? WHAT IF IT IS SUPER HUMID?  

I suggest scheduling your senior portraits as soon as possible.  Typically, senior portraits in New England are taken the summer before your senior year or fall of your senior year.  Yearbook photos are often due by October or November.  In addition, the most beautiful times of year in New England are of course summer and autumn!   Ideally, you should book your portraits with me at least four months before your desired shoot date.  However, I very often have clients pre-book their session as early as an entire year in advance!  This is because they want to make sure they secure a prime spot.  Most senior prefer August or September.  June and July are also gorgeous, as is October!  If you’re booking at the last minute and can’t get the date you want, there is an option to request a sunrise session - sometimes I can accom0date these requests.

2. WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY SENIOR PORTRAITS?

This is a very important question to ask your photographer. At Christina Runnals Photography, all packages are all-inclusive.  This means the price you pay for your package covers everything. There is no session fee and then an additional fee for any digital images or prints.  Your package includes a specific number of digital images, and some packages include a print credit as well. Our Lighthouse Package even includes an entire separate mini session! 

1. WHAT DOES MY SESSION PRICE INCLUDE?

Top questions to ask your south shore senior portrait photographer

There are sooo many photography styles out there, many of which are passing trends. Some trends make skin tones appear orange in huge, or even blue-ish or green-ish! Eek!  For your senior portraits, you will want a photographer who consistently produces images where skin tones and colors look like they would in real life. That way, when you look at these photos 20 years from now, after the “photography trends of today” have faded, your images will still look timeless and beautiful. So look through your prospective photographer’s social media or portfolio on their website. Do all the skin tones look like they would in real life? Do the rest of the colors in the image look natural? 

5. Find a photographer who produces images with natural, beautiful skin tones!  

I think the easiest way to decipher this one is to check your photographer’s Instagram or Facebook page and see how often they post pictures of seniors.  For me personally, senior portrait sessions are my favorite kinds of sessions and they are what I am most highly trained in doing. If I could take senior photos all year long, I would! But being in New England, most senior portraits are usually only taken in the months of June through October, so I also photograph lots of other types of sessions. While I LOVE my family sessions, newborn sessions, and maternity sessions, you can tell from what I post on my social media that senior portraits are a huge specialty of mine.  

4. Find a photographer who specializes in senior portraits!

She even has a changing tent for your outfit changes! You feel like an actual model by 15 minutes into your shoot, by the end you are a PRO! At the end, you leave feeling like you had fun evening just looking beautiful and chatting/laughing with your photog! You get your pictures back. You have a stunning collection of posed and candid moments that you are so excited to show off to your friends and family! So, which one are you going to choose?! LOL! If you said “scenario 2,” I am your girl! Photoshoots with me are fun and relaxed. At the same time, my shoots are directed so that you feel like a natural by the end of our time together! Follow your prospective photographer on Instagram and see if you think you would enjoy a session with them! DM them, respond to their stories, ask them questions, get to know them! 



Fun & relaxed!

You arrive to your photoshoot, excited and a tiny bit nervous, but mostly just excited because you feel SUPER prepared! Your photographer has been in touch with you several times regarding outfit choices. She has given you an entire guide on what to expect at your session. You have even texted a few times - you feel like you already know her! You meet your photographer and right off the bat you can tell she is so excited for your session. She asks you how you’re feeling. Your photographer wants to check out your outfits. She double checks your makeup to make sure you don’t need any touchups. Your photographer puts you in your first “pose,” and from there things just FLOW! She gives you directions throughout the entire shoot. At the same time, she chats and laughs with you and your “entourage" throughout your shoot!




Scenario 2:

You arrive to your photoshoot, excited but also nervous. You don’t know much about your photographer. Your photographer is quiet. They don't really give you any direction or posing, doesn’t ask you or your parent (or friend, whoever you may bring along) anything about yourselves, and you feel a bit awkward. You get your photos back and you look stiff and uncomfortable.


Scenario 1:

This is a big one, trust me. Let me paint two different scenarios for you.  

3. Find a South shore senior Portrait photographer whose personality fits your own!

Once you find your professional photographer, ensure that he or she has a good amount of experience in the field of senior photography.  You may come across a beautiful senior picture  on Instagram and think to yourself "Perfect!  If this photographer took this picture. then this is the photographer for me."  But wait!!  Make sure that the photographer has taken lots of OTHER beautiful senior pictures - not just one!!  You'll want to find a South Shore senior portrait photographer who has photographed tons upon tons of seniors, with consistently beautiful results.  

2. Find a photographer who has plenty of experience

It’s so important to hire a photographer who is licensed, registered, and trained! Why? You and your parents are investing time and money into this experience. You are planning outfits, buying clothes, possibly hiring a hair and makeup artist, and you will have these photos forever!! A professional photographer is organized and will provide you with a contract. A professional photographer is trained in posing you to look your best. They will have high quality equipment, understand lighting principles, and use high end editing software to carefully edit your photos. How can you find out if a photographer is a professional photographer? Google their business name! Check out their website, read their reviews, and check out their social media while you’re at it!  

1. MAKE SURE THE PHOTOGRAPHER TAKING YOUR SENIOR PORTRAITS IS A PROFESSIONAL

How to Choose a photographer FOR YOUR SENIOR PORTRAITS

Christina’s photos of my daughter were breathtaking—literally – I gasped my way through the entire slideshow. Our experience with Christina was wonderful from start to finish. We clicked through many photographers via Google but nearly every photo we opened turned out to be Christina’s. Christina has thought of everything to prepare you for the big day – she is impressively thorough. Her guides and FAQs anticipate any question you may have. All the preparation paid off. The results were stunning. Christina herself is so sunny and responsive. She always returned my emails promptly. We cannot recommend Christina enough! Thank you for our treasures…  -Wynne C.




THE PHOTOS WERE BREATHTAKING - LITERALLY!

Talented, organized, fun, creative, thoughtful...Christina is the best! I have always told my daughter she was born on a sunny day... and Christina captured that spirit with her bright and beautiful photos. Thank you! Thank you! -Andrea D.

Christina took senior pictures for my two oldest children. She made the process so easy. Neither of my children like posing for pictures but Christina put them at ease and made it fun. -Jen W.

Christina captured my daughter beautifully. She was professional and fun to work with. The images were all amazing, we had a hard time choosing! -Sandi E.

My senior pictures were taken by Christina. Taking pictures isn’t really my thing and I had low confidence going into my session but she made it so that I was more than comfortable and felt like myself. Even when I thought I wasn't photogenic she made me feel beautiful and confident ! If i could i would recommend her 1000 times! -Jenny G.





Christina is the absolute BEST! 

Christina Runnals is the greatest photographer that I have had the privilege of working with!! She not only took my senior photos, but I also had the amazing opportunity to be a representative for her company as well. My photoshoot was such a fun and relaxing experience. Christina was kind enough to take her time, teaching me new poses and walks that were guaranteed to make my photos look naturally beautiful. Although I was nervous in the beginning, she helped me feel confident throughout the whole shoot. Overall, I had a very comfortable and fun experience, and the results were absolutely gorgeous. I still recommend Christina to every senior I know!! -Kaitlyn T.

Christina is the absolute best! She made me super comfortable and I felt like a model the whole time! She captured my personality perfectly and I am in love with every photo! I 100% recommend having her do any photo session! -Andie

Christina is an amazing photographer! She made our daughter's Senior photo shoot a truly magical experience resulting in absolutely beautiful photos!.We highly recommend her! -Michelle D.





"She captured my personality perfectly and I am in love with every photo!"

Christina is amazing! My daughter wanted her senior pictures to be unique and had some ideas on settings. Christina was wonderful in the brainstorming process to figure out best locations, scheduling and day of adding some "props" to make it personal and reflect my daughter's vision. The session was so fun for my daughter and the end products far exceeded our expectations. Christina is so talented and has an amazing artistic eye. She captured my daughter beautifully. So many choices it was hard to pick the "one" for the yearbook. I highly recommend Christina Runnals Photography!  -Amy K.

Christina did my senior photos and was wonderful. She has a truly unique and specific way of customizing the shoot for all of her clients. I felt like Christina knew exactly what I wanted and the photos came out amazing. I would 100% recommend her if you want timeless photos to look back on. -Natasha B.

Working with Christina was amazing!! My photos came out incredible and looking like they came out of a fairytale!! I would 100% go back to her for another shoot and would recommend to anyone who is interested. You will not be disappointed!! She knows so much about photography and will guide you through everything  (poses, outfits, etc) making the shoot so easy and anxiety free! I can’t wait to work with her again!! -Ava M.





"I felt like Christina knew exactly what I wanted and the photos came out amazing"

I absolutely loved working with Christina! She made the whole process amazing, making me feel so comfortable and confident during the shoot! And in the end I got AMAZING senior pictures I can have forever! If I had to do it all over again I wouldn’t change one thing, I highly HIGHLY recommend going with Christina! -Kayla D.

Christina made taking senior photos a super fun event! Her enthusiasm and ability to connect with my daughter made for a wonderful experience. The photos were all completely outstanding - so hard to choose! Christina is professional, her website easy to make business happen and she is on top of following up/through. Highly recommend working with Christina - she is extremely talented. -Diane L.

Christina is a wonderful photographer! She did my daughter’s senior pictures and they were so good I set up a session for my other daughter. Christina is fun, easygoing, and just a very nice person. The quality of her pictures are amazing. -Kristin D.


"in the end I got AMAZING senior pictures I can have forever! 

Has the best eye for the best shot! Completely captured my daughter in such a beautiful way! Can’t wait to have my next senior have her session with Christina! So highly recommend Christina Runnals Photography! -Kathy C.

We are in love with every image! Christina was a genius at making our camera shy (when someone else is holding it, lol) kiddos have a great experience. Thank you Christina.  -Susan C.

I had been admiring Christina’s photos for a while now, so there was no question of who to choose when it came to picking a photographer for my daughters senior pictures. Christina made the whole process so easy and stress free. I was at work when the link came with her proofs, I almost burst into tears of joy and pride. They were more beautiful then I could have imagined. Thank you Christina for giving me such breath taking memories to admire while I prepare to send my baby off to college. -Marjie D.

"I was at work when the link came with my daughter's proofs, I almost burst into tears of joy and pride."

Christina was an absolute pleasure to work with! Her communication was top notch. From picking out outfits, attention to detail, special editing requests, and making my senior feel at ease. We would 100% recommend her for your senior photos. She has an amazing personality and you can tell she loves what she does. Her background in music is an added A++ for us! -Molly J.

Christina did my senior pictures this summer and they came out SO good! I had never done a photo shoot before and she did such a good job making me feel so comfortable in front of the camera. Her pictures are very different from a "traditional" senior portrait. Highly recommend her for any type of photo shoot! -Nikki H.

When you get your pictures done with Christina you get so much more than just pictures, you get an EXPERIENCE! Not only does she take AMAZING pictures but she also makes sure you’re comfortable the whole time and having fun! I 100% recommend her for senior pictures they all come out gorgeous and the hardest part is picking your favorites!!  -Katie A.

"you get so much more than just pictures, you get an EXPERIENCE!"

Christina is incredible! She’s so talented! She made my daughter feel so comfortable and she truly captured her essence. Her use of natural light is awe inspiring. I would not hesitate to recommend Christina to anyone looking for truly beautiful portraits. -Ashley S.

Christina was amazing to work with! My daughter fell in love with the aesthetic way she edits and filters her pictures. We had to reschedule twice due to weather, and Christina was incredibly professional and flexible. She made everything as easy as possible for us. Rachael’s pictures were stunning and we have gotten so many compliments. We are referring Christina to everyone we know and hope to work with her again in the future! Thank you Christina!!  -Heather R.

"She made my daughter feel so comfortable and she truly captured her essence."

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