When times get stressful, a nice portrait helps me out.
Senior portraits are really something special. Unlike shooting a couple or brides. Seniors have a plethora of unique characteristics that define them. So shooting something that represents them can be looked upon as a daunting task. Although it's always been something I loved doing. Graduating is is a big accomplishment in life, and the pictures you take for these students represents them accomplishing something big. So it really makes you feel like you are helping these kids in some sort of way. Not to mention seniors are just fun people to be around, and they're all so different too, so it makes for interesting photo shoots.
Just having a conversation usually brings the natural smile that makes a picture real. Rather than trying to force a smile outta them.