Senior Year is Coming: Preparing for Your Senior Photos
Hey there high school juniors! Whether you’re feeling like you’re on top of the world or counting down the days until summer break, one thing is for sure: your senior year is just around the corner. And with senior year comes one of the most important events during this phase of life – your senior photos. They’ll be the photos that your family displays at your graduation party, the ones that you’ll be tagged in on social media for years to come, and the ones that you’ll always remember taking. So, it’s important to make sure that everything goes smoothly. Here are a few tips on what you should be doing at the end of junior year to prepare for your senior photos.
1. Look through your senior friends’ Instagram feeds
The first step in preparing for your senior photos is to do some social media research. Scroll through your senior friends’ Instagram feeds and look for a few key things. Who has taken photos that you like? What are they wearing? Are there any specific poses that stand out to you? What about lighting and editing? Take note of everything that you like, because this will help guide your search for a photographer.
2. Research photographers
Once you’ve identified the styles that you’re drawn to, start looking for photographers that fit the bill. Ask your senior friends who they’ve used, and check out their professional websites. Look for full galleries on display, clear pricing information, and a bio or “about me” section to get a feel for the person behind the camera. If a photographer has a limited online presence, that might be a red flag. You want someone who takes their craft seriously and is willing to put themselves out there to show off their work.
3. Check out their work
When you’ve narrowed down your list of potential photographers, don’t be afraid to dig a little deeper. Look through more of their galleries and pay attention to the details. Do the photos look crisp and clear, or are they blurry and poorly lit? Are they able to capture a range of emotions and expressions? These can all be important factors in determining if a photographer is right for you.
4. Decide on a date
In a previous blog post HERE, we talked about choosing the right time of year to shoot your senior photos. Once you’ve found a photographer that you like, decide on a date that works for both of you. Keep in mind that photographers can book up quickly during peak season, so you’ll want to reach out early to secure your spot.
5. Reach out and book your spot
When you’ve found a photographer that you’re excited to work with, don’t hesitate to reach out and book your spot. Be sure to ask any questions you might have about the process and communicate your vision for your photos. This is a great opportunity to build a relationship with someone who can help capture this special time in your life.
Preparing for your senior photos is an exciting part of the junior year experience. By doing a little bit of research and preparation now, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the experience when it comes time to take your photos. So, grab your phone, start scrolling, and get excited for your big day. And above all else, remember to have fun and be yourself!