5 Reasons to Have a Yearbook Photo AND a Senior Portrait Session

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Congratulations! It’s your senior year! I know that you’re thinking about a lot of different things right now. Hopefully one of them is having a senior portrait session!

I’m not talking about a yearbook photo!  A senior portrait session is different than the yearbook photo that’s required by the school. Yearbook photos are generic and designed so that everyone’s photo is exactly the same. Nothing about a yearbook photo allows you to showcase your personality, style, or interests.  On the other hand, Senior Portrait Sessions are planned completely around you! YOU get to pick the locations, your outfits, and incorporate meaningful props if you want to.

Location, Location!

Yearbook photos are usually taken in a studio with a backdrop. They tend to be formal and traditional. Senior portrait sessions can take place anywhere!  Whether you want a soft country look or something edgy and urban, senior portrait sessions allow you to choose a location that represents your style or that has meaning to you.

What to Wear

What you wear in the yearbook photo is usually determined by the yearbook staff and/or school photographer. It’s typically a black drape for girls and a tux jacket for boys. When you have a senior portrait session, you get to choose your look and can wear several different outfits! There are no rules and you get to pick clothing that you love and that shows off your style.

Take Your Time

A yearbook photo session is typically very short and the photographer is trying to get as many seniors in and out as quickly as possible. There isn’t time to develop a rapport with the photographer or to get comfortable in front of the camera. During a senior portrait session, we’ll spend time getting to know each other. It’s so important because it will make you more comfortable in front of the camera and it’ll show in the photos! Since we’re are able to take our time and have fun, you’ll end up with images that reflect your personality and show off your real smile.

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Get What you Want

When you have your senior yearbook photo taken, you typically receive a proof sheet with about a dozen almost identical images. If you want to purchase prints, the packages offered are often predetermined and you may not be able to get what you want or need. When you have a senior portrait session, you can get exactly what you want. Traditional prints, metal prints, beautiful albums, image boxes, or even digital files for sharing with your friends on social media. The possibilities are endless! Best of all, a senior portrait photographer will deliver a gallery full of images that you love and will guide you every step of the way so that you end up with beautiful products that preserve your high school memories forever.

There you have it! I hope that these tips have been helpful and will help you pick the best senior portrait photographer. If you think it might be me, I’d love to talk to you. Send me a message or give me a call so that we can begin planning your session. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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I’m Suzanne

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