Ideas for Graduation Photoshoot & Senior Portraits from a Professional Photographer
If you or a loved one is a soon-to-be or a recent graduate, a celebration is in order! Finishing school is no easy feat. Whether it is high school, college, graduate, or a Ph.D. – graduation pictures can happen at every stage of academia.
Graduation photos are usually taken by local senior portrait photographers or maybe even a fellow classmate. We think it’s worth investing in a quality photographer to help mix it up a little bit! You don’t want to end up with terrible senior portraits that will haunt you for the rest of your life. Take advantage of a vacation or family event to capture some nice graduation photos, or capture photos in a unique and unusual setting to set yourself apart in the yearbook.
Graduation and senior photo poses are the same old same old, so we’d like to offer some examples of more natural and candid strategies for capturing portraits to celebrate the occasion.
Best Places to Take Senior Graduation Photos
Everyone has an idea of the best spots for graduation photos. Train tracks, rooftops with an urban skyline, an open field, next to a tree, and right on campus are some common ones. We think they are a little over-done, and senior portraits need an update.
Our 5 Favorite Senior Portrait Location Ideas
- Your favorite coffee shop
- A junkyard or salvage yard
- Graffiti wall or park
- Lush courtyards or gardens
- On a vacation!
Best Tips for Taking Graduation Photos
Try a candid approach!
Don’t be afraid to let your photographer run with it. Instead of stiff posed senior pictures, try laughing, dancing, and interacting with your surroundings. This will give your senior portraits more authenticity and movement.
What to wear for graduation photos
You want to feel cool, confident, and ready to take on the world. Wear something that shows it! A killer leather jacket, a dress you never get to wear but are dying to put on, or shoes that speak for themselves – all can make your photos pop and express your personality. This is one of the few occasions you get to take professional photos of just you, take advantage and wear something awesome.
How to Find a Senior Portrait Photographer
Local senior portrait photographers can vary quite a bit. It’s 2020, photos have come a long way from leaning against a tree in a turtleneck. These days we want authenticity and uniqueness, so photos that are artistic, thoughtful, framed in a cool way are going to last longer and you’ll actually be proud to show them every year (we’re looking at you 1985 glamour shots). You can start your search for your graduation photos with Local Lens here.
How to Get Graduation or Senior Portraits While on Vacation
Make the most of your graduation trip and capture memories with a professional photographer. You can get portraits done in a beautiful setting to remember your graduation trip! Vacation photo sessions make great graduation gifts too!
Find a local photographer for graduation photos
The best way to find a local photographer while on vacation is to do a simple search on Local Lens. We have hundreds of photographers in the top cities all over the world who are ready to take some portraits while on your graduation trip. If you are traveling with family, you can get family photos too! If you cannot find your city on the site, request it here.
On a Budget? Take Professional Graduation Photos with Friends and Family!
If you are on a budget, camera-shy, and want your photos to be a celebration with your besties, then taking group graduation photos is a great idea. You’ll get to have fun, be candid, and you can let loose! Make sure you book enough time, like 2 hours, to make sure that everyone gets the group and solo photos they want.
Hire a Local Graduation and Senior Portrait Photographers
Whether you are traveling or capturing graduation photos close to home, Local Lens can help find and book the right photographer for you. Easily check availability for your desired date, check portfolios and reviews, and book the shoot in one place. It’s SO easy.
How to find a graduation photographer?
Local Lens has photographers that specialize in solo photoshoots. Find your city or your destination to see pricing, compare portfolios, read customer reviews, and check date availability.
What’s included in my senior portrait photography package?
With every photography package, you’ll get high-resolution engagement photos are professionally edited and delivered by email in a private online gallery within 5 business days. You’ll get a ton of shots to choose from!
How much does a senior portrait photographer cost?
We made proposal packages that are easy to choose from. Choose between 4 different packages:
- 30-minute Mini Session – 15 digital photos
- 1 hour – Includes 30 digital photos
- 90 minutes – Includes 45 digital photos
- 2 hours – Includes 60 digital photos