I love looking at senior portraits. There’s something so bittersweet about the passage of time. Maybe less on the sweet side, as time flies by so quickly.
You’re only as old as you feel! Right??
My high school classmates celebrated a significant milestone this past weekend with the 35th anniversary of our graduation. I wish I could have attended.
Our class consisted of nearly 700 graduates. In prepping for the reunion, many of us reconnected via social media. A Facebook group was started nearly a year in advance of the event, emails were sent out, and even “regular” mail was needed for those who weren’t tech-savvy, or just weren’t interested in Facebook.
One of the best things about this reconnecting was the flurry of old pictures and memories from a different time, long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far …
I graduated when Star Wars came out?!
Being a sentimental sap, all this nostalgia screamed for me to pull out my old senior portrait. A picture so “unique,” it’s the poster for what not to do. So whether you’re about to get a senior portrait taken, a parent about to indulge in your kid’s portrait , or a grandparent with high school-age grandchildren, these tips could come in handy and prevent the debacle you’re about to witness:
Since senior portrait season is coming up quickly – August for most schools – I thought I’d share three important things I learned about this process through hindsight.
Oh sure … you’re welcome!
What not to do for a senior portrait:
1. Be CERTAIN to wear something that doesn’t date the senior portrait for eternity.
- Hmm, what does my picture say?
“Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive, ah, ah, ah, ah, stayin’ alive …”
- Perhaps a timeless tux would have been a better idea.
2. Make sure poses are NORMAL, and eliminate any props.
- I’m not sure what possessed the photographer to put me in the thinker pose.
- Did he then say, “Hey, can you be as somber as possible. Give me ‘super-sad’.”
- But wait, there’s more. “Now give me a big smile for the Wrigley’s Doublemint-gum-twin-image look.”
Here are a few examples of what NOT to do:
3. Hair styles come and go. Don’t have your portrait taken in a full-on, “current” style. I. Beg. Of. You.
- Yes, I look like Justin Bieber’s older brother. It was the 70′s.
- I guess it could have been worse. Okay, maybe not too much worse, but …
How do you feel about your senior portrait?