5 Need-to-Know Senior Photo Trends
Graduating high school can be both exciting and terrifying. You're busy finalizing plans and enjoying those last moments with friends and family, but don’t forget about another important milestone during this time: your senior photos.
Whether you've been looking forward to taking senior pictures for years or haven't thought about it at all, there's no need to stress. Professional Photographers of America (PPA) offers their expertise on what's trending for senior photos this year:
1. Experience a new type of photo session.
The current trend for senior photos is to shoot on location or at a destination. This gives you the opportunity to be photographed in a location that matches your personality and wardrobe, and is different from what your friends have used. Love to travel? Select your favorite iconic or exotic destination and watch your photographer create amazing photographic art while making unforgettable memories. Seniors are also now booking cinematic sessions where they are photographed in a stylized scene fit for the silver screen. The possibilities are endless – 1920s glam, hippie-chick retro, enchanted forest, rock-star – you name it! Choose a location that makes you feel most in your element – an urban setting, a park or beach, sports field, or performing arts center. Watch this video to see seniors photographed in three different locations.
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2. Showcase your unique style.
As part of an Instagram generation devoted to selfies and bombarded with digital imagery, your senior photos need to keep up with the times. Why settle for the traditional cap and gown pose and look like all the rest? Instead, why not show and share who you really are with more elaborate, personal photos? Senior portraits are all about you, and you want your personal style to show in every shot. Now's your chance to do something edgy and out there, and PPA photographers have the tools to give you these options. Find out what your senior superlative style is by taking this fun quiz.
©Sabina Cavalli Photography
3. Give outfits a personal touch.
Being a senior is a once-in-a-lifetime event. This is your year to show the world who you really are. It's a big deal. Professional senior portrait photographers recommend that you plan for at least three separate looks on photo day: one to please your parents with a classic, timeless outfit, one that shows off your interests and makes YOU unique, and one that shows off your talents in extracurricular activities. Dress up your outfits with accessories and props that express your personality: shoes, hats, scarves, jewelry, your musical instrument, your car, your team jersey, your dog, a book, a paint palette - whatever it is that shows off your interests and activities and makes YOU unique! Senior girls are even getting their makeup, hair and nails done professionally to make sure they look their best for these important photos. Think creatively and you'll have a portrait to remember!
4. Invite your friends.
You couldn't have gotten through school without your friends, so why would you leave them out of your senior photos? More and more graduates are choosing to have fun photo shoots with their friends, capturing lasting memories and creating keepsakes to cherish for years.
5. Enjoy your photos like never before.
Gone are the days of simply handing out tiny wallet-sized photos. Professional photographers can now print your photos on canvas wraps, announcements, party invitations, in coffee table books and even on phone cases. You can even get a customized app to show off your portraits right from your smart phone so you don't have to carry your pictures with you.
Now that you're up to speed on the latest trends in senior photos, you're well-equipped to find the photographer for your dream photo shoot. Use this free search tool to find a PPA photographer near you.