So many things happen in the spring and summer, especially for those who have a graduate in their family. Maybe it’s a high school graduate, a College/University grad, a Grade 9 grad, a Kindergarten grad, or maybe your child is graduating from one level to the next in an extra-curricular activity. Whatever the case may be, graduation is an exciting transition. It is about taking the next step into something new after accomplishing a significant milestone.
Sometimes it is too easy to get caught up in the busyness of life, and we forget to capture the memorable moments such as graduation. You are proud of your kids for reaching new goals, and those memories should not be forgotten. That is why we recommend graduation photos, and to make things even easier, below is a list we have compiled to help make these photos that much more efficient to organize.
First, make sure you research the photographer you would like to use, and discuss how they like to do graduation photos, to see if that is a good fit for your family.
Grad Gown Pictures:
Girls: Try not to wear anything that will detract from your face or neckline. A v-neck or scoop neck works best for underneath your grad gown.
Guys: Wear a white or light-coloured dress shirt. A classy tie is also a good addition.
What to Wear (for pictures without the gown):
Make sure your clothes are clean, neatly pressed, and are ones that you enjoy wearing. If you are not comfortable in the clothes you choose, you likely won’t have a good time getting your photos taken. Choose an outfit that you like, and that reflects your personality. Solid, medium, and dark colours look best on camera, so keep that in mind when choosing your wardrobe. Busy patterns, stripes, or logos will detract too much from your awesome features. It is common for girls to wear their grad dress, and for guys to wear their suit, but some casual clothes (nice shirt and dark jeans) are also a good option for some less formal shots. Bring along a few outfits (and a few different pairs of shoes!)
We trust you will do your hair (or have a professional do your hair) the day of your photos, but don’t feel you need to do anything drastic. Making an appointment to chop off your hair, or to try a new style the day of, will most likely just leave you stressed out. If you do choose to get a cut before photos, we recommend getting that done at least a week before, in case you need to ‘adjust’ to any changes. For guys, unless you want the bearded look, make sure you shave the morning of. We are good at retouching photos, but a 5 o’clock shadow is next to impossible to remove. And girls, when it comes to makeup, again, don’t try anything drastic the day of, and we always recommend you go for the more natural look, to reflect your true personality.
Props are fun, and a good way to have something ‘extra’ alongside those who don’t particularly like the camera be focused only on them. Whether you are into sports, music, dance, whatever it may be, we encourage you to bring along props that portray who you are and what you enjoy.
These are just a few tips to help prepare for graduation photos. To discuss more ideas, and to book graduation photos, please contact us today while space is still available!