Greetings everyone! DSmithImages Wedding Photography, Portraits, and Events is back with another bit of advice, and this time I want to talk about portrait photography, specifically graduation portrait photography or, if we want to get specific, cap and gown pictures. I'm typing this at the beginning of April, and that means it is prime graduation session season as college seniors are just about to finish up this big part of their lives.
This is not going to be a long post, but I did want to bring up a very important thing to remember when you are preparing for a graduation portrait session. Are you ready for this critical piece of advice?
Here it comes...
HAVE FUN WITH IT!
That's it. It's really that simple. A graduation portrait session is supposed to celebrate the end of your college times, at least the undergraduate portion, so the mood during the shoot should be festive and happy. It should be a fun filled time just like your time in college.
When I shoot a college graduation session, I work with the client to make sure we shoot at locations on campus that are important to them. This could include specific academic buildings, campus landmarks, fraternity or sorority houses, and sports venues. At some points, we even go off campus and into town so we can capture a full experience and variety of settings.
I also encourage them to bring fun props and other items important to them. Popular items these days include confetti and champagne, because, again, the graduation session should really be a celebration.
Most importantly, though, I make sure I get the shots the soon to be graduate really wants. I encourage them to send a variety of samples from other sessions so I can have a good base and reference file. On top of making sure the session is fun, I want to make sure the session is what the graduate has in their mind because these photos will be used to celebrate a very important milestone.
If you are a college senior looking for graduation portraits or will be in the near future, keep these things in mind. Having fun and enjoying yourself is key to having a great graduation session. I'd also like you to keep DSmithImages Wedding Photography, Portraits, and Events in mind to be your official photographer. You can get more information about what I can offer by visiting my portrait photography investment section and my graduation portrait session recaps. You can even fill out the form below to request information directly!
I hope this advice helps, and I'd also like to extend my congratulations to all the upcoming college graduates that might have read this! Best of luck in the future to you all!