For high school students, graduation is one proverbial rite of passage which includes the traditional picture-taking of graduating seniors for posterity. In the past, limited photographic techniques (leaving little room for creativity) often result in pictures that are just as limited in artistic terms.
These days, senior picture ideas are as varied as the students themselves, thanks in part to the ease and almost unlimited resources around. Where old senior photos sometimes become subject for jokes, pictures taken today usually show off the subject’s unique personality and other distinctive characteristics.
Also these days, photographs do not entirely depend on the talents of the photographers. Unlike in the past when everything is orchestrated by the photographer, today’s subjects are active participants. As suggested by past graduates, these senior picture ideas are roughly divided into three categories – character poses, clothing, and location.
The first cardinal idea for a good photograph is to be thoroughly yourself. You need to remember that your picture will display your personality forever.
Making poses (smiling, pensive, thoughtful) that you are most comfortable with goes a long way. You can directly look into the camera without being shy or look aggressive. Other poses like looking at something else will be natural and not stiff.
Clothes can be formal or casual for both boys and girls but you need to avoid those that are flashy, loud or too brightly colored. This applies to girls’ jewelries, if you opt to wear some. Casual pants for boys with simple shirts would look good.
During the shoot, a practical idea is to bring in several outfits that are different (casual, formal, some sport uniforms, shirts with your school’s name, etc). The main reason is variety and more choices if there is need to pick out one.
Another area where some senior picture ideas are needed is in the choice of location – indoor or outdoor. The consideration is that the picture’s background can add impact and meaning.
Indoor pictures need the proper control of light and shadow. Outdoor locations should also maximize the excellent lighting from the sun. This might be the province of the photographer, but you need to understand the process (the science and the artistry).