Graduations are exciting events for young people in South Carolina and all around the world. It means moving to a new chapter in their lives and the proud moms and dads who have watched this transition are equally excited too. This makes these events wonderful photo opportunities to capture the joy, exuberance, and excitement of the day as well as the pride of family members who have watched their growth. Graduation is a great time to celebrate your achievements, but you should remember that the pictures will stick around for a while. They’ll get on social media and will most likely be on your mom’s mantelpiece for years to come. Make plans for them to be great pictures. You don’t want to cringe every time you go home for the rest of your life. So, how do you get the best graduation pictures ever? Here are 7 tips from us here at Ray Photography.
Book A Professional
If you want to get the best-looking graduation/senior photos, it is only right that you invest in hiring a professional photographer like us. It will take the stress of you having to lug around your camera off you and your vision for your pictures will come through as captured by the photographer that you’ve hired. As tempting as it is to just let one of your family members do it, for the best pictures, it would be better to get someone who has experience shooting senior portraits. This is because they’d already know how to work with teens and young adults and know how to get their personality to shine through.
Pay Attention to Your Wardrobe, Attire and Clothing
A typical graduation shoot will include pictures of you in your grad robe and sash in your school colors. There may also be pictures of you in contemporary poses in formal or casual attire depending on your package and preferences. Please wear clothes that reflect your personality and will make you and your loved ones proud in the years to come. Also, make sure that these clothes are neatly pressed and on hangers so that they stay neat and unwrinkled. Based on the above, you should show up for your photo shoot with the following:
A change of clothing
General grooming supplies
Hair and makeup products including but not limited to comb, hairspray and face powder
Props and accessories
How’s Your Hair
On the day that you take your graduation photos, you want to feel comfortable and great about how your hair looks. As such, it is usually not the time to try out a different or new hairstyle. Go for a hairstyle you’ve done before that you’re comfortable with and have it done at least one week before the shoot so that you’d have had plenty of time to adjust to it.
Natural Looking Make-Up
For your graduation photos, natural tends to be the key when it comes to getting the best looks. Try not to go overboard with your foundation and other cosmetics. Fresh-looking, daytime makeup is what will work best here. A little bit of loose powder on the shiny areas of your face, concealer to lighten up dark spots and cover blemishes and natural-toned nail polish for your nails would be just perfect.
During Your Grad Gown Pictures
For ladies, a V-neck or scoop neck top worn underneath your gown works perfectly and does not detract from your face or neckline. The goal is to let the gown and sash be the main feature here. Gentlemen can choose a white or light-colored dress shirt and tie that does not clash with the colors of your school’s sash and gown.
Creativity with your cap is a fun way to improve this shoot too. You can search online for ways to make your cap unique and fun. This will be great for your photos instead of a regular cap that isn’t decorated. You could decorate your cap with a favorite verse, quote, picture or character.
The best way to show off your personality and make your graduation shoot fun is by using props. Things like balloons, frames, and wearable are great options to try. You could also use musical instruments and sports equipment as long as they express the real you at this point in your life. Things that portray activities you participated in while in school are fine too.
Choose A Meaningful Location
Location plays a huge part in taking great graduation pictures. You’ll have a chance to take photos in front of notable areas of your school so if you’re going for multiple locations, why not pick some that are meaningful to you and look great? These could be parks, buildings or even your favorite restaurant. Use the opportunity to show off some of the places you enjoyed, they’ll make for great scenes in your pictures.
Ray Photography is one of the best when it comes to your wedding, maternity and senior pictures around Ridgeville and Charleston, South Carolina. Have any more questions? Contact us today!