Hi, you guys!
So it’s here. The big one. The one that everyone has been waiting for. And I bet you’ve been outlining all of your expectations, planning out every article of clothing you desire for your closet and you may have even made a “senior bucket list”. Well, maybe not. But when I was a senior, I for sure did.
Looking back on those years, I paid attention to every tiny detail that was happening. All the things I hated about high school (and trust me, there was a LOT that I hated about high school), I found something to fall in love with. And I hope you are all able to do the same thing.
Photographs are SO important in capturing the “you” that you were in high school. I still love looking back at my senior portraits (You know, prior to the freshman fifteen. You want PLENTY of those.) and bringing myself back to where I was. I took mine at our neighborhood’s high school hangout. It was next to a lake where we would have a neighborhood campout to kick off each summer. I rebelliously sported my slouchy clothes and shorts that I never would have been able to get away with at my conservative high school. I rocked my antique John Lennon inspired shades and bare feet. My long-term boyfriend was even involved in the photos. And although so much has changed in the past few years, there was not single second I wish I could do over or take back. I brought all of those precious memories with me when I moved off for college and I plan on keeping them with me for the rest of my years.
Here are five things you should keep in mind before your high school senior photo shoot:
1. Give ‘em attitude.
This is your time to be selfish. Sport your style. Be confident. Demand your respect from all your viewers.
These are YOUR photos and this is YOUR last year of high school. Take control.
2. Show the world just how ready you are for it.
Maybe you were that quiet kid in class. However, EVERYONE has got something to say. Whether or not you actually say that thing, say something.
Get loud with your senior portraits. It’s probably going to be your only opportunity to really get silly and express your outgoing character while having it documented.
You know… Unless you go through a mid-life crisis or something and require a photographer.
3. Customize. Personalize. Individualize.
Get personal with it! Involve the spiritual, cultural parts of yourself as well.
The things that are close to your heart are exactly the things you want to show off in your photos!
4. Remember all the little things.
Get your loved ones involved! Of course your photographer will prioritize you, but you this is the perfect opportunity to get some great quality family photos!
Hang them on your bathroom mirror in your dorm room to remind you of all the people who are on your team.
5. Go out with a BANG!
It is your LAST YEAR! Make it the best year! Be confident, be yourself, and be proud. MAKE yourself proud. Make your parents proud.
Do well in your classes. Don’t let senior-itis get the best of you. Make memories. Learn things.
Learn about yourself. Have fun.
Go kick your senior year’s butt.
DO NOT FORGET ABOUT MOM!
Trust me on this one.