5 Reasons You Should Have a Yearbook Photo and a Senior Portrait Session

Confused by the difference between Yearbook Photo and a Senior Portrait Session? Have you wondered what the fuss is about having a High School Senior Portrait session? Keep reading for a few tips!

Why You Should Have a Senior Portrait Session?

Congratulations! Senior year is finally here! I know that you’re thinking about a lot of different things right now. Hopefully one of them is having a senior portrait session!

I’m not talking about a yearbook photo! A senior portrait session is different than the yearbook photo that is required by the school. Yearbook photos are generic and designed so that everyone’s photo is exactly the same. Nothing about a yearbook photo allows your senior to showcase their personality, style or interests. On the other hand, a Senior Portrait Session is planned completely around your senior! They get to pick the location, change outfits and incorporate meaningful props if they’d like.

Location, Location, Location!

Yearbook photos are usually taken in a studio with a backdrop. They tend to be formal and traditional. A senior portrait session can take place anywhere! Whether your senior wants my industrial studio look or something artsy or urban, senior portrait sessions allow them to choose a location that represents their style or that has meaning to them.

Wear What You Want!

What your senior wears in the yearbook photo is usually determined by the yearbook staff and/or school photographer. It is typically a black drape for girls and a tux jacket for boys. When you have a senior portrait session, your senior gets to choose their look and can wear several different outfits! There are no rules and they get to pick clothing that they love and that shows off their style.


Take Your Time!

A yearbook photo session is typically very short and the photographer is trying to get as many seniors in and out as quickly as possible. There isn’t time to develop a rapport with the photographer or to get comfortable in front of the camera. During a senior portrait session, your senior will spend time with the photographer and they will get to know each other. This is important because it will make your senior more comfortable in front of the camera and it will show in the photos! When your senior is able to take their time and have fun, they end up with images that reflect their personality and show off their real smile.

Get What You Want!

When your senior has their yearbook photo taken, you typically receive a proof sheet with about a dozen almost identical images. If you want to purchase prints, the packages offered are often predetermined and you may not be able to get what you want or need. When you have a senior portrait session, you can get exactly what you want. Traditional prints, metal prints, beautiful albums and images boxes or even digital albums for sharing with your friends on social media. The possibilities are endless! Best of all, a senior portrait photographer will deliver a gallery full of images that you love and will guide you every step of the way so that you end up with beautiful products that preserve the memories forever.

There you have it! I hope that these tips have been helpful and will help you pick the best senior portrait photographer. If you think it might be me, I’d love to talk to you and help you learn more about my pricing and product offerings. Please send me an email so that we can begin planning your session.






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