Written by Emma Musson
Have you ever wondered why there is an emphasis on seniors in your school’s yearbook? Or what the importance of senior pictures is? Or wondered why you should look to have professional photographs taken?
As an underclassman, my favorite part of the yearbook was flipping through the full-color photographs in the senior section, a huge improvement from the “cheesy" black and white photos taken through the school. I would admire the individuality of each person and I especially loved looking at each senior’s cute outfit and all the different settings and poses. For me, I’d imagine what my senior photos would be like - what outfit I’d wear, how I would style my hair or where I would have my photos taken. I didn’t really give much thought as to the importance of senior pictures, though. I just thought they were fun to look at and it was just something you did as a senior. As I reflect back on my senior photo session, I am now fully aware that having professional senior pictures taken is much bigger than the outfits, the hair, the fun poses or the location.
So, if you have ever ever wondered what the importance is, here is your answer!
1. It's a Celebration of You!
You always deserve to be celebrated and see that you are a beautiful, strong, unique girl; but, this milestone deserves its own form of celebration. For twelve school years you have worked hard toward this milestone- in academics, athletics, extracurricular activities, through the hard times and the good times, etc. Every experience you had through these years has led you to this moment and senior pictures are an opportunity to celebrate how far you have come. After all, your high school experience is uniquely yours and your hard work to graduate is a big deal and needs to be celebrated!
2. It's a reward
Senior pictures should be a fun, exciting experience. As a senior, you have grown into an amazing young woman through the years of school. You deserve a reward to capture that moment in time. You deserve to have your makeup done, your hair done, and a professional photographer capture your uniqueness. For some, it may feel very intimidating to be in front of the camera. Whereas others may feel very natural. Either way, Sarah Lindsay Photography will ease those worries, working to create a fun environment to reward all that you have accomplished.
As parents, it’s a reward for you, too! You have played an instrumental role in your daughter’s life that has helped them reach this milestone. From the car rides to after school activities, helping with homework and always providing the support your daughter needed is a huge part of their success and your hard work also deserves to be rewarded! Senior pictures capture the role you played in your daughter's life in a unique way. As a parent you are always proud of your child, but seeing your child achieve this huge milestone marks a big transition in your life as well. A beautiful photograph captures this time and reminds you to celebrate and be proud of yourself, too!
3. It's a way to Capture You in this Moment
As a parent, you probably remember your child’s preschool or kindergarten portrait. You can so clearly see their personality through the single image. That little girl you would be looking at may have had a more tilted head, messy hair, a sassy little smile. Those pictures likely captured your daughter how you would have seen them at home. Then as she progressed through school, the school portraits became more and more of the same. The images had the standard pose, the same strange colored backgrounds and the uniqueness of your daughter got lost. It became harder to see that amazing, vibrant personality of your little girl anymore.
A senior portrait session is meant to capture your daughter’s personality in this milestone year. There is so much you want to remember and one picture often doesn’t do the trick. You will want multiple pictures that capture all dimensions of her. Those dimensions are showcased through wardrobe, expressions, movement, or location in her senior photos. By doing a senior portrait session, we are able to capture your daughter as a whole person. To showcase her personality, her likes, her accomplishments, we want to make sure we capture the most authentic version of herself.
As the senior, you might feel intimidated by being in front of the camera. You likely want your photos to be “perfect”. The good news is, your photos will always be perfect if they capture you, the authentic YOU, that you are in this moment. Remember, you are you and that is ALWAYS enough, even when you are behind the camera.
4. Of Course, You Can't Forget the More "Practical" Reasons
Now, once you have all of those stunning pictures, you might be asking what should I do with them? Not only is the experience of having senior pictures taken important, but creating mementos is just as important. Creating wall art, a custom album, and receiving the prints to remember this time is equally as important. Senior pictures can provide unique gifts for family members. Likely, your extended family is as impressed by this accomplishment and would love to remember you in this moment as well. Small albums, prints, and announcements can be a fun way to share this experience with your family.
By doing senior pictures you will have a large selection of beautiful photos to choose from and you will be able to pick one that captures who you are and how you want to be remembered for your yearbook. A professional senior portrait session will ensure that you have a high quality picture to submit that will be showcased in the yearbook for all to see and admire.
The idea of professional senior photographs may seem unnecessary, frivolous and maybe even overwhelming. Senior year is a transition year where your child is caught between adulthood and still being “your baby”. It is important to celebrate this time, reward their hard work, capture an important milestone in life (for both the senior and the parent!) and have something to look back on when they’ve left the house for college to help you remember such a special time. Senior pictures can freeze this moment in time and create lasting memories of how far you/your child have come, and where you/your child is headed.
Trust me, I no longer question the importance of professional senior photographs! I see my photos proudly displayed in my parent’s home and I am reminded of my uniqueness, beauty, and how much they love me.
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