You probably want to do a senior portrait session because you know one of those pictures gets to be in your yearbook instead of those single pose pictures you've had every other year. You get a larger picture in the yearbook that captures the more you. This is a main reason senior pictures are such a big deal. You get to get all dolled up and have a fun shoot to remember who you are as a senior in high school! But man, even though you can’t wait to have your senior photo in the yearbook… it can be hard to pick the exact picture you want to use. I remember really struggling on which to use. So, here are some quick tips to help you pick out that one picture!
Know How Your Image Will Be Cropped
When you get your images back, there will be a variety of pictures. Up close, full body, upper body, lots of background showing, very little background, with/without props. The purpose of the variety is so that you can have a choice of pictures for different displays. Your parents might want to have a canvas of you to hang on their wall or a glass block of a close up of you. The different ways to display images call for different types of images. Just like when you want to pick out an image for the yearbook.
When looking through your images think about the set up of your yearbook. It'll be important for you to look at how previous seniors' pictures are laid out in past yearbooks. Are they more rectangular? Or are they more square? This makes a difference when looking at possible pictures to use! If the pictures are more square, images that are more close up will have to be cropped even smaller. This might make your face take up too much of the frame or take away from what you really love about the image. If the pictures are rectangular, we may have to crop some of your body or the background. Doing this might also take away from why you love a specific image. It's a dance finding the picture that fits with how it will appear in the yearbook… cropped and a little different than what you see right in front of you. Because Sarah Lindsay Photography knows that cropping images can change the look of it, she will likely hold paper on any side to show you what it will look like in the yearbook. This is more helpful than you think!!
Create An Album of Possible Pictures, Then Narrow From There
When flipping through your images, think about the type of picture you want in the yearbook. Is it one that includes things such as an instrument or sport gear to serve as a memory? Or is it one that just captures your truist smile and laugh? It helps to have an idea about what you want your high school portrait to be. There is no right answer, this just helps with narrowing down.
Once you have an idea, pick the images that make your heart sing immediately. The ones that you feel the most beautiful in and confident about. Put any images into an album that do this. Having more images to start with is helpful as remember, the tip above. You might love one image but if its cropped you might not. So, having more images you love for yearbook possibilities is great!!
Then, once you have a set of pictures start narrowing down. Ask yourself questions such as: does this capture the authentic me? Do I love this picture? These questions are helpful. Senior portraits are a way to capture you in this moment and serve as a memory for many, many years of what this time was for you. You might even ask yourself if this picture would spark memories of you for others in years to come. Once you find that picture that you love and feel like answers these questions… I think you have then found your picture!
Go With Your First Instinct
For me this is huge. Looking back I didn’t pick the picture I wanted to for the yearbook. I fell in love with one picture and stared at it for too long and started picking it apart. I didn’t trust my gut and went with another picture. (Little tip- once you pick your picture, put it aside for some time and then come back to it. Don’t spend so much time looking at it you will start finding things you don't like.) Looking at the yearbook now part of me is disappointed in the picture I picked and I don’t want that to happen to you. If there is a picture that just makes you smile so big that you can't get your mind off of, stick to that picture. I promise when you look back you will love that that is the picture that you chose to represent you in your yearbook.
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