For some of you, sports might be a big part of your identity right now and going forward. It might be how you feel seen and heard or it might be your escape from the hard experiences of high school or it might just be your favorite thing to do. Whatever it is, we want to make sure we capture the importance of your sport through your pictures. Here are a few ideas to make that happen!
Wear your jersey(s)
Simple, but meaningful. If you aren’t ready to go all out in sports mode for some of your session, this might be the way to go. It captures your sports in a subtle way and will still spark memories when you look back. You could wear your entire uniform, your jersey with jeans, or even just hold the jersey.
Hold medals, trophies, gear
This idea might seem hard for you. I remember it did for me too. You might feel like you are bragging about everything you have accomplished over your high school sports career. But you aren’t. All of your accomplishments deserved to be shared and showcased and allow people to share their praise with you. For your session, you could wear a classic outfit of jeans and white t-shirt or leggings with an athletic shirt or your uniform. With this you could hang your medals over your arms or around your neck for some shots. You could also set the trophies in front of you while you sat on the track or on the field for a few more shots.
If including your medals feels uncomfortable to you, we won’t force you! There are other ways we can capture sports through your outfit. In any causal outfit you could string your spikes around your neck, or hold your cleats in one hand, or hold the ball in front of you.
Wear your lettermens jacket
If you were worried about how holding your medals would look, this might be a more subtle way of showcasing some of your accomplishments. A lettermen’s jacket can showcase your time on varsity, specific sport awards, and academic accomplishments. It might feel more comfortable to generalize your accomplishments so this is a good alternative. Not only does it showcase your accomplishments, it shows your school pride as well. The lettermen’s jacket is a long standing tradition and if it suits you, then lets capture it! It might be a fun image to have to compare to your parents or even grandparents!
Bring future school's gear
If you have committed to play/run/swim/etc. at a college, first off… Congratulations! This is a huge accomplishment that surely you want to capture. My guess is when you committed you bought some gear to show off your accomplishment or to get a head start on repping your new school. For your portrait session at the very end you could throw on the hoodie or t-shirt with some jeans for a few shots. Having an image like this could be used in how you share your news on social media and/or could be used on your graduation announcement to share what’s coming next.
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Being a dedicated soccer player, I have to admit, I was a bit surprised when Kylie chose Sol y Sombra for her senior pictures. She didn't immediately strike me as a flower girl but boy was I wrong. Kylie looked beautiful and glowing amongst the rows of flowers at the farm. She twirled and smiled as if she belonged there. It was a hot summer day that left all of us sweating through her shoot, though it didn’t seem to bother Kylie. She had a shimmer to her skin tone and looked as beautiful as ever. And not to mention, her 1,000 watt smile. My gosh, so beautiful!
Kylie wore fun, super colorful outfits that totally fit in with the flowers that surrounded her and with her confident, fun loving personality. Her pictures turned out so beautiful with such a pretty golden glow to them and I can’t to share them with you.
Kylie- I had so much fun at your shoot and your smile is seriously contagious. You have the world ahead of you and I can’t wait to see what you do next. Congratulations 2021 graduate! You did it!
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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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A professional senior portrait session is a celebration for your daughter, but it is also a reward for you as the parent. As a parent you have been there through the ups and downs, helping your little girl grow into an amazing young woman that is about to graduate from high school. With that being said, you are more than welcome at the photoshoot to help commemorate this huge accomplishment. Having a parent at the shoot can be beneficial in many ways! We hope that this helps solidify your decision to be a part of your daughter's senior portrait session.
Benefits of being a part of the before the shoot
Part of the fun of planning senior pictures is planning what to wear, how you want to do your hair, how much makeup you want to wear. Some of that planning can be overwhelming to do by yourself, however. Just think about how hard it might be for you to pick out an outfit for a big presentation at work or for an interview. That might be how your daughter feels about getting ready for senior pictures.
As a parent, you can help ease some of those worries about what to wear or how she might want her hair styled. If you go shopping, you can give your opinion about what she tries on and help her remember the vision she had for her images. You can also help her see how other clothing pieces might be another option, too. Sometimes we can get a one track mind of the exact outfit we want and might miss the top that makes you feel the most beautiful. Being a part of picking out an outfit can help your daughter find the clothes she feels most beautiful in while also sticking to the vision she had.
Another benefit of having you as a parent involved in the pre photoshoot is that you can help make sure that your daughter is at ease for her shoot. This might mean helping her a week in advance by scheduling a hair appointment or an eyebrow wax appointment. Or this might mean making her dinner before you leave for the shoot so that she does not become hangry. Each young woman may need something different from you as a parent to help ease the anxious feelings of having senior pictures. You know your daughter best, so this is a huge benefit of having you involved in her senior pictures.
Benefits of being a part of the actual photoshoot
Being in front of the camera can be intimidating. You may feel anxious, vulnerable, excited, all of the above. What helps bring out the most authentic, beautiful pictures is when you are the most comfortable and feel confident in yourself. This is where it can be extremely beneficial for you as a parent to be at your daughter's senior pictures. Your presence is calming and being around you is comfortable for your daughter. This can help her feel more relaxed and at ease when in front of the camera.
Another benefit of having you at the actual shoot is that you know what makes your daughter laugh or smirk or give some sass. You might give a little joke that makes her laugh and then we can capture the little girl you know and love. Or you make dance in the background and make her tilt her head and smize (smile with your eyes). Your relationship with your daughter can enhance the type of images we capture!
And on a more practical note, having you there during the photoshoot gives you the opportunity to ask for a pose or type of picture that you might really want to see. It might be that your idea for the graduation announcement included a specific pose. This is another benefit of having you involved!
Benefits of being a part of what happens after the photoshoot
While senior pictures are a reward for your daughter and a celebration of this huge milestone of hers, it also holds significance to you as a parent. This might be your first baby to graduate high school and capturing her in this moment is important. You want to remember this exact moment in time before she is off to other adventures. Being a part of the viewing and ordering session with your daughter is important. Both you and your daughter can pick your favorite pictures and from there decide what you want to do with these pictures. You might want a large canvas to display in your home or you might want an album to look back at all the beautiful images. Without you there, we can't get exactly what you want to remember this moment in time. Seeing the pictures can prompt lots of emotion, but we hope that seeing the pictures and having them forever will help ease this transition even in the slightest.
Ultimately, the answer is YES! Please, as a parent, be a part of the whole senior picture process with your daughter. There are so many benefits to having you there for your daughter, but it also helps you see the beautiful person you helped shape.