Choosing a senior picture for the yearbook is a big decision and also an exciting opportunity to showcase your personality. Not to mention, choosing your yearbook picture is a way to remember you, it’s a memorable moment and will be documented forever. Choosing only one can be tricky- especially when you get a large amount of pictures back from your photographer. But I’m here to help! Here are a few tips to help make your decision a little easier:
Reflect your style: Select a photo that represents who you are and what you enjoy. When you choose a yearbook picture you’re choosing what picture will be remembered forever. What picture do you want your classmates to remember? Be sure you choose a picture that shows off exactly who you are. Don’t pick one you think people will like. Pick one you like that shows off you and your authentic self. Graduation is a huge deal and having a senior picture in the yearbook is also a big deal. Be sure your choice reflects your true self.
Keep it timeless: Remember that the yearbook will be a keepsake for years to come. Avoid pictures that show off trends that might look outdated quickly. I always say to opt for a classic and timeless look. A picture in nature, a stunning close up or a picture in your school letterman jacket are all timeless pictures that will stand the test of time. You won’t go wrong in choosing a picture that shows off the beautiful background but also you. If you choose a picture that’s too trendy, you might not be so excited to look back at your yearbook in years to come. Pick something natural, timeless and beautiful. You won’t regret it.
Show off your hobbies or interests: Consider a yearbook picture that incorporates elements that reflect your hobbies, passions, or achievements. It could be holding a musical instrument, posing with a sports equipment, or showcasing an artistic creation. If your hobby or sport are really important to you and you want to showcase that in the yearbook or have it remembered forever, then choose one of those pictures. I would be sure not to choose a picture that is too busy. If you are into color guard then maybe choosing a picture with flags flying everywhere will be a little much. But maybe you choose the picture holding a flag. The only reason I say this is because you don’t want the items in your picture to distract from you. The yearbook is the way everyone remembers each other so be sure you choose a picture that reflects your interests but doesn’t distract from your beautiful self!
Focus on your face: A close-up shot that highlights your expression and features will stand out! Yearbook pictures are typically small, so make sure your face is the main focus of the photo. If you choose a picture where your face is too far away, it might not stand out the way you want it to. I want you to look at your yearbook in 10 years and look at your picture and know exactly what you look like, what you enjoy and who you are. Close up pictures tend to look better in a yearbook and over time, are more remembered.
Get feedback: Seek the opinions of close friends or family members whose taste and judgment you trust. Sometimes if you are on the fence about pictures, family and friends can help you choose the best one. They can offer valuable insights and help you choose the most flattering picture. These are also people who know you the best so they’ll be able to help you decide what picture will show off you and your authentic self the best.
Remember, ultimately, the choice is yours. You know yourself the best and you know how you want your classmates to remember you best. The more you stay true to yourself, the easier it will be to choose your yearbook picture. Remember, don’t wait too long! Most schools have a cut off time for when your pictures need to be submitted so be sure you get your pictures taken early and be sure you choose your picture ahead of time. Don’t wait until the lat minute! Trust your instincts and select a photo that represents the best version of yourself- you won’t go wrong!!