Things are definitely not the same from when I graduated. I remember within just a few days of school starting, we got that dreaded notice that is was time for school pictures. This wasn't just any photo this year however, this was the final year, the most important; senior year, graduation time! Back then however, if you wanted a cool or amazing photo for your senior picture, you would go to someplace like a home studio with a photographer who did something just a little different then your average Olan Mills Studio. Seniors didn't have the option of multiple locations, to shoot at, just different backgrounds.
Seniors want something different now! In a world that is constantly telling you to reinvent yourselves, teens want to do just that and show off just how different and unique they are while still keeping that cool, sleek, vibe. It's our job, photographer and senior, to work together on these sessions, collaborate, and come up with some cool, funky concepts. What they are wearing, and bringing to the photoshoot all has to stay individualized. You cannot group seniors in a box and figure all of them are going to want to shoot in a grassy field or under a tree; although some will! You see, it's not enough to just bring a prop or two either, high school seniors want to bring in the whole car!
And if you plan to show off their love for sports, you have to do it in a fun, yet dynamic way! No more just showing up with the bat and baseball for the cute mom pose. Photographers better get ready to get in the field with theses athletes, get on the ground, and get a little dirty! These seniors are thinking well outside the regular year book frame! Having a junior in highschool already, it's imperative that I keep up with his style and his lingo to remain relevant to him! This helps me a ton when I'm on a one on one shoot with these guys! I cut up with them, and really ease them into things. I can see them eyeing my tattoos, which somehow just means I get it (laugh out loud). Wait, did I just spell that out? I show them I know a little and then laugh about it as well! Senior sessions remain one of my favorite sessions to be on. Their creativity alone drives me to keep doing what I'm doing.