It’s the summer before your teen’s senior year of high school, which means it’s time to start thinking about senior pictures. This time-honored tradition is a right of passage, and you’ll cherish the photos for years to come. Many people choose to use these portraits on graduation party invitations or high school graduation announcements, so it’s important that they are a true reflection of your teen and are something they can be proud of. Keep these tips in mind as your soon-to-be high school grad gets ready to take their senior pictures:
1. Search for inspiration
After you schedule a session with a photographer, have your teen compile some inspiration for their portraits. They can make a Pinterest board to share with the photographer, or page through magazines and cut out poses and photo shoot locations that they find interesting. Coming to the photo session prepared will help your son or daughter get the pictures they envisioned.
2. Don’t go overboard
While your teen may want to wear the latest fashion trends or have their makeup professionally done, it’s important that they don’t go overboard. Seniors pictures should be a true representation of who they are in that moment, so encourage them to keep their makeup looking natural and wear clothing that makes them most comfortable. Keep it classic!
3. Choose multiple locations
To add some interest to your son or daughter’s senior pictures, make sure you take photos at multiple locations. They can be places that have been important during your teen’s high school years, such as the soccer field, or beautiful settings like the park. Some of the most unlikely places produce the most beautiful backdrops – try snapping some pictures at an old barn to give the photos a rustic feel.
4. Use various props
Props play an important role in senior pictures, so you should bring a few items that represent your teen’s time in high school. Did your son or daughter play saxophone in jazz band? Be sure you get a few photos with the instrument. Was your teen a star tennis player? Don’t forget to bring their racquet and a few balls!
5. Get a variety of shots
It’s important that you have plenty of photos to choose from when designing graduation announcements and invitations, so make sure you get a variety of shots. It’s a good idea to take photos of your teen wearing several different outfits at various locations. Encourage them to access their inner model and try out numerous poses as well! That way, when it comes time to choose the perfect photo to share with family and friends, you’ll have no shortage of options.
Is your graduate a real social butterfly? If they can’t be found without their group of best friends around them, why not celebrate their friendship with a group high school graduation announcement? This is a great way to let everyone know your grad has a big day coming up and that they wouldn’t be there without their friends. Here are some ideas for how to arrange a fun group photo shoot:
It was a colorful year
Gather your grad’s friends and take a fun photo at their favorite hangout. If they have a diner they love to visit, take a shot of them gathered around a table. Or, if the group loves to toss a ball around, take a picture of them playing sports. Whether you choose a natural candid shot or a carefully choreographed pose, Pear Tree Greetings has just the design for you. The Colorful Year Vertical graduation announcement lets you choose your favorite photo for the front, along with the color of the text. Three smaller images are offered on the back, and you get to pick the background from over 70 colors and textured looks.
Picture perfect grads
Another fun option is to let each member of the group hold a number spelling out their graduation year. Let them have some fun posing for the camera to let everyone know about their big accomplishment. Pear Tree Greetings’ stunning Lines of Distinction announcement card is a great layout design to use, with your photo on the front and gold foil lines of text stamped on top. Three smaller pictures decorate the back, and you can customize the look with your choice of solid colors or textured looks for the background, including chalkboard, denim or kraft paper.
History in the making
If you want your grad to stay the center of attention, group their favorite picture with childhood photos that your friends and family will love to see! Pear Tree Greetings’ Make Your Mark Ribbon Booklet is the perfect design. A picture of your happy graduate decorates the front of this unique card, and when your loved ones untie the ribbon, the booklet opens to reveal four panels with your choice of eight photos on display. Pick images of your grad throughout the years to show everyone how far they’ve come. On the back, add an inspiring message, notes about future plans or a memorable quote that will make this announcement something to cherish.
Graduation day should be celebrated! Your grad has just achieved a major accomplishment, and friends and family are surely going to want to congratulate them. If you are looking for the right way to honor them, check out some of the tips below for throwing your graduate a party to remember.
A great way to show your pride for your grad is to showcase them on their custom college graduation announcements! Opt for one of Pear Tree Greetings’ beautifully crafted ribbon cards – like the Future on the Line – to display pictures of your graduate’s journey from their first day to their diploma. This announcement design features four cards strung on a ribbon, personalized with your favorite photos. You also have more than 70 color options to choose from to customize your greeting. We offer assembly services on this card, so you can save time and have us string them together for you, if you like!
Complement with color
Create a cohesive look at your celebration by coordinating colors. Get creative with your grad’s favorite hues or school colors! Arrange candy graduation caps and diplomas on custom cupcakes with matching liners to complete the look. Or choose tablecloths and napkins that show your graduate’s school pride.
Wish them well
Give your party guests the chance to write down their well wishes for the new grad! Decorate your tables with Faux Foil Prism Comment Cards that they can inscribe with inspirational messages or congratulations. You choose the colors of the text and class year, and the back is covered in our unique foil and colored triangle pattern. Your friends and family can write messages on the back for the grad to take with them on their future adventures.