How late is too late for Senior Portraits?
As crazy as it sounds, I found out that not all high schools encourage getting professional senior portraits for their seniors' yearbook picture. Larrina, didn't even know what Senior Portraits were about, but her grandmother wanted to get her "graduation portraits".
I've heard it said that Senior Portraits offer the seniors at least one opportunity to look good in their yearbook. Though this may be true, it is by no means the only reason to have your portrait done. Consider the portrait life cycle. You start out with baby pics.
Then perhaps confirmation or first communion, then Quinceañera for the girls and finally Senior Portraits. When will your next professional photo session be? It will probably be when you come see me for your wedding pictures! The point is, even if you don't have your portrait in the yearbook, it's never to late to capture the essence of who you are now. Filled with hope and a bright future. This is you ready to embark on a whole new adventure!
Larrina had no idea what Senior Portraits were and had not been to a professional photographer before, all she knew is that she wanted outdoor pictures. Rather than spend the pre-shoot session writing down all of her ideas and wardrobe selections, we spent time talking about her time in High School. What activities she was involved with and most important, what was of greatest value to her.
Larrina was heavily involved in the Bible club at school, so we decided that her portrait should reflect that. Of course the pictures had to be outdoors, because that's what she wanted, so I took her to one of my favorite spots for portraits and we were excited to see that the grass was very lush and green (comfy and photogenic)!
The jackrabbits thought the grass was nice too, and Larrina wanted them to pose with her, but for some reason they refused to comply. We started with some initial shots to help Larrina relax in front of the camera, and after some good-natured teasing from her grandmother, she began to show her true self. We moved her over to the grass and placed a Bible in her hand, and the result was that we were able to capture the real Larrina. Not only did we get quality images, we had them edited and ready to order in time for her to give out at graduation. Our partner lab has next day delivery available and can turn these around super-fast.
So to answer my original question. It's only too late if you fail to get them done at all. Ask Larrina, she graduates in a few days, and her Senior Portraits were done less than a week ago. Too late? Not at all!
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