5 Tips for Graduation Photo Shoots

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Graduation is such an amazing experience for students of any age. And even better, graduations happen every season, so there’s always a reason to talk about them! Whether you’re graduating early, late, on time, in the spring, summer, winter, or fall, you’ll definitely want photos to remember this oh-so-monumental moment in your life. However, graduation photo shoots can feel a little intimidating. After all, this is how you and your family will remember the high school or college aged you forever! That’s why I’ve compiled a list of 5 tips for your graduation photoshoot–to help you feel more at ease on your big day!


Outfits and Shoes

Ladies, bring an extra pair of shoes! Even if you think it’ll be no problem to walk around campus in your heels all day, it’s a good idea to be ready for tired feet and prepare for maximum comfort. You don’t want to have blisters halfway through your photoshoot and have to skip your final location because you were too uncomfortable to keep posing. As for outfits, bring more than one! Whether you’re a guy or a gal, this one applies to you. Where’s the fun in having 100 photos in the same outfit? An outfit change or two will give you the opportunity to express yourself and your personal style in more ways than one to cherish and remember forever. 


Emergency Kit

Keep a cosmetic case on hand! Pack a small case for things like lipstick, blush, sunscreen, and powder. You might want a quick touchup between locations or outfit changes. Don’t forget bobby pins to keep your cap and hair in place; you never know when it might get windy & who wants to have to deal with fly-aways during their graduation photoshoot?


Stay Hydrated and Energized

Stay hydrated and energized! Graduation photoshoots can be lengthy. We’ll be walking around campus and you’ll be striking adorable poses all day, so the chances of you getting hungry or thirsty are very real! Be prepared–keep a water bottle and a few small snacks in hand so that you have energy to keep smiling and striking those poses.


Embrace Your Passions

Bring any hobby memorabilia you’d like! This can be anything from dance shoes, to pom poms, jerseys, paint brushes, or even sorority gear. Anything that reminds you of the special time that you spent in school or feels like a defining characteristic to your school experience.  Be sure that you include whatever makes YOU YOU! Because odds are, the time spent on your hobbies and extracurriculars are the memories  you’ll cherish the most!


Get Excited

Be prepared for your cheeks to hurt from all the smiling (lol)! Graduation is such a special time! During your graduation photoshoot, you won’t just be posing. You’ll be celebrating a massive accomplishment! Which means the entire time you’re in front of the camera, you won’t be able to stop smiling. And big smiles do mean sore cheeks, so try to keep your jaw loose and remember to relax in between poses.

You made it! Congrats, grad! I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to see what your future holds. If you like the photos in this blog and want your graduation photos to have the same light, airy feel to them, head on over to my website to get in touch! Yes, you heard me right, I offer graduation photo sessions in addition to wedding photography! Click here to inquire, here to see more graduation photos, and here to follow me on Instagram & keep in touch! 


So excited for this year’s grads! Good luck on your journey wherever it takes you and remember, you got this!


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