Senior pictures are important to capture–both for memory’s sake and for graduation announcements–but they can be pricey for the small amount of time you actually get with the photographer. I bought some as a Senior and then ended up regretting it. For college, I took my own and liked them better.
I liked them better because I had someone I was comfortable with taking my picture (my husband), which allowed me to be myself. That was several years ago, and phone cameras have progressed so much, that you can even get a great photo with a smart phone!
Plus, if you save money on the photography, that will give you more allowance towards announcements, which is where the real fun is anyway! Take a look here for some really fun graduation announcement ideas.
Tips for Taking Your Own Senior Pictures For Graduation Announcements
LIGHTING: Good lighting is EVERYTHING, but you don’t want TOO MUCH light! Make sure you don’t have full sun shining in yours eyes OR your lens. Ideal time for avoiding harsh light and shadows, is early morning and late day.
LOCATION: You want to make sure the background of your photo isn’t too busy. Finding a fun park, orchard or lake would be great for this.
RESEARCH Some Poses Ahead of Time: You may want to go for something candid, but it’s a good idea to research some photos you like ahead of time for simple ideas on where to place your hands, etc. If you waste too much time doing this at photo time, you will lose your lighting opportunity.
DSLR. If you are using a DSLR, it’s best to set a wide aperture (around f/2.8-f/5.6) to get a shallow depth of field, so the background behind you is blurred, making you stand out better.
Iphone. If you are taking with your iPhone, check out our iPhone photography tips.
Apps. There are so many photography apps these days that can help make your photos look really professional, and even help out lighting issues. My favorite right now is PicTapGo.
Announcements. For some stunning announcements, as well as some fun photography ideas, check out Minted.com. My favorites right now are the foiled ones, they are shiny and so fun! They also have some unique gifts for graduates as well.