It’s that time of year again! All the seniors at our high school pay large sums of money to be photographed by professional photographers across the valley. Or, if you’re lucky you have an amateur photographer friend, with a decent camera, who can snap a couple great photos of you so you can be on your way without burning a hole in your pocket.
Unfortunately most seniors, girls in particular, will find the photo selection process to be far more difficult than the actual photo shoot. So here are a few suggestions that may be helpful in your selection process!
First: When you receive your photos from the photographer chances are, if you have gotten them done professionally, the photographer has probably selected their best photos out of hundreds. Now it’s your turn! Most of the time there will be a few standouts right off the bat. Try and choose 4-5 pictures of varying look/pose/color that you like the best. Try to avoid choosing pictures that are obviously over edited. People will notice, and it’s just not “organic” if its not really YOU then what’s the point, right?
Second: This might sound lame but go ahead and upload them to Facebook, in some cases the photographer may have already uploaded some and tagged you, that’s fine too. The reason I say this is because its the quickest and most effective way to get feedback from friends and family. See which ones people like the most, that may help narrow down your choices. Or you might see the beauty in a picture you were unsure about before, you never know!
Third: Get final input from the adult(s) who’s opinion you value you most, and two or three of your closest friends. The trusted adult(s) will have a different perspective, they will be able to judge what you will like to see as your senior picture when you look back on it years from now, and they will pick a picture that they think in compasses you as a whole.
Your friends opinions are important because they will choose a picture that represents you as you are now and how they’ve seen you for the last four years.
Ultimately the decision is yours. Try and find a picture that represents you in a way you wish to be looked back upon for years to come, a daunting decision, I know. Try and balance between something that’s you now and something that’s you as a whole, ie something that won’t date itself and become irrelevant to your personality.
Fourth: Picking your top two. First decide, if necessary, if you’re choosing a black and white or color photo. Then look at the pictures side by side. Figure out what’s most important. Smile, hair, outfit, face/head position, etc. I know it sounds silly, but make a pro/con list. What do you like most and least about each photo? If there is obviously more pros to one photo then you probably have a winner! Besides the logical approach, you may just have a gut feeling about a particular photo. Go with it. If you love it you won’t regret it.
So here are some things to remember when considering your senior photo: narrow it down, choose a photo that is natural and representative of you, take input from friends and family into consideration, make the final decision yourself and choose the one you love. Don’t forget that it’s YOUR senior photo and that you should love it (that’s the most important!). Don’t let anyone pressure you into choosing a picture you don’t love. Good luck and have fun! You’re only a senior once!