Today i wanted to give you a visual example of the differences between a traditional yearbook photo and a senior portrait session. I've touched on this subject before as part of this post about why you might choose the latter. Today is all about the pictures and how different these two things can be!
With a yearbook photo, girls are usually dressed in a velvet wrap and guys in a "tux" or suit and is taken in a studio setting with a plain backdrop. It's very traditional and gives the yearbook an orderly look. This type of portrait has been a tradition for generations of high school seniors.
I was asked to take this one of Brooke (pictured below) for her yearbook this past year. Brooke graduated from Walton High School in Marietta, GA where they have the option to choose their photographer for this picture. In Cherokee County, students are required to use the photography company that is contracted with the school. Your formal senior picture is done in the summer before your senior year so that it can be submitted by the yearbook deadline which is typically the first week or two of October.
Brooke asked me to take a couple of casual pictures also but didn't choose a full senior session. Brooke, her best friend and her mom met us at my office before her session so that Lauren could do her makeup and, as always, Lauren did the most beautiful job! Below are a couple of her pictures that we got right after her formal sitting. The difference between her yearbook picture and her casual pictures are that they are more candid and show off her style and more of her personality!
Below is a button where you can find some examples of what a full senior portrait session can look like! Your location, outfits, who you bring with you, and a photographer who invests time to get to know you ... all of it reflects who you are in your pictures. A true senior portrait session is definitely a more memorable and enjoyable experience than a simple studio session dressed in formal (or should I say, fake formal) attire. The flexibility and personalization that comes with a senior session is the best!