The Senior Portrait Tradition

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Honestly, when we lived in California, I didn’t even know this big senior pictures modeling experience was a “thing”.  We just went to the school, lined up, put on a drape and had a head shot taken. Then we moved to North Dakota and I started being asked to do senior pictures.  I had to ask what they were talking about….I learned really fast and had a blast doing it!  And now senior pictures are one of my favorite types of photo sessions!

So, why are senior pictures so popular?

 1.  Senior pictures are a tradition dating all the way back to World War II, and according to Wikipedia, possibly all the way back to 1880!  Of course, the styles have obviously changed and have moved from a stiff formal head shot, to the weird drapey thing of the 80s and now to very personal and stylized photos.  Even the head shots are more personal, fun and show personality!  Be a part of American Tradition!

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Senior PIctures Circa 1920 from Wikipedia

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Modern senior pictures headshots

 

2.  This is a fleeting time between being a teen and being an adult.  For many seniors this is a time of  milestones and its worth documenting.  For parents a senior session is about capturing this kind of miraculous time when their teenager still has some of that childhood innocence and yet is clearly on the brink of an exciting independent future.

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3.  For the senior, this is a bit of a time of “lasts”…the last year of high school, perhaps the last year you are with many of your childhood friends, the last year of living under your parent’s roof as a child (you may come back and live in the basement, but it still will not be the same, LOL), or the last season of your athletic teams, band, academic clubs, etc.  Your life will change drastically and this is the perfect time to capture your life as it is right now so it is never forgotten.

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4.  They are used in a multitude of ways:  yearbook, scholarship applications, job applications, graduation announcements, newspaper announcements, keepsakes and gifts.  I have heard that the senior picture used in the yearbook is often pulled years later for newspapers and scholarship applications when requested from schools.  It sure would be nice if it was a good one!

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Whatever the reason, senior pictures surely have become a tradition and a way to mark and remember a monumental milestone in your life!

Senior Sessions are booking quickly!  Call now to reserve your preferred date and time!  701-748-5656  or justine@westriv.com

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Why Should I go with a Professional Photographer for my Senior Pictures?

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Consider this….more people will see your senior picture(s) than even your wedding pictures!  Yes, strange but true.  And nothing is more distressful than handing out photos to friends and family that you really just don’t like.

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Professional Senior Pictures 2017

For the past several years I have sadly heard these words more than once, “We wish we would have come to you first”.  The story surrounding those words is pretty much the same:  A friend or relative had a nice camera but the photos just didn’t look much better than an average snap shot.   Some folks came away with a disc full of hundreds of photos that they themselves had to cull through to find the best ones, and perhaps even have to edit themselves.  Most ended up with very few useable photos and all ended up with an unhappy senior.

Without getting long winded, here a just a few of the top reasons why investing in a professional photographer is a great choice for your senior pictures….

1.  Technical Skill – a professional photographer will know how to use that fancy camera in all situations.  A good camera does not make a beautiful portrait….a good photographer does!

2.  Light – is the most essential piece of the puzzle.  A  pro will know how to see, use and manipulate the light in any given situation.  Light molds your features and creates mood which results in photos make you say “wow”!  You should never end up with a bright photo and a dark shadowed subject.  You should also not end up with your senior pictures looking green or yellow due to color light casts or reflections

3. Posing – a professional photographer knows how to help you pose to make you look your best.  Most people are uncomfortable in front of a camera and your photographer should know how to help you relax and guide you into poses that are both natural and flattering.  Yes, there are essential things to know about how a camera, lens and posing work together to create great senior photos.

4.  Post Processing – otherwise known as editing.  This is where the photographer put the finishing touches on the photos.  From touching up blemishes to color balancing and sizing, each photo should receive a little TLC.  A professional photographer will spend the time to pick the very best of your photos from the originals and put the final touches on so that you don’t have to!

Here is a link to a previous article I wrote about how to go about choosing your professional photographer…. How to Choose a Photographer for your Senior Pictures

 

Senior sessions are booking now and fill fast for the summer months!  Call soon to reserve your preferred date!  701-748-5656

 

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2017 Senior Pictures – Booking Now!

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But the 2016 class hasn’t even graduated so why should I be concerned with booking my senior pictures already?

You may be thinking that you’re not even officially a senior yet.  But really, it’s not too early to be thinking about your senior pictures.

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Senior Pictures

 

Summer in North Dakota is beautiful, and (obviously) the most popular time for professional photos.  I am already booked with weddings and family reunion sessions.  I even already have quite a few seniors on the calendar.  Time slips by quickly, summer activities will soon be in full gear, and you are not going to want to feel rushed when preparing for your senior portrait session.  Giving yourself ample time, knowing that you have secured your preferred date, will allow you to start planning your pictures without feeling too hurried.  You can start thinking through the themes you may want to use, plan your wardrobe, shop for a few special items, contact coaches to collect jerseys, etc. – all without feeling the stress a time crunch can lead to.

If you are an athlete or have a summer job and need a specific date,  you will want to call soon.  I do reserve weekend dates for athletes, so we can work around practice schedules.  However, those date are extremely limited and fill the quickest.  I also will be traveling this summer and have weekend weddings already on the books.  Summer dates are the next to fill, quickly followed by early fall.  Yes, even if you want a September senior pictures date, you should plan for it now!  After school starts, it will be even more difficult to find your ideal senior session date.

Call now to schedule your senior pictures!  It will be one less thing to worry about as you begin the journey to your own graduation!

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Senior Pictures in North Dakota 2017

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With what seems like an early spring in February, I think many of us are turning our sights on the changing of the seasons.   With that thought, I have had never had so many early inquiries for senior pictures!  And that is quite exciting.  I am looking forward to the new ideas, new fashions, and new seniors! With that in mind, its also fun to look back at 2016 senior sessions…though it is strange to say, “look back”, as they still have months of school left before graduation.  Tabi’s senior pictures session is perhaps the most smiley I have ever had.  I love that about her…always a smile, a giggle and a grin.  She is truly a happy person and compels the others around her to share in her happiness.  Surely, we need more people like this in our lives and in our world!

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Hazen ND Senior Pictures

 

 

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Hazen Senior Pictures

 

Dates for senior pictures are already beginning to fill!  Please call to secure your preferred summer date.

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Dickinson Senior Pictures

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This warm weather is fooling me and I feel like I should be heading out to do some outdoor sessions…is it almost time for the new 2017 seniors to start coming in?  I am so looking forward to the new batch of seniors!  But here’s a glimpse back at one of the lovely 2016 senior girls and her summer session.  Jasmine had a great wardrobe, fun hair accessories and great style so we ended up a really large variety of senior pictures for her to choose from.  Dickinson is only about an hour’s drive from Hazen, so for some different looks its worth the trip.  For a small town, Hazen really does have some great spots for senior pictures and we were able to take advantage of quite a few of them!

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A great variety of senior pictures looks

 

I  have already started booking seniors for 2017.  Call soon to reserve your preferred date!

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