The big day is finally here! Whether your graduate is finally finishing college, taking the big step out of high school, or even moving from kinder to first grade, this is an important time to celebrate AND commemorate with great photos.
Graduation day is usually a rush from start to finish, but if you slow down and remember these simple tips, you’ll be sure to get scrapbook worthy images with minimal fuss.
- Try to take your images in open shade. Rather than facing the bright sun, find a patch of shade beside a building. This eliminates the squinty expressions and raccoon eyes you’d find in a photo taken in full sun.
You can also take photos in the shade of a tree, but be sure the faces are in full shade, not dappled light – a patch of bright light in the wrong place can distort even the happiest grad’s face.
2. Make sure you get a few good, classic images – smiling while finally wearing that cap and gown is a must! If you’ve got extra time, play around! This is a great time to capture the grad’s personality – with friends, maybe jumping up and down in celebration, even the special little rituals that are important to them.
3. Pay attention to the small stuff! The shoes they HAD TO WEAR with their gown, the way they’ve decorated the top of their mortarboard, the tassel with their year or class ring – take close ups of these tiny, yet important details. Photo by Carissa Gallo for College Prepster
4. Keep an eye on the background. Busy signs or people photobombing (can we stop this silly trend? Please?) can ruin a perfectly good photo. Look for a quiet spot before the ceremony to make sure you get your best shots without anything or anyone distracting you or your grad. Photo by Pixel Creek Photography
5. Scoot on in there! Not every photo has to be head-to-toe. After taking your full length shots, get closer and take a few from the waist up, and then get even closer for just a few stunning headshots. Photo by Mandie Newsom
Bonus Tip –
Remember to take photos of your graduate with the people that mattered to them this year – they’ll want photos with friends, teachers, and faculty members.
Photo by Brianne Hall Imagery
And certainly don’t forget to get in the picture yourself – mom and dad (as the proud parents OR the graduate!) matter the most!