What the school won’t tell you is that you don’t have to use the terrible picture that was taken in 30 seconds in the cafeteria for your yearbook picture. You can submit your own picture to the yearbook staff – and have total control over the way you look, and at the same time – be the envy of everyone else in school. BE UNIQUE! Stand out from the crowd!
When is the best time to take your Senior pictures?
With the whirlwind of senior year, finding the best time to take senior pictures can be difficult. So, let’s go through the year and look at the pros and cons of each month.
June is one of the best times of the year for senior portraits for several reasons. The first being that there is greater availability for daytime appointments since the students are out of school for the summer. The second reason is the nice weather. The outdoor settings beautiful with lots of green grass, blossoming flowers and trees full of leaves. Summer portraits are good to have pictures for yearbook ads, to hand out to friends during your senior year and to post on your web sites.
July and August are also great months for Senior Portraits. Although the afternoons can be quite hot, the outdoor backgrounds are full of summer colors and beautiful settings. The month before has given some students the suntans they desire. Unfortunately the seniors must go back to school the end of August which makes it much more difficult to schedule an appointment.
In September, although the weather is a bit cooler, it becomes difficult for the new seniors to schedule their portrait sessions because of jobs, sports, school, homework, etc. Due to less daylight hours, outside appointments need to be scheduled by 3:00 or before in the afternoon. At this point in the year appointment spaces for afternoons and Saturdays fill very quickly. This time of the year would be great for those students that get out of school early or would like to come in during study hall.
During October the outdoor colors change as the cooler weather comes. The red, yellow and brown colors of the fall leaves make nice outdoor backgrounds, especially for family portraits that could be printed in time for the upcoming holidays. Less daylight hours make it hard to find an appointment time outside of of peak times.
December through February most of the fall colors are gone and there are no longer leaves on the trees. This time of year is ideal for portraits indoors or outside in the snow. Outdoor session in the cooler temperatures have to be done quickly to avoid red noses and cheeks.
By the time March rolls around time is running out to get portraits back in time to be in graduation announcements. The outdoors still haven’t become green yet and avoiding rain becomes a challenge. As graduation gets closer, more and more ‘senior’ dues will be required. Senior trip, Prom, Graduation announcements, Cap and Gown, etc. All of this is not only a drain on the finances, but also on the schedule. March may be the perfect month for seniors who missed taking them in the fall, but do not want to try squeezing them in among the growing list of other activities.
April and May
April and May bring green outdoor backgrounds once more. Seniors get really busy with end of the year activities. By this time the portraits may not be printed in time to put in the graduation announcements, unless extra rush charges are added. This a great time for family portraits to be taken outside before the seniors go off to college. For the procrastinator, the absolute last day for the photo shoot should be one week before announcements are mailed. An early June graduation should have announcements mailed no later than the 3rd week of May, giving you until the middle of the month to squeeze in under the wire. While not recommended, this scenario is possible to pull off for the professional procrastinator and a photographer who will work with the insane time frame.