Graduation Photo Ideas & Tips

Graduation season is nearly here and many of you are getting ready to have your graduation photos taken. It can be really fun to incorporate your favorite photos into your graduation announcements to share with family and friends. Photo graduation announcements really transform into keepsakes for your closest loved ones. Instead of the standard photos of people hanging out on railroad tracks, peeking around a tree, standing against a brick wall or sitting on the staircase, why not create more original graduation photos? We’ve gathered some great graduation photo ideas to help inspire you along with some tips to make sure you look and feel your best.

Graduation Photo Ideas

Museum– Choose a museum that suits your interests: history and industry, art, music, aerospace; there are likely many museums around your city. Use their subject matter to support your interests and create an interesting backdrop.

Library- You’ve spent the last thirteen (or more) years studying in one – now, have fun in the library! Stand in the section of books for your intended field of study, hold a book upside down, read children’s books – whatever fits your personality best.

Playful/Action- If you are a person of action, show that in your photos! Capture yourself wakeboarding, playing your sport, swimming, running, hiking, laughing – pick your strong suit!

Job or Volunteer Organzation – Have a photographer shoot you at your job, place you volunteer, or cooking if that is what you love. Capture your personality!

Future endeavors – See if you can do a photo shoot at a spot that is in your field of study. If you are planning on being an teacher, set up a shot with you in a classroom as if you were the teacher, or at a veterinarian’s office, hospital or whatever you are planning to study or have been studying. Some places may be easier to coordinate than others so be sure to check in with the facility first.

Pose with something you’re proud of. Whether it’s a test you aced, the dog you’ve raised from a puppy or the track medal you won, pose with something you’re proud of. It’s a nice way to capture the memory of the impact it had on your youth.

Use props. Posing inside a picture frame creates a great photo. Get creative and use something special that fits your personality.

Graduation Photo Tips

Remember these tips for taking your best possible graduation photos:

  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before. Eat healthy foods and drink lots of water. It really does make a difference.
  • Try to stay away from crazy patterns. Choose colors that flatter you.
  • Put your tongue behind your teeth when you smile.
  • Focus your eyes slightly above the camera lens.
  • Tip your chin down slightly.
  • Keep your arms by your sides, but not glued there. They should naturally fall slightly away from your body.
  • When standing (for females): Turn your body three quarters of the way toward the camera, with one foot in front of the other and one shoulder closer to the photographer. When you face forward, your body tends to look wider.
  • Belly in, shoulder back, straight spine.
  • To look relaxed, close your eyes until just before the photo is taken, then open them and smile

Get inventive when planning your graduation photos. Most photographers will travel to your location of choice, so it doesn’t have to be in a studio. Graduation is such an exciting and pivotal time in a young person’s life. Capture the essence of who you are now and foreshadow who you are working to become. We hope these graduation photo ideas and tips have helped you!

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