By Madison Westermann With images of 2018 seniors: Madison Westermann, Rayza Parlow, Hannah Diamond, Kimberly Wang, Sarah Smith, Joe Galante, Cyrena Spafford, Alexa Plachuto, and Sara Gingras by Inspiring Teens Style Studio
Your senior year is all about making decisions that will impact the rest of your life, finding who you are, and saying goodbye to a part of yourself before opening up to adulthood. It sounds scary, but through it all preserving memories and being with your friends is most important.
I think one of the greatest ways to remember your senior year is a photo shoot outside of the norm of the high school cap and gown. Your photos should capture exactly who you are and what your passionate about. Below are some ways to help create your photo shoot.
1. Find a date where you are available for a majority of the day. You don't want to be rushed through any part of the process - including your own time packing and getting ready.
2. Figure out if you want friends and/or family involved. It can make the day a lot more fun!
Hannah Diamond & Madison Westermann
3. Find a place that well represents your personality and what you are passionate about. For example, a friend and I went down to South Street in Philadelphia to Fabric Row because of our love for the fashion industry.
4. Pick out clothes that represent your style well. Every one has more than one style, and side to their personalities and ambitions, so try to mix things up.
5. Decide if props and accessories are necessary. A well styled outfit always needs a good purse and sunglasses to go with in my mind. If your hobby or profession involves props, or you play sports that include a unique piece or a musical instrument - definitely bring them!
While these are only a few tips, make sure that your photo shoot best represents you and who you are. Looking back at these photos, you will remember the places you spent your time and who you were with and you want it to capture your senior year to the best of your abilities.
Your senior pictures should most definitely say everything about who you are at this stage in your life. Don't be ordinary - let your true shelf shine!
Extra bonus tip - we have to do our cap and gowns the summer before our senior year, but make sure you include YOUR cap and gown, with your tassel, diploma, cords and anything else at the end of the year for a little bonus shoot. It's finally time to really celebrate your accomplishments!