5 Things You MUST AVOID for Graduation Pictures (at Penn State)

Graduation is just around the corner. The last four plus years are about to come to an end in a matter of weeks. One of the most important things you'll come away with is the memories of college and what better way to preserve those memories than with cap and gown portraits?

Graduation pictures are a super important step to graduating. Take the following into consideration and don't let this opportunity go to waste.


1. Don't wait to get them done. If you wait until the end of April, you'll risk not pairing up with the photographer that matches your needs. Also, the length of the lines at the popular places are directly proportional to the temperature. In early April you do not have to wait in long, hot, and humid lines. Also, you'll be much more comfortable in the cooler weather.

2. Don't base your decision purely on price shopping. There's a reason they say you get what you pay for.  Not everybody has a best friend that happens to be a professional photographer. You'll be much happier with the results if you actually look at the work of your photographer. Don't just settle for what is on their website; ask to see more work. Photographers often only upload a selection of what they can do. Make sure they can do what they say they can on your day by asking to see more work. 

3. Don't settle for the cliche locations on campus. Your graduation portraits need to be a continuation of yourself. They must tell a story: the story of your college career. Unless your college days consisted of nothing but posing in front of the lion shrine and old main for pictures, get around to some different places. Take your photographer to the creamery where you drank a hundred milkshakes. Take him to the bar you hung out at the most. Take him to your favorite place to get away. Again, don't settle for status quo.

4.  (ladies) Don't forget to bring a change of shoes. Because of #3, you'll likely do a lot of walking. Not everybody is talented enough to have mastered walking a mile in high heels. You want to be happy during your portrait session, so be comfortable between locations.

5. Don't just do cap and gown pictures. You're hiring a professional photographer to take your pictures. Use him to get pictures beyond just graduation. While you have him booked, have him take some headshots you can use for your professional life. Also, consider bringing your family and dog along for some family shots after you get your cap and gown pics.

Congrats to all the graduating seniors!

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