“Can we just get the digitals?” The short answer is YES. But the long story is that this generation is the most photographed ever. Yet most Gen Z’s have nothing tangible to show for it. Today I have 3 Tips for Senior Pictures that go beyond a digital life.
I get it. In our digital world you want digital copies to share on social media and scroll back to on your phone for easy access. But- be honest. Have you printed any of those great snaps from family vacation or the professional images from your last session? Approximately 85% of you will say no.
You put a lot of effort into planning your senior pictures. They are meant for more (MUCH MORE) than a digital death.
Today I have 3 tips for using your senior pictures.
Not sure what to do with Senior Pictures?
Senior Image Box
Moms you probably had one and I bet it’s tucked away in your closet now. I grew up with a tupperware container under my bed filled with snapshots, negatives, concert tickets, race medals and more. For years those boxes stayed in the top of my bedroom closet at my parents’ home. Occasionally when I was visiting we would need a picture of a family member or reminisce on a past prom and I would pull the box down and we laugh as we shuffled through the box of memories. Now it’s in my office at home and my kids love when I open it up! It’s a window into my world before kids and the Walton Wildthings are just at ages they grasp I had a life before being their mom.
I love the image box for seniors, especially, because it can hold images from their senior picture session but also mementos from senior year.
The senior image box can be printed with images on the outside for decorative purposes or even a linen box to set on a coffee table or shelf. It’s the perfect size to hold prom tickets, gameday ribbons, graduation tassels and cords. Creating these memory boxes has become a lost art. I encourage my seniors to not only preserve their senior portraits in an image box but also to add their memories to it.
My mom told me once I couldn’t just hang giant canvases of my family on every wall. Says who? It’s my house!!!!!
I mean- I kind of get what she is saying. Also- there is not prettier art for my walls than the people I love. So if you ever show up at my house you will see a combination of large wall canvases, grid gallery walls, picture ledges and framed prints.
These are two main concerns I hear regarding wall art:
1- I don’t have much wall space.
2- I don’t know what works best.
Well- I have solutions for both.
Oh you know these are my very favorite item. Blame it all on my (scrapbooking) roots but an album is the very best investment my clients make when creating their print order for senior pictures. (The image box is a very close second.)
Albums are a stunning way to both showcase and preserve your images. When handled and stored properly a senior album will be passed as an heirloom from generation to generation. Which means you can show off your senior album to your grandma today and place it on your coffee shop so visitors in your home can peruse it and see the full story of your senior session. But 18 years from now your children will pull it off the bookshelf and ask to look at it as their bedtime story. Ask me how I know! Eventually your own grandchildren will sit beside you and exclaim that grandma was so young and stunning! They will laugh at the 2020-something hairstyles and be shocked at your dance skills and crop tops.
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Kate Walton is a photographer with Studio Kate serving Northwest Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. She specializes in Senior Pictures and Branding photography for small businesses in Rome, Ga. If you would like to view more of Kate’s work visit her website at Studio Kate. Instagram is also a great way to get to know her.
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