Many people wonder just what to do with senior photos. One of my favorite things about being a senior photographer is showing moms all of the ways you can display your images.
When you think about portraits, or photos in general, you usually envision 5×7 prints and buying cute frames to adorn the walls and tabletops of your home. Senior photos, however, are unique in that they can be displayed in so many fun ways, both for mom and teen. These images tend to be cherished quicker than say, a yearly family photo, because your senior will be leaving the nest so they take on a new meaning of “captured memory”.
I love to show parents how to think outside of the box and I offer creative ways to showcase more than just a photo or two on the mantle. I want you to be able to see the story of your teen told through a collection of photos.
1 | ALBUMS
By far, my favorite (and my moms as well) way to show off a senior session is with albums. Not only are they beautifully hand-crafted, they allow you to commemorate the entire session, not just a photo or two. They are personalized with your child’s name, school, and graduation date and are filled with pages designed to show off every fun expression and detail of the session. No more having to decide between the posed version and the one that shows her big belly laugh- they’ll look perfect side by side in a page layout. They look gorgeous displayed on a coffee table for guests to flip through or for mom to enjoy after her baby has gone off to college.
2 | COLLAGES
When I present a session to my clients at our ordering appointment, there’s are usually one or two absolute favorites that get their own frame to stand alone on the wall, but there are also several that are very close runner-ups. I like using these “second place” images to create a collage. It is a standalone piece but displays multiple photos in a cohesive design. These are great to show of their multiple outfits or you can choose one favorite look and choose her many expressions. There are tons of ways to configure the design and the collage can be in a panoramic or square shape. I offer them framed to coordinate with single images or unframed for a more modern look.
3 | IMAGE BOXES
While albums are great for mom, your senior will want a few favorites of her own too- enter the image box. Perfectly sized at 5×7, this keepsake is personalized for her and is ideal for holding her favorite photos as well as mementos from senior year. It’s small enough to keep on a shelf or bedside table and she can take it with her to college as a special memory box.
4 | PHOTO APP
I will always encourage my clients to purchase their photos in print, but there is no denying that we live in a digital world. Many photographers offer digitals, but how many people actually take the time and effort to do anything with those files? My guess is very few. Most people just want them so that they can share them on social media, so I created an app that makes it super easy to upload to Facebook and Instagram. It’s also perfect for sharing your photos on the go since you won’t be carrying your album or image box in your purse. See it in action here
5 | GRAD ANNOUNCEMENTS
One of the staples of graduation is sending out announcements to family and friends letting them know of your senior’s achievement. Yes, the school usually sends out an order form for a generic announcement with your grad’s name and commencement details, but you deserve something that will stand out when loved ones receive it in the mail. Custom announcements not only show off your senior photos, but can be personalized with grad party details, activity/academic achievements…the possibilities are endless!
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