Pictures of Graduates
When you are getting ready to take the pictures of graduates for your portfolio, it can be helpful to have some pictures of graduates on hand. These pictures can give you an idea of what looks best and how to frame them in a way that will make a lasting impression on potential employers. There are many ways that you can go about getting this type of information for your portfolio. You could talk to friends or family, visit local photography studios, and check the Internet for pictures of graduates. A combination of any of these methods should give you plenty of pictures of graduates to choose from.
A great way to get information on a recent graduate is by talking with the high school or college to which she or he graduated. If you attended a recent graduation or know someone who did, that is the perfect opportunity to ask about photographs of graduates. Even if you can’t specifically remember who graduated, however, it’s worth asking anyway just to be on the safe side. Remember, even if you don’t recognize the person in the picture, you may know other people who can. You never know who might have some useful information regarding their photographs.
Another source for information is to visit the local high school or college to which the graduation belongs. While it’s not always easy to obtain permission to take pictures in a public area, if you know the head football or basketball coach at the school, he or she might be willing to let you photograph the graduation ceremony. Just be sure that you have permission from the person who will be walking down the aisle with you beforehand. The same is true if the coach is the one organizing the bachelor party for the graduate.
In addition to pictures of graduates, you’ll also want to take some shots of the people who are signing the papers at the conclusion of the ceremony. These can be taken by your personal photographer or you can hire another professional to take photos of everyone. Hiring a professional photographer, however, will cost you a little bit more money. Still, it’s usually worth the extra bucks because you’ll have the greatest pictures of graduates, not to mention a great looking group of hands shaking for the camera.
There are several ways to document the proceedings after the ceremony is over and the graduates have been led away to their new homes. One option is to keep a small diary or scrapbook on hand at the scene for future generations to read. Another option would be to make a video and share it with family and friends through the internet, DVD rental, or sharing over the airwaves. You can also use cell phones to take pictures of the area near the ceremony site so you can remember the route to the new home. If the graduates wish to go to one of the many restaurants immediately following the ceremony, ask their guests to bring along a picture taken with them from their phones. This is a great way to save pictures of the graduation party, as well as the ceremony itself.
The best pictures of graduates will capture the spirit of the graduation ceremony and the joy and excitement of the graduates as they start their new journey into the world. Take pictures of your graduation ceremony from all angles and try to get as much information as possible from the graduates and their families. You’ll be able to look back in ten years and feel good about capturing these photos.