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Congratulations! You’ve been accepted into your dream college. Creating an announcement is one of the most exciting next steps.

If you want your college announcement photos to be extra special, consider adding some props to your shots. Not sure what to use? Here are some fun ideas.

Wear the t-shirt. Does your college or school have a t-shirt? Grab one and wear it for your announcement shoot. As an added bonus, your outfit is now sorted.

Add a few balloons to the mix. Add a fun and colorful touch to your photos by taking them outside your new college with balloons or pom poms.

Bring a flag along. If you are able to get hold of a college flag or sign, bring this along to your announcement photo session. No need to add any captions about where you will be going when you share your images online.

Wear a hoodie. If the weather is a little cooler when you take your photos, wear a hoodie instead of a t-shirt. A hoodie might just be more your style anyway.

Celebrate with confetti. There is something about throwing confetti and photos that instantly brings them to life. And since this is a celebration, why not add some confetti to your shots? You can even buy confetti in the same colors as your new school.

Throw on a hat. Lastly, if your new school or college has given you a hat, this can be a stylish prop to add to your announcement photos

As you plan your announcement session, know that there’s no need to shoot at your new school or college. With the right props, you can shoot your announcement photos anywhere that works for you. Look out for senior mini sessions in your area if you only want a few photos to commemorate this milestone. Another option is to combine these photos with your general senior photography session.

student holding Limestone flag
Limestone University Student

girl sitting on Limestone University letters
Limestone University Student

Not every graduate is crazy about wearing a cap and gown for photos, but there are ways you can capture better images you will be proud to show off.

As you begin your search for your senior photographer, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Pick the Right Under-Gown Outfit

Instead of placing all your focus on how the cap and gown are going to look, think about what you want to wear under the gown. Your graduation gown merely drapes over your outfit, so choose a look that you love and feel confident in. Scheduling a professional hair and makeup session can also take your look to the next level.

Include Friends

Your friendships have been an integral part of your senior year, so include them in a few of your photos to make the cap and gown shots less traditional. Relax, laugh, and take in this special memory with some of the most important people in your life.

Make It Meaningful

Your parents have played an integral role throughout your school career, so pose for some meaningful photos with them. You might not be crazy about the cap and gown, but these are photos that your parents will treasure.

Pick the Right Location

Level up those cap and gown shots by choosing a location that means something to you. Perhaps it’s the sports field at your school, your community church, or a park that you spent time studying at. The location of your senior session is another part of the shoot that you have full control over.

Take an Iconic Photo

Lastly, plan a few iconic shots to make those cap and gown photos more impactful. Perhaps it’s you walking away from the camera, cap in hand, or throwing the cap into the air on the steps of your university. Not all graduation photos need to be posed.

Now that you know your cap and gown photos don’t need to be boring, you can start planning an epic senior graduation shoot.

Highschool graduate students in front of school
Highschool Senior Students

Girl holding cap for graduation

Highschool senior sitting on Ford Mustang

Guy throwing graduation cap out of window of Ford Mustang

You’ve shared your entire school career with your sibling and have a special bond, so it only makes sense to plan your senior portrait session together.

The good news is that even if you decide to shoot together, your photographer can still capture your unique personality traits and styles, so this doesn’t need to be a concern.

These tips will ensure you get the photos you are hoping for while having a positive and fun experience at the same time.

Meet your photographer in person. You want to make sure that you feel comfortable around your senior photographer, which is why it helps to meet them in person before you agree to a shoot. If meeting them in person is not possible, at least arrange a call over the phone or Zoom.

Decide on what you want. Sit down with your twin to discuss your session before you brief your photographer. What should the style of the shoot be and what sort of photos do each of you want to take? Do you want all photos to be taken together or do you also want individual images?

Create your look. It’s important to plan your outfits, hair, and makeup several weeks before your twin senior photo session. Your outfits don’t need to match but your looks should still be coordinated.

Consider your family. Do you want to include any family members or pets in your photo session? If so, how many photos do you want to take with them? Your photographer will need this information prior to your shoot.

Pick a location. Next, you should decide where you want your shoot to take place. Pick a location that speaks to your personalities and where you feel most at ease. If you do opt for a public location, make sure you are fine with people walking by and staring during your shoot. You most probably won’t notice them anyway because you will be so involved in your session.

With these tips in mind, you can start planning the perfect twin senior photo session. However, if you think of any questions or concerns along the way, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your photographer.

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