Gone are the days of the traditional in studio, everyone doing the same canned thing, senior sessions. I remember being a senior. Of course, my parents loved the images. They then had to spend a ton on prints- which I still find floating around in keepsake boxes of random sentimental stuff. Now, photo sessions are far more interesting and personalized! I love that!
This year especially, the school experience has been one of many variables. Seniors are not getting the same versions of events as students in years prior. Covid has brought along limitations that reach beyond the scope of anything we may have imagined and our kids have had to adjust. They have had to give up many normal social events that are celebrated at the end of a high school career, or they've had to trade them for a much more tame, filtered version. They've had to stay home. ALOT. They've had to adjust how they socialize and how they learn. Some have had to give up doing things they previously enjoyed. Many experiences that were once in-person were traded for something done in front of a web camera and no matter how great your internet speed is, and as lucky as we are to live in the age of endless digital/virtual possibilities, it can still be a daunting task to enjoy.
Our kids have been adaptable and resilient and I think we are all proud of how they are going with the flow and making it work. After all, that's a huge lesson in becoming an adult, isn't it?
One thing that I encourage parents to do is give their student a fun, unique, and personal senior photo session. This is something that has only gotten better as the years have passed. It's something Covid can't take away. I've had the pleasure of working with so many great young adults this year creating images that celebrate their personalities. The Graduate Elite package is built to give all the options in one session, but another great way some parents are choosing is to book multiple mini sessions seasonally! What a great way to change things up, add more variety, and sprinkle something fun throughout the school year!
Whatever way you choose to honor that senior in your life, don't miss out on a fun photo experience. Now, more than ever, they need these little things that don't have to be dumbed down. It's time to reimagine the senior photo experience! Bring the prom dresses, the suits, the sports uniforms, the art & the interests! Let's make a memory!