Senior Year Photography Checklist

Your child is going to be a high school senior. Can you believe it? Just yesterday it feels like you were holding your baby in your arms. There are many things to do and memories to be made senior year. Be sure to capture it all with both candid and professional photography.

To make the most of these cherished moments and stay organized, follow this guide:

Fall Senior year to-do’s

  • Watch for important announcements and senior meetings pertaining to graduation and key dates. Add dates to your personal and family shared calendars.
  • Schedule senior photography in the summer of Junior year, June-September being the most popular times. The goal of your session is to highlight your child’s unique personality while capturing the senior year milestone.
  • Make sure your child’s senior yearbook photo is taken and/or submit their senior photograph to the yearbook team (if outside photography is allowed).
  • Start collecting old photographs from family vacations, school dances, sports, and other meaningful events that highlight their senior year. Keep a file to access these when it is time to plan for the graduation party.

Spring Senior year to-do’s

  • Order cap and gown and start planning the graduation party. Select a date and time for your child’s graduation party within a month or so of the graduation ceremony.
  • Create a list of friends and family you will want to invite. Order graduation announcements, party invitations and thank you cards.
  • Think about the details of the grad party, including the decor you want to display. Order senior photos for any guests to take home with them, as well as any canvases or posters to decorate the party space featuring your favorite images.
  • Mail invitations and announcements four to six (4-6) weeks prior to the party. For out-of-town family or guests, you may want to tell them sooner if they need to travel.
  • Gather items you want to display at the party that tells the story of your graduate. Display awards and meaningful photographs of your senior through the years. Many parents like to display a collection of K-12 school photos to show changes from grade to grade or over the years.
  • Enjoy graduation and the party! Strive to have your new grad fill out and mail thank-you cards within a month of the graduation party to show appreciation for people who attended and any gifts that have been given.

This easy guide to senior year will help you and your child enjoy the last year in high school while staying on top of important to-do’s. Be sure to get plenty of images to commemorate this important milestone and don’t be afraid to get in front of the camera with your senior for a photo or two as well. You will want to remember this new chapter of life for your child and your family.