When I went to college in the south, I learned that different parts of the country have different traditions when it comes to senior pictures. And prom dresses. But this post isn't about prom dresses because I would have to scan those pictures and I'm lazy.
What I learned about senior pictures is that in some places, everyone had the same "drape" over them and all of the girls wore pearls. That was a classy look and some of those weren't even private schools. It sure would have eliminated some of the atrocities we had in our yearbook.
Here, where I live, it's really common to take your picture at the beach. Senior pictures, wedding pictures, family pictures- I dislike these family pictures the most. Everyone wears the exact same clothes, usually white shirts and khaki. They all sit and/or stand in front of a dune. Often you don't even see water. Ewwww. Or, a new trend, everyone except ONE PERSON wears the same thing and then that other person wears something totally different.
In reality, beach pictures aren't all that flattering for the majority of skin tones. ***When I say pictures at the beach, I do mean in nice clothes, not bikinis. Those would be SOME kind of senior pictures, wouldn't they????***
I remember lots of people in my senior class having the typical, preppy beach picture. They wore white, which just washed them out. Or they laid down on the sand, which was weird in a sweater. Or, in some cases, the boys wore light aqua (I am not kidding) sweaters. I chose not to do the beach thing. Not consciously, probably more financially. And today, I'm glad for that.
My senior pictures were done by a weird man in a studio. I was alone. I don't know what we were thinking. On my way there, I had a little fender bender, so I was a little shaken. We did 2 types of shots. One outside, one inside. "outside" was just outside his door, in the "woods" which was really next to one tree. The other was inside his studio with a bizarre background. No, not lasers in the background as was quite popular back then. THANK GOD. Kind of like an impressionist type background. I wore a dress that sort of blended in with it. It was all kind of like kismet. My hair did this amazing thing (I call it straight) which is shocking because it was summer and humid. He said nice things, like I should be a model (which I now know meant "can I take naked pictures of you?") and all in all, I liked the indoor scene and that's what I chose. I'm still glad about that decision. Even if you aren't. P.S. I took a picture of this picture, thus the flash glare and color issue with my dress.
here. You'd think we had done something big for the big deal I made of it.
For some reason, we came upon this rock and I told k-ster to sit on it while I took his picture. And now all I can think is that it looks like a senior picture. Except, a professional photographer probably would have told him to take the bush out of his crotch. I'm so unprofessional.
This would NOT have been a good senior picture. But someone in my yearbook would have taken a picture just like this and thought it was the best thing ever.
So, the point of my story is that I need you to go post your senior picture on your site and tell us about it so we can go see it. We need to see what was "cool" in your day. Go do it!! It'll be fun, I promise!!