I have a confession…..I am cheap…well maybe I should say thrifty….thrifty sounds more forgivable.
Our son is a senior this year…so we have had lots of ‘senior things’ to do…like senior pictures, senior night, senior rings, graduation invitations….and this is only part of it. Many of these ‘senior things’ cost LOTS of money. Seriously $400 and up….and to be honest…that is crazy.
So as a family we have opted out of many of these ‘senior things.’ For example, instead of ordering senior pictures from the school, which by the way were terrible. My son looked stiff, artificial, and to top it off he was having a bad teen week with his skin….you know what I mean…. right?
We decided to invest that $400 into a Nikon 5200. At first I was thinking….hope we haven’t screwed this one up…but then I pulled out the proofs from the school photographer….and I know we did just fine. In fact, by taking the pictures myself…our son said that I captured a truer version of himself. Nice compliment!
I did do a little research before heading out to take a few pictures at a local park. I googled ‘senior picture poses for boys’ and I looked at a few professional photography websites to get ideas. Of course Pinterest is a good place for getting ideas too. Then we headed out for our first photo shoot.
Below are a few pictures of the nearly 400 I took that day….and yes…snap…snap…snap…lots of pictures.
playgrounds make for a relaxed atmosphere…
an old bridge makes a great backdrop and for some good lines….
this was one of my son’s favorite pics….he liked the reflective quality of the water…
had to get a few sport-ish pics….
got this pose off a professional photographers web-site…
having fun comes natural to my son and he spontaneously came up with the idea to ride is bike through water at this car crossing…
Over all, I think we got several good pictures. We are planning to take more pictures later on at the high school when spring comes. I hope this gives you some ideas you can use…..after all living the creative life is the best one of all….so get out there and do something creative and smile.