Prom Pictures are a key memento for a night that is surely to be a very special time for your high school junior or senior. As our teens began to attend prom, we were surprised to learn that at least for our high school, there isn’t an opportunity for the kids to take a professional photo on site at prom. Gone are the days of that great pic with the prom theme stated across the finished photo. So the pictures you take ahead of time are the best you are likely to get. Here are my tips to help you make sure you love the outcome.
Set a time and place.
Work with the kids ahead of time to decide when and where the pictures will be taken. Depending on where you live, there may be a tradition of visiting a historical or lakeside spot in town that all the kids will expect to do. You can also choose to host everyone at your home provided you have a good backdrop to accommodate the size of the group. Two couples? No problem. But if you have a dozen kids or more, you need to be certain that among the mix of photos everyone will take, you can handle linear group shots with the couples in a single row.
Scout the location.
Once you decide on an actually place to take those prom pictures, take some time to scout out where in that location you’ll be able to take the most favorable shots. Visit the location prior to the actual day at the same time you’ll be snapping way and look for things like how the sunlight plays, the shadows you might have, and where you can take pictures that don’t blind everyone in the glaring son. In 2013 we hosted our our son’s junior year prom picture gathering and before this thought ever even occurred to me. Take a look at my musings about what location in our yard would be best.
Have a plan b.
There is nothing worse than planning for beautiful pictures outside only to arrive at the special day and find it raining or worse yet for an early prom, depending on where you live cold and sleeting much less some unwelcome snow. Make sure to have a plan b location in mind so that if the weather turns against your favor, you’ll still be able to have a nice photo shoot for everyone involved.
Make a list of the pictures you want to make sure to grab.
While it seems like it will be easy to remember, once everyone starts arriving, there is a lot of excitement and conversation and its super easy to overlook a special picture or too. While I did a great job taking pictures of our son with each family member last year, this year I completely missed getting a personal shot with my boy or one with just he and his younger sister. We did grab a nice family picture though ~ something I somehow missed last year. Key shots to consider are:
- Pictures of your child and his or her date.
- Pictures with each family member and as a family unit.
- Pictures of Mom or Dad helping with things like straightening a bow tie or fixing a dress.
- Pictures of corsage and boutoneer pinning.
- Pictures of each couple.
- Pictures of all the couples together.
- Pictures of just the boys and just the girls.
- Pictures of the girls with their hands in a circle to show their corsages.
- Pictures of the boys without their jackets to show their vets and bow ties.
- Posing the group shots to make sure all the girls have the same arm on their hip, their hand placed on their date’s chest, and the boys and girls all standing on the same side of one another so that your line is girl, boy, girl, boy, you get the point.
- Candids of everyone visiting ~ these can be some of the best shots of the night with natural smiles.
My friend Jenn Hethcoat is a brilliant photographer and if she lived anywhere near North Carolina, I’d beg her to come in a heartbeat. Her advice to remember to focus on the faces so the background is more subtle is wise and I’ve found that with two years behind me, its been just the ticket to get some amazing shots. While its not nearly as important as some other life events your child will experience, going to prom is often their first formal event without parents running the show. Taking pictures to capture the moment is something you’ll love now and they will thank you for later. Tell me…
How have you handled taking prom pictures for your teens?
Did you take them as a group?
Did you take them at home or at a special location?
Thanks so much for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time!