Memorialize Graduation Day with Photography
The last four years (or so) probably flew by and commencement is around the corner. There is no doubt that graduation is a big deal and one you will definitely want to memorialize. It should be celebrated and remembered; therefore; graduation photos are a big deal too, far bigger than the simple cap and gown pic I remember taking….well, a few years back. Students today often hire photographers to guide them around campus and get all sorts of pictures of them in their green and gold to commemorate the event.
Some students will go to the usual spots for their photos. Others may choose to have some of their senior pictures captured someplace that is specifically special to them. Some want a few of their photos to be with their friends or sorority sisters or brothers too. One of my favorites is of my daughter and her two BFF’s dancing around the stadium.
Many students (particularly photography enthusiasts) will offer their services to take some amazing pictures for a reasonable price, days, and even weeks before graduation. Check Facebook to find your student photographer or see some that students recommend. I have some amazing photos of my graduates that are beyond Instagram worthy that were taken by a photography major.
Students may want to schedule a few weeks early as classic USF places, including the MLK Pathway or fountain, the college they graduated from, the MSC, on the seal (because you no longer have to worry that by stepping on it you won’t graduate), on the Bull (bring a stool to get up), tend to get very crowded. Encourage students to book their photo session very early in the morning when it isn’t so hot. And once you get there and want those family pics with your student adorned in cap and gown, be sure not to leave it for right before or after the ceremony, because that is what everyone else will do and you will literally wait in a long line to snap in all the key places that scream Bull.
Here are some recommended photographers:
- Darin Crofton Photography – We personally have used Darin Crofton Photography and they do beautiful work and they use locations to their fullest. We could not be happier with the results.
- Alison Frank Photography
- Kristen Marie 813-394-9856
- David Zhou
- Caroline Allen
Prices range from $125 to $250 depending on the photographer, the number of people, and how many prints you want. I, personally, prefer to have the rights to the photos for a flat fee and then print as many as you want on your own. Negotiate that prior to booking. Senior pictures are a fabulous way to wrap up your last few weeks at USF.
There is a lot to know about all the things leading up to graduation, including where to buy flowers and the ruling on tickets and cap decorating. We can even help you choose a hotel for that weekend or a restaurant for your big celebration, come up with a few ideas for graduation gifts and suggest a few places to get your hair done for those pics.
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