Three Ways to Use Your Graduation Pictures

We all love to see graduation pictures because they represent something so incredible, and such a huge accomplishment. But when you're spending money on those cherished cap and gown photos, you want to get good use out of the finished product! Here are my three favorite ways to display your graduation/senior pictures:


1 | With your graduation announcement

This is obviously a super popular way to share these photos, other than just on social media. You can share a photo collage and display a lot of your graduation photos or keep it classy and just share one big photo with the word "graduate" across the front and the year you're graduating. I think it's really important to commemorate your huge achievement and share the news with family and friends all over! Be sure to mail these babies out before commencement, and hopefully you'll get some fun presents and congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

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2 | On mom/grandma's wall

You know who are your biggest advocates? Your parents. And grandparents. And significant others. Let them cherish you and your wonderful accomplishments by displaying a proud photo of you in your cap and gown. Parents and grandparents especially love to brag and they will love the gesture of you sending them a special print just for them to keep.

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3 | Use as headshots

One thing I try to always do at my graduation shoots is to get a couple pictures of the graduate in their nice under-the-gown outfit that they can use as headshots with a resume or on their LinkedIn profile or something. I think it's a great way to show professionalism, and even if you end up using one of your cap and gown pictures on an online profile, it shows your dedication and recent achievement.

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Don't let your graduation photos or senior pictures lay unused in future years - put them to use and proudly show off one of your biggest achievements!


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My Three Favorite Shots to Get for All Graduation Sessions

I hosted graduation mini sessions a couple of weeks ago and they were an absolute BLAST! I had so much fun chatting with all the USU soon-to-be graduates and hearing about their future plans and hearing fun memories from being in school. I'm also going to be graduating here soon, and it's all getting so real!

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite poses and shots that I like to get for all my graduating seniors. You (usually) only get one graduation photo shoot, and I want to make sure everyone gets those special moments and feelings captured!


The graduation cap close-up

Everyone needs that signature shot, if not just so their moms have something to frame on the mantle. These shots are great for your graduation announcements, too. 

I was surprised by how many of my clients hadn't heard of this trick to make your grad cap look better in photos: simply fold the front under (about in half), and then bobby pin it at an angle at the back of your head. This way you can still see it and it doesn't cover up your forehead. This trick helps you look like a cool graduate, like you know where you're headed in this world!

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The landmark shot

Does your high school or university have any classic features, like a famous building or walkway? Make sure you get some of those classic landmarks in the background to commemorate your time spent in school!

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The celebration!

My favorite poses to do (because you know I'm all about capturing that real emotion) is the cheering and victory shots. You've worked SO HARD to achieve this, and I'm so happy for you! I want to make sure we document that accomplishment so everyone else can be proud of you, too.

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I'm so proud of all my fellow graduating USU students!! Can't wait to celebrate with you on May 5th!

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