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A Senior-Year Photography Checklist for the Class of 2020

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Can you believe your child is going to be a high school senior? It feels like just yesterday you were holding your baby in your arms! There are a lot of things to do and memories to be made this year, and you're sure to capture it all in both candid and professional photography.

To make the most of these cherished images and stay organized, follow this smart guide:

Fall senior year to-do's

  • Watch for important announcements and senior meetings pertaining to graduation and key dates. Mark them down on your personal and shared family calendars.

  • Schedule senior photography on prestigeportraits.com. The goal of these sessions is to highlight your child's unique personality while capturing the senior year milestone in a meaningful way.

  • Plan for senior photos by selecting three basic looks with your child. Download the senior photo checklist for everything you and your child need to know before senior photography.

  • Make sure to get your child's yearbook picture taken and/or submit their senior photograph to the yearbook team.

  • Start collecting old photographs from sports, dances, family vacations and other meaningful events that highlight senior year. You'll want to keep a running file to access when you plan decor for the graduation party.

Spring senior year to-do's

  • Order a cap and gown and start planning the graduation party. You'll want to select a date and time for your child's grad party within a month or so of the graduation ceremony.

  • Create a grad party list of friends and family you want to invite. Then order graduation announcements, party invitations and thank-you cards on shop.prestigeportraits.com.

  • Think about the details of the grad party, including the decor you will want to display. You'll want to order senior pictures for all guests to take home with them, as well as any canvases or posters to decorate the grad space featuring favorite images.

  • Mail invitations and announcements 4 weeks prior to the party. For out-of-town guests, you may want to give them a heads-up sooner if you think they'll want to travel to be there for the party.

  • Gather items you want to display at the party that tell the story of your graduate. Make sure display awards and meaningful photography of your grad throughout the years. Many parents like to display a collection of K-12 school photography to show growth from grade to grade.

  • Enjoy graduation and the party! Strive to have your grad fill out and mail thank-you cards within a month of the graduation party to show your appreciation for people stopping by and any gifts they may have given.

This simple guide to senior year can help you and your child enjoy your last year in high school while staying on top of important photography-related to-do's. Be sure to get plenty of images to mark this meaningful milestone, and don't be afraid to get in front of the camera as well. You'll want to be included in some of these important images that kick off a new chapter of life for your child and your family.