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5 Tips To Capture The LAST | Cap & Gown Pictures

Cap & Gown pictures are the final keepsake of senior year and YOU HAVE TO CAPTURE THEM!

These 5 tips will ensure this LAST MOMENT shines bright long after the sun’s set.

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1. SO IMPORTANT… Press that gown!

This is one of the biggest days in high school life right here and you hear me chant it all the time… IT ONLY HAPPENS ONCE!

Don’t tarnish this memory with a wrinkled gown. I know it’s not easy, but it makes a huge, unwrinkled, stunning, difference in your photos.

  • Hang them up and steam the wrinkles out
  • Use an iron with a pillowcase over the gown
  • Iron as normal on a low heat setting {Graduation gown material is traditionally thin or silk-like so using a hot iron can damage the material.}

2. Add your kind of SHINE

Decorated caps are allowed at the college level, but not all high school’s let graduates jazz up their caps for the ceremony.

I work around that, by having the senior bring their cap creation to their Cap & Gown mini session. This is about FUN + showcase personality.

This is the LAST MOMENT in high school. Life changes fast, but in portraits we get to look back and have each chapter with us forever.

Traditional Cap & Gown pictures are important, but infusing your personality into a few shots shows the world your kind of shine!

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3. Bring an emergency kit

Not like a 9-1-1 emergency, but more a plan ahead in case that Chicago wind swirls up emergency.

Bring these pieces to your portraits + to the graduation ceremony::

  • Bobby-pins to hold your cap on {swirling winds and all}
  • Pop-dots to keep that tassel in its place {they’re stringy-they’re floppy so help-um stick together}
  • Lip gloss/stick or chapstick {no-no-no dry/cracked lips}
  • Baby wipes for any unexpected slips {with the lipstick, something on the cap or gown…}

4. College ‘T’ to wear under the gown to “reveal” your next chapter

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5. Enjoy every moment with your senior + have these images professionally taken

Getting cap & gown pictures professionally taken gives Mom a chance to ENJOY THE MOMENT!

As a senior photographer I take the stress and run-around away so Mom + Senior can enjoy these last fleeting times of high school.

We can also take these portraits BEFORE Graduation Day.

You can sit back, relax, and enjoy graduation!

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Cheers & Sparkles to Graduation Day!

💖🎓-Andrea | Fun + Professional Senior Photographer

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