Don’t let YOUR senior photos end up like this… Hire a Pro !
May 6, 2016
Hire a real Professional Photographer Like Miller Photography OR your senior portraits could end up like this.
What you don’t want your your senior portraits to look like.
Since Shelly has thrown down the gauntlet and posted my horrific Senior Portraits I felt it was time to tell the back story. Warning…. obnoxious themes, immature language, and 80’s pop culture references…….
A long time ago in a high school far far away……
My school contracted photographers senior portraits were lame. They were bad enough that my mom didn’t even want to buy them.
Naturally my mom wanted some good senior portraits but I didn’t really care about having my senior pictures done. Negotiations began. Since mom had the check book and I needed to borrow some gas money, my negotiating position was weak…..very weak.
The first non-negotiable item was a haircut. I was into surfing and punk rock so my haircuts bounced between “spastic monkey with clippers” and “it looks like a skunk died on your head” as my dad liked to say. When your older sister offers to highlight your hair after she returns from a pool party and your hair winds up looking like the tattoo on Mike Tysons face…. you start to understand why mom wanted to have some input on the haircut program. This is where things started to go off the rails, but I will come back to this shortly.
The other non-negotiable item was that she would check with our neighbor who was “into the theater” for a recommendation on a photographer. Second big mistake. Referrals are a great way to get leads on photographers but checking out a portfolio would have saved us from hiring a “groovy dude” with a cheesy style. Dude was rocking a 1970’s style gold medallion necklace and a Farrah Faucett hairdoo if that is any indication where this photo shoot was headed. Im just glad he wasn’t driving a van with “free candy” written on the side.
I should have bailed out when mom took me to HER hair stylist and every client in the place was a woman between 55 and 140 years old. I’m pretty sure Aunt Bea from Andy Griffith and our lunch lady with the big blue hair from school were there when I walked in. When a flamboyantly gay white guy named “Cocoa?” that specialized in hairstyles for Octogenarian women told me to sit I was ready to bolt. I never did get up the nerve to ask him how an old white dude got the name “Cocoa”.
The cut I wanted was parted on one side, short over the ears and yes, Mom could have the back cut short. (no surf mullet) A basic “normal” haircut. After a lot of snipping, and a half gallon of some kind of snot like “product” his first attempt looked like …. Hitler. No kidding, A bit long but it was a Hitler cut. Yes.. THAT hitler, the bad guy. Great… The last months of my senior year and I was going to look like the most evil guy in the history of the world. A look of horror on my face tipped off Cocoa that he wasn’t done.
After a great deal of explaining that I didn’t want to look like hitler and have my hair glued to my head he gave out a little shriek and went back to work. What resulted was….ridiculous. I guess Cocoa was a fan of the Flock of Seagulls and Saved by the Bell.
The hairstyle in the photo is AFTER I spent half an hour trying to tame it down.
The final indignity was the shirt. Half buttoned pastel with the flipped up collar? Thanks sis for the fashion advice. I know I ratted you out for scratching the car but really ?? I guess its on me for being that gullible and wearing whatever a pretty girl says looks good on me. That might explain the “Im with stupid” T shirt with the arrow pointing up I got for my Birthday one year.
Needless to say the portrait session wasn’t much better than the haircut experience. Awkward is a good word. Cheddar cheese is another. Nothing says punk rock surfer like an open shirt leaning up against a tree in the woods…. Groovy dude….. (eye roll)
I’m still not sure if the senior portraits were a collision of bad planning and bad photography or a carefully orchestrated attempt to keep me from getting dates. Whatever it was it worked, I didn’t get married until I was 40.
This is the backstory to WHY I have sworn that our senior photography clients will have a Senior Session customized to suit THEIR style, amazing images, and a great time at their shoot. Check out our Senior Photo Tips for Guys and Hair and Makeup Tips to get you started on planning a great senior session.