by Kelsey Ackerman '13, Staff Writer, Paw Prints. Kelsey's editorial was published in the November 2012 issue of Paw Prints.
It's that time of year seniors, when you're starting to get your senior pictures back or making your last minute appointments. Most of us have gotten our pictures taken at a professional studio, but some have used a freelance photographer. Either way, they were most likely way too expensive.
Getting your senior pictures taken is supposed to be a fun, exciting thing. However, my experience was a little different than that. I spent hours stressing out about which outfits I wanted to wear, from coordinating earrings to the order in which I'd wear them. Then, on the day of my shoot, doing my hair was a terrible experience, and don't even get me started on my makeup.
Next, I spent around 4 hours getting picture after picture taken. By the time I was done, it literally hurt to smile. After all the stress you'd think it would be worth it to see the pictures, right? Wrong. The stress wasn't over yet.
When the day came to see my pictures, my mom had to mentally prepare herself so she didn't lose it when she saw the slideshow. But, she wouldn't have even been able to see the slideshow if she happened to forget her checkbook because we had to pay $300 to take the proofs home.
If you do decide to pay the $300 to take the proofs home like we did, you get around three days to decide from nearly 100 proofs and all of the "reasonable" packages. But don't worry, your $300 goes back towards whichever package you choose. What a deal! And, the deals keep coming. To get a high-quality 5x7 photo printed from Wal-Mart it would cost you .58 cents. At a professional studio, two 5x7s cost around $89.00. If you want them in black and white it's more like $119.
You might say, but the pictures at these expensive studios look so much better! True, they do have all the fancy props and some heavy duty editing software. But, have you ever compared two people's proofs from the same studio? Exact same poses. Literally. Senior pictures are supposed to be unique and show who you are, but if you look the exact same as someone else in their pictures how is that unique?
So, I know when you're junior all you want to do is get your picture taken where everyone else is, because that's the same way I felt. But, if I could do it again, I would definitely do more research before my pictures.