Graduation Photography in the north

So, down in the States, “Senior Photography” is pretty widely understood to mean the senior class at High School, the class that is about to graduate. 

Taking photographs of these soon-to-be-graduates is a fairly big event, and is approached in much the same way as a wedding is photographed, though there is usually just one, not two, people as subject.

Up here, though, this is not the case. When you say “senior’s photos” most people think grey hair and wrinkles. The photos of the graduating class are usually handled by the same people who do the class pictures. And the graduation photographs differ from the traditional class photographs in that the grads are wearing a cap and gown.

Is there anything wrong with that? No. And yes. There’s nothing wrong with a straight up cap and gown shot, but it doesn’t really capture the essence of who these young adults are. All it says is “I’m graduating.”

For me, meaningful photography should tell a story. It should reveal something about the character of the person being photographed. I am a big fan of books for both graduates and weddings. Because there is something greater than the sum of the parts when you combine a series of photographs, all that tell a story, all that reveal something about the person or people who are featured in the book. 

For me, as a storyteller in images and words, I find that the whole cap-and-gown photo, while an important element, fails to tell the whole story.

While I have been offering portrait sessions for grads for the last few years, I’m planning on pursuing it more actively over the next year.

I am focusing on the Tumbler Ridge graduating class, but if you are from Dawson or Chetwynd or Fort St. John, feel free to call me at 1-250-242-4424, or send me an email at to discuss your pictures.

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