A Project for Better Journalism chapter

Say cheese!

Fall of senior year is stressful to say the least. College apps, harder classes, graduation requirements, senior photos. One of these may not seem to be the caliber of the other but I can tell you first hand that for many senior girls, the debut of their senior picture is a defining moment. No one really cares, but there’s something about your social media senior picture debut that carries a personal weight with some people. Whether that’s Instagram or Facebook for the hour after it’s posted, we are mindlessly refreshing and watching the pixelated hearts come in.

It’s a single picture, taken in less than a second that there is so much hype for. It has hype now, and it will again in May when the yearbook comes out. The big question looming for many months before is: Who’s going to take it? Monty Nuss, Vision, we have all heard the names. These names come with a lot of editing and a fat price. To some people, this is important, and finding out the only date Monty Nuss had open this summer was when you were at camp is a nightmare come to life. There are also people in the senior class taking high quality photos of their classmate for no price at all. Ultimately, everyone is going to have a photo in that yearbook. You should walk away with a photo you are happy with. If the bench at Vision is where you want to be and where you have wanted to be since you were in sixth grade makes you happy, then take your pictures there. If you don’t care, take them with Bettinger.

Senior pictures get a large amount of undeserving excitement. Take the picture you want to take, wear what you want to wear and let whoever you want to take it take it. Don’t get sucked into the social stigma of the senior pictures and walk away with something you are happy to post and don’t care how many pixelated hearts come in.

Many boys and lots of girls could care as much about senior pictures as they do about what they eat for breakfast tomorrow. But for those of you who do care, smile big for the camera and smile big when you share it.