Senior portraits, photo shoots get more elaborate in digital age

Digital images have changed game

INDIANAPOLIS - Senior portraits have come a long way, and now more than ever, seniors are focused on showing their personality with elaborate, and sometimes expensive, photo shoots.

Today, being able to share those pictures on social media is just as important as the images themselves.

Hannah Frazier and Olivia Leisz went all out to capture the special moment in time at their senior photo shoot.

“You get to enjoy it and dress up and look pretty and it’s just fun to have a day that’s all about you," Leisz said.

Marci and Victor Photography is one place where seniors can feel like models during their photo shoot.

“They want outside, they want variety, they want to feel like America's Next Top Model for the day, and that’s what we want to give them," photographer Marci Ralph said. “It is not about just a yearbook picture anymore, it’s about a whole fashion day experience."

Seniors can use a makeup artist, pick from a room full of accessories and pose in a variety of scenic settings.

Depending on how elaborate the production is, parents might find themselves shelling out a few hundred to several thousand dollars.

“I try to be somewhat reasonable, but definitely spent more than that I thought I would," Tina Frazier, Hannah’s mother said.
Some call the photos priceless.

“I told my husband I think I’m going to buy them all, and he said we're not spending that on pictures, we didn't do that for the boys. So I said 'Well OK then, come out here to the computer and tell me which ones you don't like.' So I’m flipping, he's like that’s good, that's good.... we bought them all!" Greer Leisz, Olivia’s mother, said.

Digital images have changed the game, offering a new view of the traditional photo.

Photographer Kim White said many seniors want that perfect photo to post on social media.

“Just by pushing a button, they can share it on Facebook, they can tweet it, they can send it as a text message," White said. “(It) used to be that it was 8x10s, 5x7s, wallets. Now what we’re seeing is more of things that showcase lots of their images like books."   

Senior Carly McKay turned to White for variety in her portraits. She wanted creative photos, but not too glamorized. She admitted that some seniors do go over the top.

“(I’m) not saying that I didn’t like their photos, but I just kind of looked at them and I thought, oh yeah, that is you, but I don’t recognize you in it," McKay said.

McKay said she has pictures that she and her parents are proud of.

“Just a little bit of a great reward for all of her hard work. Her dedication that she's put into school," her mother said.

Photographers said no matter what parents plan to spend, it is important to plan ahead and arrive early to a photo session to allow time to discuss the photos.

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