Your ultimate guide for your Graduation Portraits. 🎓

Graduation is not just a ceremony; it's the culmination of years of hard work, late-night study sessions, and countless memories. It's a milestone that deserves to be immortalized, and what better way to do this than with stunning graduation portraits? Whether you're about to graduate from high school, college, or any educational institution, these tips and tricks will help you master your graduation portraits and create lasting memories.

#1: Plan Your Outfit(s) Carefully

Your outfit is a crucial element of your graduation portrait. While the cap and gown are iconic, what you wear underneath is just as important. Choose an outfit that reflects your style and makes you feel confident. Avoid overly trendy pieces; classic styles will ensure your photos look timeless. Also, consider the colors of your school and how they will contrast with your outfit.

#2: Scout the Perfect Location

The location of your photoshoot can add a meaningful backdrop to your pictures. Consider your campus's iconic spots, a place that holds special significance to you, or even a professional studio. Outdoor locations with natural light can provide a beautiful setting but always have a plan B in case of inclement weather. When booking with Eric Aaberg Photography, we're able to reschedule your photoshoot should the weather conditions be a conflict.

Explore our DFW Grad Portrait Packages for pricing.

Portrait of a UTD Graduate taken by Eric Aaberg Photography, at UT Dallas Campus.

#3: Bring Props With Meaning

Props can add a personal touch to your graduation portraits. This could be your favorite book, a musical instrument, or even a piece of sporting equipment. The idea is to incorporate elements that tell a story about who you are and what you have achieved.

#4: Don't Forget The Cap Toss

The cap toss is a timeless graduation tradition and makes for a dynamic photo. Timing is crucial, so make sure your photographer is ready to capture the moment. If you decoratee your cap, be sure to keep in mind if you plan on tossing your cap for a photo (you can also borrow your friend's undecorated cap if you'd prefer that).

#5: Focus On Your Posture

Good posture is essential for a flattering portrait. Stand up straight, relax your shoulders, and be mindful of your body angles. Slight turns can create more dimension in your photos, and remember to mix up your poses.

#6: Express Genuine Emotions

Your graduation photos should reflect your genuine emotions. Don't be afraid to let your happiness, pride, and excitement shine through. Authentic expressions make for the best photographs.

Close-up portrait of a Dallas College Graduate taken by Eric Aaberg Photography.

#8: Bring A Mirror, Hairbrush, and Lint-Roller

Chances are it can be windy and/or your hair might get brushed-up a bit throughout the photoshoot, be sure to bring a mirror, hairbrush, and lint-roller to your photoshoot so you can be prepared to fix your look should you want to!

#9: Double-Check You Have Everything

Make a checklist of all of your graduation attire (graduation regalia, stoles, cap, cords, outfits, etc.), that way you don't forget something in the event of making it to your photoshoot.

#10: Choosing The Right Photographer

Selecting a photographer whose style matches your vision is crucial. Look at portfolios, read reviews, and discuss your ideas with them to ensure they can bring your vision to life. A good photographer will guide you through poses and make you feel comfortable.

Looking to get your portraits done? Visit our booking page.

Eric Aaberg Photography takes pride in delivering more edited portraits than the photography industry standard and quicker for our clients.

Portrait of UNT Graduate sitting next to a fountain, captured by Eric Aaberg Photography (#1 UNT grad photographer).