Posing senior students isn’t as hard as it seems. Long before the mortar boards go on heads, before the diploma is handed from administrator to student, the call goes out for the Year Book pictures. Young men and women, eager to take their next steps toward adulthood find themselves at a crossroads. They know that these images will remain forever within the pages of this book and that their kids and grandkids will undoubtedly look upon these portraits..seeking similarities in eyes, nose, mouth, attitude etc. They’ll also probably chuckle over the clothing and hair styles which change so rapidly it’s hard to keep up.
So what is it that really must be captured for all time? It’s the essence of that young person, as he or she embarks upon the larger world. So it’s more about how the expression engages us, how intensely the eyes look back at us. A smile or a glance that lets us into a keener understanding of who exactly this person is now and who they might become in the future. That’s why posing senior students is truly an art form.
These brothers were great subjects. They were more than willing to put up with all my incremental adjustments of their posing, waited while I changed my lighting and metering without any of the impatience that we normally expect from teens.
What did I learn from this experience? Do not suppose anything about teens. Let them be who they are and show your appreciation for who they may become.