May 25, 2011 / News

Seniors want a yearbook portrait that tells their story

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Take a look at this article from the Des Moines Register this week, which takes a look at trends with yearbook senior portraits.

yearbook-portraitA couple of photographers in the Des Moines area are quoted discussing the move away from simple head and shoulder senior portrait shots and toward “lifestyle photography.”

What exactly does that mean? Well, let photographer Chuck Weber explain. “They want to be out where they live their lives. If they’re into cooking, they want to be in the kitchen cooking. If they’re into racing, they want to be at the Iowa Speedway in their race car. If they’re into sports, they want to be not just at the field, but sliding into home plate or hitting a home run. There’s a lot more action,” Weber said in the article.

What kind of senior portrait did you have in your yearbook? Does your school still place restrictions on the type of portraits that can appear in the yearbook?

Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.