Graduating from high school, college, or graduate school is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that's worth commemorating. As the years pass, you'll want keepsakes to help you look back and reminisce on this special moment in your life. One of the best ways to preserve this moment in time is through photographs and custom products. Hiring a professional photographer to take your senior portraits can be extremely rewarding. Continue reading for a list of popular senior portrait products to help you look back and remember this moment in time.
1. Acrylic Blocks
To begin, acrylic blocks are one of the most common senior portrait products offered by professional photographers. Acrylic blocks are fully customizable, high-end tabletop displays that have a portrait attached to the back. The block itself is made from clear acrylic that's about an inch thick. Acrylic blocks come in a variety of sizes, ranging from 4" x 6" to 8" x 10".
In addition to selecting the photo you'd like to use for the acrylic block, there are several other customization options available. To get started, you can pick from dozens of design templates or upload your very own design. In addition to the image, many designs feature custom lettering options which allow you to include things like the school name and graduation year. In addition to custom designs, engraving options are also available.
2. Framed Portraits
Framed portraits are another custom product that can help you remember your graduation day. There are thousands of customization options available when it comes to framing your senior portraits. For starters, framed senior portraits come in a variety of sizes. Depending on the photographer you work with, framed prints range from sizes 4" x 6" all the way up to 30" x 40". When picking out the size of your framed portraits, it's important to measure the wall space where you'd like to hang the artwork. Be sure to pick a size that will allow you to display your portraits elegantly and leave enough room around each image so they don't appear clustered.
Another great way to customize your framed portraits is by picking out a frame that matches your taste and style. Popular frame options include solid black, gold, or silver. However, there are countless options available. Frames come in a wide array of colors and materials so be sure to check with your photographer on the different options available.
You'll also need to pick out the type of paper you'd like your framed portraits to be printed on. A couple options include lustre and deep matte. Finally, you can decide if you'd like to add a mat that creates a border between your portrait and the frame. Mats are also available in several sizes and colors.
3. Gallery Wrapped Canvases
Similar to framed portraits, gallery wrapped canvases are another popular option for senior portrait products. As with framed portraits, you'll need to select the size you'd like to put up in your home. Canvases are fully customizable and come in sizes ranging from 5" x 5" up to 40" x 60".
After picking out the size for your senior portrait canvas, you'll have the option to select the canvas type. Two common options include fine art and premium fine art. You'll also need to select the protective lamination, which protects the surface from damage and UV light. Popular options include semi-gloss and matte.
Finally, you'll want to pick the type of edge you'd like. You can choose between a solid color edge or an image wrap. If you select an image wrap, this means your image will continue to wrap around the edges of the canvas. When selecting an image wrap, its' important to make sure the image is cropped properly and key details of the image aren't lost. If you choose a solid color edge, then you can select between white or black edges. For the best results, consult with a professional photographer.
4. Metal Artwork
In addition to framed portraits and gallery wrapped canvases, metal artwork pieces are an excellent way to put your senior portraits on display. Metal artwork pieces are available in various sizes, ranging from 4" x 6" up to 60". When picking out the size of your metal artwork, first decide if you'd like to hang the artwork or place it on a flat surface for display. If you're hanging the artwork, it's best to measure your wall space and consult with a boutique photographer to make sure you select an appropriate size.
Once you've selected your size, you'll have the option to select the print surface. The print surface is printed directly onto high-quality aluminum and affects how your image will appear. Several options are available, including white base matte, white base semi-gloss, and white base high gloss.
Lastly, you'll want to select the display type for your metal print. Again, there are several options to choose from. Display types include print only, metal easel back, float mount, and metal posts. Check out all of the display types available to you and select the one that best suits how you'd like the metal artwork to be displayed in your home.
5. Photo albums
Finally, photo albums are one of the best senior portrait products to help celebrate your high school or college graduation. Senior picture photo albums are fully customizable and come in a variety of styles. First off, you'll want to select the size photo album you'd like to order. Photo albums can range from 4" x 6" up to 12" x 12" and sometimes even larger.
After you've selected the size, you can customize the front of the photo album however you'd like. Many photographers offer photo albums in a variety of colors and materials, ranging from cloth to silk to premium leather. Check with your senior portrait photographer to see what options are available.
Next, you can customize the front of your photo album. You can decide if you'd like the photo album to be full material or if you'd like to feature a photo on the front. Additionally, you can add custom text to the front. Text debossing can include your name, high school, graduation year, or any custom text you'd like.
Once you finish customizing the front of the album, you can begin designing the pages. You can select from dozens of layout options to display your images however you'd like on each page. Because photo albums require a lot of design work, it's recommended that you consult with a professional photographer to get the desired results.
Hire a Colorado Senior Portrait Photographer
To summarize, there are several senior portrait products to help you commemorate your special day. A few of the most common products include acrylic blocks, framed portraits, gallery wrapped canvases, metal artwork pieces, and photo albums. In addition to the products listed above, there are a handful of other options available. In fact, there are so many options it can be overwhelming. Therefore, it's best to consult with a professional portrait photographer if you're interested in ordering senior portrait products.
If you're interested in working with a Colorado senior portrait photographer, I'd be happy to assist you. I'm a portrait photographer located in Parker, Colorado. In addition to Parker, I serve surrounding areas, including Boulder, Colorado Springs, Castle Rock, and Denver. To learn more about my services, click the button below to book your complimentary consultation. I look forward to hearing from you!