July 31, 2019

Printing Your Photos: A Crop Ratio Guide for Senior Portraits

So, you have had your gorgeous senior portrait session and received your gallery of images! Delivering galleries is one of my favorite parts of being a senior portrait photographer. I put a lot of time into each shoot with my incredible seniors! Hearing how confident and beautiful my VIP portrait sessions make each senior feel is a serious job perk!! One of the main questions I get asked when I deliver galleries is how to print your photos. I am excited to share my Crop Ratio Guide for senior portraits!

I Received My Gallery, What’s Next?

So if you’re a senior who just received your gallery of images and is wondering what to do next, I am here to help! After you share your portraits with your friends and family, it’s time to select your favorites. But don’t just save them to your phone or computer where they will be lost or forgotten! Senior portraits capture this incredible time in your life. Celebrate that with tangible prints or an album that you can look back on for years to come.

Crop Ratio Guide for Senior Portraits

When printing photos or designing an album, it’s important to understand the aspect ratio of each photo. To fit in common print sizes, your photos may need to be cropped. I created a helpful crop ratio guide for senior portraits:

Crop Ratio Guide for Printing Photos and Designing Albums by Tacoma Senior Photographer Amanda Howse

As you can see, a 2:3 aspect ratio is typical for the original photo, and translates well when it comes to printing. Though a 5×7 print is super popular when it comes to printing and selecting frames, it is not a common ratio for original photographs.

Things to Keep in Mind

When cropping photos, make sure you’re still in the frame! It’s also important not to crop at your joints (think ankles, knees, wrists and elbows!) because it can end up looking awkward. Not every ratio will work with every photo! Take time when cropping your photos to ensure they look great on display.

Let’s Connect!

If you haven’t booked your session yet, what are you waiting for? It’s super easy to reach out on my website. You can also send me an email at [email protected] or call/text 530-412-0730 to schedule your shoot!

Tacome Senior Portrait Photographer Amanda Howse