Tacoma Cap and Gown Portraits | AHP Seniors
With graduation quickly approaching, it’s almost time to book your Tacoma cap and gown portraits with AHP! I love offering these mini sessions for graduating seniors. It’s such an awesome way to celebrate the end of your senior year, and make sure you have graduation portraits that will stand the test of time.
When to Schedule Your Tacoma Cap and Gown Portraits
By now, you and your parents may have realized that your senior year has completely flown by. I’ll open my books for cap and gown portrait sessions on April 1st this year for the class of 2021, and you can pre-book your session here. And be sure to follow me on Instagram for announcements. I can’t wait to get your session scheduled.
Locations for Cap and Gown Sessions
This year, we’ll host our Tacoma cap and gown portrait sessions at three locations: Studio 253, Wright Park, and the Museum of Glass. These three spots are the best locations in Tacoma. My gorgeous studio downtown has huge windows that let in a ton of natural light, and we have different backdrops and fun props to bring your session to life.
Wright Park is gorgeous any time of year, but the flowers are in full bloom in the spring! I simply love the tree-lined paths and the lush greenery for spring portraits. And the Museum of Glass is the perfect spot for urban cap and gown portraits. The modern architecture and stunning glass sculptures are representative of downtown Tacoma, and I love capturing seniors in their hometown.
Making Cap and Gown Portraits Your Own
Graduation is a big deal, and it makes sense to celebrate accordingly. There are so many fun traditions that come along with your senior year, and I know that this year has looked different than what the class of 2021 may have expected. But finding a way to commemorate your four years in high school, all of your hard work, and your cherished friendships is so important.
Personalized cap and gown portraits are one way to do this. I encourage my seniors to really make the session their own. You can bring items that have sentimental value – whether it’s your varsity letter jacket or your favorite piece of jewelry – and you can bring fun décor. I love when seniors bring balloons, leis, and props to personalize their session.
And if you want to have portraits with just your best friends, you can book AHP for a private session. (This is a great option for prom, too!)
What to Wear with Your Cap and Gown
My books open in just a couple of weeks, so it is time to start shopping for what to wear under your gown. Spring trends have hit the shops, and it’s easy to find fun floral dresses, bright rompers, and other cute warm-weather outfits. Though your outfit will be covered when the gown is fully zipped, you can still show it off for your portraits. Some of my seniors choose to have portraits done with their cute spring dress or romper and just their cap and sash. Or you can leave your graduation gown open! You can also bring your college spirit wear and change into that for a few of your portraits.
Accessorizing is another ah-mazing way to personalize your look. Your shoes will definitely be in the spotlight, so pick a cute and comfortable pair for your portraits. You may also want to layer bracelets or necklaces. And getting a manicure is a must.
What to Do Before Your Session
Preparing for your cap and gown session will help everything go smoothly! First things first, try on your cap and gown. You’ll want to check to see if you need to bobby pin your cap and whether you prefer it on top of your head or toward the back. Test out different hairstyles and see what you like best with the cap.
Before your session, have a parent iron out your gown. Be careful not to iron the material directly, as it can burn. Placing fabric between the iron and the gown can prevent this while smoothing out any wrinkles or creases. Iron your sash, bring it hung up with your gown and bring any medallions and accessories with you to your session.
Class of 2022 and Beyond
If you are not yet a senior, but already daydreaming about a cap and gown portrait session of your own, make sure to sign up for my email newsletter here! I share helpful tips for upcoming seniors, including how to pick the right senior photographer for you. You’ll also be the first to know when I open my books for the Class of 2022 and beyond.