Yearbook Photo Ideas : How to Take Great Yearbook Photography

Aug 22nd 2016


Yearbook photos are more than just images that fill slots on the pages of your yearbook. They are more than just artistic choices and expressions. They are memories.

Yearbook pictures are moments in time that can last forever. Just one look, and a flood of memories can come racing back into full view. As we travel through life, we gain possessions and we lose possessions. Even people may come and go. Memories are what we carry with us. Memories, they last.

But when it is all said and done, memories of school should be fun! They should be impacting, memorable, bringing back some of the funniest or most unforgettable moments we’ve ever experienced. Some moments from school we may wish never happened (lol), but it wasn’t the end of the world (even though it may seem like it in the moment)! These moments should be captured, cherished, and commemorated for our future selves.

Now, when it comes to our single shot, personal yearbook photos, we want them to be natural, yet focused. These pictures aren’t the ones of the swim team pushing the coach into the pool, these photos are the ones that commemorate only us, complete with our names and class.


In order to ensure that you do not have an entire graduating class coming after you wielding pitchforks and torches, you may want to get a game plan together before you start taking everyone’s yearbook pictures.

Besides the fact that these pictures are forever more going to be logged like a time capsule for posterity, most people are already funny about how they are portrayed in a picture. They don’t want the light shining down on the left half of their face, making them seem like they had a weird pale half-face and one crazy eye - like my yearbook picture : (

Anyway! Here are some tips for taking great yearbook pictures that won’t have you labeled a career criminal in the minds of your fellow classmates:

Step 1: Don’t be afraid to get up close and personal with your subject. After all, it’s for their own good – and sanity. If the picture is to come out as an actual visual representation of them, they need to be relaxed and free from any pressure or personal space issues. That is your job. Make them feel comfortable and don’t forget the fun! Making someone laugh can bring about the most natural and unforgettable picture.

Step 2: Make sure that the background is either blurred or slightly out of focus, or basically complementary to your subject. If the wall behind them has too much going on, it may draw attention away from your subject’s face. You don’t want that. Just make sure the surroundings do not draw attention away from your subject, and everything will turn out fine.

Step 3: Lock your focus on any auto-focus cameras, be aware of your lighting, and use your flash only when needed. Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun yourself! You are not only the photographer taking these amazing photos, but you are the one person that can ensure that everyone involved comes our looking there best. Have fun with it, and your subject will look as though they are having fun, too.