The school photo – particularly the senior photo – has been a longtime rite of passage for most students in the US. And while schools enforce strict yearbook rules to ensure conformity, a niche industry of more creative photography has emerged that emphasizes individuality.
In this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred, Sarah and Allen talk about their own senior portraits, and investigate photographers who are taking different approaches to school photography (laser cats, anyone?)
We mention the following photographers, articles, and websites in this episode:
- The School Photo Industry Is a Master Class in Drama (NYT)
- Stomping Ground Photo (@stompinggroundphoto)
- The New Jersey Open Yearbook Law (I erroneously stated that the law disallows use of non-school photographers. NJ allows any photo to be used as long as it conforms to the yearbook standards)
- Principal Joins Student in an Epic Yearbook Photo Featuring Cats and Lasers
- High school student who campaigned for a viral ‘laser cat’ yearbook photo dies (WaPo)
- Vincent Giordano Photography
- Back to School (@popsockets)
- Meryl Streep’s High School Photo (@merylstreep)
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