Has anyone else encountered this trend? Senior Models for High School Senior Portraits?
High school senior portraits are getting more elaborate - and expensive
Video: Long gone are the days of laser backdrops in pop-up portrait studios. Now parents are investing serious money in senior class pictures taken by fashion photographers.
Back in September, Kayla Chernof had her school picture taken. It was the usual scholastic photo op: Sit. Awkward smile. Click. "Next."
But the 17-year-old from Potomac, Md., wanted something more for her senior portrait.
Something like this: "Oh, gorgeous. Oh, that's stunning. I love that head-back thing you're doing," cooed photographer Brooke Daniels as Chernof preened and pouted in the October sun, her salon-coiffed hair and professionally applied makeup aglow in the reflected light held by an assistant. Daniels's Canon click-click-clicked with high-speed, high-fashion intensity. "Good. Hands a little higher. Gorgeous!"
Chernof is among a growing number of 12th-graders who are thinking well outside the frame for their senior shots. The Instagram generation, devoted to "selfies" and bombarded with digital imagery, is increasingly forgoing the time-honored cap-and-gown pose in front of the blue-mottled screen for portrayals more elaborate, personal and, of course, expensive.
By the end of Chernof's two-hour photo shoot ($300 before a single print gets made), the softball player at Bethesda's private Holton-Arms School was arrayed in a spectacular Bollywood outfit of her own design. The sari and bangles paid homage to her mother's Indian heritage and, furthermore, promised to pop dramatically off the yearbook page.
"I love it. This is so much more individual than the school picture," said Chernof, who figured that about half her classmates were opting for customized portraits this year.
Portrait photographers in the region have noticed the uptick in families paying hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars for senior pictures. Some photographers are devoting their whole business to seniors eager to be photographed with their dogs, their cellos, their pickups and their motorcycles.
“It’s growing every year,” said Daniels, who has largely dropped family and baby work in favor of high-concept senior portraiture, which pulls in an average of $2,200 per package. She has a waiting list of clients. “When something becomes popular with teenagers, it just spreads,” she said. “They see these pictures on Facebook, and they want to do what their friends are doing.”
So- my son got an invitation to "interview" to be a senior model. He's quite handsome, but so are other kids. He's not super stunning... like I might imagine a model to be...Anyway. He does however know a ton of kids (he's the class president, now just elected as student body president for next year, that plus his sports teams, and everything else, he has a big facebook and instagram following...) So, he went through the interviews along with 200 kids, and was selected. Lots of hype...and...they chose 40 out of the 200...ok. I saw some of the kids... it's not about modeling to be polite. There's something else at play here.... so, what is that? I do a little internet search, and find tons of articles like the one I posted... this is the latest trend, and we got caught up in it.
THEN, I got the contract. It was never quite clear what the cost would be. I calculated about $695 minimum, but again, it wasn't clear....I haven't signed it yet- just because it isn't clear.I'd post the contract here- it's pretty outrageous quite honestly, I'm not comfortable posting it though. I'm not interested the the fancy hair and makeup/ several hour deal they have, some of these people are spending thousands... some haven't read the contract yet and are in for a surprise.... if he chooses to do this, we will only do the minimum. this isn't even my choice of a photographer for senior pictures...
This is ALL about money. I discovered they pick the kids who know alot of kids.. have tons of friends on facebook have huge instagram followings, etc. WHY? Money. People who know people will get more people to go there for pictures... then this "hype" is created to be a model. They aren't paid, the parents pay. the parents buy the clothing, even pay for the locations if needed....
I could go on but won't, or Ill get all irritated again.... anyway, has anyone else encountered this?