This article titled "A Senior’s Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words (or $1,000)" appeared in the East Side News on July 29th, 2014.
Yearbook season is almost upon us as the year draws to a close, and once again, we’re bound to see pages upon pages upon pages of senior pages—not just the parade of photoshopped, picturesque headshots in lieu of the awkward school pictures that everyone else has, but also the thick section of parent messages, baby pictures, and photo studio pictures that people affectionately term “senior pictures.”
Though the idea of having senior pictures used to be just that seniors get to have a nice headshot in the yearbook, the trend has spiraled into something else. It seems like everyone at the beginning of their senior year or the summer after junior year has taken to getting fancy photoshoots done at studios that also include glamor shots for girls and other posed shots of students with memorabilia from their high school career, whether it be an instrument, sports equipment, or a prom dress.
East’s yearbook staff has for years recommended Hermann Studios, located on Meyer Road in Amherst, which is a reliable and great place to get pictures done. Senior Vick Goel stated that the shoot was “a lotta fun” and even though he’s “usually not that comfortable in front of a camera, the photographer made it really fun and made me feel better.” Kianna Early, another senior, also raves about her shoot at Hermann, saying that the studio went above and beyond her expectations, even making business cards for her for free. She states that for a sitting fee, large amount of prints, business cards, and a framed portrait, the total cost of her senior picture session was a little over $200.