Ahhhh. Springtime. The scent of honeysuckle is heavy in the air, the trees have grown lush with leaves after being bare all winter long and the time is ripe for that age old custom known as – Prom. It’s a rite of passage for many high school students. For some it is full of excitement and glamour. For others, its weeks of angst worrying about dates, hairdos, dresses, party plans, and the list goes on. When I was in high school I was “lucky” enough to attend the junior and senior proms. Junior prom was a last minute invitation by the boy I had just begun dating but it was a lot of fun getting all dolled up and going out for the night. His mom took pictures of us that night and those are the only ones I have. They all pretty much look like this:
Yes, the good old red eye syndrome, ever-present in every photograph. How do you like that large-and-in-charge 80′s hair? Yeah baby! The next year, this boy and I were still dating and we went to Senior Prom. We have pictures from both sets of parents but this one…this one is my favorite. Get ready to feast your eyes on the best prom picture of all time!!!
Do you know, when his mother saw these pictures, she screamed and cried at him because his eyes were closed? How in the world could the poor boy have helped that?? It didn’t matter that she had taken a million of her own photos and that my parents had taken a million to boot. She was HACKED that this particular picture looked like – ahem, poop.
Thankfully, kids have other options today. Today’s prom photographer is probably shooting digital so the eyes-closed shots are less common I would think. In addition, kids can get together and get group shots done at their home by a professional. This weekend, a friend of mine invited me to take pictures of her daughter and 13 of her closest friends before prom. I didn’t get many because I didn’t want to intrude on the other parents trying to get photos of their own kids but I did get a couple that I really liked.
It’s too bad there wasn’t enough time because I had a lot of really cool and fun ideas to shoot. There’s always next year!!
Hope all is well in your world!