Graduation Photoshoots Made Easy: 5 of the Most Asked Questions Answered

You are graduating! Congratulations!

You’ve made it! It’s an achievement that you, your family, friends, and mentors are incredibly proud of.

What better way to immortalise this grand occasion than by capturing it in a spectacular photoshoot?

Whether you’re still contemplating the idea of a photoshoot or you’re already on the hunt for the perfect studio, there is no denying that such a monumental achievement deserves to be celebrated in style.

Having said that, if you have already decided that you will get one and you have a studio in mind but are puzzled about the nitty-gritty. fear not! Here are the answers to the top 5 burning questions that everyone has about these photoshoots.

How much does a graduation photoshoot cost?

The cost of a graduation photoshoot can vary depending on the photographer, location, and package. Some photographers may charge by the hour, while others may offer a package that includes a certain number of photos, prints, or digital copies. Research different photographers and packages to find one that fits your budget.

How long does a photoshoot take?

The length of a graduation photoshoot can vary but typically takes between 1-2 hours. It depends on the number of locations, outfits, and the number of people being photographed.

How do I prepare for my photoshoot?

  • Plan your outfit:
    • For sure, you’ll be wearing your cap and gown in some photos but consider what your wear underneath. While it’s better to wear something that will complement the gown, I suggest that you wear whatever makes you feel confident.
  • Accessories:
    • Think about any accessories that you want to wear, like a watch or a piece of jewelry. It could be something that has meaning to you, such as a family heirloom.
  • Props:
    • You can bring props to the photoshoot that represent your interests or accomplishments, such as a musical instrument, a sports equipment, a book, etc.
  • Hair and makeup:
    • Consider whether you want it professionally done or you’d prefer to do it yourself.  That said, make sure to practice ahead of time!
  • Plan the location:
    • Do you want your photoshoot in a studio? Outside the university? Or maybe you want something else. Talk to your photographer. Communication is key!
  • Practice your smile and poses:
    • Sure, you can just wing it if you want but if you want to be confident and more comfortable during your shoot, practice!
  • Confirm details:
    • Confirm the date, time, location, and any other details with the photographer, and make sure that you have all the necessary items like your graduation gown and cap, props, etc.

What happens in a graduation photoshoot?

While each photographer’s process is different, a brief rundown of how a photoshoot goes is as follows:

  1. The photographer will discuss the details of the photoshoot with you, including the location, outfits, and any props you want to use.
  2. You will change into your graduation gown and cap, and any other outfits or accessories you want to wear. If you’ve hired a makeup artist, they will apply your makeup.
  3. Once you are ready, the photographer will guide you through different poses and shots. They may ask you to move around or adjust your posture to get the best lighting and composition. The photographer will take group photos as well if you wish.
  4. After that, the shoot is done! You’ll get to review the photos and choose which ones you like and which ones to edit/retouch.

After that, the photoshoot is essentially done. You just have to wait for the final product. It can be in the form of digital copies, prints, or albums – this one depends on the package you’ve chosen.

Overall, the photoshoot is usually a relaxed and fun experience, and the photographer will make sure you feel comfortable and at ease throughout the process.

How to choose the right photography studio?

  1. Research: Check their portfolios to have an idea of their style, quality of work, and pricing.
  2. Read the reviews: Reviews can give you an idea of what to expect out of your photographer.
  3. Check for availability: Check their availability so you can know what works for you. I suggest you book your studio well in advance to ensure they are available on the day you want your shoot.
  4. Discuss your needs: Communicate your needs to them such as location and style. Through communication, you can also get a sense of whether that studio is a fit for you.
  5. Look at their packages: Check what is included in the package. Does it come with both print and digital copies? Will they include the editing of the photos? Know what you are getting so you can get a bang for your buck!
  6. Budget: Check how much you are willing to spend, then research different studios to find the one that fits your budget.


Graduation is a special occasion. So, it is essential to capture the moment. 

Through a graduation photoshoot, you can preserve the memory and celebrate the huge milestone. Likewise, parents may also appreciate having a professional set of photos to share with friends and family.

Regardless of the reason, I hope your questions about graduation photoshoots have been answered.

Have fun on your photoshoot!



Denisse loves reading and writing about culture, history, and politics. Outside writing articles for The Singaporean, Denisse enjoys musicals, gaming, and Harry Potter.

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