7 Best Inspirational Graduation Photoshoot Ideas – Graduation Photo Album

Graduation Photoshoot Ideas

You’ve worked hard for 4+ years and finally you get to graduate! A graduation photoshoot is the best way to document this victorious milestone. Graduation is that paradoxical point in your life when you feel young and old at the same time, when you’re experienced with a life chapter yet totally clueless about another chapter that already started, when you’re bittersweet about the end of an epic story and nervous about the beginning of the next story not yet written. It’s when you’re more senior than a college senior but fresher than a freshman in the workplace. Oh, the emotions!

A graduation photoshoot is as fun as learning itself: you’re free to try new things and explore new ideas. If you don’t like something, simply try something else and move on (anyone here switched majors or double/triple majored know what I mean). The possibilities are endless.

I had the honor of photographing a first-generation college graduate for this special milestone. Without further ado, I’m sharing:

The 7 Best Graduation Photoshoot Ideas to Inspire You

  1. Express yourself. You’re free! Go ahead and release your joy. Show the world that you’re ready to go into it with arms wide open.Best Graduation Photoshoot Ideas no1

  2. Thank your biggest supporters. Show your appreciation for your parents, siblings, pets, relatives, and friends for their support over the last 4 years. Not only did they give you love, they probably also gifted balloons, flowers, money, cards, and their time to attend your graduation ceremony. IMG_4797_online

  3. Decorate your cap. Just because you have to wear the same gown as every other graduate doesn’t mean you can’t add a little personality to your cap. Add your favorite quote, glue flowers or jewels, draw a picture, share what excites you, or simply put your name on your cap.Best Graduation Photoshoot Ideas no3

  4. Celebrate with confetti. They’re just fun, the ultimate icon for “It’s party time!”  You can choose the color, shape, quantity, and how to dispense it. A confetti cannon is the perfect opportunity for your playful siblings or friends to shoot something at – I mean, around – you.Best Graduation Photoshoot Ideas no4

  5. Kiss your books goodbye. Gather up your favorite textbooks, novels, notes – all the things that summarize your education in one picture. You gave a lot of time and effort to your field of study. You paid your dues. This is the shot to memorialize your hard-earned education.Best Graduation Photoshoot Ideas no5

  6. Take pride in your alma matter. No graduation photoshoot is complete without a shot of you proudly displaying your school colors, logo, pin, ring, and/or souvenirs. This shot is also a good opportunity to connect your education to your desired career path. If you want to be a teacher, hold a stack of books and an apple. If you want to be mechanic, pose with a wrench. If you want to be a doctor, put on that white coat. You get the idea.Best Graduation Photoshoot Ideas no6

  7. Add balloons. Balloons are classy, easy, affordable, and fun props to use for any photoshoot. Have fun mix-and-matching colors. Decide how big a bunch you can handle. Best of all, nothing is easier than striking a pose holding balloons.Best Graduation Photoshoot Ideas no7

There you have it – some ideas to help you rock a graduation photoshoot. Relax, have fun, and don’t overthink it. Last but not least, congratulations! The world is lucky to have you set foot into it.

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7 Best Inspirational Graduation Photoshoot Ideas



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How to Get Great Business Headshots in Minneapolis Metro Area – Headshot Photo Album

Did you know that an average person changes their career at least 6 times? Never mind changing your major in college. Change is a natural part of personal growth and transformation – let’s welcome it!

In a sense, you’re always job searching, or at least should be. Say you’re riding the bus or attending a party. You strike up a conversation with a stranger. You discuss your skills and interests because they asked. Before you know it, you’re at an interview for a job you learned about from them. They might even be the hiring manager and/or put in a good word for you. True story.


The point is, people are checking out your LinkedIn profile and your overall online presence every day. That’s 365 reasons to have a high-quality, recent headshot this year. Headshots are easy, cheap, and quick to obtain. Good headshots are especially crucial if your work is entrepreneurial or freelance in nature. I’m talking about business owners, consultants, models, actors, coaches, and those in a line of work where your personal brand is important.

If you don’t have a recent, stunning headshot to make a good first impression, I hope I just convinced you to get one. Here are a few quick tips to help you look your best:

  • The best background shows depth. Sure, you can stand in front of a wall for a headshot, but you would look better with depth behind you.
  • The location can be almost anywhere: your office, downtown, a park, a library, coffee shop, a photography studio, a college campus. If you need recommendations of great locations in the Minneapolis metro area, contact me.
  • Lighting is everything. The best time to take your headshot outdoors are during the golden hour, meaning within two hours after sunrise or before sunset. Since great headshots can be taken at any location, an indoor shoot with good lighting works just as well.
  • Dress business formal or business casual, as long as you’re comfortable in your clothes. Groom yourself as if you’re going to a job interview or business meeting.
  • Everything else is the photographer’s job. Relax!


If you’re close to graduation, thinking about a career change, or simply want to boost your job search or website with new, professional head shots, I’m more than happy to serve you.

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To inquire, fill out the Contact Form or email me at angelina.tram.nguyen@gmail.com. I’m happy to learn more about what you’re looking for and answer questions you may have.