Amidst the business of senior year, one “rite of passage” that signifies the maturing of high school seniors is the tradition of having senior pictures taken. A formal picture is taken through Lifetouch Prestige Portraits for the school’s year book, and after that, students have free range with how they want the rest of their pictures captured. Often students get pictures taken with musical instruments, sporting equipment, or even pets. When ordering pictures, students often purchase extras to give to their friends and teachers as a way of remembering who they were in high school.
Senior Gracie Blades chose a photographer named Moxie Abner and had her pictures taken at the Cincinnati Nature Center. She included her dog in several of her photos. “I think it is cool because it can be a personalized way to remember who you were when you graduated high school and kind of represents the end of your ‘childhood’ years,” Blades said.
Chrissy Shook, along with sister Caroline, had her pictures taken by Kevin Kunkelmoeller Photography. She said her mom found Kunkelmoeller on Facebook, and that he’s well known among McNick students due to his other social media accounts. They chose downtown to have their pictures taken and highlighted the landscape of a bridge to capture their personalities. “It was really cool to have them outdoors and around the city,” Chrissy Shook explained.
Shook was excited but also slightly stressed at the task. “I honestly had no idea what to do at all. I didn’t know what to do with my hands or where to look. The photographer gave a bit of instruction on what to do, but allowed the freedom to do something that I was comfortable doing,” she said.
Senior Evan Pour was an ambassador for McNicholas’ contracted Lifetouch Prestige Portraits. He brought his track spikes as a prop and thinks that it is a great tradition. “They show you at your best, and give your classmates something to remember you by,” he said.