What you need to know about upcoming grad portrait and video sessions…
How to book your appointment online:
- Your school will provide you with a link to access the online appoinment schedule to book your session.
- Portrait/video sessions are 10-15 minutes
*Note: Booking is on a first come first serve basis – spots will fill up fast so the sooner you reserve the better chance you will have of getting your preferred date and time.
Cap & Gown portrait and video interview sessions are complimentary. Prints available for purchase
Please arrive at your appointment 10 minutes early so we can check you in.
This will allow us time to pick out the right size cap and gown, prep you for your video interview and do any last minute hair and makeup adjustments.
*Note: Due to back-to-back appointments, if you are running late your session will be cut short.
If you cannot make any appointments on the selected dates you can reschedule for retakes. There’s a cost of $40 cash for retakes and that goes towards the purchase of a package.
How to prepare for your grad photos…
Wardrobe — What you will need to bring:
CASUAL PORTRAIT STATION:
- Feel free to bring a few outfit options to your portrait session. Make sure they’re pressed and on hangers so they stay neat and unwrinkled.
- Avoid busy patterns, stripes or logos — they will detract from you, the main subject.
CAP AND GOWN STATION:
- School uniform: shirt and tie worn for cap and gown portrait sittings as well as video interviews.
At this station you will get the traditional photos that your parents love, plus the yearbook portrait.
VIDEO INTERVIEW STATION:
Last but not least you will be ushered to our video station where you will have 3-5 minutes to do a few takes of your prepared speech.
That’s a wrap! Photo and video shoot done!
Hair — Go with what you know:
You will want to feel comfortable and confident at your photo session — it’s usually not the best day to experiment with different or new hairstyles. If you are going to get a haircut, make sure it’s just a trim and not a drastically different hairstyle that you might not feel comfortable with.
*Tip: Bring a brush – wardrobe changes can mess up hair.
Fresh-looking, daytime make-up is best. Try not to go overboard with thick or heavy foundation or cosmetics. Natural tends to be the key word when it comes to great photos. Just do what you usually do everyday. Use a little bit of loose powder to touch-up shiny areas on your face and concealer to lighten up dark spots and cover blemishes. Try a neutral or natural-toned nail polish to make your nails look great.
We’re good at retouching our pictures, but even a 5 o’clock shadow can’t be removed. Light stubble can be picked up by the camera, so make sure you shave carefully the morning of, or a couple of hours before your session.
Props — Sports gear, musical instruments:
We want your graduation photos to be a true reflection of who you are, so feel free to bring any accessories that do just that. Items such as musical instruments, sports equipment, etc., are props that will express the real you at this time in your life.
How to prepare for your video interview…
- Practice in your mirror at home, recite it to friends and family. You will have 3-5 minutes with the videographer which will give you a couple of takes. Don’t be nervous for your interview — it’s easy breezy and if you have prepared you should cruise through it no problem. Speeches should be max 45 seconds long.
- Wardrobe: You will be wearing your uniform and gown for the video.
- Try to remember to smile every once in awhile — this is an exciting time — you’re graduating!
- Keep your speech tasteful and respectful to others. This will be something you and your peers look back on for years to come and you want to be remembered for all of your great qualities.
Tips to help you write your speech…
- Thank you to friends, teachers or anyone who has inspired you or helped you along the way.
- Talk about your plans after grad.
- Memorable moments from your time at West Point Grey Academy
- How has WPGA shaped your future path and plans?
- If you choose post secondary education, where would you like to go?
- What is one thing you have always wanted to do before or after grad?
- Do you have any travel plans after graduation?
- Who is your role model and why?
- What does being a WPGA grad mean to you?
Your proofs will be available to be viewed online within 2 weeks.
Thank you for having us and we look forward to working with you soon!