Prom photography is a style of photography that I’ve shot much more of in recent years. The school prom has become a huge event, and I’ve found an increasing number of schools asking me to attend and take portraits as mementos for the students and as a record for the school of past pupils.
In this blog post I’ve pulled together some images from different proms to highlight the different approaches and to talk about the reasons behind getting a professional photographer in. At minimum, I’m asked to set up a mini studio (a white backdrop and studio lighting) to take portraits, of individuals, pairs and groups. This is the most obvious thing that people will want a record of – an entire school year, dressed up smartly. It also adds an element of glamour to the evening for students. Like celebrities appearing on the red carpet, I usually set up as close to the entrance as possible and shoot portraits on arrival. Personally, I like to shoot ‘straight’ portraits (with everyone looking smart and smiling at the camera), but am always on the lookout for people who want to play up to the camera. These shots, to me, express the fun of the evening, and these are the ones I’ve mostly included below.
All proms are different. For some organisers, they want me there at the start to take photos of students as they arrive, and that’s it. Some like the idea of portraits being available throughout the evening (which is when adding fancy dress into the mix can work well. Place a box of wigs, hats, and silly props by a studio set up and see what the results are … as below).
Later on, after dinner, there might also be speeches and awards, which I’m happy to stay and shoot of course. Followed by a packed dance floor and some serious moves: again, you might want a record of the whole night, and some shots of people letting their hair down. Or you might not. Either way, I’m happy to discuss what works best for you and your event, and give you precisely that.
Although prom season is now over, I’m currently taking bookings for next year. After all, it never hurts to be organised! So, if you’re planning a prom for your school or college in 2018 please get in touch.