We’re only a few months away from graduation season, so now is the time to book Michigan State senior pictures on MSU’s campus.
Let’s take a look at some common questions that I’ve had about Michigan State senior pictures.
Is there an additional costs to add more people to my MSU senior pictures?
There’s no extra cost to add additional people to your session. My sessions are based on session length, not head count. That said, I do have recommendations for session length based on the number of people you plan to have and the key locations that you want to make it to, which brings me to question #2.
I’ve photographed seniors solo, with pet dogs, siblings, couples, parents, family, and best friends/roommates, so think through who you want to be there with you to remember this time. If you’re mostly focused on solo photographs, you might still consider having your photo helper jump in for a few photos at the end, so have them come ready.
Which session length do most people choose for MSU college graduation photos?
The most popular session for MSU senior photos is the full session (one hour). This gives us time to take one to three seniors around to the major landmarks on campus. We typically start by the MSU Union or the Eli Broad Museum (depending on your tastes – classic architecture versus modern), then head to Beaumont Tower, walk the bridge behind the library with a view of the Red Cedar River and Spartan Stadium, and end at Sparty (be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes to change into between photo sets).
That said, I’ve photographed seniors in mini sessions (30 minutes) and extended sessions (90 minutes). Extended sessions are great for a group of roommates to leave time to get solo and group photos of everyone across campus. It’s also a good option if you have sentimental locations around campus that are a bit further away or just want to capture more locations in general.
The mini session will usually give you enough time to start at Beaumont, walk around the library to get Beaumont in the background, catch a few quick photos on the bridge in front of Spartan Stadium (depending on how crowded it is – we sometimes have to skip this spot) and end at Sparty.
In any case, it’s a great idea to bring a friend along to wait in line for you if you’re taking photos in late April or early May. These landmark spots are very popular during that time, and we can make the most of our time by having someone else take on the lines.
When is the best time to book my Michigan State Senior Pictures?
The most popular time for MSU senior photos is the last week of April through the first week of May. This has some pros and cons. The pro is that it’s a fun way to celebrate graduation, and the spring blooms are amazing.
The con is that the most popular photo locations tend to be crowded during this time, so bringing a helper to wait in line is an absolute must. If you’re willing to wait until campus clears out a bit in May, you’ll have a lot less competition for these landmarks.
I’ve also photographed seniors in the fall. This is a great time to avoid the crowds and capture the gorgeous fall colors on campus.
Ready to book your session?
Check out my booking calendar to book your MSU senior session here.