Do I really need to submit a senior portrait?
YES. We will include a vertical portrait of each senior in the graduating class. We value every student in our school, and we will do our best to represent every student.
When is the deadline?
Friday, Nov. 3, 2023.
After the yearbook staff receives all the portraits, we do lot of work to complete the senior pages. We have our own deadlines and face penalties for missing them. Please help us by submitting your portrait early or on time. Thank you!
Who can take my portrait?
We typically receive portraits from four sources:
- A professional photographer. (If you choose this option, make your appointment early! They are busy this season.)
- A parent or family friend who has photography experience.
- We can help! (See next topic.)
- The Lifetouch Portrait Day photo, in “normal” clothing. (Most seniors take a funny Lifetouch photo, in costume, because they’ve submitted a separate portrait to the yearbook, but the “portrait day” photo is fine. We won’t print the “funny” photos as a senior portrait, however.)
I need help taking a portrait!
Please contact yearbook adviser Reid Westrem:
…if you’d like someone to take a portrait for free. In the past, these photographers have included:
- Senior yearbook staff members.
- Volunteer teachers who are experienced photographers.
- Volunteer parents who are experienced photographers.
If you’d like help, don’t be shy! Please contact us — the sooner, the better.
Style requirements & tips
Please note these requirements and recommendations:
- Orientation: We REQUIRE a VERTICAL portrait, not a horizontal. If you send a horizontal, we will crop it to make it vertical, but we prefer to have you send the portrait exactly the way you want it.
- Clothing: We REQUIRE that portraits respect the school dress code and that individuals are identifiable (please avoid sunglasses, or hats, headcoverings, props and poses that obscure faces). You may dress as formally or casually as you wish.
- Location: Portraits may be taken indoors or outdoors, as you wish, but please emphasize the person, not the location.
- Color: Most portraits are in color, but you may submit a black-and-white (grayscale) image.
- Framing: WE RECOMMEND that portraits be framed as head-and-shoulders or half-body shots. Why? When published, senior portraits are slightly smaller than a driver’s license. The purpose of the yearbook portraits is to remember everyone from high school. We would like the student, not the landscape, to fill most of the frame in their portrait, and we want to see faces clearly.
Consider the following examples.
Head-and-shoulders framing works well:
Half-body framing works well:
Full-body framing doesn’t work as well:
Avoid horizontals. We print verticals.
Please note the following technical requirements. If a submitted file doesn’t meet these requirements, we will request a replacement.
- File format: JPEG. This is required by our publisher, Jostens. Please don’t send HEIC, PDF, TIFF, PSD, PNG or other files.
- Color mode: RGB. Also required by Jostens. (Color portraits are the norm, but we accept grayscale images, too.)
- Resolution: We need a high-resolution digital file. That means 300+ dpi at the published size of 10 x 15 picas (1.67″ x 2.5″). You can check the resolution if you have Photoshop, Lightroom, Preview or other photo management software.
- Professional photographers: Please don’t add borders or watermarks.
- If you don’t know how to check resolution, the file size may give you a clue. High-resolution photos are typically larger files, often 1 MB or larger; if the file size less than 100 KB, on the other hand, it’s probably too small, and the photo would appear distorted.
- Don’t drag an image from a website or social media, where image files are typically low resolution (72 dpi.).
- If you take your own portrait, set your digital camera’s photo quality to the highest level. If you use a phone, set the “format” to “Most Compatible,” not “High Efficiency”.
Note to photo studios:
The primary use of submitted senior portraits is for the Senior Portraits section of the Antler yearbook. These portraits will NOT be used by M.A. Journalism for other projects, such as other yearbook pages, The Talon newspaper, or the Redhawksonline website.
Minnehaha Academy, however, would like to use submitted senior portraits during graduation season for various events, such as Senior Night or, with student permission, on M.A.’s social media announcing senior news.
If you are a professional photographer who has questions or reservations about these uses of submitted portraits, please contact yearbook adviser Reid Westrem.
SUBMIT YOUR PORTRAIT!
You or your photographer will upload a digital file directly to Jostens, our yearbook publisher:
If you are prompted to enter a User ID, copy and paste this: 0CZihs83ll93_NOBfydbhCA
- Choose the photo to be uploaded. Each student may submit only ONE photo. Make sure it complies with requirements listed above.
- Professional photographers: If you have several clients, you may upload more than one at a time.
- Provide parent or photographer contact information. (The person uploading the photo should enter his/her information.)
- Provide IMAGE information: Type the student’s first and last name as you would like it to appear in the yearbook. It is important to spell the student’s name correctly. Select “grade 12” from the drop-down menu. In the description field, type Senior Portrait. Click the box to agree to the terms and conditions.
- Click on “upload chosen images” to complete the process.
- You will see a confirmation page and should receive a confirmation email shortly after your submission.
- THANK YOU!!!