As the spring semester is beginning to wind down, many seniors are commemorating this milestone in their lives with photographs. Some have recruited friends or family members to take their pictures and others will hire professional photographers, but the bittersweet sentiments remain the same.
Graduation season is upon us.
Deborah Gardner, a senior at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, wanted to take graduation photos to send on cards to her family and friends since the pandemic hindered her ability to visit them. She said this was an expression of gratitude to them for supporting her through these difficult years.
“Plus, I'm not going to lie, I love taking pictures, and when else will I have a legit reason for people to follow me around taking photos?” she said.
Gardner's photos were taken by a photographer friend who shot her and her friends at South Building and the Old Well, which are some of the most iconic landmarks at the University.
Hanna Wondmagegn, a senior at the Hussman School, freelance graduation photographer and former DTH photographer, said these spots, as well as the Bell Tower and Coker Arboretum, are among the most popular venues for pictures.
Wondmagegn said while taking graduation photos is not her usual line of work nor what she wants to do as a career, it gives her an opportunity to practice her posing and lighting work and make money on the side. She said she uses social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as her primary method of marketing her services and reaching out to clients.