Four Tips to Get the Best School Dance Photos

My younger sister Brittany is currently in high school, and I am her designated photographer when it comes to school dances.
There are a few things that I think about when we take these photos.

1. Pick a location that isn’t crowded.

This is a big one for me, because a crowded location doesn’t bid well for anyone. Overall it just adds a lot of time & hassle to the entire process. In a crowded location there are often-times by-standers that you will have to edit out of the photos. This is very time-consuming. Also, you usually have to wait to take photos because of the amount of other groups trying to take photos in the same spot.

I would suggest asking around or looking for a quiet location prior to the date of the occasion! This location had no other groups taking photos, which made my life so much easier!

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2. Make sure to pay attention to the details.

Everyone spends a lot of time and money to make themselves feel special, so it’s important to take note of this! Make-up and dresses are a couple of those details that you will want to capture.

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3. Include family into a photo or two!

This is a memorable event, and everyone will cherish these photos with their parents later in life.

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4. Take MANY photos when photographing the group as a whole.

There are a lot of people, and you are bound to have someone blinking in every other photo. You may also catch a great candid moment while you’re snapping away!

















I hope these tips help you get great school dance photos this year!


  1. Maria Rayas
    September 17, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    What a pleasure to work with such a talented photographer!!!

    • desireesandlin
      October 30, 2016 / 2:15 pm

      Aw, thank you!