More Than a Great Homecoming Selfie
The Homecoming dance is one of the most important events of the school year, and it's a great chance to capture some of your best friendships in cute Homecoming pictures. You can always go with an adorable selfie group shot, either before or during the dance. Have everyone crowd in together, and hold the camera at or higher than eye level for the most flattering photo. However, if you want something super sweet, try some even more creative options.
Start With the Dress Shopping Trip
Buying a Homecoming dress is a big deal, and it usually involves a lot of shopping with friends. Start your Homecoming photos right away by documenting your dress shopping trip. Have a friend take photos outside the dressing room as you and another friend model the dresses you're considering. Don't forget to adding adorable matching modeling poses.
Snap Adorable Photos of Friends Getting Ready
It takes time to perfect your look, and it's always more fun to get ready for Homecoming with friends. Keep a camera or your phone handy so you can take photos of friends helping one another with Homecoming hair styles and makeup. The key here is to fill the whole shot with the two people getting ready. Move closer instead of zooming in, since you'll end up with a better quality photo that way.
Get a Sweet Shot to Capture Your Friendship
There's nothing better than a cute photo of you and your bestie looking beautiful for Homecoming. For the best shot, take this photo outside in your back yard or at a park. Turn a little toward each other and get close. Use the portrait mode on you phone or camera or use a DSLR with the lens set to a wide aperture. This lets you blur the background and keep the focus on you and your sweet friend.
Take Photos From the Back Too
Many Homecoming dresses look great from the back, so plan to get some photos of everyone from behind. Choose an open path or road without traffic, and hold hands walking away from the camera. If you have wrist corsages, you can show them off in this shot too. The clasped hands show how close your friendship is and make this kind of photo sweet as well as pretty.
Hold a Pre-Dance Dance Party
Stage an awesome photo shoot by holding a pre-dance dance party outside. The best time of day to do this is just as the sun is setting - about the time you're getting ready to go to the dance. Bring some great music, and snap tons of photos as everyone twirls and dances. You'll end up with some adorable, frame-worthy shots you'll all love.
Catch the Guys Primping
Don't forget to get some great shots of the guys too. You can capture them getting ready or just goofing around. The key here is to get them to relax in front of the camera. If you tell them they don't need to pose or smile at the lens, they'll be a lot more chill. Suggest someone fix another guy's hair, and you'll be in for some hilarious shots.
Have Fun With Big Group Shots
Sure, you can do a stiff, formal group shot, but it's a lot more fun if you make it a little silly. Have everyone get in close and make some funny faces. Encourage interaction too. Shoot from a low angle to give this shot a fun vibe.
Get Great Shots of Your Ride
Whether you're going to Homecoming in a limo or the back of your mom's minivan, the ride to the dance is part of the fun. Get shots of you and your friends in the car. Try cramming everyone into an open door for an adorable and silly shot.
Try a Confetti Shoot
Bring a bag of confetti and do a mini-photo shoot with it outside or in a room that's easy to clean up. Throw it up in the air as someone snaps photos of you and your friend dancing. You'll get some great photos that really celebrate the fun of Homecoming.
Get Great Dancing Photos by Adding Light
You can get amazing dancing photos too; the key is making sure you have enough light. Homecoming dances tend to be dark, but you can add your own light by using phone flashlights. Have two friends stand about five to 10 feet from the person or people you want to photograph - one to either side. They should shine the lights so they hit the people indirectly - not right in their eyes or faces. This will give you enough light to take the photo without using flash, which avoids that nasty red eye look.
Capture the Aftermath
When the fun is over, the photos don't have to stop. Get a great end-of-the-evening shot with your friends collapsed on the dance floor. Add some confetti and have them kick off their shoes. You'll end up with one last adorable photo to help you remember an amazing evening at the Homecoming dance.