NWRHS Senior Portrait Information for Class of 2021
Dear NWRHS Class of 2021 Parent:
I am writing to share information about senior portraits for your son or daughter. As you know, there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the upcoming school year. Typically the senior portrait process is well under way at this point in the summer. But the pandemic came along and messed everything up. So I want to tell you what we know and what you can do about your student’s senior portraits.
As in the past, Bender Photography is the official photography studio for North Warren Regional High School. In past years we would photograph many seniors early in the summer at the school. This year, because of COVID, we have not received clearance to do photography at the school. We are uncertain when we will be able to photograph at the school in the coming year.
Even though we've photographed many of NWRHS seniors at the school in the past, we have also photographed many at our studio in Stroudsburg. Often seniors are looking for more than we offer at the school ~~ perhaps outside pictures, different backgrounds, or other things that we just can’t offer at the school. Or students would come to the studio because of schedule conflicts with our school senior picture days.
Because of the difficulty setting up at the school, we are offering a “yearbook session” at our studio. That session would include the required yearbook and cap & gown photos. This indoor session includes some poses with a casual outfit as well. The session would be about 15 minutes long and be completed by one of our team photographers. This session is identical to what we have done at the school in past years. The cost of the session is $10.00. Proofs would be mailed to you, or you can order online. For the 2021 year, the school requires 2 photos. The yearbook photo is taken with a “drape” for the girls, and a shirt and tie (or jacket and tie) for the boys. The new picture requirement is a cap and gown photo, which was optional in years past. For 2021, NWR has changed the cap and gown color to navy for both boys and girls. Bender Photography has the new caps and gowns.
We still offer the more elaborate session that was briefly described above. That session is 45 minutes long. It includes the shots that you need for the school and a lot more. Pictures can be taken inside or outside and can include vehicles, pets, or any other props that illustrate what your senior is all about. This session is $40 (which is about half of our normal session rate). You can see samples from this type of session at https://www.bender-photo.com/senior-pictures
We have made adjustments to our studio and workflow to comply with CDC guidelines regarding COVID. Masks are required by studio personnel and clients (unless they are being photographed). Only one person will be allowed to accompany the senior while their photos are taken, and that person will also be asked to help with clothing adjustments on the senior if needed. We clean and sanitize common touch areas regularly. Sessions will be spaced to avoid overlap in our reception area.
Because of the uncertainty caused by the COVID crisis, we are encouraging you to call our studio (570-421-1052) and set up a senior portrait session for your son or daughter at our studio in Stroudsburg. At this point we don’t know when we will be photographing at the school (and frankly, school administrators are dealing with bigger problems than senior pictures). If you have your senior pictures done now you will have one of your senior year projects out of the way.
Finally, I want to wish you and your family well during these difficult times. Everyone’s life has changed in one way or another, and most of our lives are more challenging. We will do our best to make your son’s or daughter’s senior portrait experience fun and memorable. After all, they are only a senior once and they deserve to have a great senior portrait!