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How do I get my Picture in the Senior Formal Section of the Yearbook?

 All Senior Photos must be taken with

a Black Suit Jacket (or Tuxedo), White Shirt and Traditional Tie,

or a Black Drape or Black Formal Dress that covers the shoulders (see details below). 

Photos must be received by: October 1, 2023


Pictures should be taken in May, June, July, or August of 2023.  
Make your appointment as soon as possible!!


1) Use UpState Images (FREE)

2) Hire a Professional Photographer

See below for all of the details:


Dear Parent/Guardian of the Class of 2024,


Let the planning begin... We are excited to announce that we have chosen Upstate Images as our official senior photographer for the class of 2024.

Upstate Images photographers will be at the high school on the following dates by appointment:

June 12, 13, and 14

July 5, 6, and 7

in the auditorium.

You may schedule a different day at their studio in Cicero, NY.

For consistency of the background & dress requirements, a portrait sitting should be scheduled with Upstate Images to be included in your senior yearbook. This process begins during your junior year. Deadlines must be met to beincluded in the yearbook; please have your portrait taken as soon as possible. Dates and times are limited, so signup for your slot today.

Please schedule your appointment today:

Your yearbook selected image must meet these requirements:

  • A formal head and shoulder portrait in either a jacket/shirt/ tie or a solid black dress, black shirt, drape on a traditional background.

  • The studio will provide the jacket/shirt and tie, or drape (a drape is a solid black garment that

  • covers the upper shoulders and torso.) and cap & gown to borrow.

  • Sittings include (Sitting fees are prepaid online when the session is booked.):

  • If you choose "yearbook only" – This sitting is no charge and includes 4 images on a traditional background. This session is available only by calling 855-773-3321 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)


AFTER your session:
● You will receive a QR code with access to your images on the day of your session.
● Your image gallery will be available within 24 hours of your session.
● You will need to view your gallery and select your yearbook choice for the senior section of the
● Packages may be ordered online if you choose.

If you have any questions please call Upstate Images at 855-773-3321.

If you choose to hire an independent, professional photographer:

You are responsible for any expenses and your photographer must follow all of our guidelines for submission. If you opt to have your picture taken by a photographer other than UpState Images, they MUST meet our editorial guidelines for submission, including black drape, tux, or black suit with shirt and tie, and be delivered to us by the deadline; otherwise, they will not be included.  Also, pictures taken for student IDs at the school are NOT accepted.  Be sure to provide these requirements to your photographer. They may contact us with any questions.



Download and Print the guidelines for Professional Photographers HERE and bring it with you.

The following guidelines MUST be met to be included in the Senior Formal Section of the yearbook:


 Please submit them to us by email to If you can fulfill the requirements below and would like to be listed in our directory of recommended photographers, please email us your studio’s name, address, phone number, and website. Please also include your name. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.

  1. DIGITAL PICTURES ONLY. Color photographs, only. The files must be in jpeg format at 300dpi resolution. The name of the file should be the student's last name_first name

  2. PRINT SIZE RATIO: 2 x 2.5 inches. Portrait orientation, only; no landscape orientations.

  3. HEAD SIZE RATIO: 1.25 inches measured from top of head to bottom of chin.  ONLY Headshots from shoulders up will be accepted.

  4. LIGHTING RATIO: 4:1 highlight to shadow ratio.

  5. CONTRAST: Must be good graduation tones.

  6. BACKGROUND: Corners must be dark with medium hot spot behind head and shoulders, slightly mottled.

  7. BACKGROUND COLOR - Predominantly soft, mottled, subtle tones of grey or blue. No non-traditional backgrounds or exteriors.

  8. CLOTHING. Tuxedo, or a suit jacket (black) with a white shirt and tie, or drape (black). A drape is an entire piece of cloth that covers the upper torso; many are one-piece garments that are “draped” over the shoulders (see pictures on for visual examples); or, a solid black dress.

  9. POSES. Subject’s head and shoulders turned at an angle. No extreme head tilts or angles, No hands, No Feet, No mug shots, No Trees, No instruments, No sports equipment. No exterior photos or walls of any kind.

  10. IDENTIFICATION. The senior’s last and first name must be on submitted jpeg file for positive identification. For example, Doe_Jane.jpg. (The photographer’s name must also be supplied).

Please Note: You are ultimately responsible for having this photograph taken and that it is not the responsibility of East Syracuse Minoa High School to ensure that each senior has taken a portrait to be included in the yearbook. If you do not submit a picture by the deadline which meets the requirements.  We do not use pictures taken for student IDs and School Tool.  


If you are a professional photographer in our community who will fulfill all of the above requirements,
and you would like to be list here as an option for students and parents, please email us the following information to

Studio Name, contact name, phone number, address, website address.

We look forward to working with you.



How do I know if my picture was accepted and will be included in the book?

An announcement will be made in for all seniors to check a draft of the senior section posted in the main lobby.  If you are not on this board, we do not have your picture.  You will need to turn it at that time.  Next, all seniors will be called down to sign off that their picture was in the book.

More information will be posted in this section in the future.

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