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, 2021

1) Hire a Professional Photographer
2) Use Prestige Photos (FREE)

See below for all of the details:


Dear Parent/Guardian of the Class of 2022,


The time has come to plan for the 2022 East Syracuse Minoa High School Yearbook.  This letter will give you the information on how to get your SENIOR PICTURE included in the yearbook. All senior portraits must be photographed in either a tuxedo, black suit jacket with a white shirt and tie, or drape and received by the yearbook staff by October 1, 2021.  A drape is a cloth garment that covers the upper torso.  This can also be a solid black dress.  All pictures must follow all of our editorial guidelines or they will not be used.


There are two options available:


First, you can choose to use an independent, professional photographer.  You are responsible for any expenses and your photographer must follow all of our guidelines for submission. More details below on this option.


Second, you can use the yearbook’s contracted photographer at no cost to you.


Option 1: If you opt to have your picture taken by a photographer other than Prestige Portraits, 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.




Option 2:  This year we have made arrangements for Prestige Portraits to take photos of all our seniors.  This will ensure that every single senior is represented in the senior portrait gallery of our yearbook, and that their portrait meets our yearbook specifications at no cost to you.  This year all seniors will be photographed in either a tuxedo, black suit jacket with shirt and tie, or a black drape.  This is provided by Prestige Portraits, and garments are professionally sterilized between use for health and safety.


You can make your appointment now. 

Portrait sessions are by advance appointment in the High School’s Auditorium on:

June 28, 29, 30, and July 1 and 2

July 13 and 14, and

August 10 and 11.

Prestige Portraits offers indoor and outdoor photography and a variety of session types including a no charge session.

Go to to schedule your appointment.

Call 315-752-3081 for a studio appointment in the Cicero Studio.

Press option #2, and leave a message (if no one answers) with parent name, student name, school name, and parent contact info

Prestige Portraits: Country Max Plaza, 5962 Route 31, Cicero, New York 13039


Your Prestige yearbook image will automatically be delivered to the school. Each student will have the opportunity to purchase a portrait package, but no purchase is necessary.


Should you choose to purchase a package, a portion of sales is given back to the yearbook by Prestige. They also provide photographers at no charge, to photograph events at your school that make up our yearbook.


Deadline for all senior portrait submission: October 1, 2021.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.



Yearbook Advisors,

Eric Stalloch, Leslie Welch, and Darlene Baker

Deadline for all senior portrait submission: October 1, 2021



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.