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Boring graduation portraits

For an age, the term 'graduation photos' has been defined by the standard portrait of a graduate clutching their diploma in front of a fusty blue pop-up backdrop.

The old way - Exhibit A

These are the sorts of photos that often end up forgotten: tucked away in a box in the attic. They don't bring back happy memories or tell the story of your once-in-a-lifetime university experience, so why give them pride of place?

This style of graduation photo is long out-dated. In the social media age, who cares about seeing a passionless cookie cutter image of you in your cap and gown? And most of all, would you want to hang that photo proudly on your wall?

Graduations are already expensive

Graduation ceremonies are already infamously costly for graduates. There is the cost of travel for you and your family, accommodation, tickets for guests, and don't get us started on the cap and gown rental fees.

You pay your university up to £9,000 per year for your degree, and now you're having to fork out extra for the privilege of holding your diploma in front of a stale backdrop. Not cool.

We don't believe your graduation photos should have to cost you so much, whilst looking so stale.  They should be natural and genuine, and capture a true moment of pride.

Why spend your graduation day queueing?

If you've already graduated, you'll remember the long queue for your picture. Or if your graduation is coming up, you have all this excitement to look forward to!

Hundreds of classmates, after receiving their graduation cap and gowns, waste far too much of their precious day queueing up for the photo opportunity. Little do they realise, they'll simply be pushed in-front of the ugly old screen with a fake diploma and have one shot (literally) to immortalise their unrepeatable graduation day triumph.

Fork out a fortune for your photo

Once you've had your five seconds in front of the camera and the overloaded photographer, you'll be shown a thumbnail of your portrait. You have a second to decide if this rushed moment is one you want to remember forever.

What you wont be told beforehand, is these photos can cost anywhere from £40 to £150 (Ede & Ravenscroft). For the low price of £40, you can have five paper prints of a single image. For £150, you can have your single photo printed in various frames and canvasses, which will be delivered 4-6 weeks later.

And the digital version? Oh, that doesn't exist 🤯.

That's the choice that most UK universities will offer its graduates as far as photography goes. A singular joyless image; would you like that with a frame?

A new era for graduation photos

The time for these overpriced, spiritless graduation portraits is over. We live in an age where expressing individuality and telling your own story is important.

Getting great graduation photos can be tricky. The reason these dull graduation portraits are still a popular option is that graduates (and their parents!) often want a high-quality image that they haven't had to take themselves using their iPhones.

Parents and friends also want the opportunity to get in front of the camera, so that memories can be made all-together. Often, even the best graduation photos will have one unlucky person missing as it was their turn to take camera duty.

Perfocal says no more! to these long-outdated graduation photos. We think you deserve amazing graduation photos that tell your story, and include all your family and friends.

How? By hiring your own professional graduation photographer for as little as £99, which gets you an hour of dedicated shooting time, unlimited photos, all beautifully edited & delivered digitally in 48 hours as standard.


With Perfocal, you can have a professional graduation photographer meet you on the day of your graduation, so that you can have your own private photoshoot. You can take your photos wherever you like, anywhere on campus. You could pose in front of your favourite lecture building, or even in the library you used to spend sleepless nights in!

Amaris - University of Manchester

You can have graduation pictures that show your true personality, and do justice to your time at university. They'll be worthy of pride-of-place on the mantle, and will even rake in some Facebook likes!


Are you thinking about booking a Perfocal photographer for your graduation? Or even sharing a photographer with a friend? Great idea!

The day you graduate is a momentous occasion, and for most people a once-in-a-lifetime event. Make sure your memories of the special day aren't blurry like your phone photos. You can hire a pro photographer simply and affordably instead.

We guarantee quick and simple booking, an amazing professional photographer who will travel to you, and 48 hour photo delivery every time.

We do all this so you can have amazing graduation photos that do the day justice.


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