grad portrait

🎓 master list of sweet sorority graduation photo poses! 🎓

Celebrate your graduating sisters with a senior photo shoot. These are some cute & classic greek grad poses! Remember your senior sisters forever….


The Sororifetti: 

The Uncorked:

The Balloon Bliss:

The Cap Toss:

The Stole Spotlight: 

The Senior Sparkle:

The Crafty Cap:

The Shy Seniors:

The Fountain Frolic:

The Final Throw What You Know:

The Class Cap Collection:

The Stadium Stack:

The Grads in White:

The Casual Stroll:

The Stairway to the Future:

The Sit-In:

The Cap Side:

The Letter Luv:

The Journey Begins:

Related Post: 

Master List of Sweet Sorority Photo Poses

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On “never paying for models”

It came to mind again, based on a brief litter interaction with a model today, but it’s been driving me bonkers since I joined model mayhem years ago.

There’s this subset of photographers who claim that they never pay “for” models - I take issue with the phrase “pay for”, because in my mind, it implies ownership over the model, when what you’re actually buying is their time.

Most of those photographers, as far as I have encountered them, are older men in their 40s and up. I don’t know if that’s relevant, but I will note that the majority of working models are at least 15-25 years younger than they are.

So, the first issue is one of disrespect. If modelling is someone’s primary source of income, and you use the model’s service, then you are fucking them over by refusing to pay them. If you don’t consider what a model does to be worth your money, then don’t approach models who live off of that job.

When photographers say they never pay models, I assume that these “models” they don’t pay are actually young, naive people who have just started out, and need to build a portfolio. That may not be the case, but I’ll address other options in a minute.

To try to persuade models that you shouldn’t have to pay them either assumes that you think your work is so good - or they are so bad - that it would benefit them more to be photographed by you than you would benefit by working with them. Or, it assumes that you believe it to be a collaborative thing, in which case, you are probably less likely to be bragging about how you never pay models, as opposed to whining about how you can’t afford them.

Issue two: photographers who make money from their work and models who make money from their work are serving two different markets, and the overlap is so minimal, but the line between them is apparently hard to see, ‘cause there’s a camera in the way.

Most freelance photographers who make money from photography are either shooting non-models by way of family portraits, grad photos, wedding photos - or shooting models by selling to or being hired by magazines or modelling agencies. In these scenarios, the money flows from client to photographer, and never the other way around.

Agency models, though, are paid by their agency, who is contracted to provide models for shoots, and paid by their contractors. There is no model-to-photographer flow of cash there. 

Freelance models - the ones with whom I deal with, and the ones with whom probably most of my followers are by now familiar - are not under contract to an agency, and therefore do not get paid by an agency. They serve a different market than agency models (typically).

That market is with the creatives/hobbyists, whether it’s posing for art classes or (in a lot of cases) getting hired to pose in some lonely old guy’s basement studio. It’s a job that comes with a lot of risk (see also: creepy lonely old guys), and it’s a job fraught with challenges, particularly in terms of getting photographers to fucking pay up.

The opportunities to make money from your work as a photographer who doesn’t do weddings or magazine work are slim. (I can only think of one photographer making significant money from patreon, and the odds of selling 20 prints at $10 a pop to make back the money you spent on hiring the model in the first place are also slim). So, in essence, you pay the model for their time and talent - and to some extent the risks they take on - and of course, for the sake of creating something you will be proud of. If your interest is creating something you can sell, you still have to pay the model for that time, talent, and risk. That is the service they provide. If they don’t have time or talent, then they are not the model for you.

My point being that for photographers, paying models is a luxury expense (kind of like buying a camera in the first place was). If you want a model, you pay for one. For freelance models, though, most who have any kind of personal brand, rely on the money they are paid for their work to survive (although, self produced content through patreon is certainly a big help to some). Some models are willing to barter. Some will do trade with friends or photographers they admire.

You should have no expectation that you can barter, or that you are a friend,or admired. If a model quotes you rates, you either pay up, or respectfully back out.

There is no respect in a blanket “I don’t pay models” statement.
It implies that you don’t respect their profession, their time, or their talent - that you don’t respect the risks involved in that profession.

I have been ecstatic, flattered, and sometimes relieved, to be asked to shoot with a freelance model on a trade or barter basis. But if I want to work with a model, and they need my money to eat, make rent, or even pay their wireless bill, then I’d be a garbage human if I tried to tell them I would only shoot with them for free instead of just bowing out or paying up.

tl;dr - if you can’t pay models, don’t ask them to shoot with you. If you don’t pay models, you are a piece of shit.

Week one grad school readings:

  • Terry Eagleton, “What is Literature?” and “The Rise of English” from Literary Theory: An Introduction
  • Michel Foucault, “What is Critique?” from The Politics of Truth
  • Wai Chee Dimock, “A Theory of Resonance”
  • Jonathan Brody Kramnick, “The Making of the English Canon”
  • Joan Nestle, Riki Wilchins, & Clare Howell, “Introductions: Three Voices” from GenderQueer: Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary 
  • Riki Wilchins, “A Certain Kind of Freedom: Power and the Truth of Bodies–Four Essays on Gender” from GenderQueer: Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary
Commissions - Open


  • $10 anything you want - no color
  • $15 anything you want - colored 


  • OCs
  • fan art
  • pairings of any kind (so long as all parties are of age, etc)
  • draw the squad/your otp (so long as you can link me to whatever template or pic it might be for!) 


  • gore
  • nsfw
  • animals/furry (nothing against them but I don’t have enough experience drawing them is all!)
  • mechs (same reason as above)

I’m gonna just limit any pics to busts/portraits (since grad school has been keeping me fairly busy) but I’m down to color anything you commission if you’d like! 

Also, if you have a prompt for a comic idea I’m down to do those! 

Just send me an ask/message if you’re interested and we can figure something out! 

Thanks so much! 

Now every single crack every penny that I pass,
Says I should either leave or pick it up
But with every single buck I’ve made
I’m saddled with bad luck that came

The moment I was baptized
Or when I found out one day I’m gonna die
If only I could find my people or my place in life
And when they came a'carolin’
So loud, so bright, the theremin
Will lead us to a chorus
Where we’ll all rejoice and sing a song that goes:

Oh, be calm!
Be calm!
I know you feel like you are breaking down!
I know that it gets so hard sometimes.
Be calm!
Take it from me, I’ve been there a thousand times.
You hate your pulse because it thinks you’re still alive!
And everything’s wrong!
It just gets so hard sometimes.
Be calm!

from “Be Calm” by fun.

The colorful squiggles were provided by my two year old son.

Week three grad school readings:

  • Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex: chapter 25 & conclusion
  • Alison Bechdel, Fun Home: chapters 1-3
  • Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, “Queer and Now”
  • Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, “Introduction: Axiomatic” and “Epistemology of the Closet”
  • Marlon B. Ross, “Beyond the Closet as a Raceless Paradigm”
  • Rosalind Coward and John Ellis, Language and Materialism: Developments in Semiology and the Theory of the Subject: chapter 5
  • Louis Althusser, “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (Notes Toward an Investigation)”
  • Fredric Jameson, “On Interpretation: Literature as a Socially Symbolic Act” and “Towards Dialectical Criticism”
  • Jonathan Dollimore, “Introduction: Shakespeare, Cultural Materialism, and the New Historicism”
  • Stephen J. Greenblatt, “Invisible Bullets” 
  • Terry Eagleton, “The Ideology of the Aesthetic”
  • Homi K. Bhabha, “Signs Taken for Wonders: Questions of Ambivalence and Authority under a Tree outside Delhi, May 1817”

Hi everyone! This is an update post.

Tomorrow I’ll be moving from Texas all the way to Massachusetts. I start on my master’s program in English & Gender Studies in roughly a week! 
For about the last eight months I’ve been taking a bit of a break from school, mostly traveling and visiting with family and friends. 
So I think my reading, and this blog, will start to get a bit more consistent. I haven’t been putting any pressure on myself to read a lot during this “vacation” so my posts on here have admittedly been a bit sporadic. 
For the next year (it’s a one year program) I’m going to be really busy with completing this degree & I’ll hopefully be working on campus, as well.
But it should be really cool and interesting and I love English and Gender Studies so much :))
Anyway, that’s what’s going on with me, how are you all?? Read anything good lately? Let me know!

If you want to keep up with me on my other social medias where I’ll likely be talking more about my grad school experience/ stuff I’m reading:
twitter: theclassicreads
snapchat: fromonebird