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Penn State Graduation Photos

Nittany Lion mascot graduation portrait

Would you like to have your graduation picture taken by the leading Penn State campus photographer?

You've come to the right place!

Popular spots on campus are the Nittany Lion Shrine, Beaver Stadium (outside only), the Arboretum, Hort Woods, Mount Nittany, and any of the other iconic locations on campus. The photos are yours—you own the copyright.

Fulfillment is digital, with full duplication rights. You will receive all of the digital files from your session, including all airbrushing and touch-up work on those you select. If you prefer prints, you can have prints made by the processor of your choice, or you can purchase direct from from my online gallery at a discount.

Groups welcome! You can bundle the session fee and save. For groups of up to three people, rates are the same as indoviduals. For larger groups, add just $20 per person, per location.


Pricing really isn't as complicated as it looks below, so if you would like a quote, send an email with your ideas, and I'll get you a flat-rate quote.

Portraits at the Nittany Lion Shrine are $300 (see below), and this includes the session fee and three retouched portraits, along with all of the digitial proofs in full resolution.

If you would like other locations on campus, it's just $100 per additional location. So, if you'd like photos at Old Main, the Lion Shrine and the Arboretum, it's $500. This includes one fully retouched portrait from each location, plus all the proofs.

Classic Lion Package—individual portrait:

A la carte rates:

Flat rate for larger groups

So, for a group of three at the Lion Shrine and Old Main, the cost would be $400 and would include six retouched portraits. A group of four at the Lion Shrine alone would be $300, which would include three retouched portraits.

It's highly unusual, but I do get requests to tag along for an entire day for graduation, almost like weddding. I'm happy to do this, but it's priced just like a wedding at $2500.

Hints and tips

It's best to schedule your session early, in order to beat the crowds. If you schedule the week of graduation, there is a $100 surcharge if we need to stand in line at the Lion Shrine for more than 30 minutes. Due to the impracticalities and complications, no portrait sessions can be scheduled at the Lion Shrine on graduation day.

Early morning light is generally best on campus. and especially at the Lion Shrine, but late afternoon is good, too. Sessions can be scheduled any day of the week.

Steam your gown! The standard gowns wrinkle...a lot. Steam them before your portrait session.

Tassles go on the right side before graduation, then on the left, afterward. Your choice for portraits.

Your choice, of course, but it seems that ladies can look best with either neutral, analogous or complementary colors, such as light sky blue, white, cream, orange or peach, with shoes to match. Gents should wear a white (or off-white), button-down shirt with gray slacks. A tie is optional, in my opinion.

Send me an email to schedule your session - info@amesphotos.com or click one of the buttons above, if appropriate.