Recently, we came across a story that we find incredibly important, and we’d like to share it with you, because it may save a life. When it comes to high school senior pictures, we try to personalize each photo session as much as possible, incorporating the ideas of the student and allowing them to tell us what they’d like. We got a call to our studio the other day, requesting information about a high school senior shoot this summer. They had a few ideas of what they wanted, including some trendy “train tracks” pictures. Photos of seniors on a set of train tracks have been a trend in photography for many years. Unfortunately, it’s also illegal and incredibly dangerous. Our studio absolutely does not allow any photos on or near train tracks, and in the video below, you’ll see why.
In the video below, you’ll see how amazingly close a train has to be in order for you to actually hear it when your back is turned to it. Many teens have lost their lives in attempting to get these types of pictures. I know I (Hope) have had my own experiences with these dangerous pictures. When I was in high school, there was a set of train tracks just off school property, and our photography teacher would allow us to go out there to take photos for class all the time. A few years later, once I had graduated, I heard about a boy who died on those same tracks. No photo is worth losing your life for, and we feel it’s very important to bring awareness to this with senior photo season quickly approaching. If you were thinking of taking photos or having your photos taken on a set of train tracks, we encourage you to think again. There are many other amazing options out there for senior pictures. Let the train tracks trend die.