Anatomy of a Yearbook

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Scott McLetchie
Louise S. McGehee School
What to caption
•   EVERY photo must be captioned in some way
•   Minimum: Name and grade
•   Maximum: 5 Ws and H
•   This requires reporting
Group photo
• Standing/kneeling
• Front row, Middle row, Back row
• You can use first initial and last name to save
  valuable space, but be consistent – if you do it
  for one, do it for all
• Include grade and position held in club or on
  team
Front Row: Alex Gagnier (‘08), Hannah Tyler (‘11), Alia Soomro (‘09), Amy Preston (‘09),
Adele Humphreys (’08)
Middle Row: Claire Samford (‘07), Kelsey Warren (‘11), Ashley Scorsone (‘08), Gaby
Spangenberg (‘10), Charlotte Young (‘09), Kelsey Zeitzer (‘09), Charlotte Drennan (‘09),
Sarah Catallo (‘11), Merill Steeg (‘11)
Back Row: St. Nicholas Benjamin [head coach], Jourdan Tyler (‘08), Ayanna Harley
(‘08), Caroline Burlingame (‘07), Kendall Fritchie (‘09), Patrice Hightower (‘08), Emily
Smith (‘09), Angela Kwon (‘08), Meredith Brown [assistant coach]
Face photo
• Name
  and
  grade
Captions should …
• Be well-edited
• Be informative & insightful
• Start with attention-getting words
• Include visual nouns, action verbs, descriptive
  adjectives
• Be next to the photo they are describing
Before you write
• Start with a great, jaw-dropping, attention-
  getting, ACTION or REACTION photo
• If all you can say is something like “Mary
  Frances smiles at the camera” or “Bobby poses
  for a picture” - it’s not a good photo!
• Talk to the photographer (if it wasn’t you)
• Interview people in the photo
• Make sure names are spelled correctly!
the Formula
• Lead-in or headline: usually a clever tie-in to
  the photo, often involving punning or word play
• Sentence 1: Names all people visible and
  describes the action/reaction taking place –
  written in present tense!
• Sentence 2: Provides needed information not
  obvious in the photo; often answers the question
  “What happened next?” – written in past tense
• Sentence 3: Meaningful quote
Formulate Questions
• Quality questions get
  quality answers
  ▫ Who is the screamer? His
    pal?
  ▫ What is he screaming?
  ▫ When did this take place?
  ▫ Where is he?
  ▫ Why is he screaming?
  ▫ How did this moment
    happen?
  ▫ Tell readers about the
    event
  ▫ Describe the best
    memories of the event
  ▫ Tell us something we can’t
    see from photo
Get Answers
• Who: Juniors Dillon Hanson &
  Clay Sands
• What: Pep band at state
  basketball finals
• When: November 22, 2005
• Where: ASU field house
• Why: School song w/a cheer
  section
• How: Placed 2nd in 2004, 1st
  in 2005
• “It’s cool to perform the fight
  song at football games, but
  nothing beats playing in the
  field house and hearing the
  sound reverberate.”
• “Johnnie Abrams fell in the
  closing song and sprained his
  ankle.”
Keep Your Captions …
• Informative & insightful
 ▫ Include honest facts, figures & feelings
 ▫ Go beyond the obvious
• Creative & innovative
 ▫   Visual nouns & action verbs
 ▫   Content-driven formats
 ▫   Typographically designed
 ▫   Logically placed, near the photos
What questions
does this photo
 beg to have
  answered?
►   Who: Junior Scott Sanders &
    Senior Adam Arlington
►   What: Cheering for the basketball
    team who was in double over-time
    against rival Central HS
►   When: March 19
►   Where: Johnson Community
    College Arena
►   Why: Team had not won regional
    title since 1953
►   How: Painted their chests at Byron
    Smythe’s house prior to the game
    and had done so every game
    during the post season
►   “I have no recollection of last 3
    minutes except that my voice was
    hoarse and they finally did win. I
    can’t believe they pulled off that
    last second shot and we went on to
    Semi-state. What an incredible
    senior year” – Adam Arlington
Sports Captions
• Include the results of the
  play/match – What happened
  next?
• Name players from BOTH
  teams
• Use statistics in the second
  sentence
• ONE RACE AT A TIME
• Senior Becca Marcus races
  to the finish line in the
  400m dash at the district
  track meet on March 5.
  With a time of 1:03.78,
  Marcus captured first
  place in the district and
  qualified for the regional
  competition, where she
  placed third with a time of
  1:02.5. Marcus was the
  only member on the
  outdoor track team to
  qualify for state, where she
  placed fifth overall with a
  time of 1:02.9. “As far as I
  know, my best individual
  time for that race is
  1:02.40 or something, but
  we’re going for the one
  minute or 1:01, that’s what
  the coach wants. The
  fastest girl who I’m racing
  against is going to be like a
  0:59 barely, like 0:59.59,”
  Marcus said.
Great photo,
bad caption
  • LEAPS AND
    BOUNDS
  • Junior Jessie
    Kutcher runs
    the 100 meter
    hurdles
    against St.
    Martin’s and
    other district
    rivals at the
    district meet
    on Wed.,
    April 20.
Ask more questions!
Vary your openings
• Try to avoid starting every caption with a name
• Use prepositional phrases, adverbs, other
  descriptive means to set the mood.
► ONE RACE AT A TIME
► Senior Becca Marcus races to
  the finish line in the 400m
  dash at the district track meet
  on March 5. With a time of
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  1:03.78, Marcus captured first
  place in the district and
  qualified for the regional
  competition, where she placed
  third with a time of 1:02.5.
  Marcus was the only member
  on the outdoor track team to
  qualify for state, where she
  placed fifth overall with a time
  of 1:02.9. “As far as I know,
  my best individual time for that
  race is 1:02.40 or something,
  but we’re going for the one
  minute or 1:01, that’s what the
  coach wants. The fastest girl
  who I’m racing against is going
  to be like a 0:59 barely, like
  0:59.59,” Marcus said.
the Formula
• Lead-in or headline: usually a clever tie-in to
  the photo, often involving punning or word play
• Sentence 1: Names all people visible and
  describes the action/reaction taking place –
  written in present tense!
• Sentence 2: Provides needed information not
  obvious in the photo; often answers the question
  “What happened next?” – written in past tense
• Sentence 3: Meaningful quote
Write a Caption   • Like Peas in a Pod
                  • Freshman Bailey
                    Blossman listens to
                    music on her green
                    iPOD while sitting in
                    front of the Bradish
                    Johnson House on
                    Feb. 18. This year,
                    iPODs came onto the
                    scene as one of the
                    most popular
                    accessories - 14% of
                    Upper School
                    students who
                    responded to a
                    Spectator poll said
                    that iPODs were the
                    hottest new trend
                    this year.
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 • Yodel Lay Hee Hoo
 • Liesl von Trapp (senior
   Jena Shellito) controls
   sophomore Claire Samford
   as the marionette in the
   song “The Lonely Goat
   Herd.” “We had the hardest
   dance in the play,” Samford
   said about the marionette
   dance that they had to learn
   and perform. Although
   Samford enjoyed her part as
   the Von Trapp daughter’s
   marionette she said she
   liked being a nun better,
   “because I liked the
   costume.”
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                  • EYE ON THE
                    BALL
                  • Competing against
                    the Academy of the
                    Sacred Heart,
                    sophomore Katie
                    Kelly swings her
                    racket at the ball.
                    “I like knowing
                    that when I get
                    older I’ll still be
                    able to play tennis.
                    It’s not like soccer
                    where you you
                    won’t be able to
                    play it when you’re
                    90,” said Kelly.
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