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I’m Melanie, the girl behind the lens at Melanie Foster Photography. Whether you’re getting ready for your upcoming OU senior or your Bartlesville or Tulsa family photography experience, I hope you’ll stay a while, pick up a few tips, and be inspired for your own MFP photo session! 

The #1 Secret to Popping the Bubbly at Your Graduation Shoot


how to pop champagne for graduation photos

Pop the champagne – as of TOMORROW, graduation season IS OFFICIALLY ON!

I want you to have the absolute best experience taking senior photos – that means sharing all the tips and tricks to make the most of your locations, outfit selections, props, and expectations of the process. Over 100 seniors in and I’ve learned a lot along the way! I often get asked – what is the best champagne for graduation photos? Well, today I’m sharing a few secrets to celebrating your senior photos with bubbly!

When using champagne for those classic champagne-popping photos, there are a couple of tricks – 

  1. Consider bringing more than one bottle! Champagne can be a bit pricey – especially when you compare it to sparkling cider or sparkling grape juice, so if you want to have the opportunity for more than 1 attempt, or even take the photos in two different locations, consider grabbing an extra non-alcoholic version!
  2. I’ll be there to walk you through the steps, but here’s how it will go down: first, take off the plastic wrapping and cage around the top. Then, pop the cork, immediately (and quickly) place your thumb over the opening, and while applying pressure, shake and spray! THIS WILL BE MESSY! (Which is why we save it for last!) If you want a combo, you can open and give it a second to flow (see first picture below) before placing your thumb over top for the spray effect.
  3. Don’t forget to lean forward and smile!! It feels most natural to lean back, but we don’t want double chins! 🙂

Use Andre, Cooks, or Welch’s sparkling white grape juice for these classic and fun bubbly photos! DON’T FORGET THE BOTTLE OPENER (if you purchase a brand that is not a screw-top) AND a towel or wet wipes with you – it will be messy and sticky!

how to pop champagne graduation photos

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