Finding a photographer can feel a little bit like finding a needle in a haystack. How do you find someone who can authentically capture your senior year? It only happens once, and the right person will enhance your experience, instead of complicate it. A good photographer will just shoot your senior portraits, a great photographer will celebrate the person that you are with images that will last a lifetime! But, how do you find the right person, and how do you know they’re “the one”? Here are some important questions to ask when you sit down with your senior photographer (even if it’s not me!):
-Will my images look like _____’s (someone I know)? No one wants copycat senior portraits, and the last thing you want is to be accused of mimicking the style of another friend. That’s why we believe that your session should be all about YOU, and not about replicating the exact shoot of someone you know. Sure, we all love the draw inspiration from people we know, and maybe there’s a location that you felt inspired by from another shoot. We put together your vision, our knowledge, and any other ideas you may have to give you a truly unique experience.
-Will my portraits be ready by a certain deadline? We strongly recommend booking early with us, because those ideal dates typically fill up very quickly. However, we understand that deadlines like yearbooks and graduation announcements are extremely important to you and your family, so we do our best (within reason) to help meet your needs. Please notify us when you book your shoot if you have special deadlines, and we will let you know if they are possible to meet, so there are no surprises. We know how excited you are to include your senior photos in these milestone items!
-What sets you apart as a photographer? I believe that your senior portraits are about much more than pretty pictures. I think they can give you confidence, and truly celebrate your inner beauty and the person you are! I believe every senior deserves the best customer service, built on my personal values, as well as a caring professional who treats them as a whole person, not just a name and a number. I walk with you through every step of the process, from booking to wardrobe and beyond, and I truly love every minute. I think you’ll really see my passion come through!
-How do I know if I need a longer or shorter session? I believe photographers should meet the needs of their clients. We offer mini and full sessions, which range from 2 to 4 hours of shooting time, and which both include professional hair and makeup styling. No matter who you choose, YOU know whether you need just a few simple images, or you want lots of outfit changes and specialty locations. Asking about the options will help you make the best decision for you and your parents/guardians.
Can I include special mementos? I know many seniors have items that are very special to them; whether that’s a letterman’s jacket that you’ve worked hard for, or even jewelry from a loved one who has passed away, like a grandparent. Other seniors want to include a musical instrument, a car, hunting or fishing items, or even their favorite book. I would love to hear what items you may be wanting to bring as props, and design how we might include them. Please notify me early on if you plan on bringing a certain item, and I can plan things out accordingly and make sure we don’t miss out on including your memory!
I am honored to work with my senior clients, as well as their families. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I would be delighted to answer them, and make the process as easy as possible.