School is just about out and that means newly crowned seniors are going to be getting ready for their close-ups! Getting Senior Portraits done can be super exciting, but it also can be overwhelming. First you have the to find the right photographer (like me!) Then you have to worry about scheduling the time, location (s), and of course figure out what to wear. Here are my tips for getting the most out of your senior session along with some sample senior pictures from past clients.
Why choose me? For starters, I have over 10 years of portrait experience working with all types of people in all types of lighting and location situations! I genuinely love working with people and bringing out the best in my clients. My top priorities in every session are client safety, comfort and fun. Your needs come first and that’s how I ensure the best quality in your photos. When you feel good, you look good and when you have fun, your genuine emotions and true personality come out. I want you to walk away feeling awesome and I will do whatever I can in order to make this a positive experience. Also, I offer fair pricing on the session itself, as well as any a la carte items like prints or canvases, so you will get beautiful photos at a great price.
Time: I’ve shot senior portraits in both summer and fall and I love them both; it really comes down to personal preference. Because of summer lighting we can take advantage of weekday evenings so I try to schedule as many during the week as possible. This is great because there is much less crowding during the week and you don’t have to give up family time on the weekends which are always super booked in the summer. Fall is fun because of all the beautiful colors and falling leaves and you still have that summer glow. Either way, it’s best to book ASAP so that you ensure a spot in your season of choice!
Location: This of course depends on each client. I have done senior portraits in parks, on beaches, in front of graffiti walls, in open fields, on bridges, etc…I am open to trying most locations as long as they are safe and legal! I love senior portrait sessions because we can be creative and each one is always different. Each session includes up to 2 different locations. The key is to find a place that has multiple possibilities for backgrounds. That way you get the most variety out of each location.
Wardrobe: Again, this varies per client. My basic guidelines are as follows: 1. Be comfortable! Picture day is not the time to break in a new pair of shoes or wear something that you don’t feel good in. If you are uncomfortable, it will show. 2. Be neat! Make sure everything is CLEAN and pressed if need be. I am able to take care of small issues in post, but I guarantee if you have a bunch of wrinkles running down the front of your shirt or a big hole in your sweater, it will be impossible for me to edit them exactly the same every time and in some cases, it will be impossible to edit naturally. This can all be avoided by getting everything ready the night before and checking for wrinkles and/or holes. 3. Avoid logos and anything overly trendy or revealing. Remember these pictures will follow you for the rest of your life! I love a good trend and I absolutely encourage you to share your personality in your photos but make sure that it’s appropriate and adheres to your school guidelines. 4. Be you! Did you participate in any sports or extracurricular activities? I encourage you to have some pictures done in a uniform/ costume or with props that represent your time in high school (i.e. instruments, lacrosse stick, etc) and show off your personality!
These are my basic tips for great senior portrait shoots! Please feel free to ask any other questions in the comments below or privately on my contact page! I’m excited for a summer of senior portraits and family shoots!
**Side note: why not get family photos before your senior leaves the nest? Book a combo senior portrait/family shoot**