The next consideration into choosing your senior or graduation pictures photographer is simply to ask around. Ask other moms and seniors about their experiences with photographers that they’ve used. Moreover, you should ask each photographer you are considering for references. Check out their social media. Pour over their website. Make sure they are a real business and a professional. Do they have a studio? Chances are, if they are located in a space of their own, they have been in the industry long enough and are not just another person with a nice looking camera, meeting you in a cafe, instead of treating you like a real client, in a professional environment.
I know you think being a high school senior doesn’t make you feel “professional” or “serious”, but these considerations don’t take away anything from the fun factor. In fact, it helps you feel assured that this milestone event of yours will be handled with utmost excellence and puts your mind at ease so you can focus on the fun part.
When you’ve done all of your research into their legitimacy and professionalism, make sure that you feel you’ll be confident and comfortable spending an hour or more with this photographer. Your aim should be to feel a connection not only to their work but to them as a person. Remember, you only experience your senior year once. Make your senior portrait session count!
If you’d like to see some of my favorite senior portraits check out my website or follow me on Facebook or Instagram. As you will see in my work, I shoot both in-studio and on-location sessions. My style is very “Vanity Fair”, with a lot of fashion based imagery, to give you that magazine-style everybody craves. I use large professional studio lighting indoors and when we go on location I take professional lighting with me to give you that special look most photographers don’t have. I can create sunset images during the day, or dramatic skies because of my lighting setups anywhere. In my Lake Oswego studio my lighting setups help for me to create stunning, well-lit portraits, and images to use in composites (if that is the direction we are taking your pictures).
May this tip help you move closer towards getting the photographer and photos that make your senior picture dreams come true!
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions.