Let’s remember what this senior photo session is all about: you! Yes, this is your time. It is not the time for your photographer to build their portfolio (they can request that from models specifically if they’d like to do so). This is not to say that your photos cannot be used in their marketing and portfolio. You will indeed be asked to sign a model release, which gives photographers the permission to do just that (and this is the standard in the industry, so don’t worry about it).
But back to this senior photo session being all about your time. I always remind my clients about this being the focus of our time together. I am here to provide my talent and experience and use that to give you an experience that will form a highlight not only during your senior year in high school but also be a highlight in your memory for years to come!
To help you get the photoshoot and photo results of your dreams, I meet with you beforehand so we can talk about your favorite looks, locations and poses. This gives me a great insight into the style of photography you are looking for. I also offer multiple styling tips as well as background, prop or outdoor location suggestions so to create a certain vibe. If you feel unsure about what to wear, I help you finalize and finesse your outfits with a video call where we discuss your outfits and accessories. I also send my new clients a specially designed What-to-Wear guide. This is all part of my job and I love it!
If any photographer is telling you what you will be doing for your session without allowing you to give any of your input or creative expression, then it is a good idea to ask yourself if this session is more about them than about you.
In the event that you and your photographer chooses a location that is different from the tried and tested ones they use, make sure that they have permission and/or a permit to use the location you select.
Do you already have a vision for your senior portraits? If you do, I’d love to hear about it and if you need some help, I’d be happy to talk with you and help you pick the perfect location, outfits and overall look for your session. Call or email me today! I promise you won’t regret it!