Graduation day is one of the most exciting times in life. There you are, right on the cusp of adulthood, ready to step out into the great unknown. The whole world is at your fingertips, and all you have to do is keep walking forward to run into adventure. Adult life is full of those, but it can be as stressful as it is exciting. That sort of stress isn’t unique to adulthood, though; teens can struggle with the same sort of anxiety, and graduating can really add to it. Finding a good photographer for your senior photos can be toughest part, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are five tips to help you find the perfect one for you!
Take a good look around
It’s so important to find a good photographer for your own personal style. You should take some time to really look around for someone whose professional style is close to, or can work off of your own personal taste. A great senior photographer will be focused on you and your style more than anything else, and their goal will be to capture the real you, not just to take nice pictures. Start by looking through albums that a photographer has done of previous seniors, and be picky. Your graduation will only happen once, so it’s worth being sure you’re going to like how you remember it.
After you find a photographer you love, you need to make sure they’re someone who you can be comfortable with. Being relaxed in front of the camera is a necessity for the best photos, and if your photographer isn’t concerned with making sure you’re at ease, then you’re going to come away with something you’re not into. Look for a photographer who makes a point of mentioning their dedication to making their clients feel comfortable and relaxed (like me!), and be sure to look at their reviews to make sure they’re delivering on their promises. Your best senior photos will come from you being natural self, so really spend some time finding a photographer who you can really connect with.
Love your outfits
It can be daunting trying to find the perfect outfit, but it really shouldn’t be. You wear the perfect outfit all the time, if you’re wearing something that you love! Picking out your outfits for your shoot should be as easy as it is any other day, but you should take some time to put them together ahead of time. If you can’t decide, having a friend over can be a great help, as they’re another set of eyes that can help you pick out the perfect ensemble that’s all about you. Think about layers – like a hat, scarf, etc. – and accessories as well, it’ll help to add interest. Above all else, wear something that makes you feel good. If you don’t, it’ll show up in the photos, and that’s the last thing you’ll want to see. Remember, just be you, and you won’t have to worry about whether you’re wearing the perfect outfit.
Don’t forget about your parents
For some of you, this won’t be a tough thing at all. Often, it’s the parents that pay for the session itself, and their input matters. Not just because they’re buying your pictures, but because they’re your parents – they love you, and they know what’s best for you! Plus, they also have the perspective of time. You might want to showcase all the latest trends in your shoot, but your parents would know that it’s best to have at least one photo that can stand the test of time. Just imagine how they feel about their photos from their past – maybe they have some photos of themselves decked out in all the 70s trends that they’re not too fond of. Their perspective is valuable, and it might be the best thing for you now and in the long run too.
Think about the end result
One of the best questions you can ask yourself before your session is this: what do I want to take home with me? You should think about this one if you don’t want just the usual digital pictures that any photographer will give you. Most photographers have many other options available to you, so you have a lot to choose from! Digital is great, but you can’t overstate the lasting value of physical prints. There’s something really special about framing your senior pictures, and having wonderful pictures of yourself you can hold in your hands. Not to mention you’ll want to get graduation announcements/invitations printed as well, so don’t forget to look into what options your photographers have for you. In the end, you’ll want to get a good mix of digital and physical, so look for a photographer who values the same ideal.
All in all, you’ll want to find a photographer who values you, and whose goal is to capture your essence in your senior session. And you’ve already found her! Contact me here to get your session scheduled today!