Finding a senior photographer can be a little bit like solving a complicated puzzle: you have to find someone who suits your style, who understands your personality, and who is within your budget constraints. It sounds a little like an unicorn, but I promise, being prepared and asking lots of question is the way to ensure your session goes smoothly, and becomes a treasured memory! Here are just five questions you should ask any senior photographer you are choosing from (including me!).
What does my session include? There is nothing worse than showing up to your session and finding out hair and makeup weren’t included, or that you received a different length shoot than you thought. If your photographer’s information isn’t included on their website, be sure to ask what is included in the session or reservation fee, and what will be required on top of that. Ask if hair and makeup is provided and if you get outfit changes, or more than one location.
What is your average client investment? As a high school graduate (or a parent of one), you have many expenses who are calling for your attention, including parties, outfits, and celebrations, not to mention college itself. Knowing what an average client invests will help you plan and understand what your ideal number may be. It also prevents frustration later on, by finding out details in advance.
When do I get my images and products? This is an important one. If you are wanting photos for grad announcements and yearbook, you’ll want to pay attention to the turnaround your photographer typically works with. That way, you won’t run up against any deadlines and risk not having a beautiful image to choose from.
What should I bring? Knowing which items your photographer suggests is very helpful, and knowing ahead of time means you can start collecting your must-haves early on. They may suggest things like certain undergarments (Like a strapless or nude bra that will photograph better under clothing), or manicured, clean fingernails (that you’ll need to clean/trim beforehand). You should also mention at this point if you were planning to include something like your varsity jacket, instrument, or another special prop or item, so your photographer can plan accordingly.
Why are you worth it? This is the most important question you can ask your photographer! A good one will have a clear vision of their senior audience, and will explain to you why they’re a great fit! They will also help you streamline your ideas and help you understand what is realistic and doable. A good photographer will also be able to share their brand, creativity, and artistry with you, so you leave feeling inspired!
We specialize in modern, bold, and editorial style senior portraits, and we would love to work with you. We can answer these questions and many more when you contact us today!