Between smart phones and face-time, family photos and that one friend with the really nice camera, you are constantly in front of a camera. But for many teens, your senior portraits are the first time it’s 100% about you. To help navigate booking your first professional photographer, we’ve created a short list of things to think about before meeting with your photographer…
1. What season do you want your photos to be taken?
Senior portraits can be all in studio, all outside, all at another location of your choosing (your favorite local hangout for example), or a mix of these options. If you want outdoor photos, this is a very important question to ask yourself. If you want flowers and green surroundings, late spring or early summer would be the best time for you (keep in mind it’s not uncommon in Michigan to have snow in March). If you simply love the rich tones of autumn, try for September or early October. Or if you thrive in the solitude and coolness of winter, January and February are your go to months.
2. How many outfits / hair styles do you want?
We recommend two to three outfit changes for your senior session, but keep in mind, outfit and hair style changes take time. If you are planning for more than one outfit, think of mix and match wardrobe options - have two tops that both go with the same bottoms and a change of shoes, belt, and/or accessories. If you want a hairstyle change, make sure it’s not complicated - a simple pony or a messy top-bun can change your look without much effort.
3. When should you hire your photographer?
The first thing you should do is check with your school and yearbook staff to see when they need your photo. Then, we’d recommend booking your photographer at least three months prior to that date (keeping in mind number 1 on our list above). This should allow you a large enough date-range to find a shared available day with your photographer. Also keep in mind time will be needed after your session for your photographer to process your photos and for you to meet with them to select your favorites.
4. What does your yearbook need?
Most schools will provide the specs needed for you or your photographer to submit your selected image to the yearbook. This might include the DPI, file size, restrictions (no black and white images or studio only are examples), how to send it to them, etc. We take care of submitting your selected photo to your school, so that’s one less thing you have to worry about!
Contact us today to see how we can help you have an epic senior portrait!