Hey there, high schoolers! As someone who has been there, done that, and got the cap and gown, let me tell you, senior year is a rollercoaster of emotions. From finishing up your last classes to deciding where to go to college or what to do next, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But amidst all this, there’s one thing you definitely don’t want to skimp on, and that’s your senior portraits.
Senior portraits are a rite of passage, a moment to capture the essence of who you are at this particular moment in time. But not all senior portrait photographers are created equal. Finding a photographer that fits your style and personality is key to getting photos you’ll cherish for years to come.
First things first, let’s talk about style. You might be thinking, “Wait, I have a style?” Yes, you do! Whether you’re into classic, timeless looks or you’re all about the bold and edgy, your style is a reflection of who you are. And your senior portraits should reflect that.
There are several different styles of senior portrait photography, each with its own unique look and feel. Here are some of the most popular styles to consider:
When looking for a photographer, take a look at their portfolio. Some photographers show their work right on instagram. Do their photos align with the look and feel you’re going for? Do they have experience with the type of shots you want? If you’re into light and airy, dramatic lighting or candid moments, make sure your photographer has a track record of nailing those shots. Instagram is a great place to check out what they’ve been up to and often times shows most of their gallery. Their website is the best place to go to see their portfolio or seniors gallery. Website links are typically located in their bio on instagram. Some may even specialize in Senior portrait photography and have designated pages just for seniors.
Your photographer will be working closely with you to create your senior portraits, so it’s important to find someone who you feel comfortable with and who understands your vision. Look for a photographer who is friendly, approachable, and is open to your ideas. Your photographer should make you feel comfortable and at ease during the photo shoot so look for someone who matches your energy and can bring out your natural smile. (instagram is a great place to get to know this photographer on their stories!) If you are bubbly and outgoing, you might want someone who can match your energy and bring out your natural smile. On the other hand, if you’re more reserved, you might feel more comfortable with someone who can help you feel at ease and capture your quieter moments.
Consider where you want your photos taken. Do you want an urban backdrop or something more natural? Make sure your photographer has experience shooting in your desired location. Can they help with finding locations that will give you a gallery with variations? Some photographers have blogs and will write up most popular locations along side photos of them. These are some things to consider to streamline your senior portrait experience.
Senior portraits can range in price, so make sure you have a budget in mind and find a photographer who fits within that range.
When it comes to senior portrait photography, budget is an important consideration. However, it’s important to remember that your senior portraits are an investment in memories that you’ll cherish for many years. Here are some things to keep in mind when thinking about budget:
Make sure the photographer is available on the date you want to take your photos. If they’re booked up, you may need to be flexible with your schedule.
Availability is an important factor to consider when choosing a senior portrait photographer. Photographers can book up quickly, especially during peak season, so it’s important to plan ahead and book in advance. Some popular photographers are booking 4 months in advance. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Overall, it’s important to plan ahead and book in advance to ensure you have the best possible experience with your chosen photographer. By keeping availability in mind and booking early, you can find a photographer who fits your style and schedule, and create senior portraits you’ll treasure for years to come.
Ask friends and family for recommendations of nearby photographers or check online reviews to see what other clients have said about their experience with the photographer. Word of mouth is huge and experience is everything when it comes to finding a photographer. From communication/ preparation before hand and being comfortable while having fun during the shoot, to finishing with amazing edits along with timely and effortless delivery is important in the consideration.
And let’s not forget the most important thing of all: having fun! Your senior portrait session should be a blast, not a chore. When you’re comfortable with your photographer, it shows in your photos. So don’t be afraid to let loose and have a good time! Maybe even bring along a friend or two for moral support (and to help you nail that “laughing candid” shot).
In short, finding a senior portrait photographer that fits your style and personality is essential. It’ll ensure you get photos you love and memories that’ll last a lifetime. So take your time, do your research, and when you find the one, give them a high-five and get ready to say “cheese”!
Remember, life is short, but your hair in these photos will last forever. So make sure you choose a photographer who won’t make you look like a walking hairball. Happy senior portrait hunting