What steps should you take to insure that your
senior portraits meet your expectations?
Choosing the right photographer to do your senior photos is not something you should take lightly. This only happens once in your life, and you want to make sure that you're not treated like a number by the photographer or studio that you hire to do your senior portraits. You want a photographer who really gets to know you, and captures your true personality. You won't do anything quite like this again, so your senior portraits need to be amazing with the right locations, props and poses. And it's a bonus if you have fun in the process!
STEP 1: Schedule a portrait consultation. The consultation gives you the chance to meet with the photographer prior to your session and discuss your vision for your portraits. If the photographer balks at spending this time with you, then he or she will probably not want to spend quality time with you when it comes to actually taking your portraits. The photographer who takes the time to meet with you first will also take the time to make sure you are completely happy with your portraits.
STEP 2: Select outfits that are comfortable and look good on you. If the color, fit and style have gotten you compliments in the past, chance are you will look good wearing them in the photographs. To get the most from your portrait session, try to choose a package that allows 3-4 clothing changes. For more information on choosing the perfect outfits, check out this post: bitly.com/srswhattowears.
STEP 3: Bring props that tell your story. These can be accessories such as hats, scarves and jewelry that enhance the outfits you plan to bring; a musical instrument, soccer ball, skateboard or something else that reflects your talent, hobby or interests; or a best friend, pet or family member for buddy shots.
STEP 4: Speak up! Don't be afraid to tell your photographer if something isn't working for you. By the same token, offer suggestions if, for example, you saw a pose in a magazine that you would love to try. Bring pictures to the consultation or the actual session the same as you would bring a picture of a new hairdo to your stylist. Also let your photographer know if you prefer a certain kind of portrait such as more outdoor vs. indoor or portraits in natural settings rather than manicured.
STEP 5: Know what you want. By that I mean have a good idea of what you want to purchase. If you know you want some gift portraits for grandparents, you will want to bring an appropriate outfit grandma will love. If you want a wall collage or album, you'll want to make sure you have enough outfits and props or accessories to create an interesting piece. This brings us to the final step.
STEP 6: Review information in advance. Don't forget to ask for the price sheet, product list, contract and any other material the photographer may have describing their service. Also make sure you look at their website. By reviewing their materials before the session, there won't be any unpleasant surprises, and you will also be better prepared to take care of Steps 2 through 5. If you go through with the consultation in Step 1, that is a good time to make sure you have all the photographer's information. Otherwise you can always have them emailed to you.
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