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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Russell and I bought our dream home in 2003. Located in Plainville, Connecticut, it is one of a handful of properties with close to two acres of land. We wanted a place where we could just go out our door and start taking pictures. This certainly qualified, though it needed some work to get it in shape. Most obvious to us, at least everytime it rained, was the need to pave the driveway. Our beautiful 19th century home came with a dirt driveway, and rain would literally turn it into a moat. I would look out my upstairs window and feel like a princess in a castle surrounded by water! Charming for sure, but not great for having clients over as we would have to warn them to wear mud shoes!
After some paving and other work, including creative set designs by my soulmate and business partner Russell, we were ready to do the outdoor portraits we wanted to create for our clients. Please join us for a pictorial essay of some of our favorite outdoor locations for senior photographs!
We have often been told by seniors that they love our natural settings. Each of these photos were taken in a different area of our yard (from left to right): Upper back yard, front yard (doesn't the landscape in back of Tiffany look like a painting?), and our lower back yard. Each area has it's own color palette and background.
Don't you just love a good tree to lean on? We think they make great props for portraits!
Stone walls add great depth and texture to our senior portraits.
Russell built this natural wood deck against a picturesque backdrop of color and trees.
Our barn provides a rustic setting popular with seniors. Although Russell didn't build it from scratch, he did spend many hours fixing it up.
Our swing shots are some of our most popular.
We also delight in photographing our seniors in fields of lush green and golden colors right across the street or next door to our studio location.
For seniors looking for something more unique, you don't have to travel too far. Less than a mile from our studio you can find all sorts of neat props and backgrounds including this graffiti wall and old rail road track.
To schedule your senior portrait session with Steadman Photography, call us today at (860) 793-1159. For more details on our services, visit our website at www.steadmanphotography.com.
To celebrate the New Year and introduce a new product for 2015, Steadman Photography would like to give away an 11x14 metal print to someone we've photographed in 2014.
To help us decide which one of our amazing clients should win, please vote for your favorite photo by leaving a comment below telling us what you love about the image. Your comment should also identify the image by giving the name of the subject (so for example, "I love this portrait of Amy because her smile is so natural").
The subject of the photograph receiving the most comments will win the metal print of any image they choose from their 2014 session. It's perfectly o.k. to comment on your own photo, but only one comment from the same person will be counted for each image.
Voting ends at midnight EST on Monday, January 26, 2015. The winner will be announced on this blog within two weeks of the contest end date.
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You arrive at our studio and you look around, thinking "how can my photos be different from my friends?" Afterall, many senior photographers have standard poses, props and backgrounds they use. However, you can take control of your portrait session so that the resulting photographs express your personality in a way that's different from anyone else. You are a unique individual and your photos should reflect that. One way to make sure that happens is to schedule a pre photo consultation. But even if you skip this step, your portraits can still be a one-of-a-kind knock your socks off expression of YOU!
All it takes is a little organization and pre-planning.
Many times we create our best portraits by catching you unaware, so don't be afraid to be yourself. Don't wait for our instructions, but mug for the camera and strike your own poses. We may just click the shutter and get the best photo of the session. Of course we're always there to guide and direct, but sometimes just being yourself can make a relaxed and natural looking portrait that everyone will love!
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