High School Seniors FAQ
I want you to get exactly what you want out of your senior session with me, but sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. What do you wear? What location suits you? I have compiled a list of commonly asked questions to make it a little easier for you. I will be there every step to answer them all. Trust me when I say this will be the easiest thing you do to start your senior year! ;)
When should I book my session?
I start to book for seniors as they are about to ENTER their JUNIOR year. Yes you heard that correct, I book up to 8 months to a year in advance for my seniors! I only take a limited amount of sessions per month which includes families, children as well as seniors. The earlier the better!!
Where will my photo session be?
My senior sessions are done mostly on location, outdoors and in the Greater Johnstown, Ebensburg Area (Others upon request). I have some wonderful favorite spots that work for all types of sessions. I have a wonderful outdoor studio as well that includes an old fashion rope swing, fern & flower gardens and a fence line. Sport photography is generally taken at the school fields/ gyms/courts/stadiums. I also work with schools for the use of their libraries, auditoriums, swimming pools, etc. Hockey is done at the local ice rink. I will work with your ideas as well to best suit your personality. Traveling is always an option for an additional fee. I had seniors in Myrtle Beach & Orlando this past year! The sky's the limit!
What about the weather?
Sometimes Mother Nature does not cooperate and we will schedule 2 possible dates in the same week. I only take a limited amount of sessions per month and have a very flexible schedule. We will work with it to get you the most amazing portraits, promise.
What time of day do you schedule sessions?
Depending on the location planned, I typically start a shoot 2-3 hours before sunset or early morning.
What season works best?
All of them! What’s your favorite? Spring offers such bright new greens and flowers, summer has its wild flowers and warm evenings, the colors of fall are gorgeous, but if your favorite thing is snowboarding, then we shoot for the perfect winter day!
What should I wear?
Wear what you love. I want to capture the real “You”. That means being comfortable and confident in your own style. I would typically say to have one dressy, one casual and possibly one in a specific look like a sport jersey, or other type of style of dress depending on your favorite activity. If we are doing any sports photography, the full uniform including pads, shoes, and equipment is encouraged.
How will I capture your awesome personality?
For starters, we will have a great conversation so I can learn your favorite activities, places, and interests. We will set up a meeting either in person or by phone to go over some ideas that we both have on what you want to see in your photos. You give me your ideas and I will let my imagination run with it! Remember, this is all about you!
Do you have props to use for my session?
I like to keep things more natural, but I do have a selection of chairs/stools and some various items we can use depending on what you want.
Football player? Bring your football. Avid mountain biker? Bring the bike! Favorite book, you get the idea. If there is something that you love and want to be photographed with, bring it!
Can I bring my pet with me to be photographed with?
I love animals, but this is all going to depend on the type of pet and the location we choose, as some places do not allow pets. If you have a horse for instance, we would most likely do your shoot at the barn in which your horse is at. I do allow pets in the outdoor studio on a leash to start.
Are yearbook photos included?
I do offer traditional yearbook images with the standard grey background. It can be added to any package. I also do just yearbook head shots if that is all you want. There is a fee of $35 to add a formal studio yearbook head shot with a package or $75 without a package. Some schools in our area however, make it mandatory for you to get this done at the school by their provider. You will have to check with your school to see what they require.
Should I bring someone with me to the photo shoot?
All high school seniors are required to have to have a parent or legal guardian present with you during the photo shoot, regardless of age. Besides, I always recommend having someone along to help. Clothing sometimes needs adjusted and a parent is best. Sports photography includes action shots and I ALWAYS want another their for emergency purposes.
What is the MOST IMPORTANT thing to remember during your session?
To have fun, of course! I know not everyone likes to have their picture taken. Believe me when I say this because I am one of them! I will give you direction and do my best to make you comfortable in front of the camera. Compare this to final exams, piece of cake! You got this.