How to Choose a Photographer for Senior Pictures

Senior pictures can be such a blessing for you and your family. As the years pass by – and they will – these photos will preserve the memory of a special time in your life. I know you want these pictures to turn out great. You probably want them to show who you are, and what you’re all about. You may even want to show a side of yourself that not everyone else knows about (I had one Senior girl change into a Spiderman costume at the end of her shoot. That was unexpected – but great!). As you plan for this important day in your life, you want to make sure that the photographer you choose is a good one. Here’s a few questions you should ask any photographer you’re considering using for your Senior Portraits.

How much experience do you have?
This is really important. You want to know that your photographer has the adequate experience and training to achieve the results you want.

How would you describe your style?
You will probably be able to see this in the images on their website, but you should ask this anyway. Make sure you understand what their style is and whether it fits with what you want. Frankly, you’re going to be spending a lot of money on this and you want to know what you’re going to be getting.

Can I see all the images from a previous session?
In a typical senior picture session, a photographer might shoot 800 images. Now all of those won’t turn out very great. The subject’s eyes might be closed, or someone might walk through the background unexpectedly. You just can’t control everything. But out of those 800 images, you’ll probably end up with around 75-100 real keepers. Now anyone can get lucky on a shoot and get just a few good images. You want to see how many of the photographer’s images from a particular session are good. If it’s not that many, look elsewhere.

What products do you offer?
Most senior picture photographers work with specific photo labs to create prints, wall art, and graduation cards. These are the basics everyone should offer. But you might be surprised at everything that’s available in the really good labs. Ask them to show you what their lab can produce. You may be surprised.

How much is this going to cost?
Some photographers post their pricing on their website for anyone to see. Others don’t. When you sit down for a planning session with a potential photographer he or she should be able to give you a very good idea of what it’s going to cost to shoot your pictures and produce any prints, wall art, etc. that you may want. You don’t want to get an unpleasant surprise after your session is done.

I hope this helps you choose a photographer for senior pictures. If you get the answers you want from these questions, you should be in good shape. If you have any questions about the process or how senior pictures should work, feel free to give me a shout using the form on the Contact page. I’ll be glad to answer any questions you might have.
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