Professional Senior Portraits

Congratulations Class of 2013!

This marks your last year of high school and soon you will be off to college, putting your hometown behind you (or at least your school).  Enjoy this year and make sure you do everything you can to look back and remember how great it was and not things you wish you had done differently.

For many of my friends and recent grads, one of the things they wish they had done differently was hire a professional for their senior pictures. A few have stories of a CD of images sitting in a box somewhere, others the lighting and posing was so bad they maybe had one or two images to choose from and for a few they had decent pictures, but nothing to show for it, no way to order and really nothing of real value from their senior ‘session’.

With so many friends and family members out there with a nice camera, it may seem like a good deal to have them photograph your senior portraits. When you choose to hire a professional, here are some of the benefits that a friend just cannot provide.

1. Great Images with Great Lighting – Pros know the best time of day, the best spots and the best ways to use the light. Some shoot all natural light, others shoot with studio or off camera flash. Check out the work of a photographer you are interested in to see if the style is right for you.

2. Poses that flatter your body type and personality – Every senior session is a little different. The outfits your bring, your body type, personality, hobbies, hair, ect.. all make a big difference in the way the photographer will approach your session. Professionals know how to pose you to look your best and have the editing capabilities to retouch any imperfections on your favorite images.

3. Products and Print Options – There are so many amazing products that Pros can offer to Seniors. Custom Image Boxes, Proof Books, Guest Books, Graduation Announcements, Two Sided Wallets, Statuettes, iPhone cases….. Making a budget for what you would like to spend on senior portraits will help make some of the decisions, but make sure you leave room for a few fun new additions too! Life gets busy and professionals understand that part of their job is making it easy for you to order the prints and products you will need, and helping you with the selection process.

4. Yearbook Portraits and Studio Work – Most schools have certain requirements that need to be met for the submission of head shots for the school yearbook. Professional Photographers work with the schools, know the requirements and deadlines and will submit the image for you. Most photographers will also offer studio shots as a part of your session. Studio work can be more traditional, making mom happy and showing off a different part of your personality.

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