September 25, 2017

What Does a Senior Session Really Look Like?

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Ever wonder what the complete senior photo experience really entails? This blog post, featuring the lovely Amber, perfectly displays a senior session from beginning to end.

Getting Started

It all starts with an inquiry. The first step in booking any session is just getting in touch with me, which can be done right from my website! From there we start a conversation about what you and your senior are looking for in a senior session. I like to learn about your teen’s interests and personality. This allows me to plan for a session that is catered exactly to your senior’s unique style. At this time, I also give my suggestions for outfit planning. Deciding what to wear can often be the most stressful part of preparing for a photo shoot! I like to give plenty of advice and best practice tips to my clients to help them feel at ease.

For Amber, I knew that she is physically active with sports and life guarding during the summer, so right away I was thinking that some sort of water background would be appropriate for her. What some of her friends might not realize is that Amber also has an artistic side. Writing and drawing have become a creative outlet for her. She also has the travel bug and is excited to explore the world around her after high school.

At the Studio

Amber’s session began in my Valley Junction studio. These studio images capture that quieter, artistic side of Amber. I also loved how the mixed-patterned dress seemed to have a worldly, travel-friendly vibe to it. Perfect for Amber!

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Around Town

A few weeks later, Amber and I met up again for her outdoor session. We shot close to her home (real close… the pretty yellow flowers are actually lining her driveway!) and also ventured over to Grey’s Lake. I love how the pictures by the water turned out for Amber.  Also, I’m pretty sure she is the only person that can make bib-overalls look stylish.

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I love including both studio and outdoor locations for a senior session. Each location has a completely different “feel” to it. The studio sessions have a timeless elegance to them (often times grandparents love these images printed to hang on their walls). However, the outdoor sessions usually bring out the more candid, relaxed side to each senior’s personality. Each location is beautiful in its own way, which is why I usually do both!

After the photo sessions are done, I get busy editing, editing and editing some more! When the images are ready (usually within a few weeks), we get to meet again at the newly-renovated sitting room at my studio. During this ordering session, I help parents decide what images and print sizes will work best in their home. After that, you get heirloom-quality, printed images to proudly display in your home for years to come!

A complete senior session looks a little different for each senior but Amber’s session does a great job of showing the experience as a whole. If you have any questions or are ready to book a senior session, just click here and we can get started!



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