YOUR SENIOR SESSION...HOW TO "ROCK" IT!
You finally made it! You are a high school senior!! All those years of studying, stressing and drama are coming to a close and you are looking forward to the next chapter of your life...whatever that may be:)
But first, you want to leave your stamp on the hallowed halls of high school and what better way to do that than with a rockin’ senior picture in your yearbook and some kick butt images to show your friends and family!
Want to totally own YOUR Senior Session? Where do you begin? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Below are some tips that I have gathered over my years of owning Stacey Lyn Boutique Photography, LLC to help you ROCK your Senior Session!! Take a look and you’ll have one less thing to stress about your Senior Year.
Tip #1: HAVE FUN!
This day is all about you!! Enjoy it and take it all in. The more relaxed and at ease you are, the more your personality will show in your photos and the better they will turn out. That brings us to...
Tip #2: CHOOSE A PHOTOGRAPHER YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH
There are a ton of photographers out there and we all have different styles and ways of working. Make sure you meet with several photographers before you decide on who you want to capture this special time in your life. You want to make sure that you are going to be comfortable spending the day with this person and you want to make sure that the experience will be a fun one for you. Make sure you ask a lot of questions to get to know him/her - both as a person and as a photographer. In return, the photographer should be trying to get to know you. They should ask YOU what you envision for your session - do you have any hobbies, play any sports, play an instrument, have a pet or BFF that you want in your session with you? Do you want an urban setting, studio session, a session on your family’s farm? If a photographer is just talking all about him/her...move on! This is about YOU, remember?
Tip #3: ASK TO SEE SAMPLES OF HIS/HER WORK
Every photographer has his/her own style. You need to find one that you LOVE. Ask to see some images from other sessions the photographer has done and see if those images get you excited about your session. If they do, you are on the right track!
Tip #4: DON’T WRITE OFF A PHOTOGRAPHER WHO HAS ONLY BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR A FEW YEARS
I guarantee you, even if a photographer has only “officially” been in business for a year or two, they have spent YEARS (sometimes their entire lives) behind a camera and decided to start their own business because photography is their passion. Photographers are constantly learning and eating, sleeping, and breathing photography...we can’t help it...we love it that much:) A photographer who has only been in business a few years often has a “fresh” vision and some really cool ideas that he/she can’t wait to share with you. They are up on the latest and greatest products, too. Want a cool album, a 3D metal print, your very own app for your iPhone? These photographers know how to get it for you.
Tip #5: PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY IS AN INVESTMENT
This is a special time in your life - after all, you will only graduate high school once. A truly professional photographer is not going to do a session for $19.99 and hand you a flash drive with all of your images. Photography is art, and the most talented, dedicated photographers view themselves as artists and want to create art for YOU. Photographers that create custom-designed artwork (be it albums, canvas, metal prints, etc) are expensive. You are paying for their time, talent and vision. We also are very touchy about handing you only your digital images. We want the art that we create for you to be seen and displayed - not hidden or lost in a drawer somewhere on a flash drive that will never see the light of day (I’ve seen some of your rooms and you could lose an elephant in there!). Professional photographers also have a lot of expenses - the cameras, lenses, lighting, editing software, products, etc all cost a lot of money and in order to capture the best images for you, we need to have those things. We are serious about our work, and if you make the investment, you won’t be disappointed!
I hope these tips help make your decision easier and if you follow them, I know you will have a rockin’ Senior Session that will wow your friends, and give you memories to cherish for a lifetime. Of course, I hope you choose Stacey Lyn Boutique Photography, LLC, for your session, but no matter who you choose - ROCK IT and HAVE FUN!!