Senior Portrait FAQ

when should I have my Senior Portraits taken?

Typically Senior Portraits are taken the summer before your Senior year.  However, if you’re not interested [or don’t need] a Yearbook photo, some Seniors choose to have them taken the spring of their Senior year.  Just make sure you check with your school about the Yearbook photo policies and deadlines.

 

how do I choose a place for my Senior Portraits?

Together we will talk about the look and feel that you want for your Portraits.  Maybe that means you love fields, streams, and bridges.  Maybe you prefer a more modern look with an old abandoned building and cracked cement.  Or perhaps you’re somewhere in the middle.  Whatever your style is, we can find a location that you love.

 

what if it rains?

I will watch the weather closely as your Session approaches.  If it looks like rain, we’ll reschedule to a day/time as soon as possible.

 

can I bring my parents or a friend?

Of course!  I encourage you to bring someone that will help you relax and have fun.  In fact, if you’re under 18, I insist that you bring someone.  You may want to warn your guest because I often enlist parents/friends/siblings in holding reflectors or act goofy behind me.  :)  If you’d like to have some photos with your friend, you might be interested in the Friends Senior Portrait Session.

 

how long will the Session last?

A typical Senior Session will last between 1 to 2 hours.

 

how many clothing changes can I bring?

2-3 clothing changes are just about right for the length of time we will be photographing.  I always recommend choosing clothing that you feel great in – if you feel great, you’ll be confident, comfortable, and more relaxed.

when is the best time of day for my Senior Portrait Session?

The best time is usually first thing in the morning [are you an early bird?!] or a couple hours before sunset.  However, any time of the day is fine.

 

what should I bring with me?

Along with your change of clothes, I recommend bringing basic stuff like a brush, powder [yes, boys, you may want to bring some as well!], lip gloss, etc.

 

I’ve seen some photos in Pinterest or in ads – can we try something like that?

Absolutely! I love to see what my clients have in mind! Follow me on Pinterest, and I’ll follow you back if you have ideas there.  You can email or text me photos as well.  I love to see what photos you like!

 

how long before I can see my images?

Within a day or two of your Session, I will put a sneak peek image on Facebook and tag you [we have to be friends first!] and my blog.  Two to three weeks after our Senior Session, I will invite you to your own personal Gallery where you can view all of the edited images.

 

how do I order prints and products?

You can order two ways: through me [email or phone] or you can order directly through your personal Gallery.  For some of the products such as Albums, Storyboards, and Cards, we will need to talk about [email/phone] the specific layout and photos that you want to use.  Family or friends can also order through your password protected Gallery.  Prints and Products will be shipped right to their door!

what is my personal Gallery like?

I will email you and let you know when it’s ready [usually 2-3 weeks after our Senior Session], and give you your password.  Feel free to share the password with anyone you want.  Your Gallery will be full of fully edited images from our Session.  You’ll have 2 weeks to look over the pictures and place your order.  After that time, your Gallery will expire, so don’t wait too long to check out your pictures!  Reactivating your Gallery after the 2 weeks will cost $40.  However, if you make your purchases, and then later down the road you need to order something else, I will reactivate your Gallery at no cost – just email me.

 

what does “copyright” mean and what am I allowed to do with my photos?

Without getting too complicated, a copyright is the protection of “original works of authorship”.  Basically, it means that if you create it, it’s yours.  All of my work is copyrighted.  Many clients have asked me what is “ok” to do with images or photos, so here are a couple examples of copyright infringement: copying a photo on a copier, screenshots of a photo for personal use [eg. framing for a wall, Facebook, etc.], or editing a photo to remove the copyright symbol.  If you’re not sure, just ask. :)

 

yeah, but what about Facebook?

Facebook is an awesome place to share photos!  Please feel free to use any photos I put on Facebook [I’ll tag you] for your profile picture or wall.  I just ask that you don’t crop out my watermark/copyright.  Thanks! :)

ok, I decided I want you to take my Senior Portraits, now what do I do?

Great,  I’m so excited!  To schedule your Senior Session date and time, you can email me, use the Contact Me form above, or call me [215.896.8797].  Payment is due at the time of booking in order to reserve your slot.  Talk to you soon!