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How To Choose A Senior Photographer

Plano senior portraits
Plano senior portraits

Your daughter is about to be (or already is) a senior in high school.  It's such a fun year for her.  She will have lots of activities, prom, planning for what is ahead next year, and, of course, she is already pretty excited about having her senior portraits done.  You want her to have a special experience. How will you know if you have chosen the right photographer for your daughter?  It is important that your daughter and photographer have some amount of rapport, especially if your daughter is a little camera-shy. Here are some ideas to consider to get you going:

  • Do some google searches. Look at the portraits and take a look at the About page, too.  Do you like the style? Does the photographer's About page speak to you?  (Here is the Studio You Portraits About page, in case you wanted to take a look.)
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  • Do you want a custom experience or do you want more of a high volume photographer experience (think Olan Mills or Sears Portrait Studio or the yearbook drape and tux photographer) or something in between?
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  • Ask your friends.  Look on their Facebook pages to see if there are any senior portraits of their kids.
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  • Narrow down your search and choose a couple to call on the phone.  Make sure the person you are talking to is the photographer and ask questions so you can get a feel for whether the photographer would be right for your daughter. Here are some questions to ask that might help you gain insight:
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    • If you prefer a female photographer, you will know right away on the phone if it wasn't clear on the website.
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    • Ask what their process is like.
      • Is there a consultation?  If so, what's it like?
        • How long is the session?
        • Where does it take place?
        • How many outfits can your daughter wear?
        • What is the ordering session like?
        • How long does it take to get your prints and products?
        • Why does the photographer like working with seniors?
        • What does the photographer do to help your daughter feel comfortable (if she doesn't particularly like being photographed).
        • If you are concerned about price, ask what most people spend.
        • If you have a tight timeline to get them done, ask what appointments the photographer has available.  Many senior photographers book months in advance.
    • Take notes while you are talking to them so you can keep everything straight.
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    • Go with your gut instinct on this one.  Intuition is powerful.
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    • If you'd like to meet them first in person, ask if the photographer is available for that.  (In case you're wondering, you betcha that I'm available to meet first in person. :)  )

I hope this has helped you figure out how to decide!

Feel free to give me a call at 214.783.9691if you'd like to discuss my senior portrait philosophy and process. I'd love to talk to you about it.