Before your kiddo stops being a kid, there is senior photography! Then there could be college graduation! We use the term to define not only senior portraits and graduation portraits, but creative portrait sessions centered around your teen or young adult. Before they enter the next phase of life, these photos will serve as a lasting reminder of their emerging independence. They will mark an exciting point in time that many of us grown-ups remember wistfully. With amazing photos, you and your teen will remember these waning days of teenage-hood for years to come.
What Makes Senior Photography Special?
Unlike official senior photos at school, this portrait session is fully devoted to your teen or senior. It gives them a chance to shine, with the spotlight fully on them. This would make anyone feel special and recognized! As opposed to standing in front of marbled backdrop, we get out and into the city during our shoots. With freedom to roam around, your senior will be a lot more relaxed and carefree in photos than if placed against a faux stack of books.
Tailoring Senior Photography Sessions
There is no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to senior photography. Each teen is completely unique, with their own worldview, likes and dislikes, and personality. We will bring our signature style, creativity, and years of experience and training. Your senior will bring his or her own personality, fashion, and willingness to let loose and have fun. Often, we photograph a favorite activity or pursuit. If your senior is a painter, a skater, or a guitar prodigy, we want to know this! We can then tailor the shoot around this specific trait, making the images extra meaningful.
Where To Hold Senior Portrait Sessions
As mentioned, we like to get out into the world! We find that environmental shots create a sense of artistry and spontaneity that can't be captured indoors. If your son plays violin, let's bring it to the beach and do a dramatic photo overlooking a cliff. If your daughter is a basketball player, let's capture a high jump from a dramatic angle. And let's do the shot at the oldest and most weathered court in town!
Although we cover the must-have shots, we also try to break away from the ordinary and expected. This is an advantage to booking with our studio. You always have top photography talent getting creative on your behalf.
What To Do with Senior Photos
These days, it seems everyone is a micro-influencer :) The second they are finished, your teen will likely take the lead in posting them to social media. There is something undeniably cool about having ultra-professional headshots and stylized photos on social media. These images definitely stand out against a sea of crooked iPhone photos and under-exposed snapshots.
That is what your teen will get out of this. What you will receive are a variety of extremely high quality images of your senior, out and about, and having a great time. Many of our clients use these senior photos for graduation announcements, even if official school photos were also taken. These images can also be framed and used to decorate your home. When your senior goes off to college, these photos will be especially poignant!
Gifting Senior Photos
If your son or daughter os college-bound, a senior photo shoot makes for a standout (and generous) graduation present. After all, it's not every day that they will have a photographer documenting their every move! Also, if you have a relative who is graduating, or a close friend, there is no better gift than a photo session designed purely for them. Even if the senior is otherwise shy or reserved, chances are they will come to life once they interact with their personable photographer.
Grouping Senior Photography Sessions
If you have two or more seniors interested in a photo shoot, like a group of best friends, we are happy to photograph the entire group. We can capture the group all at once, and also do breakouts with different photographers. This way, each teen has their own star time. Be sure to inquire about group rates for shared portrait sessions.
Beyond Senior Portraits
A "Senior" portrait shoot doesn't don't have to be reserved for graduation only. We frequently photograph birthdays, proms, team photos, and other momentous occasions. If you want to go all-out, we have a paparazzi style photo shoot where we follow your teen around like they are a celeb and we are TMZ. When they bring their friends along, and their favorite dark sunglasses, it is an absolute blast. We have had onlookers gawk and wonder who the mystery celebrity could be at their local Jamba Juice :)
To go even bigger, we can have two of our photographers and a videographer set up a night shoot. As a keepsake, your teen will receive a professionally produced music video. It will truly be the experience of a lifetime, and one that their friends will remember for years.