Senior high school students have more options for their portraits than ever before. Past generations were limited to a few quick snapshots by a photographer or photography company selected by their school’s yearbook committee. Today’s seniors can not only choose who takes their portraits, but they can also select a unique setting and use the props and accessories they want to capture the essence of this once-in-a-lifetime memory.
It is important to choose the right photographer to commemorate this landmark event in your life. Whether you plan a serious look in a quiet setting or want to capture all the fun you’re having during your senior year, the right photographer can capture an expression of who you are as a person. You’re unique from the other seniors in your graduating class, so why shouldn’t your portraits reflect that? Here are some things to consider when choosing a photographer:
• Guarantee – Photographers who guarantee their work are more likely to have satisfied clients, whether they run a small business or work for a larger company. The photographer’s goal should be to give you the best senior portraits possible so that you are completely satisfied when you leave the session.
• Style – Take a look at the photographer’s portfolio. You should like his or her style. A good place to check out a photographer’s style is his or her social media page, like Facebook. You will not only see samples of the photographer’s work but also comments and feedback left by previous clients.
• Education and Experience – How long has the professional been taking pictures? It takes years of practice and hundreds of hours of training to take and edit professional photos. An expensive camera doesn’t make a good photographer.
• References – No matter how good a photographer is behind the camera, his or her people skills are just as important. In addition to asking for references up front, run a Google search for the photographer’s name. Check out social media pages and see how many likes he or she has on Facebook. Reviews from past clients can be quite revealing.
Doing a little extra homework to decide who takes your senior portraits is worth every bit of the effort. It can mean the difference between a photograph you will cherish and one you might hide from your children and grandchildren years from now. You deserve to have a lasting memory of this special time in your life, and senior portraits is one of the best ways to achieve that.