How to Choose a Photographer for Your Senior Pictures
Graduating from high school is a huge accomplishment, and one of the most fun traditions at this time of year is to have some senior photos taken. Whether you're finishing up your junior year and looking for photos for your yearbook next year, or you're about to graduate this spring and want to capture the moment, here are some tips for hiring the best photographer.
Do Some Research
This kind of research is a lot more fun than the kind you do for history class because it involves looking at photos and albums from a bunch of different photographers out there. Every professional photographer has a different style, and getting the perfect senior pictures means finding the photographer whose style matches your personality and whose images really speak to you. Check out the photographer’s website, review several albums, and picture yourself in the photos to figure out if they would work for you.
Meet the Photographer in Person
Great photography happens when you connect with the person taking your photo, which is why it’s a good idea to meet the photographer in person before you hire them. You can ask them questions, review their work, and talk about what to expect before, during, and after the shoot. When you feel comfortable and relaxed during your session with a photographer you really "click" with, you'll get photos that reveal your personality and your true self instead of ones that look forced and awkward.
Look for More than Just Picture Quality
You want more than just great pictures. That’s why it’s a good idea to ask about other services that are included with your photo shoot. For example, is the photographer prepared for emergencies during the photo shoot with things like hairspray, bobby pins, and makeup? What would they do if something unexpected came up, like a really windy day or unexpected rainstorm? Could they improvise and still get great photos? Also ask about what happens after the shoot - do they do touch-ups and editing, will you get the photos on a disk or in some other format, do they offer services such as albums and prints, and how long will it be before you can expect to see and order the pictures?
Discuss Budget and Get Your Parents Involved
We understand that these are your senior pictures, and you may not really want to work with your parents, but in many cases they can offer some perspective and advice that will help you get photos that will stand the test of time. If they are footing the bill for the photos it’s also a good idea to discuss the budget with them, or bring them along to talk to the photographer about how much it will cost, so they get what they expect cost-wise and there are no surprises.
Finding the right photographer to preserve the memories of this important milestone is a big job, but if you do it right you'll have the perfect pictures for life.