One of the most important milestones a senior will go through before entering into the world of adulthood!
Make it count!
*There are more things to remember than to just book your session.
*Be sure your school approves outside photographer's work for senior yearbook.
*Be sure you know what is the "cutoff" date you need your photos ready.
*You receive your gallery in enough time to look through them and choose an image to send to your school contact.
*If your senior is into academics, sports, or have a special theme, let me know at time of booking!
*Ask about what to do to prepare for your child's senior session!
Booking Your Session
Our success comes from a timeless concept. We take the time to get to know our clients, starting with our first meeting and continuing through to the delivery of your finished portrait creations. The design consultation is to communicate about what styles, subjects, and ideas a client has. Our web site has allowed potential clients to see what we have done in the past and the variety of art we offer.
Communication is very important. We need to be on the same page with each client. For example, if a client wants a contemporary images of their family and we dress their 3 year old daughter in a Victorian dress and have a tea party in the garden, then never include the parents in any images, we have failed that client. Communication is the foundation from which we work.
Our policy is to focus on one client at a time. Our portrait sessions normally last about one hour. Sometimes it will be less, sometimes slightly longer, particularly with large family groups. Our portrait sessions will include a variety of looks which may be indoors and out doors. They may be formal or informal. These decisions are made during the design consultation. Please contact our studio should you have any last minute questions or concerns. We take 16–60 images during a normal session. However, during editing we narrow that down to 12–40 of the best for you to view.
We never overlap or double book a photo session. The hour you have scheduled is exclusively yours. If you arrive 5 to 10 minutes early we can get acquainted with your children, and help you get ready for the session. If you are 15 minutes late, your session will only be 45 minutes. Make the most of this time you have. Our job is not only to photograph you and your child but to provide a private, relaxed, and fun atmosphere which allows the wonderful relationship you have to express itself.
For Your Session
Memorable portraits take careful planning, and the clothing you choose is very important to your portrait’s success. These guidelines will help you to make important decisions about your portrait.
Your Style and Typical Styles
The goal of any fine portrait is to direct the viewer’s attention to the face or faces in the portrait. Simple long–sleeved garments in medium to dark tones of brown rust, burgundy, green, or blue are pleasing choices when photographed against a dark background.
Proper clothing allows the face to dominate the portrait. All other elements should be secondary.
Bold stripes, plaids, checks, and prints are confusing, and do not photograph well.
Especially bright colors, such as red and orange, will completely overpower the face and ruin a portrait.
Light–colored clothing calls attention to itself, and away from the face. Avoid light colors that approximate flesh tones such as beige, tan, peach, pink, white, and yellow. Darker shades are more flattering and slimming.
Light colors are appropriate against a white or pastel background, or with a dark background, when an interpretive “pictorial” study is planned.
Clothing for Families
In a family group, proper clothing coordination is critical. When decorating a home, a major concern is to coordinate the colors and tones of the walls, carpets, draperies, and furniture. This kinds of coordination also is necessary when selecting clothing for a group portrait. Choose clothing in the same tonal ranges so that no single member of the family stands out because the clothing is too light or bright, as compared to the rest of the group.
Clothing that blends harmoniously creates timeless portraiture because the viewer’s eye goes directly to the faces.
Clothing in medium shades complement portraits made in outdoor environments.
Tips on clothing style and accessories!
Very simple garments always photograph best.
Turtle necks or v–necks are flattering, provided that neither is exaggerated in style. Avoid very wide or particularly deep v–neck garments as well as bulky cowl neck sweaters that completely hide the neck.
Long sleeves are essential for teens and adults, as bare arms call attention to themselves and will overpower the face.
Women being photographed in full length should wear long skirts, pants, or dark stockings in order to keep the eye from being directed toward the legs and away from the face.
If feet are to show in the portrait, make certain shoes and stockings are in keeping with the visual intent of the portrait.
Men should have their hair cut about one week before the portrait session. Women should be photographed whenever they are happiest with their hair in relation to the time it is styled.
Delicate prints allow the face to dominate the portrait, but it is harder to focus on the child when clothing is too busy.
White clothing and a white background are a perfect combination.
Pajamas are great for “bedtime” portraits for little boys or girls.
The simplicity of a slip for little girls is always a nice choice.
Clothing coordination is very important when more than one child appears in the portrait.
Sleeveless tops and tight short skirts are not great.. but we do not frown on your style. It is up to you how you want to look in your finished portraits. Do not overdo your makeup. If you are still not sure about what to bring, bring it all and we can pick together.
Our policy is to focus on one client session at a time. We never overlap or double book a photo session. The hour you have scheduled is exclusively yours. If you arrive 5 to 10 minutes early, I can get acquainted with your children, and help you get ready for the session. If you are 15 minutes late, your session will only be 45 minutes. Make the most of the time you have. In some cases I may not have a session booked after you. (that is a tad rare but a benefit to you if this is the case).
AGAIN, IT IS TOTALLY UP TO YOU IN THE END, BUT I WILL LET YOU KNOW IF YOUR CHOICES MAY HINDER THE STYLE YOU ARE LOOKING FOR!
BEST CHOICE? BRING AN EXTRA SET OF CLOTHES CHOICE JUST IN CASE.