Monday, May 29, 2017

Why It's Important to Higher a Professional Photographer for Your Child's High School Senior Portraits

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Guest Blog Post By Lucy Angleton, Photographer

Senior portraits have definitely changed over the years, in the 1990s to early 2000s you saw the emergence of a senior portrait experience.   You went to a studio that may or may not have had a backlot and had custom-made senior portraits geared to fit your personality.  I remember my senior portraits, I had hair and makeup done by my favorite hairstylist and spent most of the day with my best friend and mom and an awesome photographer, creating memories and taking pictures that made me feel beautiful.  We still have those photos, I still love how I looked in them and I still have fun memories from that day but I will pass on telling you how long ago that was :)
Today, there's a friend of a friend that has a good camera, or someone knows someone who's just starting out in their photography business and it's really cheap and they'll give you tons of images.  There's also the polar opposite, in which the photo shoot is a borderline movie production, hair, makeup, wardrobe, the whole shebang.  Of course, you've got varying degrees of in between where most photographers land now days.  
So, you're probably wondering where do I even begin!  Well, let me give you a few pointers that I hope will help make this decision a little less overwhelming.  

Ask your friends 
Yup, I said it.  Ask your friends or if you don't want to ask, just creep on their Facebook pages.  Don't act like you don't do it, cause ya know you do.  But in all seriousness, maybe do some creeping first then ask your friends questions.  How did they like the experience with this photographer and more importantly how did their child feel about the experience.  It's true your footing the bill for this endeavor but your child is the one who will be interacting with this person and you want them to be comfortable and you want them to enjoy themselves because if they don't it will literally be all over their faces.

Ask your child 

I know what your thinking, ya right...... Nope, do it.  Most teenagers and even preteens follow a range of photographers on Instagram and Snapchat.  Have them pick out a couple of local photographers they follow and add them to the list.  

Do your homework 

Once you have a few names selected check out their social media and websites.  

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when checking things out:

Is their social media and/or website current, do they have current work that you can view
Is it consistent, meaning, do most of the images look like they are professional quality, if you see a few amazing images but the rest don't seem to quite fit in.... run, unfortunately there are photographers that are just starting out or are wanting to present an appearance of better quality than what they can produce and steal other photographers work and use it on their sites.  Another tip on sifting out photographers like this is to check to see if the person is tagged in these images.  Let me tell you, if I have an amazing image I've taken, I'm definitely tagging that person and/or their parent.  If no one is tagged, it's suspicious.  

Do they specialize in senior portraits?  Just like you have photographers that specialize in newborn portraits and wedding photography, you have those that specialize in teen and senior portraits.  Can a photographer have more than one speciality, absolutely, but again, check their work.  Have they photographed a teen or senior in a while or ever.  If not,  you might want to keep moving.  I mean, would you really want your photographer talking baby talk to your teenage son..... well, if that's what will make him laugh maybe, but for the most part, you want a photographer who has experience with working with teens and seniors and it's current.  

Check their reviews, comments and shares on social media, people talk......
If you've made it thus far, I thank you, I know this is a lot to take in and I haven't even gotten to the good stuff yet, ME, just kidding, I have MORE TIPS for you!

Start early- The best time to begin is right before junior year ends, this will allow you time to do your research, figure out a budget and even get a session scheduled over the summer or early fall.  To keep your sanity do not wait until March or April of their senior year, you will regret it

Set a budget-  Set a budget but everything, this includes, the session, prints, digital files and if you plan to do custom grad announcements.  Talk with your photographer about where you want to stay in budget, see if it's even feasible to be in budget with this photographer.  Are payment plans available?  Do they have a gallery where relatives can go to order their own prints?  Which leads me to the following, biggest, most important tip of all.....

Ask questions-  Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions, I myself encourage my clients to ask questions all the time.  This allows you both to be on the same page, if the photographer doesn’t respond well to the questions or seems put off, it's another red flag, they should want to offer info about what they do and how they do it freely  This is a collaboration between, you, your child and the photographer.   

BONUS 

I'll even be nice and give you some questions that you may not think about, just because I'm awesome
What is included in the session price?  Is this just the fee for the session or does anything else come with it?
Do you offer digital files (some photographers do not)?
Do you offer professional printing?
Do you offer hair and makeup?  Is it extra?
Can friends and/or family come along on the session (I always strongly encourage an adult, parent, sibling, aunt or uncle to come along)?
Will we have fun?  Answer:  yes.   It should always be yes

I hope this post helps you through one of the many milestones you'll go through with your high school senior.  And for making it through this whole post, I'm giving you a gift, you'll receive a custom USB flashdrive with the first session you book with me!  Just mention this blog post.  And don't blink cause it's gonna go by fast.

Hugs,

Lucy Angleton

P.S.

A little something for younger kiddos, I offer a teen model/representative program that allows you and your tween or teen to earn money towards their senior portraits.  Depending on when they start the program, they could have their senior portraits paid for before they are even a senior!  To find out more about this program, my senior model rep program and how to book a session just email me at lucyangletonphotography@gmail.com.


Lucy Angleton is a portrait photographer specializing in teen and senior portraits.  She has been nationally published in print and digital magazines and recognized on industry leading social media.  She has also placed in the Top 100 senior portrait category of a a worldwide competition.  To see more of her work you can find her at Lucy Angleton Photography on Facebook and Instagram.

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