September 30, 2021
Chances are your senior portrait session may be your first time working with a photographer, so you want to make sure you choose someone who can create the images you want to mark this milestone in your life. The right senior photographer can make all the difference when it comes to getting photos you’ll want to share with everyone you love.
Not sure how to choose the right photographer for you? You’re in luck! We’ve compiled some questions you should ask of any potential senior photographer become committing to a photo session.
Pricing is often the number one concern when it comes to choosing a photographer. If your parents are paying, be sure to talk to them about a budget for your session, as well as what products they would like before speaking to any photographer. When you speak with a photographer, ask about pricing, different package options, and what’s included with each package. Some photographers offer a certain number of prints or products with your session, while some offer print credits. Know what your options are before you book your photoshoot.
You don’t want to meet your photographer for the first time at your session. It’s important to have some type of consultation ahead of time so you can both get a better idea of each other’s personalities and whether you would work well together. If a photographer is unwilling to schedule a consultation, they’re probably not as professional as they seem and not a good fit. That is why we start with a phone consultation and later have a Zoom or in-person consultation. Click here if you’re interested in scheduling a consultation today.
Every photographer is different. Some may specialize in artistic, posed images, while others prefer a more candid, journalistic style. A photographer may do only studio images, only natural light sessions, or a combination of both. Know ahead of time what style of photos you like best and choose a photographer whose style matches your vision. Check out my blog post where I discuss how to express yourself in your senior portraits.
Some photographers have a limit on the number of outfits you can bring to a session, just to ensure that things keep moving and you don’t waste valuable photo time changing clothes. If you have several outfits in mind, but your photographer only allows two, you either need to compromise on your wardrobe choices, pay for additional time, or find a different photographer.
While I don’t limit the number of outfits you can bring, I do charge by the hour. I normally recommend only two images per hour (three if we move quickly). This allows us to not rush through your outfits and still get some great images. Either way, it’s important to know ahead of time how many outfits you can wear so you can plan your outfits in advance.
This is especially important if you need your images for graduation announcements or a party. Find out how long it will take to get your images, even if it’s just a general idea. Understand that editing images take time, and you are not the photographer’s only client, but you also don’t want to wait months to get your images.
Life happens, and you may have to reschedule your session or cancel it altogether. It’s important to know ahead of time if you can get a partial or full refund in the event of a cancellation, as well as the policy for rescheduling your session, should the issue arise.
This is a very important question. If you want to print graduation announcements or even use your senior photo in your yearbook, you need to clear it with the photographer. Many photographers provide rights to all digital images, allowing you to print as many copies as you’d like, but it’s important to be sure before you do so.
By asking questions and getting answers from any potential senior photographer, you can ensure that you find the right professional who is a perfect match for your personality and can help you get the images you want to mark your high school graduation!