What to Expect - Senior Sessions
Things to think about BEFORE your session.
Where do you want your Senior Potraits taken?
Do you enjoy spending time in the great outdoors? Is downtown Richmond your favorite place to hang out? Do you like bridges, lakes, or a combination of a lot of these things? Think about the things you love, or where you feel comfortable and that's where we want to do your photographs. If you don't have a specific place in mind, it's okay. I have lots of ideas.
When should I schedule my session?
If you want to do your session outdoors, the spring time when the weather starts to warm up is ideal. My schedules fills up quickly, so try to book your session as soon as you know your schedule.
What should I wear?
Be comfortable. Wear things that feel like you. Neutral clothing in colors that complement your skin tone seem to work best. Avoid patterns and prints in your fabric, since they can be distracting. Depending on how quickly you can change, we may have time for 2 - 3 outfit changes during your session, but bring several options so I can help you decide what will look best in front of the camera.
How do I book my session?
The cost options for senior sessions can be found here. You can book your session directly through my website. Just find a date and time that work best for you on my calendar. Please note that a $50 deposit is required to hold your date and time. Prints and albums are not included in the price of the session, but can be purchased separately.
What time of day is best to schedule my session?
If we are doing photos at the studio, anytime between 10 am and 2 pm is ideal. If we are doing photos outside, the two hours before sunset have the best light.
What if the weather is bad or someone is sick on the day of my shoot?
Life happens and I want to work with you as much as I can. We will find a date to reschedule, but please give me as much notice as possible so I can plan accordingly.
What should I do ahead of time to prepare?
1) SLEEP - Try to get good sleep so you are well rested for your shoot. 2) SKIN - If you have a few blemishes, don't worry. I can quickly retouch them after the session. 3) HAIR - I don't recommend trying out a new hairstyle the day of your session. You want to feel comfortable and like yourself for the session. Guys should be clean shaven the day of the session, unless you want the hair! 4) MAKEUP - Wear any makeup you usually do. Pay close attention to your eye make-up since your eyes will be a focus of your photos. I have a professional make-up artist that can do your make-up for the session at an additional cost. 5) GLASSES - If you wear glasses, be sure to keep them very clean during the session and consider removing them for some of the session. There is a risk of lens glare that I will work to avoid.
What will happen DURING my session?
What will we do?
When we meet at our chosen location, we can discuss any additional ideas you may have, look over your outfit choices and decide which ones to use, and any other details. People often tell me ahead of time that they are really nervous because they don't know what to do. I am here to help! I will try my best to make you feel comfortable and enjoy your session. I'll be giving you lots of suggestions and tips for posing along the way, so you don't have to wonder what to do. I am often told by clients that they are surprised how easy the whole experience is and that is my goal. When you are relaxed and happy during your session, your natural expressions and personality start to come out and that is exactly what I want to capture.
What should I expect AFTER my session?
When do I get my images?
I will send you an invoice after the session for the remaining balance. Once paid in full, I will email you within one week with a link to the online proofing gallery where you can view your edited photos. The photos you will receive are high resolution JPG for your personal use.
How long does it take to receive prints and albums?
After your order is placed, prints take 10 - 14 days and albums take 2 - 3 weeks for shipment.
If you have any questions or ready to schedule your session, you can call me at 615.717.5203 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.