Senior portraits are a particular love of mine for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, I just love working with kids, and always have – whether that’s taking pictures, or just reading to them on community story telling day. They’re just so dynamic, unpredictable and fun to be around, especially during a photo session like this when the world actually does revolve around them for just a little bit. The other thing I enjoy is the fact that really no two portrait sessions are ever really quite the same. There are just so many different ways to go. Again we start with the question of whether to do an on location shoot at a gorgeous local park, or work in the studio. On site photography is always fun, whether we choose the green splendor of a local park, or the urban grunge of an old brick warehouse or even Union Station. We can go with the sultry look or smiles and giggling, jeans and t-shirt, or lace evening gown. We can bring in elements that the student finds really defines them as an individual, perhaps with guitar in hand, or a soccer ball and a pair of cleats.
If we do decide to do an in-studio shoot, we have unlimited ability to do some wild special effects using either one of the many backgrounds that we have in-house, or using the “green screen” technique. In this method, your student is photographed in multiple poses against a green screen wall, and we then electronically place them into a variety of very cool scenes. There’s really no limit to what can be done using green screens, and the technology around it is really mesmerizing and sometimes a bit addictive once you start playing around with it.
Contrary to popular belief, although we often use the term “senior portraits,” they are by no means limited to seniors alone. In fact many students do a portrait session for each of the four years of high school. They can be used as a students yearbook photo in many schools, sent to family around the country, included in a yearbook dedication page, or in many cases form the core of what may ultimately be a modeling portfolio. Either way, the portraits are truly something that is treasured forever, and when you send them off to college having those pictures will make them feel just a little bit closer to you all the time.
Unlike family portraits, senior photographs are often placed into distinctive templates or collages before being printed. There are seemingly endless options for these so we can work together to pick the best possible one for your needs. Fortunately, with the wonderful trends in ultra-high quality digital printing labs, all of this can be done without spending a fortune in the process.
Packages including session fees start at $160.00 for an in studio or $199 for an on-location shoot, which includes two outfit changes, a minimum of 15-30 poses to choose from. Multi picture collages and large format prints are available in 11 x 14, 16 x 20, 20 x 24 and larger on both premium photo paper, aluminum, and canvas.
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Here are some of my favorites of the last few weeks. (click photos to enlarge)