Finding the right senior photographer for you

So first off, let me just say congratulations on becoming an upcoming graduate! What and EXCITING time for you! Ready to have one of the best years of your school career. Time to close out one chapter and move on to the next one! This is the perfect time to document this stage of your life with a professional photo shoot!

So finding the right photographer for you can leave you with lots of questions right? If you are looking to hire a senior photographer and not sure the questions you should be asking other than price, let me help you. A lot can go into choosing the right photographer and I am here with all the tips to make sure you choose the right one! Let’s check it out!

HERE ARE A FEW THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BROWSING A PHOTOGRAPHERS SITE:

1. HIGH QUALITY IMAGES: Professional photographers invest in top level equipment to make sure that they can produce high quality images that can be printed in large format products (like canvases and wall prints) and stand the test of time. An iPhone or even some entry level cameras just won’t cut it. There is nothing worse than ending up with a blurry photo on canvas.

2. THE EDIT: One main thing to consider is how the images have been edited. Take notice of the skin tone… do the seniors in the galleries have pores, freckles and natural skin tone? Meaning naturally touched up as needed, not plastic or fake looking skin. How about the lighting? Is the subject in the images bright and colorful? These aspects are important to observe because what you see in their portfolio will most likely be how your very own senior images appear.

3. THE PHOTSHOOT EXPERIENCE: Every photographer offers something different. Some offer the full experience of makeup and hair services, fashion guidance on outfit choices as well as options to order high quality products through their professional labs like albums, canvases and wall hangings. Others offer shorter sessions with just a disk full of images. So finding what experience each offers will help you decide who is best for your needs.

ONCE YOU HAVE NARROWED YOUR OPTIONS DOWN TO A FEW PHOTOGRAPHERS, IT’S TIME TO ASK SOME QUESTIONS:
  1. Ask to see a full session. Any photog can produce a few good images and highlight on IG. It’s important that the person you hire can provide and produce consistency with lighting, editing and good focus throughout a session.
  2. Ask about their timelines. It’s good to know what months they are currently booking for, what the time period is between the session and the gallery delivery, and how long it takes for products to come in. If you need something fast, a photographer with a more detailed process may not be able to get you what you need inside your time constraints.
  3. Ask to see any testimonials or client reviews they may have. Look for google reviews or check their website for them. Any photographer should be able t provide that for you. This is a huge factor when considering hiring a photographer. Think about it… when you’re on Amazon and you think you’ve found a product you want to buy, where’s the first place you usually go when you want validation that you’re making the right choice? The reviews. It’s the same when hiring someone for services… they should have reviews from very happy past clients. 

NOW THAT YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR YOU SHOULD ALSO KNOW SOME OF THE WARNING SIGNS TO LOOK FOR WHEN FINDING THE RIGHT SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER FOR YOU!

CONTRACT– If your chosen photographer doesn’t have a contract, RUN. This means you are not protected if your photographer cancels or now shows on you or doesn’t provide the promised images. No bueno!

FULL SESSION– They won’t revel to you a FULL SESSION. As stated above it is pretty easy to post a few nice pictures on IG. BUT can they produce a whole session that is cohesive and gorgeous.

NO REVIEWS– the photographer you hire for your senior session should have several testimonials on their site or on their google business profile. If they don’t have any published, then ask them for references so you can be sure. 

So there you have it! Just a few important tips when deciding on your senior photographer.

If you are looking for they type of images, editing, locations, timeline and experience I offer, please do email me at andrea@drealynphotography.com.

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