How to Choose a Senior Photographer – Part 1

Even though it still feels like winter, spring is on its way. I know…I’m having a hard time believing it too. That means senior photography season is right around the corner. (And wedding season is not far behind either, but that’s another post…)

They might be called “senior pictures” but actually it’s the high school juniors that get the spotlight this time of year. Here’s what you may not have realized you need to know before the end of the school year hits.

Most senior photography sessions are booked before the end of their junior year.

Sounds odd, doesn’t it? But just like wedding photographers are booked a year or more in advance, senior photography sessions are usually booked several months early. We know this is certainly a busy time of year, but it’s not a good idea to wait til the last minute to book your senior photographer. Of course, you can schedule your session for later in the summer or whatever other available time works for you. Just get yourself booked in the senior photographer’s schedule early. The longer you wait, the less likely you are to schedule the artist you want to work with. Which brings us to the next point:

Choosing a senior photographer means choosing an artist.

Different artists have different styles–their work looks different, they use different techniques, their personalities are different, and they respond differently to creative challenges. You’ll need to choose one that is a good match for the way you work and the visual style that best represents you. How will you know if someone is a good match?

Look at the work on their website. Do you like how the photos look? Can you imagine yourself in them?

Schedule a consultation with the senior photographer in person. Having a face to face conversation with someone will give you a huge insight into their personality, style, and artistic ideas. This is also a great way to see examples of their work in person. (Computer screens and mobile devices don’t always do it justice.) Most senior photographers are happy to meet with you to show their work, answer questions, and help you through the process. Meetings are extremely helpful to know whether or not you’ll be a good match.

Read their testimonials or speak with other clients they’ve worked with. Many have spokesmodels or representatives (some call them ambassadors) who are experienced in discussing their style and working methods. Spokesmodels (pictured below) have already had a photo session with a senior photographer. They can not only show you photos personally, but also answer questions about their experience from a senior’s point of view.

green bay senior photographer

“My senior photo session was everything I’d hoped for: fun, easy, and creative! Tina was very accommodating and helped me show my personality through stunning, professional photos.” –Leslie

For more tips to help in your search for a senior photographer, see the next post:
How to Choose a Senior Photographer-part 2