If you ever wanted to meet the ultimate football player physique, you’d just need to meet Adam. Of course, it goes way beyond that. He plays passionately at the game, but is also smart, knows what he wants in life, and has big plans.
Shooting on-location with Adam was a lot of fun, too. Some weeks we spend more time on-location than we do in the studio. Adam was accommodating, even when a large number of his teammates showed up to begin practice.
You can learn more about our senior portraits on our Seniors page.
Another of the home-schooled students we’ve had the pleasure of photographing this year, Jasmine was the one (of her two other siblings) who wanted pictures the most. She was fun, enjoyed posing, and wanted plenty of variety. We have that!
You know, we get a lot of really great people in our studio. Some have outrageous ideas, and others have no ideas at all. We work with ’em both, of course.
This young lady wanted something a little more retro than most, so we accommodated her. She graduates as a home schooled senior this year, and we wish her all the best.
So, when your photographer advertises that big special offer, which might include a CD of images from the session, you’re ready to jump on it because you love getting the CD, right? What’s not relevant here is how many images you get, or the circumstances. What’s important is that if you only got a CD, you’re not only cheating yourself, but you’re getting cheated. Read on.
Notwithstanding that a CD might cost less than a buck, and that your photographer with a certain style might spend less than a hour on your images, what are you really getting? Yes, you get the experience and professional photography. You get good customer service, a fun time with a genuinely nice person, and even some good pictures. But are you getting something that will last forever?
Do you remember the 8-track tape? Cassette tape? Most people don’t use CDs anymore (they only hold about 700MB), and most use DVDs (which hold over 4GB). But with the advent of Blu-Ray, how long will it be before that DVD is out of date? Or that file format? What will you do in ten years when DVDs are no longer supported by computers (most computers today no longer support floppy drives)?
Here’s something else to consider… where will you store your disk? What will you do with the images on it? Post them on Facebook? How long will they stay there? They may remain on your photo gallery for a long time, but they will get pushed to the bottom like all the others have over time. And forgotten. The disk may get lost or damaged (do you know how to take care of a DVD properly?)
It’s time for you to take control. If your photographer offers only a disk, ask for more. Demand prints. Tell them you want your images to be on the wall, in full view, for all to see. Be proud of your portraits, your wedding, your children and your family! Don’t hide them away on a disk anymore. Put them out for the world to see!
Here’s more to consider. Did you know that children who see pictures of themselves on the walls have a greater sense of well-being and self-confidence as they grow up? They can’t see those pictures of they’re on a disk. And couples who put their wedding pictures on the walls and in an album are more likely to stay together than those who don’t. We have clients who regularly share their pictures on the walls with us – and they have fabulous relationships, wonderful families and beautiful children!
Listen… this is not hard to understand. And yes, we DO sell the image files for most of our sessions and weddings. But we always offer you prints at the same time. And we always will, because they mean you will always see the pictures that you have tucked safely away in a dark storage place (after you made a backup, right?)
So, what are you going to do next time your photographer offers a disk-only portrait session? That’s right, demand prints!
Eddie seemed quiet at first, but quickly became a good conversationalist. We talked about track & field, his desire to work in law enforcement, and graduation.
Emily was a late season senior, visiting us a mere two months before graduation. She was fairly adamant about having on-location pictures, and we were happy to accommodate. We also photographed her in our studio and our portrait park. She’s a big quirky, but a lot of fun and has a stunning smile. We enjoyed her senior portrait session!
It’s not often that a guy is really into his senior portraits… usually mom has to kind of “nudge” him a bit. But Matt was ready to go, and had a few ideas of his own. We encourage everyone to bring their ideas with them, along with a healthy dose of smiles and willingness to use some of our ideas, too. The results often end up quite a bit better as a result. Like this time…
Rachelle has such a classic look, it was so easy to work with her. We enjoyed a very special moment during our first shoot together, when a friend of hers showed up and had a reunion moment; yes, caught on film.
Rachelle attends Jefferson High School, and we photographed her brother’s senior portraits two years ago. We’re looking forward to continue working with her this season.
For more information on senior portraits, visit our senior site.
Like so many of our best clients, most people come to us because they know someone who is already our client. Nicole, who attends Jefferson High School, came to us because her mom got some headshots done awhile back. We also did some restoration work for her.
Nicole is a very self-assured young lady, and we can’t wait to show you some more of her images… it’s going to be a great year!
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When we first meet most seniors, they are a little bit shy and reserve; not Samantha. She acted like she’d known me for years. And maybe she has… but it almost makes no difference. Her happy go lucky personality is so endearing (and contagious) that you can’t help but like her almost right away.
Samantha has been asking about seeing her photos since day one, even adding “my grandma wants to see them, too!” I accused her of pulling the “grandma card” on me. But here’s the first, with many more to come. Hedgesville High School will never be the same. 🙂
Want to learn more about our photography, including senior portraits, visit our main site, or go straight to our seniors-only site.