Senior Guide

So...you've booked a session with me. YEA!! OR...Maybe you still have questions, and weren't ready to book when we talked. So, Now what?

This is your go to guide to help answer ANY QUESTIONS that may come up in the process. And always know that I am just a DM, TXT, or phone call away!




Welcome


I am SO excited you're here! Senior year is so exciting and maybe a little scary too! This guide will help you as you plan and prepare for your session, and will allow you to know exactly what to expect during your senior photography experience with me! I'm so EXCITED to get to know you, help you plan, and make the day of as fun and painless as possible. (more emphasis on the fun!) As always, feel free to reach out at any time if you have any questions along the way!

A Quick Intro...

I am Married


John and I met when we were in our mid 20's, although neither one of us knew what the future would hold at the time! My best friend and I used to say, "whoever marries that guy would be one lucky girl!" God has such a sense of humor because now, John is my best friend and I AM one lucky lady!

I am a Mom


John and I have one super kiddo! The Lord blessed us with an amazing little guy after 3 years of trying, a miscarriage, and many fertility treatments. He is a gift of the Lord...and you can't tell me differently. He brings such joy and energy to our house!

Coffee is Life


If I could hook up an IV with coffee in it...I just might! No, not really. But if you want to get to know me, just ask me over for coffee. I'm always up for a cup. I think coffee has healing powers for the heart! Many GREAT conversations happen over coffee!


My Why...


I love photographing seniors because it gives me the opportunity to serve and love the people who are right on the brink of something new, exciting, and even a little bit scary. It’s such a joyful and EXCITING time in your life, but I totally understand how overwhelming the entire process can be! I'm here for you! Its my job to help you feel beautiful and confident in front of the camera. You don't need to have "model" experience or even like to have your picture taken! I know how to pose and prompt to get those beautiful natural smiles! So pressure is off you. You just come and enjoy! This season of you life is such a blessing to not only you, but to your parents. You've worked hard, they've worked hard, not its time to celebrate! Your Senior session is just the beginning of your next step! I'm here to help and encourage you through the process!


What's Included


In all our packages:

  • A pre-session consultation. I want to be sure we are all on the same page. I can help with advice for outfits, props, locations, etc...
  • A number of Full Resolution Digital Downloads to print at the printer of your choice with print release (number depends on session)
  • An hour or more of session time
  • Delivery of pictures in an easy to use online gallery, complete with printing options to make ordering prints, books, and wall art easy!
  • Referral Rewards!!! If you book and then a friend books (a standard or deluxe session) and drops your name, you receive $50 towards a photobook designed by me!
  • My time, talent, and professionalism throughout the process, including time of mulling over our session again and making the images shine!



Basic Senior Session


This is my simple session. It lasts about 1 hour at the location of your choice (no worries, I'll help you chose one if you don't have one in mind). I guarantee a minimum of 30 fully edited images presented in an

Online Gallery after your session and permission for all the social media sharing you can do! Also, 5 high resolution images with print release.

$250

Standard Senior Session


This is our MOST POPULAR session. Session lasts up to 2 hour at the locations of your choice, up to 2 locations.

You are able to have unlimited outfit changes within that time. Play a sport? Bring the equipment. Play an instrument...I want to hear you play!

I guarantee a minimum of 50 fully edited images presented in an online gallery after your session and permission for all the social media sharing you can do! Also, 10 high resolution images with print release.

A 16 x 20 Wrapped Canvas

$400 (plus tax)




Deluxe Senior Session


This session pulls no stops! This is the BEST VALUE session. Two 1 hour sessions at the locations of your choice that can be split between two dates. You are able to have unlimited outfit changes within that time. Play a sport? Bring the equipment. Play an instrument...I want to hear you play! I guarantee a minimum of 75 fully edited images delivered in an Online Gallery after your session and permission for all the social media sharing you can do!

A 16 x 20 Wrapped Canvas

$200 Fine Art Album (8x8, 10 pgs) Print Credit

Also, 15 high resolution images with print release.

$650 (plus tax)

**Book this session and ask about a family mini**


What to Expect


If you're like every other senior, you're probably a little nervous thinking about being in front of the camera... I mean, you're not used to having a big black box pointed at you, am I right?! Even *I* get nervous when I'm having photos done!!


It's COMPLETELY normal to feel a little silly when being posed, but I want to encourage you to just relax and have a good time. You don't need to have "model" experience or even like to have your picture taken! I know how to pose and prompt to get those beautiful natural smiles! So pressure is off you! Some prompts I give you both might seem a little silly at first, but TRUST ME, they create some legit magic. (this pose to the right...the senior looked at me like I was nuts...turned out to be one of her favorites!!)


All you have to do is show up and be yourself... easy, right?! I'll take care of the rest and we're going to have a lot of FUN!



TIPS & TRICKS FOR SUCCESS

BE ON TIME: We typically plan your start time based on sunset time. If you are late, it cuts into the sunlight we have available! No one wants dark photos, so arriving on time will ensure we have gorgeous light to work with for your whole shoot! :) 


BRINGING THE DOG: I adore ALL the cute pups, so naturally, I LOVE it when you bring them along! The best way to include them is to have someone else bring your dog during the last 15 minutes of your session, or choose a session location that is less than 5 minutes away from your home. Contact me so we can work out the details!


CLEAN THE RING: If you bring your class ring, make sure it is clean! I'd love to grab a few up close shots of just your ring while you change outfits! Cleaning it will ensure it's nice and sparkly for photos!


EMPTY YOUR POCKETS: Especially for guys, make sure you don't have anything in your pockets! I am more than happy to store phones and keys in my bag, or ladies, you can bring along a little purse to keep everything in. 


RELAX! You don’t have to be a pro at this! I’m going to help you along the way and it’s going to be a blast! I don't expect anything from you. Enjoy this time and make a date out of it! Plan something fun or go to dinner afterwards and celebrate!!


GET YOUR NAILS DONE: Make sure your nails are freshly painted, or spoil yourself with a trip to the salon! Chipped nails will be noticeable in your photos. Neutral colors and pastels photograph beautifully and will match any outfit!


BRING COMFY SHOES: If you're wearing heels, bring a pair of flip flops or comfortable shoes to walk from spot to spot. Your feet will thank me later!


MAKE UP: Ask about getting hooked up with a professional make-up artist for your session. (Availability varies, Additional charge)



What are some good locations around the area?

I've got you covered. If there isn't a location you are just DYING to shoot at, I've got a few favorites that have produced some A-MAZING pictures!

Check out some of my favorites below!

Downtown Canton


If you are looking for Urban, you'll find it in Canton. There are so many textures, colors, and options downtown! There are hidden gems in the Art district to explore. Everything from funky doors, to murals, to brick roads.

Lock 4


Looking for a more park-like setting. Lock 4 in Canal Fulton is it!! There is stone walls, waterfalls, bridges, paths, tall grass, barn doors, etc...this place has it ALL!

Canal Fulton


If you are looking for a more small town feel...Canal Fulton is for you. Brick streets, bridges, stairs and more! There are so many beautiful spots right in downtown Canal Fulton.

Nobles Pond


This hidden gem has it all! Woods, long paths, a pond, rocks, a bridge, open fields. Beautiful in the Spring, Summer, or fall!


CHOOSING OUTFITS


HOW MANY OUTFITS? The number of outfits is up to you...I recommend three! One outfit that you are totally comfortable in. The one that says, "This is me!" Think casual. Another one that is dressier, maybe even a formal for girls or a suit/jacket and tie for guys. And the third, the outfit that you just "rock it" in. You know that one that makes you feel like a million bucks! Also, a little tip: Let mom pick out one outfit! Trust me!


CHOOSING COLORS: When choosing colors for your outfits, I recommend selecting lighter tones and more muted shades. Avoid ultra-bright, bold colors, and heavy patterns. Doing this will help bring all the attention to your face and let the eye focus on you and how beautiful you are. Soft pinks, muted blues, and light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown and white all work wonderfully. (check out these Pinterest Boards)


DRESS IT UP: Have you ever wanted to rock a sequin dress, or a long flowy maxi dress? Maybe you've dreamed of wearing a floral crown, or wearing a tulle skirt. THIS is your chance! Ladies, especially for your dressy outfit, I typically recommend a long, flowy A line dress that cinches at the waist. This is typically most flattering on most body types! For the guys, opt for a suit or nice pants and a suit jacket with a button down for your fancy outfit. 


FLATTER YOUR FEATURES: Ladies, keep in mind which features you want to flatter and which features you want to hide when picking outfits! For example, if you want to hide your arms, choose a top with sleeves and skip the spaghetti straps. If you want to minimize your bust, choose a dress with a higher neckline and skip the strapless dress. If you opt for a low cut dress, it will minimize the amount of angles I can shoot! 


SKIP THE SPRAY TAN: Even though it seems counter intuitive, I highly recommend skipping a spray tan altogether, even if it's a few days out from your session. Spray tans tend to photograph more orange than they appear and will make you appear more orange than tan!



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Still Have Questions...

If you still have questions. Or simply just want to talk some more about an aspect of your session. Or maybe after browsing through here, you're ready to book! There are no silly questions, only those left unasked! Please don't hesitate to reach out. I am just a call, txt, or DM away! You can also click the button below and fill out the contact form on my website and I'll get back to you ASAP!

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