Some of you out there might be searching for a senior photographer soon. (Psst! 2020 seniors have already started booking, so NOW is the time to find your senior photographer!) I love being a Quad City senior photographer because senior portrait sessions are such a special event during this exciting year! If you find the right photographer for you, you will love this session. It's quality time for parents to dote on their teen, even for just a couple of hours. And when was the last time they had a professional portrait session? Likely when they were toddlers!
Finding that perfect photographer for you might take a little investigating. Gone are the days of the phone book and now it's the google searches and friends' recommendations. Honestly, it is difficult to find a lot of professional photographers anymore--especially ones who specialize in seniors. So let me offer up how I would be looking for my senior photographer, if I wasn't one myself...
First and foremost I would ask around for recommendations. While some friends will have different expectations, at least it's a good starting point. I would also do a google search (although photographers like me don't show up on google searches because *cough, cough* we don't blog enough to boost rankings on google, so keep that in mind). A search through instagram helps too. Searching a hashtag such as #bettendorfseniorphotographer will bring up at least a handful of photographers
After I've gathered a few names from recommendations, I would visit their websites. While on their site I'll look for several things:
• Style. I would look for a portfolio of some kind to be sure I like their style. Is their style of photography something I envision for my own portraits? Is the style consistent throughout most of their work?
• Posing and locations. Do I like their posing, or would it make me uncomfortable, or is it too boring, etc? Does the photographer use different locations and in places I might like my own session?
• Expertise. Does this photographer know how to work with their equipment, the light, and make their clients look their best in the photographs? Do I like how they edit the photos? Do they know how to use Photoshop but not "over-photoshop"?
• Talk to the photographer. I would call him or her and ask about their sessions, or better yet, meet them in person! I want to be sure he or she is friendly and communicates well so my teen feels comfortable at the session.
•Price. Every photographer charges for sessions and prints differently. How much is the session fee and what does it include? Will I be printing my own images or will the photographer offer prints and albums, etc. Senior portraits are a once in a lifetime event. These are likely the photographs to remain on my walls for years to come, so I want to be sure they are high quality prints to resist fading and discoloration. Also, I need to remember I'm going to get what I pay for.
The truth is, many of us own nice cameras and, let's be honest, Instagram has some pretty fun filters these days. But kudos to you for looking to hire a true professional for senior portraits! As I mentioned before, senior pictures are kind of a big deal. :) And whether I am the right photographer for you or not, I hope you love your portrait session. Enjoy senior year and the future that is to come! It flies by, but it's a year to remember!
And if you want to know more about sessions with Fierce Photography, visit this page. Summer dates are filling up! And if you're lucky enough to book one of those last June sessions, you will receive a complimentary 11x14 print OR an extra session in 2020!