What To Look For In A Senior Photographer

What to Look for in a

 Senior Photographer ?

The time has come, your bundle of joy is all grown up.  You know that your home will feel a little empty soon, as it’s off to college or on with the start of their new life.  You know having beautiful Senior portraits will allow you to hold on to all those memories like  Like the first time they were able to ride a bike without training wheels, or the fear that you experienced together when she (he) went on their first Prom.  You know you’ll look back and smile when you remember those moments. You also know how important it is to choose the right senior photographer.  Beautiful photos that capture their true personality are what will keep those warm feelings close to your heart, even when they are not there.

So the hunt begins.  You Google search Senior photographer and you have pages of results.  Cameras are so automated these days, you fear of choosing a  senior photographer that is merely a part-time warrior that’s in it for a quick buck, who will give you a CD or jump drive full of images you could have taken yourself. Your perfect senior photographer would be able to bring out your son or daughters true personality.  The perfect senior photographer would have a deep understanding of posing and lighting.  This senior photographer would be able to work angles and enhance photos after capture with skills that took decades to master.  Even though it seems there are more photographers than ever, you know it will be yet even more difficult to find a senior photographer with the knowledge, skills , and experience to yield consistent results. So what to look for in a senior photographer, that perfect one?…….Read below

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What to look for in a senior photographer ?  Cont

Questions, questions, questions ..what in the world should I ask for?

Thinking to yourself….

Technical stuff-  I’m not a senior photographer so I don’t know enough to ask the right questions

Consistency-  all photographers will say they are good, but  how do I know they can consistently produce beautiful results and are not just showing me their best work?

Do they offer digital copies-  I know a lot of times this separates the weekend warriors from the seasoned pros. I want to share my photos, but I also want great photos above all.

Technical Stuff

What to look for in a senior photographer ? Technical Stuff

 Questions, questions, questions ..what in the world should I ask for?

Thinking to yourself….

Technical stuff-  I’m not a senior photographer so I don’t know enough to ask the right questions.

You only need to ask two technical questions:

1. Do you ever shoot manually, if so why? 

2. Do you shoot Raw? (you really want the photographer to say YES on this)

Do you want a computer rendering or an artist’s rendering?   An amazing photo can be captured without really knowing much of the technical stuff.  However, the more that is understood, the more creative control the photographer will have.  If I had to break down to two most important  technical stuff basics a photographer should be harnessing, it would be camera raw and manual exposure.

Raw allows a photographer way more control over latitude of exposure, creative control, and even fixability  should an image suffer in any areas. It also forces the photographer to spend some time after capture, because if they didn’t,  the photos would look worse than if raw wasn’t used.

A photographer that understands manual control can completely control depth, action, separation, & mood of a senior photo during capture.  If a photographer has a good understanding of the manual basics, they can use the automated controls when needed with a good understanding of what the outcome will be.  Cameras today are essentially quite powerful computers.  If the photographer (always) automatically takes the photo, the photo is essentially a computer rendering.  If the camera is used manually, it’s the artists rendering of what he wants his vision to look like.

Consistency

What to look for in a senior photographer ? Consistency

Questions, questions, questions ..what in the world should I ask for?

Thinking to yourself….

Consistency-  all photographers will say they are good, but  how do I know they can consistently produce beautiful results and are not just showing me their best work?

recommended questions to ask

1. Can you show me complete sessions of 2 seniors from the same family? (The more examples of this the better)

2. Do you offer a money back guarantee if the photos don’t dazzle me?

Consistency- this is a tough one because you know that it would be in a senior photographer’s best interest to show only his/her best work.  I think there are two ways around this.  Have any of the “photographer in question”, clients,  used him twice.  If he/she has been around for more than a couple of years, they should probably be able to show you different year sibling seniors sessions.  if both sets are fantastic, then you  not only know that the parent trusted them with their second child but also know they were able to deliver in both.

Another thing you would want to ask is if they offer a guarantee.  If not you might wonder why…

It is also recommended you ask these questions in person, as to how they respond will tell you a lot.

What to look for in a senior photographer ?  Digital Copies

Questions, questions, questions ..what in the world should I ask for?

Thinking to yourself….

Do they offer digital copies-  I know a lot of times this separates the weekend warriors from the seasoned pros, and I know I want great photos above all.

Digital Copies.  A few year ago I always recommended to my out of town family and friends (when they asked “what to look for in a senior photographer” ) to choose a photographer that doesn’t include digital copies.  Why…. they would then ask?  I would say that if a photographer has gone through years of training, and hard experience, and really values his work then it’s too valuable to give away at any price. Years of experience went into creating those perfect photos.  Not only the expertise, but a lot of time goes into creating each image.   It’s a little sad because I now feel that I would have to charge a fortune to be able to spend the time on crafting beautiful images.  If a photographer offers the digital files for a few hundred bucks and isn’t concerned with print sales.  They are probably in it for a quick buck, and won’t give much attention to detail on your work.  If I was to only make a couple hundred dollars on a session (including my images), I would surely go out of business.  I have been in business long enough to know that that would be a huge loss leader, and I would make more in a min. wage job.  Ironically I think the best response to the digital image question is.. Yes, I do , but.  If there are absolutely no strings attached to those digital files and they come in under $500 you are either not going to be able to use the photographer next year(won’t be around), are they a weekend warrior with little experience (consistency), or are a high volume photographer in which quality will suffer vs someone who spends the time it takes to create beautiful work.

1. Do you offer digital copies?  –

(you want the answerer to be) I do, but (you actually want them to say but, where the but will be mutually agreeable to both)

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One of our Seniors talks about her session.