A Guide to Senior Portraits for Parents
For most parents, senior portraits are a distant memory. They have changed a lot over the last two decades, incorporating more creativity and individuality than ever before.
Seniors have a lot more options available to them, ranging from traditional sessions in a studio to trendy urban shoots. This is the perfect opportunity for them to showcase their unique talents, passions, and personality, while also creating a lasting memory.
However, with all the available options, portrait sessions can quickly become overwhelming for both parents and seniors.
Here are a few quick tips to help you prepare for your kids' upcoming senior session.
Make a Note of the Yearbook Deadline. Knowing the yearbook deadline encourages you to schedule a senior session instead of putting it off until the last minute. Depending on your requirements, a senior photo session will start with a yearbook portrait followed by creative shots that are unique to your child. In most instances, it takes at least 2 weeks to receive the final images, so plan accordingly. The school where your seniors go to will have a designated or preferred studio for their year book portraits. You can always go to your choice of studio for a custom session. Look for a studio that is specialzed for your seniors sessions and offeres more options.
Keep Your Senior’s Schedule in Mind
As a parent of a senior, you already know how frantic their schedules can be. Before you go ahead and schedule a session, sit down with your senior to discuss a good time. They should be just as involved in the planning as you are. Even the specific time of day matters when scheduling a senior session. Ideally, you want to take photos just after sunrise and just before sunset, as this is when the lighting’s the best. However, the right photographer can make any time of the day work. Midday should be a last resort though as the lighting is far too harsh.
Compromise with Your Child
You may have a specific idea about the photos you would like to see, but this is about your child and what makes them feel confident and comfortable. Most senior sessions allow for several outfit changes, so use this as an opportunity to find a happy balance between what you want and what your senior wants. Be patient and hear them out before you brush off their ideas. Their portraits should represent who they are and what they love.
Prior to a senior session, get your child to open up about their passions, hopes, and dreams. This information will help guide the shoot and ensure the most authentic photos. Knowing what your senior wants these photos to represent will also guide their outfit and location choices.
Don’t forget to include your senior in the search for a photographer – a photographer’s style needs to fit in with the images you hope to create.
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Enjoy the Moment Portraits
We had a custom portrait session with Dr. Nusat Ameen at Enjoy the Moment Portraits etmportraits.com. She wanted a couple of new headshots for her work, LinkedIn and her personal social media pages. We had worked together before many times, but this session was customized exclusively for her. We started with a pre-consultation where we discussed her needs. During the meeting, we made a solid plan for her custom session. On the session day, our makeup artist helped her get ready for the camera. Since we already planned out her wardrobe, she had many looks with multiple wardrobe changes effortlessly. Some images are shared over here.
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I wanted to do a family portrait session, but it's not easy to plan one when the kids are grown up and have their own agendas. I took the initiave on whether it will be at outdoor location or indoor studio setting; I like private settings with controlled climate. That way, we have privacy and don't have to worry about flying hair and sweat. We went with dark colors clothing-wise and kept it casual at the same time. I already planned out how many frames I would be shooting, so it took only thirty minutes or less to create all the images that I needed. The focus isn't on how many photos are taken but rather on lighting, posing and the end goal (whether an album or wall portrait). I apply the same principle when it comes to you as my client.
Here are few things that you need to know before your family portrait session:
* First, plan where do you want to display your family portraits.
* Think about the surroundings- you want your session in private location or public place?
*Plan your outfits at least a week or two weeks in advance.
*Prepare your kids and husband what is happening and ask them if they know whether it is a lowkey, formal, modern or casual family session!
*Make hair, nail, and/or makeup appointments before your session.
* Does your photgrapher know how to Pose a family?
*Communicate with your portrait photographer.
Do you know we can show your portrait on your favorite living wall before you even purchase a wall portrait?
It was a pleasure meeting the Austin family at our studio. We initially planned on this session to take place at their backyard. Unfortunately, it rained the night before the session. That's why we always have a back up plan back at the studio! Additionally, we had a surprise visitor, Prada the cute little puppy! It was fun talking to the Austin family and taking their portraits at the same time. This is what I love as a portrait photographer. Here are some of our favorites from the session
I am very excited about 2021- Want to know the reason behind it?
Because, I will be focusing more on photographing women at their 30's and up. We women after marriage, we don't quite have time to do something for our own. As a wife, mom, daughter and a business owner, I completely see the reason behind it! We say, "Do we have time?" "I need to lose weight!" "I don't know how to pose!" Well, We do cover a lot of things when it comes to personalized photo shoot.
Recently I have done a custom personalized session with beautiful Halle Waggoner. She is a wife, a mother of three beautiful girls and a owner of Amazing Lash Studio.
She wanted classy, casual style portraits and some business headshots. We started to talk about her wardrobes first. When she decided what she will be wearing during the shoot, I chose three backdrops that would compliments her dress choice and her style.
During the session day, It started with professional makeup and hair. Our Professional makeup artist Samantha applied light makeup which was suitable for Halle's skin and her style. The hair stylist Vanessa did messy bun. After her hair and makeup was done, Halle was ready for the camera room. I directed her with every steps (posing, hand posing, postures, how to look at the camera, etc). Halle already knew about certain angles which suits her personalities. Overall she was comfortable with every poses. A couple of weeks later, she was invited back to my studio to view her images for the first time. Here are the few images that we selected together during the view session.
I would like to invite you to come to my studio to celebrate your 30's, 40's, 50's and beyond! We will do your hair and makeup. We will help you to choose your wardrobe. Lastly, I will make sure that you feel comfortable and look good in the camera room. You don’t have to worry about thing. You will be relaxed and enjoy the photo shoot like it is your special day.
Here are few photographs from beautiful Halle's custom portrait shoot.
You are the FACE of your business.
As a business owner I believe that your portrait is the first impression to support your brand. It gives people a idea about your personality and your brand before they even meet you. No matter what business that you're in (Real estate, financial services, entrepreneurial, or trades, actor, model, artist), it requires your own professional representation. You are the face of your business. Your professional headshots, blog images and website images all builds your personal brand. As professional photographer I know how to make you and your product look great by using dramatic lighting, perfect posing and composition.
Ready to learn more about personal branding and how a custom portrait session can help your marketing? Feel free to contact me to learn more about how I can help you and your brand grow and visit my web pages Personal Branding & Headshots Session info to see images from recent sessions. I look forward to hearing from you! Our introductory personal branding session will start from $625. That includes a complimentary planning session, a custom portrait session, 300 credits to portrait purchase plus professional Makeup & Hair.
Ask me how you can have a complimentary personal branding session before 2020 ends!
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We tried something different last week: playing with water and light in our studio Enjoy the Moment Portraits (ETMPortraits.com). My daughter volunteered to be the model. Although she is not a professional model, she was brave enough to be a part of my water and light project. I also borrowed my husband from his Zoom office work and my younger daughter to be a part of it. Their job was to spill water on the model. I told my model to focus on me and nothing else. It was very hard for the model to concentrate solely on the lens while she was being hit by water from two directions. Initially, she kept closing her eyes and but eventually, she perfected it. The objective was to freeze the water splash action and her facial expression simultaneously. Here are few behind the scene photographs of one perfect shot.
Meet Caroline, a talented tennis player. I did her portrait session with a few ideas in mind. During our first meeting, we got to learn more about each other. In addition, we exchanged ideas and discussed wardrobe choice and location. The first part of the session occurred in the studio where I captured Caroline's favorite tennis moves. The whole set was designed to complement the color of her uniform. The second part of the session took place in a field dotted with bluebonnets. It was windy but sunny. Caroline was relaxed and looked beautiful in her summer outfit. Because her mom was also dressed up in blue, I couldn't help but ask her to join Caroline at the end. Here are some of my favorites from the session along with a couple behind-the-scene shots:
The session took place as Marisa Dodson was getting prepared for her 2020 FFA show. She had been showing since sixth grade and this year, she was representing Bridgeland High School with her lamb Dakota. She earned 1st place in weight, 3rd overall, and was a reserved champion. What an amazing achievement! It was a wonderful session with Marisa. We saw her passion and dedication to Dakota which was very impressive. Marisa wanted a session of her own and also with Dakota before she took her to the show, so we decided to split the session into two days. First, we did the outdoor session only with Marisa at her home. The second day was with both Marisa and Dakota. Both sessions went very well, as we planned out what to wear and all the other fine details. We decided to stay outdoors, and that ended up being for the best. We also took portraits at her barn where Marisa spent quite a bit time feeding Dakota. Here are few of my favorite shots:
Sonia Ahmad is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) based in Cypress, TX. She specializes in personal portrait session includes Seniors, Teens and tweens, Women's personal branding, Mother & Daughter, Glamour and fashion, Headshots. See more portrait session in the gallery.