I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to share on my blog since I have both senior clients and photographers that visit here. While the goal is and always will be to share the gorgeous images of my clients (which I know is just as much appreciated by photographers as my seniors), sharing what might go into a session or how I plan for a shoot is just as relevant to both. I personally love going to other blogs, whether they are photographer sites or not, and getting a glimpse of the inner-workings of a company or learn more about what their mission is.
With that said, I hope you will join me as I do just that. I want everyone that comes to this blog to walk away knowing me a little bit better, possibly having learned something, and just feel refreshed! I can’t say exactly where these posts will lead but I can say that when I post, it will because I felt it was worth sharing.
Today’s post, aside from what I wrote above, is about why I do what I do. It’s one thing to be a photographer but it seems to be an entirely different thing to focus on one particular genre of photography. I think it’s no surprise that I specialize in seniors…and not just seniors, I take it a step further and specialize in senior girls. I think the big question I always get is “Why just seniors, and especially senior girls?” Well, I think it’s because at one point in time, I was one of them so I can relate but more than that, I find seniors to be a bit of a challenge, photographically speaking. Not because they aren’t photogenic (on the contrary) but because they are at a unique place in their life.
I distinctly remember what it felt like to be a senior girl in high school. I always tell my clients’ parents that I love this specific age because they seem to walk this fine line between still being a child but teetering more towards being an adult. It’s a curious place to be because most of us struggled with wanting to still being cared for and yet wanting to spread our wings (that pesky thing called “responsibility” seems to be why so many don’t rush straight towards adulthood…ha!). It’s precisely at that point where I love photographing seniors!
It is for this reason why you see so many of my seniors with gorgeous smiles on their faces, looking like they don’t have a care in the world and yet so confident and poised, because I want their parents to remember that child of theirs despite the fact that their “baby” is growing up and moving on and I want my seniors to remember what a beautiful time this was in their life. I love a good “serious face” like the rest of us but a smile transforms a person. The eyes sparkle, their face beams, and there is just this inner beauty that seems to radiate from within. So if you’ve seen my work and wonder why all of my clients look so darn happy, well, it’s because we are having a great time and they are happy!
Along with being happy, you might sense a bit of confidence from each of my clients’ images. I get so many questions from photographers that ask “How do you make your clients looks so relaxed and confident?” Most of that confidence is all them but I like to think a tiny portion comes from the fact that these girls are given the royal treatment. I meet with all of my seniors in a consultation prior to scheduling their session and it’s during this time that we get a chance to get to know one another, talk about hair+makeup, and discuss outfits. Every girl gets professional hair and makeup done right before their session and I can’t tell you how much these girls LOVE this. Ever have a bad hair or makeup day and it just seemed to ruin your day? Well, these girls walk into their session knowing their hair and makeup is gorgeous! Pair that up with their own unique personality and you have a recipe for confidence!
Speaking of personality, it is extremely important for me to capture my clients’ personalities on camera. And photographing something you can’t really see is quite a challenge unless you spend some time getting to know them. I love chatting with my senior girls and learning about their interests, how their peers would describe them, what their personal style is, what extracurricular activities they are involved in, etc. I take all of that information and tuck it away into my head to help me develop a session that is purely unique to them. The magical part about all of this is watching the parents while they look at their daughter’s senior pictures during their ordering session and they proclaim “that is SO her! You managed to get her personality in her pictures!” My heart grows every time I hear that because that is my goal as a photographer!
My clients don’t fall off the face of the earth after I have delivered their images to them. I love keeping in touch with them and seeing where their journey leads them. Many of my first senior girls are getting ready to start their senior year in college and seeing where they are today is the coolest thing ever. I have a past senior who had a huge passion for photography and is now working as an intern for a good friend of mine who is also a senior photographer. I had a chance to meet up with another past client over the summer to shoot some images for her and she’s already proclaimed that I will shoot her future engagement pictures when that time comes (ha!). Another of my seniors is on her way to being a pharmacist. And the list goes on! I hope that they look back on their senior pictures with fondness and then see how much they have accomplished since then.
Hopefully this has been insightful to you, whether you are a senior (or parent) or a photographer! If you would like to see more posts like this, leave a comment. Have something in particular you would like to see? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.