“When I was in high school, there were basically two choices for senior pictures: the standard school pictures with a cheesy backdrop and stiff pose, or a photographer that was 2 hours away and very expensive. Clearly, many seniors choose the other photographer, along with approximately 85% of their senior class. Everyone thought this guy/gal was great – he/she did outdoor pictures with a variety of backgrounds, and that was basically a new concept to have non-studio pictures done. The problem was, each and every one of their pictures looked the same.” sound familiar
As a photographer I wanted to find what a potential client would want in a senior session. I knew I wanted different, but how could I get my clients to understand what I was requesting. So I took to social media and asked former Seniors, what was it about their senior session that they wish they could have changed? or if they would have known that their entire senior class would have very similar photographs would they have chosen a different route? Here was the response I was given…
“There was zero originality in our portraits. I look back at my senior pictures, and you cannot tell you a single thing about who I was at that time. I did the classic cheerleading uniform and letterman jacket, so you could tell what I did – but nothing about the images reflected who I was. There was nothing unique to me. I had no connection with the photographer and minimal interaction throughout the session. In such a pivotal time in my life, going into my senior year of high school, I felt there was so much more to me than what was reflected in the images I received.
Reading her response I felt a niche of what I wanted to offer my senior clients and their families… I know who I am and I want to bring that out in my clients. “I love people. I truly love getting to know people and their unique, amazing stories. I enjoy getting coffee and talking with people, getting real and to the core of what makes them tick. I am constantly inspired by people, and connecting with my clients is what drives me. I believe that everyone has beauty, and so much lies beneath the surface.”
Who you are, what you enjoy, your heart and passion, your creativity and brilliance – all that makes you who you are. And who you are is beautiful.
It is important for me to connect with my clients on a real level, bring out that gorgeous girl you truly are. And for the guys….I bring out your love for football or cars if that is where your passion is. I want to look beyond the surface, and really get to know you. What makes your heart beat fast? What makes you feel alive and beautiful? What inspires you? I don’t want to miss the core of who you are – All aspects of your session should fit you. I believe your senior pictures should reflect this time in your life, speak to who you really are. Not just the pretty face, but your fun, sweet, sassy, stunning personality. I want you to look at your pictures, and feel like you really see your authentic self. I want you to feel beautiful and comfortable during your session, and for you to have fun! You have a unique story, and I love being a part of developing a session and capturing images that helps show that off.
I would love to chat with you, get to know you – grab a tall glass of sweet tea or coffee…if that’s your thing and plan your perfect session. If you feel I’d be a good fit for you, contact me and we’ll start planning!