Choosing the right photographer for your Senior Pictures is so important. If you have confidence in your photographer, then you will feel more comfortable in front of the camera and of course, it stands to reason that excellent images will result. If the photographer is a qualified professional, you can be sure that you will have images to treasure for years to come. When choosing a qualified photographer it is important to look for the following qualities, skills, and attributes:
Style: Do you respond to their style? Do they have a "look" about their images that you really gravitate to? Read their Bio’s: If you feel a connection with the person after reading their "bio" or "about me" page, then hit the "contact/learn more" button and explore your options.
Experience: Does your photographer have the necessary experience to produce the quality images you want? Remember experience and education costs more. Are you willing to pay for it?
Products: Does the photographer offer what you want in a final product? For example are you wanting canvas prints, wallets, digital downloads, poster prints? Are you wanting an online gallery?
Availability and attention to detail: You want to make sure that your photographer is booking a limited number of sessions in order to give you personalized time both during and after your session. Trust your Instincts: If you don’t feel like he/she is a good fit for you, then walk away. You want someone that has a both a congenial personality and technical expertise to produce the images you are wanting. When you feel at ease with the person behind the camera then your photos will reflect that. Set up a time to talk to him/her: Most professionals are available either by phone or in person to answer any questions you may have. If he or she can’t call you or meet with you before the session, then find another photographer.
I hope this has been helpful. If you have any questions please contact me and I would be happy to answer them. And remember: At Kathleen Murphy Photography, I only book a limited number of sessions per month so that I can give my clients the care and attention they deserve.
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A common question I get each year is:
When is the best time to schedule my senior photos?
Your senior year will be incredibly busy, so it is best to schedule your senior photos for the summer before your senior year begins. It might seem too early but it really isn’t. If you think about it carefully, you will come to realize that your senior year will incredibly busy. It is a time that will be full of college visits, completing applications for college scholarships, attending football games, marching band, fall athletics, studying for tests, and completing homework. This will leave very little time for scheduling senior photos and with the shorter days in the fall months, there are fewer daylight hours where appointments are available.
Also important to consider is the deadline that most of the Rochester area schools have for the yearbook submission of senior portraits. Be sure and ask your yearbook coordinator the exact date, but generally speaking, for most schools in the area, the deadline for submission is usually in early December.
Given the high intensity of activities and responsibilities of one’s senior year, it makes perfect sense to take pictures before the school year begins. This way you will have plenty of time to plan and schedule your session, choose your favorites for the photographer to edit, and order the pictures you want for friends and family.
Luckily, in Minnesota, most any summer month is perfect for taking photos! The weather is gorgeous; the flowers are blooming, and the temperatures are pretty moderate. The added bonus is that students aren’t in school; so scheduling photos is a lot easier to do. There simply aren’t limitations that athletics and academics of the school year often impose on the times seniors are available. Now that it is settled that summer is the best time, it is time for you to start looking for a great photographer.
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