Follow these Tips to Capture Amazing High School Senior Portraits
Do not get us wrong, but if there’s anything that we love to cover more than wedding ceremonies and engagement functions, it would be capturing high school senior portraits. Why? Because we love working and planning sessions with seniors. They simply are our favorite people.
Now you would ask why? Well, the answer is straightforward. Seniors are easy to work with, they know what they want from you, and above all, they are the best marketing tool. Furthermore, they have an emphatic sense of style that translates well in the form of pictures.
When we get bookings or inquiries about high school senior portraits, our first aim is to guide them. After that, we try to get to know them, their style, and above all, what they like. We said they are a great marketing tool because when things go smooth with them, they will definitely refer you to their friends.
Spoiler alert: It has happened to us before.
So, let’s get into action and divide our blog post into three parts and see what those tips are:
Things to do before the shoot
You should not feel shy in telling your client that you are excited to work with them. It is important to note that the seniors of today’s generation are all about the social media world. A great tip is to post on your Instagram that you are excited to work with them so that they acknowledge your efforts.
Secondly, you should always keep a questionnaire with you that alters with every client. For example, do not go out giving away the same questionnaire to every possible client. Instead, play with it a little bit and tailor it to each customer’s likeness. You can ask questions like:
- Explain your favorite features about yourself?
- How do you spend your weekends?
- Is there any specific location you prefer?
Lastly, it is common among seniors that they get confused about what to wear. So, help them a little by going the extra mile and bring up a few ideas through Pinterest boards. It will help them decide what to wear and give you the boost you want for your portfolio.
Things to do at the shoot
The big day is here. What do you do when the day starts? Well, you call them in the morning to make sure they know the location. Ask them if they still have any questions before leaving for the venue. If everything goes well, your next move should be to make their day memorable with you.
You can start off by motivating and encouraging them about their plans. As a result, they will feel valued and appreciated. When someone has a whole future lying ahead of them, a few words of reassuring will help them go a long way.
Secondly, try your best to make them comfortable because most seniors have never been photographed professionally. Tell them they look and show them peaks of how brilliantly they are doing.
Other than that, rehearse a few poses in your head and ask them to do it. Also, another important thing is to take props with you. It could be an old chair, a beach hat, or even a few books. Giving seniors a few props will help them adjust to your presence.
Things to do after the shoot
You can keep up with the hype even after the shoot by blogging about their session or posting a teaser. Let us explain.
When you post a sneak peek or a teaser from the session, they will share it with their friends. Now we all know the result of this – a great marketing tactic. Secondly, before submitting the pictures, make sure to send a few of the best portraits so that they get convinced to buy all of the high-res pictures.
The last thing you can do after the shoot is a blog about their session. They will not only love it, but their parents will also appreciate your gesture of kindness and compassion.
While you may think the process is a little tedious – it is not! It is so easy to rock a session with your seniors, and if you are lucky, doing it right will give you the extra marketing boost. Every effort you put in will help your client feel special, and as a result, it becomes a tool for your business to grow.
So, now you know what it takes to capture amazing high school senior portraits. If you are not a professional photographer, you are at the right place at the right time if you want a high school senior portrait photography session. You can get a FLAT 15% OFF on your first booking with us.
About Us: Based in Missouri, Bright Focus Photography is a name of excellence in providing excellent photography services. Our exuberant services, dipped with a punch of humor, will be everything you need for your big day. By adding a hint of honesty, kindness, hard work, and fairness to our work, we stand out among many others for the effort we put into our work.