The weather and setting

Obviously, if you’d like photos with colorful fall leaves like Mairin, you’ll want your session to take place in late October or early November of your senior year. (NOTE: Those session times fill up quickly, so make sure to book in the spring, summer, or early fall if possible to allow time to meet up for a quick chat a week or two before the session.) The same goes for the other seasons; we’ll keep the weather in mind so you’re not freezing or sweating!

Sport seasons

If you’re in color guard, drum line, or band, or if you’re involved in a seasonal sport like football, tennis, soccer, or baseball, think about when those seasons will take place during your senior year. You’ll probably want to schedule your senior session around those times like Caleb did so we will have access to facilities, equipment, and uniforms for your session. I know the weather is crazy here in Appalachia, but snow on a baseball field looks a bit strange.

Our schedules

Toward the end of your senior year, your schedule is likely going to get crazy with scholarship deadlines, college visits, senior trips, parties, and events. If you’re a traveler like Delaine, think about when any trips abroad, vacations, and college visits will be taking place. Also, there are certain times of the year where my schedule gets really hectic – particularly in the fall! You’ll want to plan pretty far in advance to make sure our schedules match up and we can get the photos you want.

Our meet-up

We’ll meet up at least two weeks in advance of when you plan to have your pictures taken. I’ll meet you at Starbucks, Blackbird, Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme, (anywhere with coffee or doughnuts, basically), etc. and we’ll chat about your session. I’ll get to know you and you’ll get to know me. During this time, you can ask as many questions as you want so you’ll know just what you’re getting into. We’ll figure out what props to include (like this awesome Thunderbird from Alec’s session), where we’ll take the photos, and what the timeline will look like for receiving your photos and photo book if applicable. When it’s time to shoot, we’ll both be prepared since the details have already been discussed, and we’ll both feel like we know each other already – because we will!

Yearbook and yearbook ad deadlines

Most high schools set a deadline for yearbook “ads” purchased by family members that include senior photos. You’ll want to check with your school to see if they create yearbook ads for their seniors that include senior photos. Sometimes, the studio portrait taken by the photographer hired for the school yearbook is the only one included in the publication (not personalized ones like these I did for Jeromy), so you may not even have to worry about this deadline!

Graduation invitations

If you choose to purchase graduation invitations from the vendor supplied by the school, you may want to include wallet-sized prints of a photo inside all or some of your invitations before you mail them. If you’d like to include wallets of your photos with your graduation invitations, make sure to book your session before March so I can meet up with you before your session, and so you’ll have time to review photos, get them printed, and stuff them in the invitations before mailing them out. Don’t forget that you can also make your own graduation invitations that are designed with the senior photos from your session, and a similar timeline would apply. (NOTE: I designed a graduation invitation postcard for Madison using a photo from her session.)

Most importantly…

Remember that it’s never too late to capture photos that you’ll remember and cherish for a lifetime.

Ready to book your senior session? Email me today at [email protected] or fill out the form below.

Example: Virginia High School, 2021

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