It's finally here.
1. Find a photographer your child will be comfortable around
Do a little research. Or ask your child if they have someone in mind they would like. With the growing popularity in senior photos, chances are, they have a photographer in mind.
If your child isn't excited about the session it's going to be painful. So, ask your friends, find someone with a good reputation that does well with the younger crowd.
2. If you think your presence will have a negative effect... do not attend!
Look, sometimes teenagers are not the biggest fans of parental hovering. Shocker, I know. So if you think that your child will be annoyed or irritable in the slightest trust that your photographer has got it covered.
Of course, every situation is different and your kid may really appreciate having you there. I guess my point is to have the conversation. If your child would rather have their best friend come as a hype man than so be it.
You will still get amazing photos of your child for years to come even if you aren't there.
3. Location. Location. Location.
Do some research. Ask your friends. Heck, go to the great Facebook world and ask for recommendations. If your photographer isn't familiar with where you are located it is helpful to offer some location ideas.
Or maybe your photographer is local. In that case, let your child browse through the photographers photos on Facebook or Instagram and let your photographer know which images they loved. That helps us get a taste for what location might fit their personality best. One of the first questions I ask is "Does a city or country feel fit their personality best?", this usually helps me get started in planning the right
4. Sometimes appearance is everything
Now, don't take this the wrong way. When you're going to be in front of a camera for a few hours you're likely going to be nervous. Very nervous. So here's my advice, make your child feel as amazing as possible. Schedule a hair and makeup appointment with a professional or take them out to pick out a new outfit they love.
Most importantly, make sure they feel comfortable. If you have strong opinions about what they should wear, that's okay, pick out one outfit for some more professional shots. Then let them be themselves.
Hopefully this gave you some insight into how to start planning a senior portrait session! If you still have questions or want to learn more about how to book yours click the link: