Everything is critical for seniors, including their clothes, social lives, status symbols, group identity and individuality. Senior class photos need to capture these young adults at their best in an image that says who they are at a glance. Only a photographer who will take the time to get to know the individual senior class student will be able to create images that are both stunning and meaningful.
Find a photographer with a large portfolio of senior class photo shoots. Look closely at the scenes, props, clothing, hair, makeup and lighting. Does each photo in the portfolio convey a feeling about who the students are? An example of a diverse portfolio that is unique to each senior photo shoot is found at www.lastingexpressions.com. A photographer should also be open to location shoots if the weather is agreeable. A true professional photographer will have portable lighting equipment suitable for most indoor or outdoor locations.
Those searching for the best senior class photographer should ask to see some pre- and post-edit digital photo samples. The artistry of a professional photographer is part composition, part lighting and part post-editing. Since all seniors want to look their best even if skin blemishes are an issue on the day the photos are taken, a photographer who excels at post-edit software use is best.
Inquiry should be made about the time allotted for the photo shoot to be sure enough time is available for wardrobe changes and retouching makeup. If travel time to each location photo shoot is an issue, the photographer should allow extra time. Expect a travel fee for location shoots.
A professional senior class photographer will also be able to commit to a delivery date for the photo package. Prints are the easiest thing to deliver on time. Specialty items such as fabrics, ceramics and other specialty photo products may take longer to deliver. Allowance for a rain day for location shoots will also delay print delivery.
Those in the market for the best senior photographer should ask who the photographer was for any senior photo they see that they really like. It is likely that a specific photographer’s name in the area will keep popping up. Those who are viewing photographs they like are attracted to a certain style. Finding the photographer that shoots in the desired style is always a good fit.
Finally, check out the senior photographer’s studio. Look for modern equipment and lots of backdrops and props. The latest professional photo equipment includes printed backdrops and floors that can recreate indoor as well as outdoor scenes from rugged to romantic to foreign locales. If a location shoot is not possible, a photographer with a large inventory of printed backdrops, flooring options and props is likely able to create any sort of scene the senior desires.