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2016 Senior Pictures - Frequently Asked Questions

Art of Her has been getting a lot of inquiries for senior pictures in Denver in the past month.  It's that time of year for high school senior students and we have a guide for those frequently asked questions.  This is a long, end all be all list for our clients.  If you have any additional questions, feel free to add them in the comments.

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How far in advance should I book my session? 

Having a month or two to prepare for your photoshoot date to ensure your date, prep your outfits, meet us in person, and plan your shoot is an ideal situation.  Of course, as an ideal, it doesn't always work out that way.  This year we have done sessions that we book a week in advance, and have our images in front of our clients a week after the photoshoot.

How long will my session last? 

Your photo session will last one hour depending on whether or not you get your hair and makeup done.

Where will it be? 

This is a question we will decide during out preconsultation/planning meeting.  It's extremely important to us that your photoshoot location matches who you are. We will offer up suggestions for locations based on your personality and style.

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Can I request specific photos to be taken.

Of course, but we will not copy a specific shot from another photographer.  We hope that you are booking us because you like our style of photography and trust that you will end up with images you love from your session.

Can our pets be a part of our photos?

Absolutely!  Pets are like family and can be a huge part of your life, we are happy to include them in your photoshoot. 

What do we need to bring? 

We will cover all of this in your preconsultation/planning meeting, but you will want to bring changes of clothing to all senior picture sessions

I know what kind of look I want, but I’m not sure what locations to go to in order to achieve it. Can you suggest options?

This is what the planning meeting is all about.  After you have filled out of your online questionnaire, I will start brainstorming locations to show you during our meeting.  These locations are all based on what you like, your style, and personality.

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What should we do to prepare for the session? 

We recommend that people get a good night of sleep before their photoshoot, bring a water bottle if we are shooting outside, and have your clothing ironed and on hangers. 

If it rains, do you have a studio to shoot at?

Yes, we have a studio, and we also watch the weather to make sure that your shoot is good to go.  Any day with a 50% chance of rain will most likely be rescheduled to another date.

Will these images be posted online or any social networks? 

Yes, unless specifically requested otherwise, we love to share your beautiful images online through instagram, facebook, twitter, and our website. Feel free to add us to that we can tag you! 

Will we have the option to use props? 

Of course, anything that has meaning or is special to you, may be used in the photoshoot.  I urge against using anything that will look outdated in several years.  We want these images to be timeless.

How do we go about securing our session? 

After a phone call conversation, I will send you an email to schedule your planning meeting and sign the contract.  The contact allows you to pay your sitting, and your session is booked!

When is the best time of year to schedule my session?

You may schedule at anytime. We have seniors asking for pictures in the snow, with spring flowers, and fall leaves. We take senior portrait sessions all year long, but spring and summer are generally our busiest season.

What time of day is best for a portrait session?

This answer depends completely on the location for the photoshoot.  If we are shooting indoors, I generally recommend shooting in the morning.  If we are shooting outside, it is best to schedule time closer to sunrise or sunset for the most flattering lighting.

How will we know how to pose? 

You don't need to know a thing.  This is our forte!  We pose every bit of you for the most flattering angles and portraits.  You will be coached every step of the way, and can relax knowing that we have your posing covered.

How many outfit changes can we have? 

This often depends on the location and how easy it is for you to change into a separate outfit, but we generally recommend two to three outfits for a great amount of variety.

I really don’t like “X” about me. Can we shoot around it? 

Please let me know in advance, and we can have a conversation about this.  We want you to love your photos and are happy to listen to your preferences.

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How long have you been shooting portrait sessions? 

Jess has been working with women for 13 years now!

How many photos will I receive? 

You will usually have about 30 images to choose from, but you only walk away with the images you love.  Our portrait sessions do not come with images, all images are purchased separately at your ordering session.

Do you offer professional retouching (e.g. zit removal)?

Every senior portrait is professionally retouched unless requested otherwise.  We keep retouching to a minimum because we want you to look like yourself.  Anything impermanent is subject to retouching, but we can have a conversation about braces, scars, and anything you are concerned about.

What should I/we wear? 

Again, this is something that we will go over in your planning meeting.  There is no one size fits all in our book. This photoshoot is unique to  you and your clothing preferences are a part of that.  When you leave your preconsultation, you will have a list of ideas that will help you to choose from your closet. 

How much do Senior portrait sessions end up costing? 

I do not have a minimum requirement for my senior portrait sessions and what you spend depends on what you love.  That being said, many of my senior portrait clients spend between $1000-$2000 on their portrait session and products. 

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Can I order more prints/products later? 

After your portrait session, we will reveal your images in person for you to choose from. This meeting is covered by your sitting fee, and if you would like to come back in again to choose more there is a fee. 

Why do I need to come to the studio to order the prints/products?

We are here to guide you through the images to find the ones you love, answer questions, and to guide you through how you can display them. This step is important so that we know you are walking away with a great experience and beautiful keepsakes.

Which schools and counties do you work with?

Oh, we work with them all!  At Art of Her we photograph senior pictures in the Greater Denver Metropolitan area including Denver County, Arapahoe County, Douglas County, Jefferson County, Adams County, Boulder County, Broomfield County, Gilpin County, Clear Creek County, Southwest Weld County and beyond.


Hopefully this frequently asked questions guide helped you with your questions.  If you have any additional questions about your senior portraits, feel free to contact Jess, your Senior picture photographer.