It’s important to know how to choose the best senior photographer for you. Looking for the right photographer for your Senior Portraits can take a little time, but it’s well worth the effort. A senior photographer can help you express your personality, interest, and style in a beautiful way. They are skilled at creating images that truly reflect who you are at this important stage of your life.

Tip #1: Look for a photographer who specializes in seniors!

This may not sound like a big deal, but it’s really important! High school seniors want more than just a pretty picture to put in the yearbook. Senior portraits are about capturing the unique personality, style and essence of you during this special time. Finding a photographer who excels at bringing out your authentic self is vital. Photographers who choose to photograph seniors truly enjoy it! And they are knowledgable in boosting confidence, showing you how to pose naturally, choosing ideal locations, assisting in flattering style choices, suggesting props and themes, highlighting flattering angles and natural expressions, and creating a fun experience overall. A photographer who specializes in seniors will have invested in high quality equipment ideal for individual portraits to ensure that their clients receive the best quality images possible.

Tip #2: Ask around.

Word of mouth is priceless when it comes to selecting a senior photographer! For such an important occasion you want your entire experience to be amazing. That includes the preparation for your photo shoot, the day of, follow up, and gallery delivery. It should all be of the highest quality, positive, fun, and as stress free as possible. So ask around! See who your friends and family have used or heard of, what their experiences were like, what they would do the same, or what they might choose differently. Your friends and family also know your style preferences and what you may or may not like. Don’t always rely on advertising or marketing for this selection. Insight beyond an online portfolio is invaluable.

Tip #3: Stalk their Instagram!

Instagram is a fantastic way to find amazing photographers with the style you are looking for. It’s a highly visual platform where photographers can display their recent work and give you a real-time view of what’s in their most current portfolio. You can quickly see their style, creativity, and quality of images. A brief scroll through some different Instagram accounts will show you a wide range of styles. You will notice that a photographer’s grid may look more dark and moody, creative, bright and bold, artistic, light and airy, and more. It’s a great way to both decide on what style you love and identify some photographers who specialize in it. To make searching easier, use relevent hashtags like #seniorphotography, #seniorsunday, or #seniorportraits. And you can even get more specific by looking at hashtags for your area and school. In addition to looking for senior photographers in your area, you can always take a look at what your friends and family are posting on their social media! Like what you see? Take a look at which photographer they tag on their account to gather more information.

Tip #4: Choose a style you love.

Always choose a senior photographer with a style that you love! I can’t stress this one enough. Photography is an art and photographers are creative individuals. Every professional photographer has their own style. After the day of your photo shoot, many hours will go into editing your images. First decide what look you are dreaming of seeing in your final gallery. Then search for a senior photographer who delivers those types of images to their clients. Will your style preferences match? If you want more dark and moody images you will not want to choose a photographer specializing in light and airy. Or maybe you like bright, bold color. Most senior photographers are happy to answer any questions about editing, so be sure to ask before your session. And don’t forget that you will want these photos to stand the test of time. A great senior photographer knows how to incorporate some trends while still delivering a timeless gallery you will treasure in the future.

Tip #5: Select a professional who offers the experience you want.

It’s a great idea to take a little time to think over what you are looking for in your senior photo shoot experience. While senior photographers offer different packages, they also offer different types of overall experiences. Are you a senior guy who just wants a quick and easy photo shoot for a yearbook picture? Or are you a senior girl who is dreaming of multiple outfit changes, different locations, and a more personal connection with your photographer? And there are a whole lot of options in between! So ask yourself first what you really want, take a look at some senior photographer websites, and get in touch with a couple of them. Go ahead and ask questions to see if they are a good fit for you. This is a once in a lifetime experience and it should be exactly what you are hoping for. A great senior photographer is all about making photo shoots fun and positive for their seniors. And they will be happy to answer your questions, let you know what your options are, help you decide on the perfect package, and tailor the photo shoot to your needs.

Want to know what it’s like to work with me? Get in touch! I am always happy to answer questions and help seniors decide if we are a great fit. More than anything, I want you to have a fun and memorable experience and receive photos you will cherish. Next, you might be interested in reading 10 Tips For Planning Amazing Senior Pictures!

Thanks for reading!

XO, Janelle

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Janelle Barrow Photography serves couples and seniors in Seattle and the surrounding areas. With an emphasis on bringing out the natural beauty of all her clients, Janelle is passionate about building confidence and joy in everyone who steps in front of her camera. Her light, romantic wedding images capture every moment of the wedding day from arrival to the final exit. She thrives on attention to detail and a great ability to take the stress out of photos.

If you are planning your senior pictures in the Seattle area, please get in touch to see how Janelle Barrow Photography can serve you.

5 Tips For Choosing the Best Senior Photographer for You

September 15, 2023

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