High School & College Senior Photography

Senior portrait sessions are $225.00 and include the following:

- Up to two hours of picture taking because sometimes an hour just isn't enough. Honestly ask any of my clients and I never look at the clock. My goal is to get great images.

- Multiple outfits (including letterman jacket, sports stuff, college schwag)

- Free full resolution downloads of all final images that are fully edited

Prints: The session fee does not include physical prints (as stated above full resolution downloads are included). A-la-carte print pricing is available from our photo lab.

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Question: What to wear?
Answer: My style of photography leans more toward bright and airy. Neutral colors, light earth tones, and pastels are best.  This is especially true if we're photographing in wide-open fields or on the beach. 

Question: Can there be multiple outfits?
Answer: Yes! 

Question: Can there be props showcasing sports, band, or some other school activity?
Answer: Definitely. If you've got an instrument, or something sports-related feel free to bring those to the photo session.

Question: How long are the photo sessions?
Answer: I plan for an hour, but have had them go as long as two hours. It depends on the location, the lighting, how many outfits were brought, or if we need to walk from location to location (For example my Balboa Park sessions hit up multiple spots).

Question: We like the beach. When is the best time for beach photos?
Answer: The best time for beach photos is in the Fall and Winter. Yes, the sun sets earlier in San Diego during those times, but we also get some of the clearest skies. Many think that May and June are the best months for the beach, but May Gray and June Gloom are real and the beach can really be cold and dreary in the late afternoon during those months.

Question: How long does it take to get the final images?
Answer: Best case scenario within a week, a worst-case about four weeks. It depends on the current backlog and how long our session went. I am very particular with my editing and do not like to rush it. 

Question: Are the download of digital image files included?
Answer: Yes. Downloads of the images are included, but prints cost as I have a photo lab that takes care of that.


Question: What about the yearbook photos?

Answer: Every year around May, June, and July new High School Senior parents begin to receive messages, emails, and snail-mail brochures regarding Senior Photography. Most, if not all, of these communications, come from a photography studio contracted by the school district. Many parents have the first thought: "But I have a favorite family photographer! Why can't I use them?".  Actually, you can! The district's contract photographer's main mission is to capture that one single Senior Portrait to be put into the school's Senior Portrait Section of the Yearbook. Everything else is an upsell. You are not required to shoot your entire Senior Session with the contract photographer. However, if you like what they have to offer then go for it! Time and again I get messages after the fact from parents wishing they'd known earlier that the contract photographer only needed to get that Senior Section Yearbook Portrait. 

So what to do? How do you navigate this? Easy, if you want your own family photographer to do your high school senior's photo session, first look at the contract photographers' offerings. You should see one that's 'Yearbook Only' and that's usually the least expensive option and in most cases is a ten-minute in-studio session. Also, at some point in time, there should be a free session offered at the high school so if you don't want to spend anything at all that's a viable option. Be sure to inquire about it.

Now that you know all of this the question could be "Now that I can use my own photographer for my senior photo session (except for that one yearbook picture) where can I use them?" Easy: Graduation Announcements, Yearbook Shoutout Section (different than the Senior Portrait Section), and anything else you can think of.  

If there are any additional questions you have regarding this please feel free to contact me.by clicking the Contact link in the menu.

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