My photography clients are mostly children, families and high school seniors.
Most of you know I have first hand experience with high school seniors, as our youngest was one in 2012. Being the mom of a recent high school graduate has given me a different perspective on the way I operate and price my high school senior sessions – I will always offer a fun, on location session with a photo shoot experience at an affordable price. I get it. I’ve been there. College is expensive. Senior photos don’t have to be.
But being the mom of a recent senior has also given me a new perspective on the way I photograph my seniors.
Over the holidays, I took my daughter to the loft for a session. And here is what happened. Bailey was very honest with me about poses and positions that just didn’t feel right or weren’t really her.
For instance: Big trend in senior photography is to place your hands around your face- framing the face. Bailey will just tell me, “Mom, no one does that. That just doesn’t make sense”. She’s so right. Rather than focusing on poses that look like every other senior photographer out there, why not focus on the client and her own mannerisms and personality? Most photographers say they want to capture your personality, and then tell you how to sit and stand. It works, it often makes beautiful images – but does it really reflect the client’s personality?? I know this will be hard. I’m not totally sure how to approach it, but I know it will create beautiful and authentic images of my clients.
So here is a sample of my session with Bailey. Being 100% herself. I love these. My goal is to do this for everyone I photograph in 2013.
Oh, and thanks, B.