Looking for your IDEAL Senior Photographer? 5 questions you NEED to ask before booking!

Ok, so I LIKE to ask questions-it's the former teacher in me and I encourage you to do it too! DO NOT be shy! You want a photographer that gets YOU and who you are! Here are a few questions to help you locate a local Waukesha and Lake Country Wisconsin photographer that will help capture who you are as a person! I hope this helps, even just a tad bit!

1. What is your STYLE?

You want your Senior photos to be a reflection of you! Some photographers’ styles are more candid, some may be more posed, some are “sexy,” and edgy like in a magazine, some photojournalistic, some more classic and clean…which one appeals to you? Check out the photographers' website and their portfolio to get an idea of their natural style.

If the photographer has been in business long enough, their true style can be seen in their portfolio just like any other artist. You can get a good idea of a photographer’s style by checking out their website and viewing their senior picture image gallery; but it’s a good idea to ask them about it too! When you look at a photographer’s portfolio, look for images that speak to you and that you can see yourself in.

Another great way to see the prospective photographer's style is to check out their Instagram and Facebook pages. Most photographers try to keep these more up to day and you can view a lot of their work examples quickly.

2. How much experience does the photographer have working with Seniors?

They say it takes 10,000 hours of experience for someone to become a master of their craft/art, so ask how much experience the photographer has. Do they have a degree in photography? Do they have other experience working with Seniors? Do they have tips and tricks that will make me comfortable at my session? Ask as many questions as you can!

3. Do they offer a pre-session consultation and what does it include?

If a photographer does not offer you an in-person or online consultation to get to know you and understand your needs, you may not want to hire him/her.

A meeting is super important because you need to know if you and your photographer will click. It's like meeting your Calculus teacher-are you getting the, "oh my Gosh, this is going to be a great semester vibe'' or the "it's going to be a very long 4 months vibe."

Feeling comfortable during the photo session is the most important thing—if you don’t like the person behind the lens, it will show in your pictures. This is the time to ask the photographer any questions that you may have forgotten about when you first booked.

See how friendly and knowledgeable they are.

Do they communicate well? Do they seem accommodating and flexible? Pros should encourage you to bring along anything that represents you – musical instruments, athletic gear, dancing shoes, purses, pets and BFFs!

When you’re relaxed and comfortable around someone, you become more natural in front of the camera, allowing for great pictures.

4. What does your packages cost and what do they include?

Try to remember that your senior portraits are an investment that happens once in a lifetime, rather than an “expense”. These are images that you (and your parents!) will keep forever, so go into the selection process with an open mind, but make sure you understand what you are paying for.

Is it just for the session or does it also include digital images and/or prints? Some photographers advertise a low session rate that only includes the photographers time and talent. Others offer all inclusive rates and still others offer a mix and match of what your can get.

Also find out how long your session will be? Is it restrictive of time or do you have flexibility? Where will the location be or can there be multiple locations? Can you wear more than one outfit? How many proofs can I expect to receive? How are the proofs delivered and how long after the shoot? Is hair and makeup included?

5. Is the prospective photographer liability insured and will I have to sign a contract?

It is super, super important to find out whether the photographer you are dealing with is running a legal business, and in particular if they are liability insured. If you injure yourself at a shoot, and you are dealing with an illegal, uninsured business, you are liable for all costs and have no come-back.

It is also super important that you get a contract to sign, both for your protection, and the photographers. Most contracts will set out exactly what you can expect from your session, how long it will be, and what would happen in the unlikely event photos are lost, or weather means your session cannot happen.

Ok, that's my list! I hope it helps you just a bit in your journey to find your IDEAL Senior Photographer! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out! I'm just a CHAT click away!


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