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Highschool Senior Frequently Asked Questions
WHY SHOULD I DO SENIOR PORTRAITS?
The portraits at school are cookie cutter but these images and this custom experience is dedicated to bringing out the best YOU. You can also use these images for your end of the year graduation party. These images will be great for yearbook ads. And the best reason to do senior portraits is that you are at an amazing time in your life. You are gorgeous and should celebrate this milestone with legacy images.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I SCHEDULE MY SESSION?
The earlier the better! I often book out weeks and even months in advance and I only accept 45 Senior sessions per year. Juniors book Senior pictures the end of their junior year. It leaves enough time for any senior Yearbook ads. All session fees are paid at the time of the booking. You can book your session in early Spring and schedule your shoot day anytime after that. Spring and Fall sessions go first always so make sure to get your spot.
WHERE DO I CHANGE MY CLOTHES?
Be prepared to turn your car into a dressing room! That's what a lot of the Seniors do. However, We also bring along an adorable pop up changing room. When you're on the Beach you definitely don't want to walk back to the car. You can also feel free to bring a towel or blanket to cover up with between changes. There may be some walking so bring a pair of flip-flops for in-between scene changes.
I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE MY PICS! WILL I GET A SNEAK PEEK?
I LOVE Sneak peeks!! And I am just as excited about your images as you are so I always send a sneak peek of an image or three that caught our eye within 2-3 days! Be sure to Like Claire Anderson Photography on Facebook & Follow on Instagram! That’s where all the behind-the-scenes action and sneak peeks go first! Also, if you post a pic please tag @ctkphotos
WHEN DO I VIEW MY PICTURES?
About 1-2 weeks following your session I will schedule your premier viewing and ordering session where I will present all of your proofs to you, and walk you through all of the collections and a la carte options to find out what best suits your needs. I will also show you all the beautiful heirloom products that are available for you so you can pick out what you love!
I’M SO NERVOUS ABOUT MY SHOOT! WILL YOU GIVE ME POSE IDEAS?
Absolutely! In fact, that’s what I'm known for! I will give you tons of ideas and directions throughout your session to help you feel at ease. I find the best photos to be the candid photos because that is when you are at your most relaxed state. I will coach you along and make you feel like the beauty queen you are, but don’t be surprised if I ask you to walk towards us like you are on a catwalk or give me your ‘soft smile’ aka smirk! (I warned you!;))
WHAT IF THERE IS BAD WEATHER ON THE DAY OF MY SHOOT?
Don’t worry, I always leave 2 days open during the week for reschedules. I will notify you asap if I do have to reschedule, however I usually only reschedule if there is either a 50% or higher chance of rain. If it’s overcast don’t worry your pictures will still look amazing!
What if I want to use My own Professional Hair and Make up person
You can absolutely do this but its not encouraged. We use only professionals who know how to apply techniques for the camera. You will need to tell them to give you a lip sample for you to have on hand to refresh as the lipstick fades. You should also ask for any other samples that may be hopeful for the shoot. You would receive a $100 credit to your account that you can use towards the purchase of prints or products.
What should I bring to the photo session?
At least 2-3 outfits. One should be dressy, One casual an any outfit that displays your personality. You can bring accessories and jewelry. We love hats!! If you love flowers be sure to bring a bouquet of your favorites. I will be sure to incorporate them into your session. Bring any hats (I mentioned that already) , scarves and shoes to coordinate with your outfits. And you may bring a parent or a friend to help and bring you comfort. We also send out a very informative brochure that will help you understand the timeline of your session and there is a bunch of style pointers included as well.
Does my session have to be either studio or location or can I have both?
Yes, you can have both.We can do both on the same day when you choose that package. If the sessions need to be photographed on separate days there will be and additional $150 session fee for hair and make up.
How much is it to book a Highschool Senior Portrait Session?
We understand that every client is unique. Our sessions start at $200
and go up to $600 depending on what you are looking for and your budget. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your session, the remaining balance is due on the day of your shoot.
Some of the packages include a credit towards prints and products following your session. You will see and choose from 100-200 of the best images from your shoot. At the reveal session you only buy what you love and you will have a selection of my 20 favorites retouched so you can see what retouching is and how it really finishes the job. We offer top of the line products for your incredible senior portraits and will accept special requests.
Can I just have the digitals?
I know we live in a digital era and we want you to share your beautiful pictures online as much you do! YES, I will provide you with web-ready digital copies of any print or product that you purchase. These images have been fully retouched (blemish removal, skin smoothing, color enhanced etc.) and ready for the world to see. I only release fully edited images. Not only to protect my brand, but to also ensure you are receiving a fully-finished portrait. After all that is what brought you to us in the first place
When should I book my session? Do you require a deposit to book a session?
We book out several months ahead, with June, July and August being favorable months. We recommend booking your session by spring of your junior year. Yes we do require a $100 non-refundable deposit in order to secure a date. The deposit will be due at the time of booking and will be applied to your session or collection. In the event you need to cancel your session the retainer is non-refundable but we will absolutely work with you if you need to reschedule.
How long does it take to get my products? Will they be shipped to us or do we pick them up?
We do our very best to send out a sneak peak a few days after your shoot. Your viewing and ordering session will be scheduled 7-10 days following your session. Products typically take 3 weeks from when they are ordered. We love to inspect all our products to make sure they meet our expectations before we hand them over to you. Once all your products are in you will be notified and a pickup time can be scheduled.
My session is over, what’s the next step.
We will send out a sneak peak in a few days and then you will need to set up an in person ordering session. Due to evening shooting viewing sessions are scheduled during the day. Viewings are scheduled 7-10 days after your photo session, this allows us time to get your images ready for viewing.
When will I get to see my images?
Our seniors get to see their images throughout their entire session on the back of the camera. At the end of their session (In studio only) they get 10 minutes on the clock to quickly star their favorites, I know it sounds terrifying to have to choose images in 10 minutes, trust me it’s not as hard as you think and nothing gets deleted. Up to three sneak peeks will be posted on Instagram a few days after the session. You’ll have to wait for the rest.
Do I drive myself to my session?
Yes, unfortunately we are not covered to have you ride with us. You will be responsible for your own transportation to your shoot and to each location.
Are parents or friends allowed at my session?
Absolutely, this is an important day for you, we want anyone special to you to experience it with you.
Can I have a pet, friend or family member in my some of my pictures?
Yes you can.This is YOUR session so it really is all about YOU. That being said, your family is welcome to hop in a picture at the end. If you want to do a bestie session with a friend there is an additional fee and you will both be photographed throughout the session and at times together.
What kind of sessions or packages do you offer and what do they include?
We understand that not one person is the same, so we have created multiple sessions and packages, ensuring there is something for everyone. For more detailed information on sessions and packages please fill out a questionnaire and you will receive our session pricing guide. Remember, you only buy what you love and we will never pressure a client into a sale.
Do you only shoot seniors?
We love working with teens! We still love other genres of photography and book them throughout the year. We photograph woman from 5 to 85, families, headshots, personal branding, children, families, couples, athletes, newborn, boudoir, dancers in motion, ballerinas, maternity, actors, models, beauty, fashion and conceptual imagery.
Do you photograph boys?
Yes! Majority of our bookings are girls but we love working with boy seniors just as much!
Can I repost or share my images on social media? I LOVED MY PHOTOSHOOT! HOW CAN I SHARE MY EXPERIENCE?
Absolutely! We want you to share your experience and images with your friends and family. All we ask is that you tag us in your post. @ctkphotos, FB @CKportrait. Hearing about your experience with us is honestly the BEST compliment we could ever receive! If you have a few moments then you can leave a Google review, Facebook recommendation or feel free to send us a note!
I love your creative portraits but not very creative myself, can I still have a creative session?
YES YES YES! We love getting creative and bringing your vision to life. You just have to let us know and we will take it from there! When you fill out the questionnaire it helps us to figure out the best ways to showcase you based on what you are drawn too and we have LOTs of ideas. We are sure to come with something that works for you!
Do your sessions include makeup?Do you require it to book a session with you?
Our COVID gift sessions do not include makeup however we highly recommend it. When you book a session there are options that include professional hair and make up services. This is done at our studio prior to every session. Our biggest compliment over the years would be that our retouched images are not over edited. We owe that to professional, camera ready makeup. If you don’t wear makeup, no worries our barely-there look will be perfect for you, it’s light and sheer but does a great job evening out skin tones and blemishes, yes even guys add on professional makeup but it is not required. You may be amazing at applying your makeup, however camera makeup is different than your everyday look. A full understanding of the right camera-ready products and application is essential for beautiful straight out of camera results.
How many outfits do I bring? Will there be help with styling? Do you have a style-closet?
You know what looks you want but not sure how to achieve it. No worries we are here to help! Once fill out this questionnaire which allows us to get to know you better. That will be followed by a Beauty& Style guide on what to wear. Remember you can buy and return and borrow from all your friends to get the looks you want. Yes we have a small style-closet and we are more than happy to pull pieces we have to complete your looks.
All the clients on your website look like models, I’m not a model can I still book a session with you?
Yes you can! We have zero models in our High school Seniors Portfolio. We work with real clients with no modeling experience. We love making our clients look and feel like they just walked off the cover of a magazine. All sessions are fully guided so you can bring out your inner model.
What time of the day do you shoot? Do you shoot on weekdays or weekends?
We love evening light and schedule 2-3 hours prior to sunset. Our clients are scheduled Monday-Friday. On occasion we do need to schedule sunrise shoot however they are not typically our first option. Saturday is the first session to go so if you need that you should book right away. Studio sessions are the most flexible. We work with sunlight and strobes in the studio so they can be photographed anytime.
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2021 - HIGHSCHOOL SENIORS - THIS IS YOUR TIME!
We run our photo shoots like a fashion shoot. Get ready for killer poses, killer backdrops, and killer images.
We had a fantastic time photographing the 2020 Seniors as our gift to the families and community. So much so that we want to keep doing it! Why be stuck with those cliche school pictures when you can have a Vanity Fair Style fashion photo shoot that will be customized to bring out your personality and be sure to make your friends jealous!
2021 and 2022 Seniors need to book NOW! Especially if you intend to submit these images for the yearbook.
If senior photography matters to you and you are looking for something beyond the normal school pictures, then help us get to know what you are looking for. All you have to do is fill out this PRE-SESSION STYLE QUESTIONNAIRE and we will call you to book your personal session. We can't wait to meet you.
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