6 Tips to Picking the Perfect Senior Photographer

For parents of High School Juniors and Seniors the question asked a lot is “How do I know what photographer I should choose for my son or daughter’s senior portraits?” Picking the right senior photographer is different for every person. This post will hopefully give you some insight to make sure you’re picking the right senior photographer to capture your child’s senior year.

  1. Locations!
    Something I’ve been told when talking to seniors or their moms is that they love the variety of locations and that none of the backgrounds look the same as their friends or classmates. When looking for your senior photographer, keep in mind that locations are important. Since moving to Southeast Texas, I have spent a lot of time driving around, finding the perfect spots to give a diverse look to all my seniors. Sometimes we might have a little bit of a drive to get to that perfect spot, but it is well WORTH it!
  2. Consistency!
    I was looking for a family photographer a few years ago to take our family pictures and I was so frustrated in my search. I found that several would only put one or two of the best photos from their session on social media and not show the other photos from the session. That might not sound like a big deal but when looking at their blog or asking them for a peek at a full gallery of photos I found that there truly were only a handful or less of good photos. So take the time, do some research and look to see if your prospective senior photographer has a full featured session on their blog. This will help you to see if the photographer can consistently produce quality work that you’re happy with.
  3. Editing!
    This ties in with the consistency also. This was another frustrating thing I found when researching photographers for my family’s photos. I would see an image I loved and when I visited their website I saw so many different kinds of edits. I don’t know about you, but I wanted my pictures edited like the picture that I originally fell in love with. I didn’t want to take a chance on wondering if I would love the outcome of the pictures. For senior pictures one very important thing to look for is over-editing. You want to make sure that your son or daughter will still look like them self in the pictures. Making sure the photos still look natural after they’re edited is so important.
  4. Photo Products!
    I’ll never forget the moment one of my senior mom’s told me they were so glad I didn’t just give them a link to their photos and leave the printing up to them. Having digital files is awesome for posting to social media, but there is also nothing like receiving a high quality, leather bound album or custom made image boxes with all of your images in them. This is something that over the years will become even more special to you than just some images still sitting in a link sent to your email. Make sure your photographer provides heirloom quality products, along with your digital files.
  5. Each Session is Different!
    No one person is the same, so not all sessions should be the same either. Decide what is important for you. Make sure to ask what is included in the session…how many locations do you typically have for a session, how many outfit changes, etc
  6. Don’t Procrastinate!
    Once you’ve found the senior photographer that you want to work with, its’ time to book them! Don’t wait! Many senior photographers book up quickly!!
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Texas Senior Portraits | Lauren | Nederland High School

I have had the privilege of working with Beauty Revived for several years now and their senior campaigns are something I look forward to working with every single year! I have met some of the most AH-MAZING young ladies because of Beauty Revived. This year’s girl, is no different. I can say that Lauren is one of the sweetest girls I have ever met and so very talented! She is a writer, preparing to go to college for journalism and has guest written a couple blog posts for me over the last couple of months. You can find those articles here and here, go check them out and leave Lauren’s articles a little love! But before you do that, I would love for you to read below what Lauren’s dad said about her…
And the photo below? Well, her very first article published in the Port Arthur News is in that paper!

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Meet Lauren | She is Beauty Revived

As a young parent, I was often told that my precious baby girl would turn into a sullen, distant, and difficult teenager. Now that we have made it most of the way through the teenage years, it is with great relief that I write that none of these predictions have turned into reality. On the contrary, my wife and I have found that raising our daughter, Lauren, has been easy, rewarding, and satisfying. My wife and I are under no delusion that Lauren’s success has anything to do with what we have or have not done. Rather, we recognize that Lauren’s Christian faith have endowed her with compassion and courage. These values have allowed Lauren to grow into the person that she is today.

Our family firmly believes that adversity does not build character but instead reveals it. Lauren’s character was put on display before her Sophomore year even started. As a young dancer, Lauren had waited for years to become a member of our local high school dance team. During the first week of summer practice, Lauren performed a difficult dance move and instantly felt her hamstring pop. Following multiple consultations, we were told that she might not dance again and there was certainly no guarantee that she would ever dance at the high level demanded by her dance team. Her orthopedist told her that the best route back to recovery would be rest followed by months of arduous physical therapy and exercise. Faced with this daunting task, Lauren’s courage was on full display. Through pain and time-consuming therapy sessions, Lauren pressed on through the first semester of her Sophomore year. Game after game during her recuperation, she stood on the sideline with her chin held high and a smile on her face as she watched her dance team perform without her. With faith in God and her physical therapist, her hamstring healed and she finished the football season with her dance team on the field.

As great a dancer as she is at this time, Lauren is an even better person. Her most distinguishing characteristic is her compassion for others. Whether at school or in the community, Lauren is a peace maker. She hates to see people in distress or in conflict and she never hesitates to assert herself into a dispute if she believes that she can help smooth out the edges. She enjoys sharing her passion for good decision making with young students in our community by speaking at elementary schools throughout the local school district. However, her compassion for others is most vibrantly on display through her writing. Lauren has a passion for journalism and writes a bi-monthly opinion column for the local newspaper. Through her writing, Lauren shows her compassion for all of humanity. Whether she is writing about health concerns for local athletes or analyzing constitutional issues that affect the entire nation, her point of view is always based upon what is in the best interest of the greater good.

Raising teenagers is not a job to be taken lightly; however, my wife and I have experienced great joy and we have had a lot fun as we have watched Lauren grow into a courageous and compassionate Christian.

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You can find this story on Beauty Revived’s website, along with some other amazing young ladies across the United States.

 

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Prom season is here which means finding your dream dress can be kind of a nightmare. So, to help you avoid any catastrophe in the dressing room or on prom night, here are some tips on how to find your perfect dress based on your skin coloring!!

Are you Warm Toned or Cool Toned?

Pull up your sleeves up and look at the veins on the inside of your wrist.  Are they blue or green? If they look more blue, you have cool undertones. If the veins look greenish, your skin tone is warm.

When you’re out in the sun, does your skin turn a golden-brown, or does it burn and turn pink first? If you are one of the lucky ones to turn brown, you’re warm-toned, and if your burn and turn pink first you are cool toned. There are two types of cool toned skins. Fair-skinned girls will simply burn, while medium-skinned cool-toned girls will burn then tan.

 Cool Toned Colors

Girls in the cool tones, to make your eyes pop and stand out in a crowd with colors that fall on the inner part of that rainbow, you’ll dazzle in greens, blues and purples!

Warm Toned Colors

Those of you in the warm toned category…you’ll knock ’em out with colors that really highlight those golden undertones your skin so gorgeously gives off. Think yellows, oranges, red, even olive greens can be stunning on you!

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For more hints on finding out the color tone to your skin check out Style Caster. Make sure to keep these color hints in mind when you’re gearing up for your senior portraits too!!

 

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So these are THE BEST chocolate chip cookies, hands down, that I have ever had. It’s not just me either. Everyone raves about them. So I am willing to share my super secret, Betty Crocker recipe with you all…haha!

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 sticks margarine or butter, softened (I prefer to use Imperial Brand margarine)
1 egg

2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 pkg semi sweet chocolate chips

Combine sugar, brown sugar, butter and egg in a large bowl, with a wooden spoon. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir with spoon until blended. Grease cookie sheets and drop with cookie scoop onto the cookie sheets. Press down slightly with fingers on each cookie. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

I take them out of the oven when the edges look a little brown and then leave them on the pan for about 8 minutes to let them set up a little bit.

Recipe adapted from the recipe found here at Betty Crocker.

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