If you have a senior graduating this year, you’re probably wondering, “when should I book senior photos?” We get asked this question a lot, so we’re here to help you know the best timeline for the best experience possible with little to no stress!
As a high school senior photographer, we encourage you to book early to ensure prime dates are still available. If you wait until August or September to book your senior pictures, chances are, there are only a few slots left through October! It’s not too early to call the studio in April or May to book a session for June just after graduation. This is helpful for you, as you can work around your vacations and plans, and it’s helpful for the photographer, as they get a better idea of their calendar for the season.
Occasionally we’ll get a call to our studio and ask if they can book a photo session for later that same day! While few people are this prepared, you do need to leave yourself some time between booking and the date of your student’s photo session. There are resources we send to you, such as location options, outfit suggestions, and sports or hobby questionnaires. This information helps us customize the photo session around the senior, and gets them photos that they feel truly represents who they are, instead of a completely generic photo shoot. You’ll need a few weeks to prep outfits, pets, props, etc., so be sure to leave yourself time to prepare for the shoot properly!
After your student’s photo session, our studio needs 2-4 days to process your photos and edit the color and contrast. We go through each photo and make sure it looks its best! You don’t want to see any hair in their eyes or an odd shadow across their face, so we fix all that and make sure the images are perfect. By the time you come to the studio to view the pictures and pick out what products you want, it takes an average of 3-4 weeks to get all the products that you ordered printed. Framed items tend to have the longest turn around time.
Keep in mind: this will be your child’s last professional photo experience while living at home. This is a huge milestone in your child’s life, and it deserves to be commemorated and celebrated as such! If you’re considering skipping senior pictures because they take a lot of selfies… don’t! You’ll treasure these photos, and one day, your grandchildren will love seeing these images. There’s nothing like having a beautiful, striking portrait of your student hanging on your wall while they’re away at college. Getting senior pictures done is not only a fun experience for your student, it’s a chance for you to remember them just as they are as they enter the world as an adult.
When you book senior portraits early, you get the most flexibility for scheduling by far! When you wait until the summer to book, your options for dates dramatically decreases. If you book a session in June, and should you need to reschedule their photo session for any reason, whether it’s bad weather or an illness, chances are that you can get another photo shoot in a few days. If you need to reschedule a shoot in September or October, our next opening may be several weeks away.
Portrait studios often provide discounts and promotions for those who book in the off-season or early on in the summer to help them get a jump start on their calendar. Taking advantage of the beautiful June flowers and sunshine may also save you money! For example, our studio is running a promotion for $25 senior sessions in June! While our session fee for our peak season is usually $395, those who book early and get their senior session done in June see amazing savings, and the photos are just as beautiful! It pays to be early… literally!
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