What exactly are senior portraits and why should you get them?

I was under the impression that everyone knew what senior portraits were. As I got into the senior portrait market more and more, I realized that this isn't always the case... let me explain.

I was talking to one of my close friends about my photography business and how much I enjoyed working with seniors. She gave me this puzzled look and I quickly asked what was wrong. She then proceeded to ask, "Why would you take pictures of old people? Is it to use in their obituary articles?" Morbid, butI lost it (although she might be on to something there...).

 (For the record, this isn't my photo.)

(For the record, this isn't my photo.)

So needless to say, I thought it would be a good idea to write a post for those of you who maybe are unfamiliar with what senior portraits entail today. 

First let me clarify. Senior portraits are of HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS, not people that are age 65+.  From being out in a big world on your own  for the first time, to the last year you spend with the childhood friends you grew up with, and even starting a journey that will lead you to your career, they're a great way to document a very special stage in your life. Whatever it may be for you, there are so many changes and milestones in the upcoming year! 

I feel I also have to mention that senior portraits have come a long way. For those of you that are familiar with the concept, you might be thinking of the kind of portraits from 15, 20+ years ago. If you've seen, one, I know that you know what I'm talking about and are probably chuckling to yourself right about now. The "glamour" type studio shot with the awesome backgrounds and they all look relatively the same. (And the picture below isn't even that bad!) Sure they were lovely pictures back then, but things have changed. A lot. Thankfully.

 (Once again, not my photo)

(Once again, not my photo)

Senior portrait sessions today are more similar to fashion shoots.

Sure, the pictures are wonderful for your parents to display on their walls, in their wallets, and all over social media. They can be used for graduation invitations, thank you notes, and yearbook ads. And those are all wonderful uses, don't get me wrong. But your senior photo session is so much more than just photos. It's an experience. You get to be a model for a day! It's your time to shine and just be you with no other pressures at the moment! (Because you and I both know the upcoming months will be full of stress that comes in the form of college applications, essays, and exams- to name a few!) Get your makeup done, find an outfit that makes you feel amazing and come work it for the camera! 

As always, I'd love to chat about your senior session and work with you to create a once in a lifetime experience!