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How To Choose A Photographer for YOUR Senior Photos

You’ll soon be closing the chapter of your childhood and stepping into that ‘real world’ of adulting. Your senior photos are literally a once in a lifetime event, and choosing the right photographer can be the difference between a memorable experience where you felt confident and beautiful or just another thing to check off the ‘senior year to-do list’.

Here are four main things to look for when choosing your senior photographer. (I mean, I totally hope you choose me if we are a good fit, but even if it’s not me, choose someone who is a good match for YOU and what YOU are looking for).

Huntington senior girl with blonde hair and round sunglasses stands in a meadow for a natural, rustic senior photo.

1. THE EDIT

This is one of the main things that differentiates photographers. Things to consider: Skin tones, do they look natural, or are they muddy? Is the skin plastic-y or does it look real?

Is it important to you to have blemishes and flyaway hairs corrected? (Not all photographers do retouching). Are the images overall crisp and colorful or do they look like they have a ‘filter’ on them? What look do you want for your images that will document this time in your life? These questions are important to ask yourself, because the images your see in a photographer’s portfolio are how your own senior photos will look.

I believe retouching is important so that when you view your photos, you see yourself and not a blemish that was gone in a week.

A high school senior girl sits, smiling on a parking block in downtown Huntington IN in front of a wood pallet wall.

2. THE EXPERIENCE

Ok this word gets thrown around a lot but do consider what type of experience you’d like. You’ll meet some photographers when you show up at your shoot, others offer consultations to plan your shoot aesthetic, fashion choices, and get to know your personality.

Some photographers offer ordering appointments and some send a digital download, and some leave that up to you. These are very different processes so choose the one that is best for you.

At Feather & Key the experience looks like, this: I send your a Dream Shoot Planner that is full of all the info you need to prepare for a perfect shoot. I also offer a consult before the photo shoot to collaborate on everything.

Most photo shoots start at my studio with pro hair & make up styling. We look over outfits to coordinate locations and style it up at the accessories bar where you can borrow pieces for your photo shoot.

About a week after the shoot, the whole family comes back to the studio for the big reveal of images! We choose favorites from all the proofs, see and hold product samples, and design custom pieces. I retouch each image and design your artwork. Once everything is back from the lab, I’ll personally deliver everything to your home.

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3. THE ARTWORK

An important thing to consider is what options photographers offer for their images. Do they offer prints and products or just a digital download for DIYing it? Do they offer social media files? Do they offer in person ordering appointments or just an online gallery? (I do both, depending on what the family wants.)

The days of a few 8x10s are over. Leather albums, canvases, image boxes, acrylic blocks, metals there are so many ways you can display your images. My studio offers all of these options and more, I love seeing the confidence of a senior as she proudly holds her canvas or the pure love on mom’s face as she holds the album of her daughter’s portraits. There is something really special in seeing yourself as art.

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4. THE PRICE

Just like coffee, clothes, or most other things, photographers range from ‘Prada’ prices to ‘Platos Closet’ prices and everything in between. No option is wrong or better than the other, but each will be a very different experience. When comparing your options focus on what’s included in the prices. There’s so much more to the price than just the number! Try to look at the value rather than just the cost.

Some families want wall art or albums to pass down. Some families just want some digital files. Some seniors want info on what to expect, and one-on-one attention. Some seniors want to just show up and get it done. When looking at photographers, keep in mind what you’d like YOUR experience to look like, feel like, and how you’d like to enjoy your images. Then compare it to what they offer.

A smiling senior girl holds her canvas and pictures from her photo shoot at the Feather and Key Studio im Huntington.

Dream Team Carnival Photo Shoot

The Dream Team girls and I braved the carnival this week. We had so much fun, won some cute prizes, and got sugared up on cotton candy.

30 Seniors | 30 Days

Over on Instagram, I recently had an idea to feature one senior every day for thirty days. Not only was it a great way to show off their images, I think it was a little confidence boost for the seniors to each have their own day :)

Jordyn | Huntington 46750 Senior Photos

"I was worried that my senior pictures would be too posed and not me-like but Tia did a wonderful job of making me look natural. I felt really beautiful, Brittany did a great job of making me look super pretty while I still looked like me. Tia had me do things that were natural in the shoot so it made me feel comfortable. I knew Tia would do a great job of capturing my personality and always has crazy good ideas. My photo shoot was so much fun!!! Also the pictures are AMAZING, so it's a win win. I LOVED my photos! They all turned out super nice!" -Jordyn

Paige | Huntington IN

"Tia made me feel very comfortable in front of a camera, and the pictures and editing are amazing. I've plastered my pictures everywhere in my parents' houses, and they look great." - Paige

What is your typical weekend like?
binging tv and food because weekends are my cheat days 

What is your dream job?
I want to be a journalist for the us navy 

What makes you laugh?
my family. 

Tell me about something you're really proud of:
I'm really proud of my knowledge of the Spanish language and the fact I lived in Mexico and nearly mastered it in a summer 

Who is someone that you look up to?
I look up to my brother, he is the one who got my on the path of the navy and ya know. he's my big brother. <3

What are some of your favorite songs or artists?
OH GOD OK I really like the velvet under ground, cat power, kimya dawson and belle and sebastian 

What is you favorite thing to do in your free time:
absolutely nothing. or spend time with my family 

Favorite color:
yellow 

Favorite Movie of all time:
pulp fiction 

Something I have too much of:
anxiety lol

I'm slightly addicted to:
EXTREMELY* caffeine 

Five things on my bucket list:
-see all 6 cool contients screw the artic
- own a nice car
-rescue animals
-go back to the city I was an exchange student in
-go 20 years without eating meat 

If I inherited a million dollars today, I would:
build a rescue and rehab center for all animals with a very strict no kill policy

If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
flying so I could go wherever I wanted 

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