Wondering what we are all about? Have a question for us regarding your senior session? Here are some of our most frequently asked questions. Please contact us with any additional questions!
Why choose a professional photographer?
I think we have all heard a horror story or two about senior photos gone wrong! Remember that your senior photos are a special milestone, not just a quick photoshoot. You want to look back on the session with happy memories, instead of cringing at the thought. When you choose a professional photographer, you ensure that you will never have to show blurry, low quality, shadow-filled photographs to your loved ones or even generations to come. A true professional has experience, happy clients to recommend them, and a clear understanding of what you want and how to achieve it. I will give you top-notch care, and walk beside you for every single decision, from booking to product ordering. My seniors and their parents walk away happy, holding photos they will treasure for the rest of their lives, and they know they ALWAYS come first!
I’m not a model. How will I know what to do and how to pose?
Well, I don’t know too many supermodels, but I do know a whole lot of GORGEOUS SENIORS! You don’t need to be a model, or even to have set foot in front of a camera before you come do your senior session with me, I promise. I love equipping my seniors with the tools they need to walk away feeling confident and amazing. I help you pose, with gentle guidance, and make you feel comfortable so that you can focus on genuine smiles and expressions (and yes, I will always tell you where to put your hands, since that seems to be a big concern!). I love bringing out real laughter and smiles….no need to be America’s Next Top Model to have a great time, laugh a lot, and get senior photos that will make your friends jealous!
What should I wear?
I always tell my seniors to wear their normal style, just amped up a little. I also add that they should try to include one more conservative, polished outfit so they have photos that will be less trendy and will withstand the test of time (examples: a solid color dress, a button down or blazer, a simple sweater or cardigan, etc). That being said, if your style is bohemian or rocker, then wear it with pride. Be sure to try things on beforehand, complete with shoes, so you can see if you need to add a slip or change undergarments or hide bra straps. Make sure you can sit/stand/move in your attire and shoes so that you don’t have to be self conscious during your session.
What are things I need to do to prepare?
It is a great idea to take care of your skin year round, but especially 30 days before your session. Try a gentle skincare routine and moisturizer (yes, guys too) to keep your skin glowing and beautiful. Guys, please shave carefully if desired or get a haircut before your session (approximately 2-3 days before is great for short cuts) to make sure you don’t have a little five-o-clock shadow joining in on your photos. Girls, if you are planning a drastic cut or dye, either test it several months before your session, or wait until afterwards. You don’t want to inadvertently capture an unfortunate dye job that didn’t go as planned!
I also recommend laying out all your outfits before your session. I can answer specific wardrobe questions before your session, as well. Make sure you steam or iron any garments before you arrive, and walk in front of a light source to check for see-through items.
I have braces! I have acne! Help! What do I do??
Here at Photography by Galicia, we believe every senior is BEAUTIFUL. We care much more about who you are as a person, the things you are passionate about, and who you want to be than a few little zits or braces. That being said, I know some seniors can be uncomfortable. Feel free to speak with me prior to the session about anything you might be especially aware of so we can find a solution together.
My friends want you to do their senior photos too! How should they contact you?
I’d love to do your senior photos, your friend’s senior photos, and their friends, too! You can also consider becoming part of my senior street team, where your job is actually to spread the word about your senior photos to every one you know. For more info, you can contact me here.
I want to include my instrument, sports equipment, or varsity jacket…Can we do that?
Yes! Please advise me before your session (not the day of) with ideas or items you may want to include so I can plan strategically. If I have advance notice, we can better incorporate your ideas to make them amazing.
How much will portraits cost?
Your senior photos are the investment of your high school career (besides, obviously, your academics!). They document a once-in-a-lifetime moment when your whole life is going to change…you’re preparing for college and adulthood. Please keep that in mind when booking your senior session! These photos are investments into portraits you’ll love to show your children or grandchildren someway. My booking fees for senior sessions begin at just $200, with product collections sold separately. Your booking fee reserves your senior session, and you also receive a custom consultation.
How much does the average client invest in as far as products? What is the minimum investment?
The average client invests between $800 and $1400 in their senior collections and products. (I understand for some seniors, this will be difficult to manage financially, so we offer a payment plan. We believe every senior deserves beautiful portraits, so I hope the payment plan can make it a reality for you). I am happy to answer any questions regarding your investment in the seniors portraits you’ve dreamed of!
Now what? Still undecided?
Book your free consultation. The first thing you need to know about my consultation is well, it’s with ME! Yep, I personally consult with my clients. This is one reason why we only accept a limited number of seniors each year…I never want to lose the personal touch that I’ve built my business on. Because I believe every senior’s story MATTERS, I carry those personal values right into my senior shoots. I believe each senior has value, every story matters, and that a personal relationship speaks volumes. My beliefs in self-confidence and inner beauty inform every decision I make about my business.
Best of all, a personal consultation is free! It’s the ideal way to kick off your senior session, and help us get to know one another before the big day! I can’t wait to meet you!
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