You and your parents know that your senior photography session isn't just about taking pretty pictures. Rather, it's about celebrating this unique moment in your young life as you transition from adolescence to adulthood. Your parents want to remember the playful kid they've watched grow up. You want to honor the strong, independent young adult that you're becoming. Tell me, does this sound like you and your parents? If so, you're in the right place!!
My full-service senior photography sessions are laid-back, fun, and completely stress-free from start to finish. I guide my seniors through different poses so they know how to stand, where to look, and where to put their hands. From there, we play games, ask questions, and genuinely have a great time which brings out natural smiles, honest emotions, and real candid moments. Senior sessions with me are like fun hangout sessions with your cool older sister.
You're likely researching several different photographers for your senior photos and you might be asking yourself, "Why should I hire you over Photography X?" That's a great question. Photography X and I may have similar styles, but here's why I stand out above others:
I Make Being In Front Of The Camera Comfortable : If there's one thing I hear most often from my seniors, is that I make them feel comfortable and confident while being photographed. All start off saying, "I'm super awkward in photos," and by the end, they're loving every moment of it!
I Listen To My Clients : No two senior photo sessions or their image galleries are ever 100% alike. That's because I listen to my seniors and take photographs of what is important to them. If you don't want photos of X, Y, or Z, we won't take them. If you want photos of A, B, or C, we'll make it happen!
I'm My Seniors' Advocate : I'm an enneagram 1w2 which is "the advocate." My seniors are my number one priority and I will work for you and what you want. If that means standing up to a parent because they are stressing you out, I'll do it...gently and kindly, of course.
My Posing and Composition Are Masterful : I spend time posing my seniors so that they feel natural, genuine, and comfortable. I take extra care to compose an image so there aren't distractions that draw the eye away from the subject.
I Take A Variety Of Images : Some senior photographers only take trendy photographs of their seniors. And while those are great for social media, they may not be great for the yearbook or the frame on your mantle. I take a variety of photographs of my seniors including, but not limited to, the fun and trendy ones, as well as classic portraits.
I Help You Pick Your Outfits : I can't tell you how many seniors and their parents have said their outfit consultations made their planning so much easier. I know what looks good in front of the camera, and you know what styles you like. Together, we're able to pick photogenic outfits that you feel 100% yourself in.
My Edits Look Natural : I pride myself on honoring color in my edits and it starts by shoot in a way that honors my clients' skin tones. By honoring skin tones, color in the rest of their photographs look natural. And natural color is timeless which means your wedding photos will always be in style.
I Deliver Photos Quickly : My clients receive their final image galleries well before my contracted delivery date deadline. And while I deliver their galleries quickly, I still take great care to masterfully edit, color correct, and otherwise perfect my clients' images.
While they appreciate Mom and Dad's thoughts on any given subject, they have their own mind and like to speak for themselves.
Exploring new places gives them a joy unlike any other and they're always dreaming of their next adventure. Studying abroad in college is a must for them.
They want to make their mark, reach for the stars, and make the world a better place for others to live.
They believe every human has worth and value and should be treated equally and with compassion. They believe black lives matter, love is love, and don't judge others for the way they live their lives.
They love their family and friends fiercely and would do anything for them.
While they're hip, modern teenagers who have their finger on the newest fashions, they also value classic style and want their senior photos to be timeless works of art.
How would you describe your style?
My style is a combination of fine art and true-to-color photography - I like to call it Romantic Realism. Colors are true to those you saw on the day of your senior photo session, contrast is low yet there's still a lot of pop, and the feeling you'll get when looking at them can only be described as "dreamy."
How many photographs can I expect to receive?
The exact number of images you'll depends on any number of things which is why I don't guarantee an exact number. However, I aim to deliver between 30-50 images per hour of photography time.
When will My Senior photos be delivered?
My goal is to deliver your images as quickly as possible. Your senior photos will be delivered within 6 weeks of your session. That time frame accounts for sending your film to my lab, film processing, and film-matching your digital images once I receive your film scans. I try my best to provide senior clients with an Instagram story sneak peek within a few days of their session.
When should i book my senior session?
Book as soon as you know you want to work together! My booking calendar opens early in the new year and dates are reserved on a first come first serve basis. My senior session dates fill up quickly, so it's a good idea to book your session as early as possible.
How many Senior sessions do you book a year?
I take on a limited amount of senior sessions each year so that I can give my all to each of my LB Seniors. In a typical year, that's about 30 senior sessions between the months of May and October.
Is the entire collection fee due upfront?
Unless your session is booked last minute, your collection fee will be split into 2 equal payments. The first invoice is due with your signed contract proposal and the second invoice is due a week before your session.
I live in California but I love your work. Will you travel to me?
Absolutely! We'll create a custom senior photo collection for your destination senior session and we'll make sure your photos are everything you ever dreamed of.
If you live locally but want to plan a destination senior session, let me know and we'll make it happen!!
Can you recommend your favorite hair and makeup artist?
I would love to help you add find the best hair and makeup artist but I only share my list of recommended vendors with my clients. That's a perk of being an LB Senior.
Should I provide you with a shot list?
When you hire me, you're hiring me as an expert and as an experienced artist. I have fine tuned my approach to ensure I capture you at your best with the greatest amount of variety that time allows.
Where do I change outfits?
When a public bathroom isn't available for us to use, you may either change in your car or use my pop-up changing tent.
What happens if it rains?
I typically wait until the day of the shoot to make the final call on whether we postpone a session or not because often (real talk: most of the time) the weather turns around! However, if it's super rainy or stormy, we will reschedule your session. Please note: the later it is in the season, the fewer dates I'll have available for rescheduled sessions.
We all want our skin to look picture perfect in our portraits. And while you can’t magically get rid of a zit overnight, there are several things you can do in the months, weeks, and days leading up to your senior photo session that will get your skin looking its best.