Not every senior is excited for their portrait session. I bet you wouldn't expect me, as a photographer, to admit such a thing, but it's true! Not every senior is excited for a photo session. Some groan and grumble and begrudgingly show up. What will make these students light up? Something they genuinely enjoy. I get it. I invite every senior to make the session reflect them- who they are and what they care about. And between the thematic images, we take a few of the traditional poses like those from our own senior portrait sessions.
And students are busy! For this session, we fit a collection of images into, honestly, about twenty minutes of shooting time. This allowed us to create photos without disrupting his schedule too much.
I sympathize with families juggling a lot around their photo sessions. The assumption that people look forward to senior portraits isn't true for everyone. And I work hard to make sure that everyone comes away with positive feelings about our time together. Seniors enjoy showing personality in their photos, whether it's with a car, an instrument, sports equipment, or ???
Senior photos, in my mind, have two agendas. One is that professional portrait reminiscent of years past, and another is showcasing personalities. I find teenagers charming. Seriously.
I'm currently creating with seniors in a very unique time of history. Graduation is a big milestone. And I appreciate the invitation to create memories for them and their families.