H;ow would I describe my senior portrait style to a potential client? Let’s just say I specialize in edgy,
high-energy shoots that are commercially
executed to tell a high school senior’s story
and subsequent path.
Both students and parents alike tell
me they are attracted to my “in-your-face”
style and the fact that I put so much time
and effort into my vision for the shoot, the
location and the style.
Before every session, we consult with
every single high school senior and their
family about their look, uniforms, props, etc.
They bring all of their items to the shoot,
and I art-direct the session based on the
image they want to convey as individuals.
FROM CONCEPT TO CONSULT
The client’s initial phone call (usually with
the mom) will be to find out pricing, get
a sense of my process and find out how
things will go if they hire me. That’s why it’s
so important in this first impression that I
convey professionalism, competence, talent
and most importantly, my ability to capture
great imagery of their precious high school
senior. I take about two minutes
to explain the process—from
consult to shoot to final prints
and delivery. I always make
sure I am clear, informative
I tend to feature what is really important
to the teenager, and my high school
senior portraits often have a commercial
flair and feature elements that are relevant
to the subject. I get hired because of my
engagement with the family and the senior.
I treat their vision as if it were my own,
and it’s really important to always create a
sense of excitement and get to know their
interests, such as favorite music, colors,
clothes, foods, sports and extracurricular
activities, hobbies and favorite nicknames.
OPPOSI TE PAGE: Artist Vincent devours his self-made papier-mâché hamburger that helps
convey his love for life and art. TOP: Justin has a
swagger all his own, as showcased against this
textured work of art mural in Detroit’s Eastern
Market. ABOVE: Zoveire loves Lemonheads
and wanted them to be part of her portrait.
Phrases like “Run That!”
“Bring the Pain!” and “Rock
That!” help keep the energy
levels high during these
super-charged senior shoots.
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