Dustin, My daughter is a Westlake High School Senior and we were shopping/interviewing photographers to take her senior portrait. Several of her fellow classmates have gotten their senior portraits done with you last year and we noticed that you seem to be able to be able to capture them both as the person they actually are, and yet add a dash of glamour that is attractive to the model. How do you make ‘peace’ between the mothers and daughters on these choices? We want a look we can both agree on- I want to avoid a mature or sexy senior portrait and she wants to avoid anything that makes her seem forever sixteen. Help us find a happy medium for a perfect senior portrait.
This is a great question and one that I hear quite often. When it comes to senior portraits, it’s all about compromise. First off, I always tell my seniors that their parents have to approve of all outfits they intend to bring to their senior portraits photo session. Secondly, I’m always keeping an eye out for outfits and poses that are too revealing or sexy. When it comes to locations for our portrait sessions, I’m always thinking of locations that compliment the outfit and the attitude. I never want to create an image of a high school senior that looks too much like a model.
I also try to create as much variety in my portrait sessions when it comes to looks, so the senior and the parents feel like they both received high-quality photos they want. I make sure that Mom, Dad, and the grandparents get photos they like, as well as getting shots I know the seniors want. It’s always about meeting in the middle.