Since it’s maybe been a while since you’ve hired someone for professional portraits, you need to make sure you’re working with the perfect senior photographer when it comes to this special milestone! That’s why I’m sharing 3 tips for choosing a Reno Senior Photographer who’s a good fit for you – because when it comes to senior photos, you deserve the absolute BEST.
Tips for Choosing a Reno Senior Photographer:
1) Does Your Photographer Make You Feel Comfortable?
At minimum, you want a Reno Senior Photographer who is friendly and professional who has plenty of experience to provide great photographs. But that’s basic…
You also want someone who has a wonderful attitude to make the process of a senior photography session FUN and not stressful. But even more important – you’ll want someone who will HELP prepare you so that you have the BEST session of your life to document this incredible milestone.
It’s also important to choose a photographer that specializes in senior portraiture. A lot of photographers photograph anything under the sun, and that can lead to a confusing style and process.
But finally, you need to be comfortable in front of the camera to LOOK comfortable in front of the camera. Your photographer should give you an experience that makes you feel good while their lens is pointed at you! Follow them on social media so you can you see their personality before booking and make sure this is a person who you don’t mind being around for a few hours.
2) Check if They Offer Products & Keepsakes
What good are your senior photos if they only make a brief appearance on social media? Part of a senior photographer’s basic skills should include being able to professionally design an heirloom-quality photo album and/or other quality display items. Unfortunately, a lot of photographers actually don’t offer these items and service. When you find a senior photographer (like myself) who offers heirloom products, here are some things to consider while looking at their sample products:
- Do you notice any tearing/crackling in the binding or edges of their sample album pages? Your photo album is meant to be a lasting heirloom. If a photographer’s sample album is literally falling apart, that’s a red flag.
- Are their albums designed in a timeless way? Do the images flow from well from one to the next?
- Does the photographer provide other products aside from albums? Can you get professional wall art from them? Do they carry products you LIKE?
- Can you purchase gift items to treat the special people in your life? Think of grandparents who would love to be sent a photographic gift of your senior portraits!
3) Are they Consistent?
While searching for your Reno Senior Photographer, you might be overwhelmed. If you rush while selecting your photographer, you could overlook an important aspect of their photography – the consistency of their work. Any photographer can take 1-3 great pictures to show on Instagram. But can they provide an entire collection of incredible photographs? In fact, I have sadly had several seniors ask me to re-do their photos because even though they got a million images, they only liked one or two of them.
A Reno Senior Photographer’s style isn’t just about the technical aspects or the angles. It is about their unique perspective and creativity. It’s also the way in which they edit the images. And in fact, it is the WAY they take the images. You’ll notice that my photos are bright…light and “airy.” That’s MY style, and if you dig through my portfolio, that is what you will see across the board.
Is your Reno Senior Photographer’s style a fit for you? Will they meticulously edit your photos? Or will they rush your pictures to you without hardly glancing at their final product? Do they CHANGE their style like the wind changes directions? How do you know you’ll get the style you think you will?!
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Fifth and Chestnut Photo Co. is a Reno Senior Photographer with a studio in Midtown Reno. I serve the greater Northern Nevada and Northern California areas, including Reno, Lake Tahoe, the Carson Valley and beyond. Contact me and find out how this I can create incredible one-of-a-kind senior portraits for you and your family!