Why Are My Senior Photos So Expensive?

Good afternoon seniors and parents! Today I wanted to write a post breaking down all of my senior packages to show you what you are investing in when you have your senior photos taken. Your senior photos, in my opinion, are something worth investing in! Your senior year is your time to shine and you want to remember all that you did in high school to show your children and grandchildren! I have been graduated from high school for four years now and I still look back and treasure my senior photos! Now me telling you this might not show why you should get senior photos or why they are so expensive so let me break down my packages for you to show you what all goes into making your senior photos beautiful.

It is never just the hour and a half to two hours of session coverage when we take your photos. A lot of things go on behind the scenes to make every session that I do a success. Now with that being said let's look at my packages and all that goes into your session!

 

Summer senior portraits. The trees were so green and wild sunflowers were blooming.

The Simple Senior is my basic package for $180 and includes:

  • One and a half hours of session coverage.
  • One location.
  • Two outfits.
  • One glamour outfit (Optional).
  • No less than forty high-resolution images delivered through an online gallery.

The Active Senior is my midway package for $220 and includes:

  • Two-hour session coverage.
  • Two locations.
  • Three outfits.
  • One glamour outfit (Optional).
  • No less than sixty high-resolution images delivered through an online gallery.
  • One free 8X10 print.

The Heirloom senior is my deluxe package for $360 and includes:

  • Three-hour session coverage.
  • Two locations.
  • Four outfits.
  • One glamour outfit (Optional)
  • No less than eighty high-resolution images delivered through an online gallery.
  • Fifteen 4X6 prints.
Senior portraits in the summer and winter.

Now that I have broken down what is included in my packages I want to tell you what you are paying for when you choose one of the three packages.

Session Coverage 2-4 hours:

So, of course, the session coverage in which package you choose is included but what you may not know is that it takes me an hour to location scout to find the perfect place to take your photos. This happens a few days before your session and before I leave my office the day of your session I spend thirty minutes cleaning gear, wiping memory cards and packing my bag. So what most people don't realize is that you are booking me for an extra hour and a half than what is stated on the package information. 

 

Editing 10-12 hours:

After a session, I am so excited so as soon as I get home I start culling through all of the photos to find the ones that will be delivered to you. This culling process takes me one to two hours to complete and after I have found all of the good photos I start the editing process. The editing process takes me anywhere from eight to ten hours depending on how many photos I will be delivering. I take my time to make sure that every photo is edited to my light and airy style and if it was a cloudy day or skin tones don't look quite right I make sure to fix all of those problems to make sure that every photo comes out beautiful.

 

Consultation 30 Minutes - 1 hour:

I require that all of my senior clients sit down with me for a consultation to answer a questionnaire so I can get to know you better, go over the different package options, book your date, sign the contract and pay the $50 deposit (which is included in the session price). This takes anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour depending on how many questions you and your parents may have.

Senior photos inside. Senior photos outside.

Here is a break down of what I make per hour using my Active Senior package.

This package is $220 so most people assume I am making $110 an hour and that is not the case. See the beak down below.

$220 - $15 (gas) - $25 (senior packet) = $180

I added up all of the average hours from earlier and divided it by 180 to get how many hours goes into each session. 

Session: 3

Editing: 12

Consultation: 1

Hours: 16

180/16 = $11 an hour

Senior photos in Albuquerque Old Town. Senior photos in Jemez. Wild flowers. Red Chili.

I wanted to end this post with saying that yes there is A LOT of hard work that goes into a senior session but I wouldn't have it any other way! I enjoy every single part of this process and I am so blessed that I get to do this for my job! I hope that this post today helped you understand not just what goes into your session but also what you get in return. When you invest in your senior photos you are investing in memories that will last a lifetime and that can get passed down in your family. I hope you all have an amazing weekend and an amazing senior year!

Fall senior photos with dog. Senior photos with dog. Senior photos in Old Town Albuquerque.

How To Plan Your Senior Session During Your Favorite Season

Good afternoon seniors and parents! With the 2018 school year coming end I wanted to help out my future seniors with this post about how to choose which season to take your senior photos. As you know each person has a favorite season, mine is fall. I love the colors of the leaves, the style of clothes, the coffee drinks, the cold weather it's all so beautiful to me. When you are deciding which season you want to capture your photos in you want to think about which one is your favorite and why. Think about what draws you to that season the clothes, the weather, the drinks, the food and anything else about that season. I am going to give you tips and examples of which month, what to wear, and what to bring to your session during each season.

I want to start off with spring. Spring is the time of year when everything is in bloom and everything is the most beautiful shade of green. March and April are the best months to take your photos because the flowers are in full bloom and the leaves are such a rich green. You always want to wear pastel colors such as pink, blues, and greens and richer jewel tones such as darker blues, greens, and whites. These colors will stand out against the green in the trees and compliment the colors of the flowers really well. 

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Summer is the time of year when you can cut loose and have fun. In New Mexico, our State Fair is during the summer and it is an amazing place to take your photos with all of the lights, rides, and stands. July and August are the best times of the summer to schedule your session you always want to wear bright colors to stand out against the colorful backdrop. This is also a time where you can be a little bit more casual. The summer is the time to have fun and kick back and not stress. 

Beautiful senior session in the Jemez mountains on a calm road, and a session with red chili in Old Town Albuquerque.
So much color and the State Fair, and fairy lights on the fares wheel.
Beautiful green trees with yellow flower petal to give some color, and beautiful park session with the editor of the Volcano Vista yearbook.
All of the colors!
Summer park session, and session in the Enchanted Hills Bosque entrance with lots of green.
Blue, purple, green, fried food, coke-a-cola, are the most amazing things about the fair.
Session in the center of Old Town on this beautiful stair case, and a session in the Bosque with green leaf wall and sunflower.
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In the trees and on a stair case.
I love the bright lights of the Mary-go-round and the fares wheel the make some of the most beautiful photos.
Letterman jacket, field of wild flowers.
The colors of the New Mexico State Fair.
This senior wanted an 80's look to her hair and her outfit, note the guns and roses t-shirt, this senior is a little more traditional and wore a beautiful button up with a navy skirt.
This pink dress complimented her girly side so well and just looked stunning on her! This blue door is my favorite color and is in Old Town.
There were so many beautiful trees in the bosque and the park that added the perfect back drop and props.
I loved all of the colors in these locations.
The pink and the green complimented each other so well, and I love how the red chili stands out against the green!

Fall is the time of year that many girls love. It's the time for colorful leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, dark colors, and colder weather. During the fall you want to wear reds, maroons, yellows, browns, forest greens, oranges or any dark color. These colors compliment the colors of the leaves and stand out in a beautiful way. The best time to get the most beautiful colors is at the beginning of October. This is when the leaves are the most beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red. In Albuquerque, we have this huge event every October called The International Balloon Fiesta. People from all over the world come to Albuquerque to fly their balloons for ten days during this amazing festivle. It is one of my favorite olaces to shoot and if you want to have your senior session there you will not be disapointed in the final result. 

Sitting on a fallen tree branch with a beautiful red dress and riding boots, and laying down in a pile of yellow leaves in a teal top.
Fall leaves make the perfect background.
This beautiful red bush cast a very different but pretty color onto her, and this senior wore her senior hoodie.
Golden hour cast such a beautiful light when you back light your subject, and branches hanging down make a beautiful golden backdrop.
The light in the fall is the most beautiful golden color.
Beautiful cozy fall session in the bosque with her pup.

Winter is my favorite season and my favorite season to take photos! There is just something about the white of the snow and how you have to bundle up to stay warm it's so beautiful to me. When you are taking photos in the snow you always want to wear either really bright colors or very dark colors to stand out against the white of the snow. You want to stay away from very pale colors and white so that you don't blend in with the snow. This is the perfect time to break out a beanie and scarf so you look like a model. My local seniors, the best place to get the best snow is up near the crest of the Sadia Mountains during the end of January early February that is when Albuquerque receives the most snow.  

Beautiful session in a red dress in the woods of Colorado, and a snow filled session in the Sandia Mountains.
In the green forest with beautiful pine and aspen trees, and throwing snow in the Sandias.
Laughing photos are always the best photos.
Fun in the snow.
The red dress stand out so well against the snow and so does the teal shirt.
Pink and blue stand out so well against the white backgroud, and this grey and black outfit is so cozy and warm.
Looking over your shoulder is one of my favorite poses.
The snow brings so much joy!

I hope that all of this information has helped you and that you will be fully prepared to plan your senior session to the fullest!

 

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How To Style Your Senior Session

Good afternoon current and future high school seniors! I wanted to write this post today to give you some tips on how to style outfits for your senior session! Your senior pictures are something that you will treasure for years to come. Each photo should capture who you are and so should the outfits that you chose. I am going to share three style tips with photo examples. 

1. Tip number one is if you have a letterman jacket a sports uniform or a class ring bring it with you to incorporate it into your session. You have worked hard to letter in your activities and decorate you letterman so why not show it off? If you have been on a sports team or after school activity that you love, bring your uniform! If you have a class ring it is an awesome detail to add to your photos.

2. Tip number two is to wear something that you feel comfortable in and that will show off who you are. If you are more girly and love dresses and heels wear them! If you are a tomboy who loves jeans and a school t-shirt or a blouse wear them! If you are a combination of both then have one outfit that is more girly and one that is more casual. This is your time to shine so dress that way1

3. Tip number three is to include someone special in your life. Whether it be your best friend, a boyfriend, a parent or a pet make sure they get to take part in these special photos. You will be able to look back and have these special photos with these special people in your life.

I hope all of these tips will help you as you are planning your senior session! I hope to be the photographer lucky enough to capture these photos that you will treasure for years to come. I wish I had known about these tips for my senior photos because they would have been a little more special to me. I am excited to share these tips with you to help make you senior photos more special for the years to come.

 

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Winter is My New Favorite Season!

This session was very special for me because it has two of the most important people in my life, my sister and brother-in-law. I have always wanted to do a session in the snow and when my sister told me that she wanted some of her senior photos in the snow, I was so excited! Sadly, we live in Albuquerque, New Mexico where there is no snow right now. So I was bummed waiting and waiting for snow that wasn't coming. But then I remembered we were going to Wolf Creek for a family snowboarding/skiing trip over the New Year. So I decided to take advantage of the beautiful snow and take these portraits that I am so proud of.

We wanted to get the most variety out of this session as we could since we knew we weren't going to have snow at home. So we went with two different outfits and as many different locations as we could find. Elena and Justyn were troopers! it was below forty degrees in the shade! It was a team effort to keep Elena warm in between shots.

My favorite subjects to photograph are couples and seniors and this session combined both of those! They are the cutest couple I have ever seen! They have been together for two years and I can't wait to see where their relationship will go! I am so blessed to have them in my life and I love both of them so much! I can't believe I get to call them my brother and sister and have a front row seat to see how God is going to use them! 

 

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