Looking for some tips on how to get the most out of your senior portrait session? It’s that time of year and you’ve scheduled your high school senior photography session…and now what? What are the questions that you have?

What do I wear? What kind of images do I want? What should I do with my hair? How many pairs of shoes should I bring? I love this hat, will it look good in photos? I play sports, how can I get images showcasing what I love? I play an instrument, should I bring it with me? I get nervous in front of the camera, how will I deal with that? I have a crazy school and activity schedule, how will I ever find time for senior photos? My parents say I need to do this…I’m not excited about the idea at all, will this be torture?

Salt Lake City high school senior photograher Carrie Owens tells her best tips for a successful session

 

There are lots of questions surrounding your high school senior photography session and this post is dedicated to helping your resolve some of those uncertainties and to set your mind at ease for creating and designing a session that is tailored just for you. Our goal at your session is to showcase every facet of your personality in your images and for you to have fun!

 

 

Once your session is booked, I’ll help you along the way to make sure that we create a session that showcases this amazing time in your life and that you’ll remember for years to come.

Your best 10 tips:

1 | Schedule a pre-session consult with me. We can do this over the phone or in person, but the main goal here is to make sure that we’ve planned out your session (outfits and locations, etc) to ensure the best images possible.
2 | Choose the session type to ensure that you allow enough time/location to showcase the image you want. Do you have several outfits that you want to create images with? What facets of your life do we need to make sure that we have the time to showcase?
3 | Plan your wardrobe – outfit changes and accessories (don’t underestimate the power of accessories!) We can go over all of this at your pre-session consultation, and if you’re out shopping and you feel the need to text me a pic of an outfit – go for it!
4 | Hair and makeup – and NAILS. Please don’t forget your nails! I have several hair and makeup artists that I can recommend that will do an amazing job for your session. Guys, you won’t need the makeup, but please remember clean and trimmed nails.
5| Bring a friend or your mom. You don’t have to do either, sometimes having someone there with you can help you feel more comfortable and sometimes it can give you added stress that you don’t want. Let’s talk about the pros and cons at your consult…and fair warning to moms, if you’re there, you’re getting in some photos with your senior!
6 | Choose a location(s) that reflects you. My studio is perfect with a lot of variation for images, but if you have something special in mind that really shows off who you are, let’s take advantage of that.
7 | Bring the things you love (sports, instruments, pets, etc) and that are important to you to your session. If you want to showcase your piano playing skills, maybe don’t bring the piano…but let’s talk about how to include that in your images if that is something you want. You may not be able to bring the pool if you’re a swimmer, but we can bring your session to the water. Let’s not miss an opportunity – let’s get creative!!
8 | Posing for photos can sometimes feel awkward. Please know that I’ll help you along and we’ll take the time needed to ensure that you’re feeling comfortable.
9 | Go with the flow. Enjoy yourself, laugh…be silly, try new things. Let’s have fun, I want this to be an experience that you look back on and smile.
10| Think about the end result – do you need announcements? Art for the parents walls? What about an album? We’ll talk about this at your consult to make sure that we have a plan to get the images you need.

Inspiration

Needing some inspiration for your senior portrait session? Take a look at some of my favorite senior sessions on the blog. Do you have your own ideas on what you want your images to look like? I would love to see them and talk with you about them. Looking for some more inspiration? Pinterest is a great option, but remember, we want your session to be all about YOU and what represents you the most. Use these ideas as a starting point and let’s chat!

 

 

Ready to set up your pre-session consultation and start planning out your senior portrait session? Send me an email or give me a call today and let’s start creating a session you’ll love.

 

I look forward to hearing from you!!

xo,
c

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These two girls were awesome at their session at my studio. They brought outfit changes, bright smiles, beautiful eyes and were willing to try anything. I love seeing siblings get along so well together and these two I’ve known for years. It’s been so fun to watch them grow up and into their own. Studio sessions are great because we have so many options both inside and out…especially when the weather is unpredictable in Spring and Fall.

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When was the last time your tween or teen was in front of the camera? Call or email today to get an appointment booked…they grow up way too fast!

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Hi Seniors! If you’re graduating this spring then it’s time to start planning your senior session! I’m all about helping you create a session that showcases who you are and what you love so don’t hesitate to email me directly at carrieowensphotography@gmail.com or use the contact button up top and let us start planning your special day.

class of 2017 senior sessions are booking now with Salt Lake City Utah senior photographer Carrie Owens

There are currently three session types available to book your senior session,  read below for the details…

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SIMPLE $350

  • 2 hour senior session
  • up to 3 outfit changes
  • COP studio location (indoors + outdoors)
  • download of 15 high resolution digital images from your gallery
  • print release

 

MODERN $500

  • 2.5 hour senior session
  • up to 3 outfit changes
  • COP studio location (indoors + outdoors)
  • download of 25 high resolution digital images from your gallery
  • print release
  • 25 senior graduation cards

 

PREMIUM $650

  • 3 hour senior session
  • up to 4 outfit changes
  • COP studio location (indoors + outdoors) + additional location if desired
  • download of 45 high resolution digital images from your gallery
  • print release
  • custom video slideshow of your session
  • 4 8×10 prints of your choice
  • 50 senior graduation cards
  • family session gift card (don’t forget a family session before your senior heads off to college!)

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High school seniors, it’s time to book your session! The weather is warming up and it’s time to get in front of the camera and showcase this exciting time in your life. If you are a current junior (class of 2018 graduating class) this is a great time to start thinking ahead. Is there something special that you would love to create your session around? Contact me today and we can start brainstorming and creating your perfect session!

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Big brother brought his little brother into the studio for some newborn photos…but first it was time to take some photos of this sweet boy who had grown up so much since the last time I had seen him.

salt lake city newborn photographer carrie owens photographs brothers in studio

We managed to get a couple great sibling shots and then we got little brother all alone…loving the sweet little smirk below.

salt lake city newborn photographer carrie owens photographs brothers in studio

salt lake city newborn photographer carrie owens photographs brothers in studio

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Some of these images remind me of big brother’s newborn session

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Although I don’t get there very often, shooting at the Great Salt Lake just outside of Salt Lake City is one of my favorite places to photograph. It’s a bit of a drive, but in my opinion, it’s very worth it. I love the different backdrops available…I love that it looks like a great soft beach, I love the rocks and the tall grasses.

I loved photographing this family of three daughters and I love that they brought along their family dog. Please don’t hesitate to ask about bringing along your pets to your session! I will always try my best to make sure that they get into the images as I know that they are an important part of your family as well. (it’s always best to mention before hand as some locations do not allow pets)

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With the snow today…I’m sure the lake isn’t looking the same as it does in these images, but I just love the serene calmness of this backdrop for photographs. I  love that you and your family shine in this location…as long as you can get past the smell and the muckiness of it, it’s beautiful. Be grateful that these images aren’t scratch and sniff. Would you like to see another session that I photographed at the Great Salt Lake? Here’s another beautiful family with three daughters at Salt Lake. And if you just need more inspiration on family sessions, take a look at some of the recent family sessions here.

It’s almost mid November…have you taken care of your family images for 2015? What about a snow session!? It’s not too late for your session and we can even get holiday cards for you. Call the studio today at 801-558-2051 or click here to book your family photography session today!

  • Kamie gardner - November 14, 2016 - 7:54 pm

    Are you available for a family photo shoot at Great Salt Lake the day before thanksgiving??ReplyCancel

    • Carrie Owens - November 16, 2016 - 11:19 am

      Hi Kamie, thank you so much for your inquiry however I am booked through the end of the year. Thank you.ReplyCancel

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