What You Need to Know About Your Senior Portrait Session

Every year, we photograph many of the Upstate NY High School Seniors–and we love it.  Senior Portrait Photography documents a very special time in a young person’s life when they are just on the cusp of becoming an adult.  We frequently get asked a lot of questions about what the process entails.  Many times, this is the first time a student has had a really beautiful portrait made.  We understand that custom Senior Portrait Photography can be an investment.  With that in mind, we always want to highlight individual personalities while also creating a work of art that you will proudly be able to display in your home for years to come.  Below are some Frequently Asked Questions regarding High School Senior Portrait Photography Sessions.

Frequently Asked Questions About Senior Portraits:

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How much do you charge and what is included in the session fee?

Our session fee for a session lasting up to two hours is $200.  This includes the file we send to your school that is fully retouched.  Anything else you would like to order (prints, albums, etc.) is additional.

My school requires a traditional photo for the yearbook–neutral studio background, “drape” for girls. Do you do this?

Yes, we are happy to provide this for you.

How do I schedule my Senior Portrait Session?

Easy!  Have your parent or guardian call us at (518) 584-4237.  We will chat, talk about clothing and location options, and figure out what date works best for you.  It is simple and we can answer any questions you have at that time.

What types of payment do you accept?

Cash, checks and credit are accepted.

When will I see/select my images?

We generally schedule a Viewing and Ordering Appointment one week after your Senior Portrait Photography Session.

Do you have a minimum order?

Glad you asked–NO!  We feel that it is unfair to ask you to commit to spending your hard earned dollars before you have seen any of your images.  And if we truly do our job well, you will want to purchase them, so we don’t feel the need to require a minimum order fee to be paid up before we even begin shooting your Senior Portraits.

What is a Viewing and Ordering Appointment?

You will come back and first view a slide show of the culled and color corrected images.  We will then go through the images individually and narrow them down to your favorites.  You will place your order at this time for any prints, as well as choose your yearbook image.

How does my image get to my school?

We send it in to the contact person you provide to us.

Who should I bring with me to my session?

We require that anyone under 18 come accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.  We suggest you have only one adult join you for the actual senior portrait session.  The less people watching, the more comfortable you will feel.

Can I bring a friend with me?

Absolutely!  Some of our Seniors bring a friend with them–friends can help you feel less nervous and even make you laugh!

What if I have a zit?

We retouch everything we send to the school or print–at no additional charge.  There are not hidden or “surprise” charges.  Because it is our job to make you look your best.  That is why our session fee and print prices are a little higher than some people.

Do I get digital files?

Your yearbook image is sent digitally to your school.  You receive social media sized digital images of every image you order an 8×10 print or larger of.  These are not printable.  Digital images sized for printing are available for purchase.  Some may be included when certain print minimums are reached.

When do I pay my session fee?

Your session fee is due at the time you book your appointment.  Senior Portrait Season is very busy, as you can imagine.  If we book you in and you do not show up for some reason, that is a slot that could have otherwise been booked.  Therefore, we need to receive payment before putting you in the calendar.  The session fee is non-refundable, but can be used if you need to reschedule your appointment with 24 hours prior notice

Do you offer Destination Sessions?

Yes–we offer a limited number of Destination Sessions.  Let us know what area you would like to travel to, and we are always happy to make that happen!  Keep in mind, however, that travel outside of our area does incur a travel fee that reflects the cost of getting there and possibly staying over.

Do you offer "Styled Shoots?"

We do not do a typical “Senior Model” program because we feel that all of our clients are special and we work hard to make everyone feel like a model.  We do sometimes do pop up Styled Shoots if there is a particular theme, idea, or technique we would like to photograph.  This is open to any of our past, paying clients who want to play.  Just let us know if you would like to participate, and we can give you a shout when one comes up.  Availability is on a first come/first served basis, and these sessions often happen on a whim.

Do I have to come in for a consultation before my Portrait Session?

A consultation prior to your session is highly encouraged to ensure you get the images you want.  Because of the financial commitment involved with our services, we want to ensure you will be happy with the final results.  But we get that you may be super busy.  We are happy to talk to you over the phone for your consult.  We will go over wardrobe and styling and how to get the best images.

Where do you photograph?

We offer the best of both worlds with both in studio and on location options.  Please be aware though that travelling out of our location may incur additional fees.

How long do you keep my images?

Due to the high volume of Senior Portraits, anything you do not order during your Viewing and Ordering Appointment is deleted the day following the appointment.  Anything you order prints of we archive for one year.  After that, the files may be deleted.

What should I bring to my Senior Portrait Session?

 We recommend bringing several outfits (which we will discuss at your consultation), any accessories, and any props you would like to include in your portraits.  We also have a few fun items here to amp up your look.

Feel free to browse our Gallery of Senior Portrait Photography.  We also have some articles on our Blog to get you thinking about planning your session.

In the meantime, here is a quick slide show to get you started:

If you are ready to book an appointment, please call 518.584.4237 or fill in the Contact form.  We would love to photograph you.

Saratoga Springs High School Senior Portrait Photographer Susan Blackburn provides photography services in Saratoga Springs, Lake George, the Adirondack Region and beyond.  Blackburn Portrait Design has been photographing weddings and portraits in Saratoga Springs New York for over ten years.  Susan Blackburn enjoys photographing High School Senior Portraits in Saratoga Springs, Lake George, the Adirondacks and destinations world wide. 

Call 518.584.4237 or e-mail us at susanblackburnportraits@gmail.com.