Stories Framed Photography Presents: The Photo-FAQ of the Day
Q: How do I know where to have my senior pictures?
A: You don’t have to! This is why you choose a professional portrait photographer.
My job is to know the photo-worthy places, the nooks and crannies, the popular spots (and when to avoid them!) as well as the best times of day to go to those locations.
One of the first things we do is a pre-session consultation. It’s how I get to meet the senior. I get to know them a little, hear a bit about their wishes and expectations. We may or may not decide on a location at that appointment.
That’s where Step Two comes into play. I send a questionnaire to every client - in this case your graduating senior. Aside from some “just for fun” questions, I ask about what type of locations they might want. This is part checklist, part open-ended answer. It’s easier to answer than just, “So, uh, where should we go?”
Between our in-person conversation and the answers from the questionnaire (and sometime a little help from mom or dad) we easily decide on a location for the session. I have an extensive list of locations I like to use, can use and would like to use. Mix that with the responses I’ve gotten verbally and written.
Viola! I magically come up with the perfect places. (Honestly, I sometimes surprise myself, too!)
Let’s take sweet Claire who I photographed this week. She had seemingly opposing types of locations - an urban coffee shop and a field of flowers - yet we managed to magically get the best of both worlds. (You gotta love Wauwatosa!)
I’m saving the “field of flowers” photos for their big reveal (they’re THAT good!) but here’s just one of the shots from the coffee shop.
Big thanks to Anodyne Coffee in Tosa for allowing us to use a little corner of their store patio.
Claire, here’s your Sneak Peek! I can’t wait to show you the rest!