“What do you do?”
I like to talk with the Senior and most times with the parent of the senior. I like to get an idea of where your session is going to go. You may already have seen some cool locations, poses, and props from other resources and I want to hear them. This is your time and I want it to be memorable in a good way! Most schools prefer the outdoor portraits for the yearbook picture but I also offer indoor studio sessions as well. We will pre-plan out what you, the family, and I want to achieve from your session, it’s not just about the Yearbook photo but about you, the Senior, and all that you have done over these past few years. I can go over all this over the phone or meet in person, what works best for you! Need ideas? My Portfolio features every Senior that I have photographed over the past 12 years! I can suggest locations, but would love to hear what you have in mind!
A lot of people don’t know this but I still work a full-time job as a web designer. My hours are limited, but this gives me the ability to work with a limited set of seniors each year, and that in return gives you full focus from me. For the 2023 Senior season, I will book a total of 20 sessions. One session a week, evenings are preferred with the warm sunset that will give nice lighting to your session. It is best to get on my calendar now as I will take one session during the week and one on Saturday in the evening. I will work with your schedule as much as possible so that we can make this happen! If it rains on your scheduled day, this is why I take a few days off during the week, I can quickly reschedule you into the next open spot. I have done this before, and only one student had to re-book three times due to rain, but I have been really lucky over the past few years. I start watching the weather days in advance and I will make the call up to an hour before the session if we can do it or not. You never know what will happen with Denver weather!
During the Session
You brought cool clothes, and fun props and we picked the perfect location! Mom, Dad, family, and your best friend or favorite pet is very much invited and sometimes will be added to the pictures. I prefer a parent there, but if you feel that having Mom there will be too stressful, let’s talk. I get it. Moms can be stressful. I know! My kids tell me this every day 🙂
Smile! Laugh! Magic! I love talking to seniors and hearing about where and what they want to do after school is finished, the activities they participated in, their favorite music, teachers they love (and loathe!), favorite movies, and their outlook on life! I want your session to be a great experience and fun! Bring things that you love that say “THIS IS ME!” Instrument(s), skis, skateboard, your favorite book! Each session is custom, and this is what makes your session unique!
Depending on the type of session, I normally will take an hour to get the images, a studio session will require an extra day booking, we’ll discuss the schedule during your consultation. Don’t forget to read “What to Wear” and Investment. I have access to make-up artists, the works!
Your viewing will be ready to view no later than three weeks following your session. This gives me time to download your images and work on the editing. I like to show “Best of the Best” images from your session (no blinkies!) so these images will be fully polished so that we can order your photos on the spot.
I want to see your excitement when I share your images with you! I understand that you are busy – it’s my priority to make everything super easy for you! I will schedule a follow-up to view your images and take the time with you to help you select the images from your session and walk you through all the collections and a la carte options to find out what will suit your needs best. I will also show you all the beautiful heirloom products that are available so you can pick out what you love! I always have on hand examples of prints, canvas, metals, wood, acrylics, albums, and graduation cards ideas of all sizes so that you can visualize what your amazing art will look like each day. Your images deserve to be prominently displayed in your home instead of being forgotten about in a drawer on a CD, and I’ll help you make it happen!
And yes – some prints will be ready to take home that night! I only release fully edited images. These images have been retouched, prepped, primped, and ready for the world to see. After all, that is what brought you to my images in the first place.
Once you have picked your favorite images, they are off to the lab to be printed, I will write up an amazing article on my website that features just YOU, the Senior! I’ll mention your achievements, goals, and future plans and show the best of the best of you on the website so that you can share them with family and friends.
With your model release form signed and approved – each Senior will be featured on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, the website SusanBaggett.com and other Senior features such as Senior Year Magazine and Modern Senior on Instagram and sometimes to local and national judging competitions!
Still have questions? Feel free to give me a call at 720-309-5070.