Ten questions to ask before choosing your Senior Portrait Photographer

Maine Senior PortraitsCongrats! You’ve made it to your senior year. This is it. You’re about to have a bunch of “last times” over the coming months. The last time you play a high school soccer game, the last time you pick out a dress for homecoming, the last time you compete in debate … Senior year is about to fly by.

Soon you’ll be listening to morning announcements begging you to get your senior pictures in for your yearbook. They’ll want your list of activities, a favorite quote or your hobbies. You’ve got a lot of stuff to decide. Thirty years from now your kids are going to open that yearbook and look for you. I know, there’s a lot of pressure, right? How do you want to be remembered?

If you’ve been thinking about it already chances are that you’ve searched Google for “Maine’s best senior portrait photographers” or “Professional photographers in Maine.” Maybe you’ve cruised around Pinterest looking for ideas for poses and outfits.

Or maybe you’ve been pushing it to the back of your mind and haven’t given it a second thought. You can feel deadlines looming. You’re thinking, “I gotta get this done.”

Or maybe you’re in the final group thinking it’s no big deal and you’ll just have your artsy friend or your mom snap a few shots and submit one of them.

At the end of the year, no matter what group you’re in, you’ll flip through hundreds of faces in your yearbook and instantly be able to group photo’s into four categories:

  1. Wow! This really pops.
  2. Pretty good. (talented artsy friend)
  3. Nice try. (artsy friend)
  4. Mom shot.

Which category do you want to be in? You’ve got to decide that now before you have your portraits done. This is the last time you will ever have your senior portraits taken.

It is senior portrait season and shots are springing up on Facebook all over the place. My professional photographer friends are stunning me as always. Then there are good shots by talented amateurs that just lack that certain sense of “pop.” I see the “artsy” friend shots accentuating art instead of the subject. And then, I see the shots Mom or Uncle Bob took and I get sad at kids hugging trees, backlit images with dark faces and tilted horizons.

To help you choose your senior portrait photographer, I’ve put together this list of ten questions to ask yourself before you decide:

  1. Do I want my portraits to be awesome?
  2. Do I want a photographer who can help me relax?
  3. Do I need help posing and help deciding what to wear?
  4. Do I want a photographer who makes my shoot fun?
  5. Do I want a photographer who is experienced with editing and retouching?
  6. Do I want a photographer who uses a variety of locations?
  7. Do I want a photographer who understands lighting?
  8. Do I want a photographer who will capture both trendy and traditional shots?
  9. Do I want a photographer with experience photographing lots of seniors?
  10. Do I want a photographer who has a proven track record and portfolio of styles?

If you answered “yes” to more than three of these questions, you want to contract with an experienced, proven, professional photographer. If that’s the case, when choosing you want to be sure your photographer is a true professional.

  1. Is he an insured professional and a member of a professional association such as Professional Photographers of America and your state association of pros?
  2. Does she offer any type of guarantee of results? (Linscott Photography guarantees that you will be thrilled with your results or we will reshoot until you are.)
  3. Will he allow you to see a complete gallery from a recent senior shoot rather than just a select few shots from various shoots?

Your senior portraits are important. Someday when you are running for president, score 10,000 points, win an Oscar or publish your autobiography, your senior portrait will resurface. Do you really want it to be a shot of you leaning on a tree in your backyard?

If you are looking for a Maine professional photographer who will give you the results you want, Linscott Photography has been making seniors happy for years. A member of the PPA and MPPA, Scott is fully insured, trained and equipped to deliver. We help you relax and have fun during your shoot and wevhave plenty of suggestions to help you.

From urban style to country, classic to casual, Linscott Photography will capture the real you with awesome photos your family and friends will love. (gallery examples)



About Scott Linscott

Living life to the fullest, walking in the dust of my Rabbi, creating art through photography and written word, speaking words of hope and encouragement at conferences, workshops, church and civic gatherings.
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