Dang! Why are wedding photographers so expensive?

richesThere I was reading pointless status updates on Facebook rather than doing what I should have been doing. I should have been editing pimples off the faces of pubescent girls, whitening teeth, removing braces and making people into what they want to be. I should have been applying glam filters to RAW files, cloning over distracting background elements and adding my logo to reduced photos for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. But, I chose to see pictures of what friends had for dinner, learn that someone’s baby was having trouble leaving breast for bottle and view videos of hilarious cats. Then, there it was …

“2,500 – $3,500 for wedding photographer??? I went into the wrong line of work!”

I set my Russian Caviar aside and summoned the butler to bring me another glass of Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon so I could contemplate the poster’s point. I considered getting into the Bentley to be driven to the Marina to see in my pro photographer colleagues on their yachts to ask their opinions on the meaning of the post.

But the butler didn’t answer my call. Instead, my wife, sitting at the kitchen table working her third job, gave me a look like I was crazy. My caviar plate was a bowl of microwave popcorn and my Bentley turned out to be a Hyundai Accent that was less expensive than my camera, sitting in our one-car garage while our 2006 Nissan with 146,000 miles sat outside in the driveway. None of my colleagues were at the marina and the only time we get to go on yachts is when someone hires us to capture their event in pictures.

But, my friend’s status update made me realize that he, an administrator and executive who is probably pulling 80 to 100 Gs a year, thought he should have been a rich photographer instead.

Pass me the popcorn and I’ll let you know what your photographer is facing and why she charges “so much.”

First, according to Payscale.com, the national median income for photographers is $36,000.00 a year. Those on the highest end of the pay scale bring in about $85,000.00 and those on the lowest are at $9,000.00-$12,000.00.

When you pay your photographer $3,000.00 to shoot your wedding, you are contracting for usually 8+ hours of services the day of your event AND 20+ hours after you head for your honeymoon cruise. Most of us work late into the night to get social media photos up in a preview gallery for you and your friends. Yes, we want our logo to be seen when you share your pictures and tag friends.

Out of that $3000 comes your product. Is it a leather album with two smaller albums for parents, a slideshow of images, an online gallery? Let’s subtract our cost of supplying those things and estimate $800.00 for product.

Did we bring a second shooter? Let’s subtract another $300 for that since we pay them out of what you pay us. That leaves $1900.00 or $60 an hour. Not bad, huh? Wait, there’s more…

Out of that remaining $1900.00 comes our business costs which include advertising, travel, equipment, computer editing software, technology upgrades, mailings, internet bills, web storage fees, professional membership fees, equipment insurance, liability insurance, continuing education. I’m amazed at my friends who also maintain studios outside their homes with rent, utilities and insurances. More and more of us are opting for home studios for obvious reasons. If I have to pay for a studio my fees are going to need to go higher.

Yes, you’re right, your wedding isn’t our only wedding. We shoot other weddings too but we do 90% of our wedding business in June-August. That’s 12-13 weekends if we book solid. Saturday is the big day but we do pick up a few Sunday weddings too, if we’re lucky. The rest of the year, especially after October is pretty dead. That means wedding photographers have got to make 80-90% of their living in 10-12 weeks, especially in the Northeast.

So let’s imagine we totally book out our summer and bring in $35,000 on weddings. That would be great! We’ll then shoot as many portraits as we can and hope to have a strong senior picture season because we know, in the Northeast, we’ll be doing next to nothing except paying out to advertising and bridal shows to get next summer booked to do it all again.

Still think your photographer has got to be rolling in the dough? Your photographer also has to take care of his own health insurance, retirement account and self-employment taxes. Paid vacation? No such thing.

What’s the morale of the story? Don’t go into photography solely for the money. The good news is that “photographer” made it into the top 200 jobs of 2013. The bad news is it is number 172 behind taxi driver at 146. (http://www.careercast.com/content/top-200-jobs-2013-161-180). In 2010 we made it to 146 on the jobs list in the WSJ.

Wedding photographers are not getting rich. They charge the lowest rate they can to stay in business and make a living. Their cost of business, quality of equipment, education and experience sets their rates. But, be careful! Our field also allows for any Tom, Dick or Sherry to purchase an intermediate level camera, kit lens and flash, throw up a website and hang a shingle proclaiming themselves “professional” photographers. They’ll even set rates similar to area established pros. Always ask how long they have been shooting, where they studied photography and what professional associations they belong to. Will they shoot your wedding with a backup camera in their bag in case of equipment failure?

With established professionals providing a resume beyond “self-taught” and “I love photography,” you are not getting ripped off.  Trust me, like every small business owner in America, your photographer is doing his best to make a living doing what he loves while providing you with a product that will leave you raving about his services.

Interested in photography for big bucks?

Don’t quit your day job…

 

 

 

 

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So you want to be a professional photographer?

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Missed the kiss! Only one chance to capture this moment. This photographer misjudged lighting and ISO. Lots of motion-blurred shots at this wedding.

I just saw an ad for a “professional” photographer who has to be hemorrhaging money. $125 got his clients 3 hours of shooting, multiple locations, several outfit changes and rights to high resolution images on disk. Holy cow!

Even if he isn’t editing at all, he can’t be making enough money to survive. Those prices are better than Walmart and even their photo studios recently went out of business!

I did the math and without putting anything aside for insurance or equipment replacement or travel, I’d make about $6 an hour if I charged his rates.

He’s a “self-taught professional” with business cards and all. The marketing looks great.

It raises questions. What makes a professional a professional? Is it equipment? Ability? Payscale? A business card and website?

Websters says a professional is following an occupation as a means of livelihood. Livelihood is a means of supporting one’s existence, especially financially or vocationally.

But Websters doesn’t qualify the level of existence. Hmmm…

Does that mean the 15 year old high school student living at home and paying no bills is a “professional” just like my colleagues at Bruce Haskell Photography with their beautiful studio and multi-person staff? That doesn’t make sense to me.

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Oops! This photographer is still learning lighting. Use a gobo, fill flash or find some shade.

My friends who are professionals have some significant expenses just like I do. There’s equipment insurance, liability insurance, association dues, offsite archiving fees and advertising costs. At $6 an hour I’d have to photograph 200 seniors to pay just those expenses while my mortgage, electricity, Internet and every other bill went unpaid. Plus, I’d starve!

I have some suggestions:

1) If you’re starting out as a photographer, have limited experience and few expenses, be honest. Tell people you are working toward becoming a full time professional and that’s why your rates are so low. Otherwise they will expect your rates to be just as absurdly low when they come back in five years for another project. Shoot with every pro who will let you and then get their endorsement. When I am booked or talk to someone who just can’t afford to pay enough for me to make a living, I refer them to good photographers who are building and learning or are talented hobbyists and weekend shooters.

I shot my first wedding in 1981 but I still have so much to learn. I have some photographers I love to watch and learn from (Brittany Rae Photography, Cory Pro Photography, etc).  Maine has a lot of very talented photographers! If you’re new, you’ll go further if you adopt an attitude of a lifelong learner.

2) If you are a client using a “pro” who has absurdly low rates compared to the others you’ve looked at, don’t be a jerk when the results aren’t as good as the Pinterest shots you love. Your eye sockets might be dark, the background might be cluttered or you might be washed out by sun. Remember, there is a reason your photographer’s rates are so low. He’s learning or gaining experience. The good news is that a learner is usually thrilled to reshoot and try again! You might be love your shots or, you might get what you paid for.

3) Lastly, and this one is a vital if you have attached the pro label to your photography services, please invest in liability insurance and a backup body if you shoot weddings. There are a lot of horror stories of unhappy brides suing their photographers for subpar results, or accidents. Courts hold professionals to “professional” standards and will side with brides when they find negligence. You can’t reshoot a wedding. Different standards exist for photographers who list themselves as “semi-professional”,”weekend shooters” or “photography lovers.”  Use a contract and spell it out. Just be honest. There’s a large market looking for less expensive student photographers and people learning the craft. Resist presenting yourself as someone you are not.

4) Consider the impact you are having on the local photography economy by including yourself in the professional ranks while offering cutrate prices to fill your calendar. Imagine yourself as the parent of three who owns a deli. What impact would it have on you if someone who “just loves making sandwiches” opens a deli across the street charging a 10th of what you charge? What impact would it have on the deli business in your area? You contribute to the health of the photography economy in your community.

It is entirely alright for you to charge whatever you want. Heck, if you’re just starting out, shoot as much as you can and whenever you can, even for free. Enjoy your craft! Just be honest in your marketing. Use it to your advantage. When you truly get to the point of your photography providing the majority of your livelihood as an independent adult, join the professional community. You’ll find other pros willing to fill in for you if you get sick or break a leg. They’ll share equipment and give advice. In professional photography, it takes a village.

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Scott Linscott is a professional photographer in Westbrook Maine who is now working to rebuild his business after a lifesaving liver transplant in May of 2012. He has been in and out of the professional ranks since he began as a photography lover in 1981. www.linscottphoto.com

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Your wedding guests & their camera

A must read for wedding guests and brides.

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Need a Photographer for 2013 Maine Summer Wedding? I’m wide open!

Josh & Kristen

Josh & Kristen

Are you scrambling for a Photographer for your 2013 Wedding?

Are you scrambling for a good photographer for your wedding this summer or fall? The good news is that I have lots of openings!

Why do I have openings? Usually the only photographers who have openings left by now are either amateurs with nice cameras or people who are “professional” in name only – no training, little experience and “self-taught.” It’s true but that does not describe me.

Why do I have openings?
The reason I am available is that I had a liver transplant in May of 2012. I didn’t know where I would be in my recovery this summer so I did not attend any bridal shows or take bookings. I didn’t want to be unable to shoot and leave a bride hanging.

But now, the great news is that I feel great and am completely able to return to work.I’m riding my bike 40-60 miles a week, have full energy and am loving life! My one-year check at Lahey transplant clinic gave me the “green light” for everything. I don’t even have to go back for another checkup until November! That’s incredible and I am so thankful.

That’s great for me and great news for you because my summer is nearly wide open. It’s last minute for you to find a photographer or maybe your booked photographer has cancelled on you and you need to find someone fast. I’d love to help you by photographing your wedding. Give me a call at 207-400-2481 or send me an email at scott@linscottphoto.com.

– Scott

The details…

Wedding Packages

Your wedding memories deserve a trained professional with top-quality professional equipment. I hear sad stories every week of someone who entrusted capturing their special day to a friend, relative or someone with “a nice camera” only to be disappointed. You want photos that will stand the test of time. Yes, that shot of your party wearing sunglasses and lifting you in the air is trendy but will you be excited about it at your 25th or 50th anniversary? I focus on both the fun, trendy shots but also make sure to capture portraits that will stand the test of time.

Platinum: $4500.00
– I bring along a second photographer to help capture your entire day
– 8 to 10 hours of coverage
– DVD library of your high resolution images with print release
– Online gallery viewing
– DVD slideshow with 150+ images
– Custom designed 10×10 Legends leather album (12 pages/24 sides)
– Two 8×8 duplicates of your Legends album for gifts
– Softcover stitched proof book with 150+ images .
– Free engagement photo session of up to 2 hours
Gold: $3000.00
– Up to 8 hours of coverage
– DVD library of medium (for 4×6 prints) resolution images with print release
– DVD slideshow with 150+ images
– Online viewing
– Custom designed 8×10 Legend leather album (12 pages/24 sides)
– Two 5×7 duplicates of your Legends album for gifts.
– Free engagement session of up to 90 minutes

Silver: $2250.00
– Up to 6 hours of coverage
-DVD slideshow with 80-100 images
-online viewing
-custom designed 8×10 Legend leather album (12 pages/24 sides)
– one 5×7 duplicate of your Legends album for a gift.
-free engagement session of up to one hour
Bronze: $1250.00*
– Upto 4 hours of coverage
– DVD slideshow with 80-100 images
– Online gallery viewing
– You order only prints you want online

Bookings
Bookings will only be secure when I receive your 25% deposit. The remainder of the balance must be paid 14 days prior to your wedding.

Additional services

– If only interested in an engagement shoot without booking your wedding, cost starts at $200.00.
– Additional prints, books and a variety of fine art products are available at additional costs.
– I will provide additional coverage at a rate of $200 per hour. A second photographer is available for $100 per hour.
– Quoted rates are available within 60 miles of Portland, Maine. On-location services beyond are available with travel expenses, lodging and meals paid by the client.

* 5% Maine Sales tax will be added to all products and fees
Prices effective March 2013.

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Planning your trip to Maine – ice cream and waterfalls

Are you visiting the beautiful state of Maine? Or are you planning a Maine vacation, day trip or stay-cation? Maine has so many hidden treasures that it would take more than a year for you to find all of them!

Of course, you can spend all your time viewing our famous lighthouses, eating lobster in Maine’s many top-level restaurants and scoping out scenic shores, mountains, lakes and rivers or you can take a worthwhile jaunt off the beaten path to discover our lesser-known treasures.

With breath-taking foliage, uncrowded ski areas, large lakes and comfortable summers, it is not secret that Maine is a top tourist destination. Quaint country stores, numerous antiques shops and stands offering home made ice cream will slow down your racing clock and pull you off the fast lane. You may even find yourself stopping to smell the roses!

Delicious Ice Cream

Well-known tourist stops like Old Orchard Beach with 7 miles of sandy delight, arcades, amusement park rides, restaurants and souvenir gift shops and the famous Bill’s Pier Fries, draw thousands of visitors each year. Maine has so many fun, family-oriented activity opportunities that families return year after year. Wells Beach, Kennebunkport, Bar Harbor, Freeport, Sebago Lake never disappoint. In the winter months Sugarloaf, Sunday River and more than a dozen ski areas across the state provide awesome winter recreation, nightlife and family fun.

On, your trip to Maine, you will see the biggies advertised everywhere. Chances are tht you’ve already seen most of them online as you’ve been planning your trip. You know about LL Bean and you know about Portland and have seen lots of mouth-watering pictures of lobster dinners. But, you’ve missed the fun, unique, alternative opportunities that get you away from the crowds to enjoy Maine at its base.

Here are a couple trips that give you will want to include:

1) Garside’s Ice Cream, 320 Ferry Rd., Saco, Maine 04072

In a word, delicious! Homemade ice cream, rich and creamy with LARGE servings, make a seasonal favorite. Warning: once you take your first trip you will want to make another! Garside’s is an annual stop for numerous Maine visitors who return each year.
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2) Screw Auger Falls, Route 26, Near Grafton Notch State Park, Newry, ME
A short hike off Route 26, just down the road from Sunday River Ski Area,  you’ll enjoy the beauty of Screw Auger Falls. Easy hiking trails, railings and clearly marked directions make this a family-friendly excusion.

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Dogs, Cats, Birds – Pet Portraits are Important

Pet PortraitHave you ever thought of having your pet’s portrait made? Of course you won’t need a standard package with a bunch of prints. You’ll just want a few. One or two for the house, one for the office, maybe send one of to college with your son or daughter.

I love taking pet portraits while they romp around, play or chew on something. Natural and beautiful.

I would love to shoot your pet! The cost would be $125 and would include an 8×10 and two 5×7 prints. I’m also able to put your pet’s portrait on a variety of gifts from travel mugs to luggage tags to clothing. Let’s set up a time to take your shots within 30 miles of Portland, Maine.

Contact pets@LinscottPhoto.com and we’ll choose a date that works for you.

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Professional Office, Waiting Room, Public Space Decorating Ideas

Your office, waiting area or lobby communicate to your clientelle. What is yours saying? A dull, drab area with old posters or faded art says, “Quality isn’t important here.”

Vibrant colors, creativity and interesting wall hangings tell your patients, clients and customers that you value excellence. Your decorating theme communicates about the things you value. It tells what type of person you are.

CareArt photography by Scott Linscott brightens your space, calms with beauty, and energizes with vibrant color while giving viewers an opportunity to think. With 5×7 to 20×30 prints you make your space come alive while promoting the gift of life – organ donation.

In addition to giving your space an instant facelift, you directly support people suffering from chronic illness or injury through helpHOPElive.org. Twenty percent of each purchase directly benefits helpHOPElive in its mission to support people who are struggling.

Physicians offices, insurance companies, public offices, hospital halls, waiting rooms, businesses, DMVs, schools … the list of places to hang Linscott Photography CareArt is limitless.

Place your order online at http://scottlinscott.zenfolio.com/organdonors . You can order prints, framed prints, prints mounted on foam board and a variety of other products that will be shipped to your door.

The library of selections is continuously being updated but several samples are below.

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5 monsters photographers frequently encounter

By Scott Linscott
LinscottPhoto.com

Photographers tend to like people. They like to please and they like the praise that comes when they complete a project. And they hate monsters.

What are the monsters photographers come up against?

1) Bridezilla. You know her. She has her own show on cable. Her appetite for human flesh is insatiable. Somehow, somewhere, she came to believe that her wedding day is only about her and everything she wants. There is no pleasing her.

2) Momzilla. Momzillas prowl in every area of photography. They are tough to work with. They tell you how to pose your subjects. They hover over your shoulder telling you what pictures to take. They nip like small dogs.

3) Petzilla. This pooch or feline is a well-dressed nightmare. Petzilla has no discipline, won’t respond to commands and pees on your studio floor.

4) Paparazzilla. With everything from cell phone cameras to point and shoots to amateur DSLRs, this monster swarms every time you have a group posed. They pull subjects’ eyes off your lens to their own, they stand in the way and the slow down the process wanting to get their own shot of every pose.

5) Videozilla. The aggressive videographer who covers the wedding like CNN at a disaster is everywhere. He moves fast and has his camera and glaring light about 3 feet from guests faces the entire wedding.

So what’s a photographer to do?

If you have your own methods for ripping the teeth out of these monsters, share them. None of us want to get eaten. I do have some ways I deal with monsters. Maybe they’ll help you.

1) Bridezilla. I offer each of my bridal packages a free engagement shoot. (They order prints and pay for those.) Why? It gives me a chance to spend a couple hours with the bride and groom. It gives me a chance to interact with the bride. If she’s a monster, depending on the package size and my bank account balance,  I refer her to some other photographer-psychologists I know telling her that I think their style is exactly what she’s searching for. Turn away business? Yes. If there’s no pleasing her, what are your chances of having her say good things about you after the wedding? RUN AWAY!

2) Momzilla. I run into momzilla mostly shooting senior portraits. Momzilla, much to the dismay of her kid, shows up at the shoot and starts directing. Thankfully, Momzilla is usually pretty easy to shake. On location, a senior and I will head up a hill, down over rocks or to places mom just doesn’t want to hike to. Then we ditch her and find her back at the car spouting and growling while my subject and I are laughing and talking about the next steps. “Mom, where’d ya go? We headed up the path and then we didn’t see you again when we looked?” (snicker, snicker) Momzilla isn’t very compliant. She orders few prints planning to scan them. I just order fine linen texture to make them scan lousy. I once had Momzilla get mad at me and go with a different photographer because I was hospitalized suddenly. GROWWWWWL!!!

3) Petzilla. “Oh, Muffy is so well-behaved! You’ll have no trouble with her.” Usually two questions help me determine if I will charge extra to photograph Muffy. “Can you walk her off leash with her obeying voice commands? Does she like people?” If the answer is no to either, I charge an additional fee. I keep treats in my pocket to make Petzilla my friend.

4) Paparazilla. This monster shows up at events and makes your job tougher. The throng of paparazzi comes to the front with their point and shoot cameras and 10-foot mini-flashes. While you are photographing the wedding party, people in group shots pick a camera and smile at it. You want them looking at your lens! They stand in your way, slow things down and are an overall nuisance. I have cards printed that I offer brides which say “Relax! Put your camera away!” They offer quests prints of the wedding for 40 cents each through my product fulfillment site. Most guests like that idea. Of course, I do still have to have a talk with a few over aggressive weekend shooters and explain that the bride and groom are paying me well and I need room to move. Sometimes I even ask them to hold a useless reflector. (insert evil laugh here)

5) Videozilla. I’ve seen videographers stand right next to the officiant, I’ve seen them walk in front of the bride and groom and I’ve seen them move bridal parties. Gee, everyone wants a photo album with the groom and best man separated by a guy with a video camera, right? Not so much. I strike up a conversation with the videographer early and exchange cards and talk about referring them. I sometimes tell a horror story of a past videographer getting in the middle of everything at a wedding I shot, just to make them think twice. And then, if during the reception they are consistently in the way and sticking their camera and light into guests faces, while always being directly across from you, you can always take the diffuser off and be ready to waste a few exposures blasting directly into his lens. That’s only in the most severe monster attacks though. Usually, videozilla can be tamed and you can work as a team for your clients.

And then, one final key: INDEMNITY INSURANCE. Know what it is? You better!

How do you deal with the monsters you face? Any hints? Any I have forgotten?

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What makes a good senior portrait?

Dark eyes, bad crop, distracting background

1) Eyes! It has been said that eyes are the window to our soul. Are your eyes visible or dark in shadows?

2) Fill lighting. Backlit photos look cool at first but if they flatten the contrast in your face and leave you obscured, they are not good as portraits. Fill lighting lights up the foreground even though it might look strange seeing a flash or reflector on a bright day.

3) Good cropping. Acceptable crops are not at your joints. Midway down a thigh is better than at the knee. Otherwise, your portrait gives you the amputee look.

Hide n seek?

4) Setting. I beg you … don’t put your face up against a tree . Trees are a hard line in a photo that just segment it. You can do better than a tree.

Notice the blurred background?

5) Depth of field. Often times, pros take the clutter out of a busy background by using a wide aperture and neutral density filter. The blurred background makes the subject stand out more.

6) Skilled, experienced post-processing. Professional photographers know their craft. They know how to edit seamlessly, remove blemishes smoothly, whiten teeth and eyes, fix skin and make colors pop. Uncle Bob can take a decent picture but will he be able to turn it into a portrait worthy of the wall? (Linscott Photo uses Adobe Photoshop CS5)

backlit, titled and pole growth!

7) Background junk. This photo is backlit (strike 1), crooked horizon (strike 2) and the subject is positioned with a pole growing out of her head! (strike 3)

Seemed like a good idea at the time?

8) Timeless, no regrets. A good senior picture is not one you are going to be embarassed by in 10-15 years. (Sure, we all look back and laugh at hairstyles and fashion but be careful not to go over the edge.)

9) Professional photographers who work with hundreds of subjects in a variety of settings make the best senior photos. Experience, training and equipment matters. Sure, Uncle Bob has some nice camera equipment but he has a car too, right.?Does having a car make him a NASCAR driver? Of course not. No offense to Uncle Bob, but you’re not going to trust him to drive you around a track at 215 MPH. You have one shot at your senior portraits. Shouldn’t you do all you can to get the stunning results that will thrill you?

I’m a member of Professional Photographers of America and have had hundreds of hours of class time and hands-on learning to develop my craft.

Hey Nicole, that sure is a nice tree.

If your mom’s friend took your photos for free, how do they stack up to the above test? It’s not to late to schedule a shoot with a professional who makes his/her living doing nothing else but photography.

Or, just stick with that tree shot. Heck, it is a very nice tree.

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* Linscott Photo took none of the images on this page. No trees were harmed in the writing of this post.

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Maine Senior Portraits: Logan, Michael, Annie, Nicole, Hannah

Logan - South Portland High

Hannah - Falmouth High School

As the Class of 2012 heads back to school, it begins checking things off its list. The first check is their senior portrait for their yearbook. Most just see it as a photo session but parents see it as the beginning of the graduation right of passage. Portraits, final home games, last home-coming dance, last prom, college acceptance letters, senior assembly, gatherings and then the cap and gown materialize.

Annie - Falmouth High School

My schedule gets more hectic with each passing week until mid-October. By early summer, I photographer the planners. In September, my schedule fills with those who knew they had to have portraits but weren’t aware of the deadline until announcements began blaring over the intercom every day in home room.

The last week of September brings out the free spirits. They have never been concerned with deadlines and aren’t constrained by time.

In mid-October, I get the panic calls. “Oh no! If I don’t get my picture in this week, I won’t be in my yearbook!” We shoot fast and have a digital image for the editor within a day.

Mike - South Portland High School

So many different personalities and so many styles! From the artsy to the formal, from the glamorous to the tattered, I get to meet so many great young men and women. It’s my favorite part of being a photographer!

In the next weeks I will photograph seniors from Cheverus, Deering, South Portland, Falmouth, Cumberland and Scarborough to name a handful of the schools. I will be photographing fashionistas and athletes, artistic and urban, outgoing and introvert.

Nicole - Deering High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

It might sound melancholy or sentimental, but I can’t help but imagine what lies ahead for this Class of 2010. From what I have seen so far, I think the future looks bright!

-Scott
Linscott Photography

For booking: www.linscottphoto.com

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