What is your style of photography?  I shoot natural light lifestyle and portrait photography.   Natural light means most of my sessions are outdoors in the prettiest light of the day, usually 2 hours before sunset. My hope is that you will look back on your photos for years to come, so I try to keep a timeless look to your photos.  Depending on the location, the light, and your chosen outfits, your images may be bright and colorful, or light and airy. 


When should I schedule my senior session? Typically, I see the majority of my seniors in the late summer and fall, especially if you are under a yearbook deadline.  However, if you are not under a deadline, you may chose to schedule anytime your senior year, right up through graduation!  Please keep in mind that my fall schedule does fill quickly, so I would recommend booking sooner than later.  


What should I wear?  When it comes to attire, I like to follow the 3 T’s…Timeless, True and Trendy.  

  • TIMELESS:  Chose the majority of your outfits knowing that you can look back years from now and be proud of how you presented yourself.  This could be a stylish dress or romper for the girls, a button up shirt and jacket for the guys, or a casual pair of jeans and simple top.  Try to avoid too many fads in your wardrobe selection.  
  • TRUE: Whatever you chose to wear, be true to you! Know your style and take it up a notch!  Don’t be afraid to showcase WHO you are. Feel free to include an outfit that is unique to your style, hobbies, or personality. This can include school uniforms, sports uniforms, and or an item that represents where you're headed next. Also, you will be sitting, standing, squatting and kneeling in our session, so chose outfits that you can move in.  Remember, if you aren’t comfortable in what you are wearing, you won’t look comfortable in your photos.  
  • TRENDY: While I usually say to shy away from fads that will change quickly, it's perfectly acceptable to incorporate a trend into a few of the photos.  Don’t be afraid to bring a cute hat, a crazy pair of shoes, or a fun pair of sunglasses. If it suits your style, let’s include it! 


Can I bring my own props for my session? Yes, bring anything you’d like! Items from a sport you play, instruments, uniforms, pets, or your car are all welcome to make your pictures an individualized portrait of what is important to you. You can even bring your BFF and we’ll snap a few photos of you together!  Just let me know ahead of time so I can be prepared on the best way to use your props! 


Where do you shoot?  If you have a specific place you would love to have your senior session done,  I’m totally open to shooting wherever you would like! I generally like to scout out new locations to check out lighting situations and backdrops so I’m ready on the day of the session.  If you don't have any ideas and need inspiration, I'm happy to send you galleries of popular locations in the area. 


How long will my session last?  Depending on the package you chose, your session will last between 30 minutes to 2 hours.   That being said, I don't keep an eye on the clock and will make sure we shoot long enough to get everything you want!


Should I get professional hair and makeup done?  I highly recommend it!  It is not a must, by any means, but the impact that really well done hair and makeup has on your senior portraits is quite amazing! I have a few hair and makeup artists that I recommend who will do your makeup in a very natural and fresh-faced style that enhances your natural beauty. 


My school requires a formal yearbook photo.  Can you help?  Yes!  Many public schools require your formal headshot be taken by their contracted photographer.  Many private schools or homeschool co-op groups do not.  I have a home-based portrait studio and can provide you with your formal headshot for your yearbook. Make sure you check with your school as to their yearbook requirements, backdrop color, image size and let me know ahead of time.   


What happens after the session?   Galleries can take up to 2 weeks for editing, especially in peak senior season, although I do my best to get them to you quickly.  You will be able to download your chosen images directly from your gallery.  


Will your retouch my photos?  As part of our service, we do include complimentary photo retouching on your finished portraits. My rule is that if it is temporary (acne, bruises, flyaways, etc.), I will retouch.  If you have an area you would like me to edit more (tan lines, scars, birthmarks), please let me know and I can edit those as well.  Depending on the editing required and the amount of photos requested, there may be an additional editing fee for extra editing.  


Can I order professional prints and products from you?  Yes!  I highly encourage you to print your images and show them off!   You can order a variety of prints and products directly from your gallery.  I work with reputable printing and framing companies who cater only to professional photographers.  I trust their products and all are 100% guaranteed for quality!  It is so important that you print your photos with a company that will render your colors and tones correctly.  However, your session also comes with a print release if you do decide to print on your own and not through my professional printing services.


What happens if it rains the day of my session?  We are fortunate to live in a state where the sun shines almost every day.  Unfortunately, in the peak of senior season, it also seems to rain every day! I keep a very close eye on the weather and will keep in touch with you if we need to reschedule due to rain. Don’t worry about clouds because they actually even out the light and make for ideal shooting conditions.


How and when do we pay for my session?  Your session fee is due in full the day of our session.  I accept cash, check and Zelle. I also accept credit card with a 3% service charge.    


Will my images be posted online or on your social media?  I love showing off my clients and, more than likely, will post a few of your photos on my social media.  If you prefer to not have them posted, please let me know. 


Can I share my images on MY social media?  YES! Please do!! Most of my clients come from loyal clients like you!  So please feel free to share your photos to your social media and PLEASE tag me!  

Can I have my family take photos with me?  YES!  This is a great time to get your entire family involved.  In order to accommodate for time and the number of images you may want, I would highly recommend either the Heirloom or Legacy packages if you will be including family or friends in your session.  

Remember, while LHP specializes on teen and senior photography, we also offer family sessions, in addition to a limited number of engagements, children and elopements.