I am starting to get a lot of inquiries for senior sessions so thought it would be best to put all of the info needed in this here blog post to make it easier for everyone.
now that i am really focusing on weddings i really am not able to take on the number of sessions that i have in the past which is a total bummer. i have so much fun photographing senior girls and really wish i had more time to do it. i feel like i am an 18 year old stuck in a frumpy 31 year old mom’s body. i love being a mother and wife and “grown-up” but i really enjoy the time spent working with these teenage girls because it allows me to take off from being a “grown-up” for a while and just enjoy the afternoon with my camera. that last sentence was a lie because i really do not feel grown-up yet. oops.
so i got this email from a senior girl last year while waiting in the starbucks parking lot and sort of cried a little all alone in my car….
“I love the images! so does my mom. I told you that I’m a perfectionist, but if I saw things I didn’t like I wouldn’t say anything…..well I swear I am not just saying that “I love them”. I genuinely mean it. I think the reason why they look so real is because I didn’t feel pressured to be pretty for the camera with you or anything. I mean I am comfortable in my own skin, but you made me feel like it’s okay to be comfortable with whatever beauty (or lack therof) I have! (I think that makes sense….) I adore your work, my gooooodness! haha so thank you Kim!
haha it is okay, i feel like all of my words are translating into 12 year old valley girl dialect also. hahahah :|”
you might be thinking ” dude. kim. why were you crying you big loser? that wasn’t even a sad email.”
I will tell you why i got a little sappy. because i am super emotional. also because i know what it is like to be a senior girl. i am not skinny enough. i am not pretty enough. her clothes are better than mine. my boyfriend is a jerk. where am i going to go to college next year? oh crap. i have to nail that ACT test. why are girls so mean?!?! my parents are so unfair. what am i going to wear tonight. i really need to go on a diet. i should probably starve myself before senior trip.
ok so maybe that was way overdramatic. my point is though that it can be rough being a senior girl.
it is hard to be comfortable in your own skin when you feel the need to be better all the time.
i want these girls to feel great about who they are though so it made my freaking whole year to hear this senior say that i made her comfortable in her own skin.
there is nothing wrong with being the kind of girl who likes to get dolled up and put on tons of accessories and feel good about herself. there is also nothing wrong with being the kind of girl who does not wear a lick of makeup ( shout out to last year’s senior, adaire 😉 ) and would rather wear a tee shirt and some flip-flops and feel awesome too. I just want to photograph the real YOU whether that be with the high heels or the chucks.
all i know is we have got to stop this whole senior girls trying to be beyonce with the posing thing because it is creepy and we all know there is only one queen bey.
sorry i am on a gif roll.
anyway. so here is how i do senior sessions….
The cost is $750 plus tax.
with this you get an 1-2 hour session at a location of your choice within Lafayette and the surrounding areas. i am happy to recommend different locations based on the look that the senior is going for. i do not really limit the number of outfits but i think 3-4 is a good number. included in this price is also a disk containing the edited digital files as well as 5×7 prints. there are usually 30-40 final images.
i include the digital files in all sessions because this is what i would want if i were a senior. this way you can make your own prints and of course i do recommend an awesome print lab to use so that your prints (wallets and canvases and all that jazz) are of the same quality as what you would buy from a professional photographer.
so there you go.
if you have any questions just let me know 🙂
and here are a few of the images from last year’s senior class.