Well, there is so many different ways to approach your senior pictures that I don’t know exactly where to start.  Like I have mentioned before, I do honestly regret my Senior Portrait experience, it wasn’t what I wish I had and if I could do it again I would totally change my approach.

Today there are so many options and I wanted to take a moment to talk about a few of them, mainly about what to expect.

1.  EXPERIENCE: Your senior portraits are something you only do once, but most importantly you should expect to have fun!  Some kids these days don’t really look forward to it probably because most kids and their friends don’t end up working with the right photographers who HAVE FUN!  I think being able to create awesome fashion style portraits on location is totally awesome, and not so much the lame photographs that are done inside a studio.  Some studio stuff can be fun if it’s more fashion oriented (think Gap, Guess, Vogue, etc . . . cool stuff, not lame stuff).

2.  INVESTMENT: Another thing that most people don’t consider or plan for is how much to spend.  I don’t know much about the local photographer’s price, but, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.  If you don’t feel like you want an awesome experience, there are loads of cheap photographers (less than $400 for everything).  Heck, some might do it for cheaper, I’m sure they are out there.  There are not many things that many people spend over $1000 on a single experience/purchase/investment/etc.  Things like cars, education, houses, artwork, nice jewelry and other things.  You need to think of your senior pictures as ART, and you really should do yourself a favor and spend $1000 or MORE on senior ART, not just pictures or snapshots, but ART that you and your family appreciate.  Think of it, if your house were on fire (you always hear about this on the news), what is the most important thing you would grab?  Never underestimate the value and meaning of real photographic art.  Sure, most photographers in Tucson are not going to be a Picasso or Warhol, but, the more invest in your artwork, the more value and enjoyment you will get from the experience.

3. QUALITY:  The quality of your portraits and photography is generally closely associated with how much you spend on your photographer.  Some are cheap, some are not, but the corrolation between price and quality is very closed matched.  In short, check out prices from everyone.  Things like their sitting fee, their packages and other things.  You won’t be surprised to see the cheaper photographers have quality that is barely professional.  The more expensive photographers create really awesome portraits, not just snapshots but something you’d be proud to hang on your wall.  I’m all for getting your money’s worth, but I do regret not having the senior pictures I wish I had because my family wanted to go the cheap route.  Seniors, if your parents are not willing to invest more into your pictures, then save your OWN money and pay for it, you’ll thank me later.

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