Reaching the beginning of your senior year in high school is exhilarating! You can finally see the light at the end of the homework tunnel. Soon, you’ll find yourself in the throws of college campus tours, end-of-year events, and social activities. That’s why now is the time to start planning for your high school senior portraits.
Senior portraits are usually conducted at the end of your junior year in high school, before entering the new school year. Having your portraits made before senior year allows you to use your images in your high school yearbook as well as graduation announcements. However, it’s not uncommon for graduating seniors to seize their opportunity before it’s too late. Whether you’re going into your senior year, or completing it, this is your golden opportunity to capture memories of an important milestone in your life’s journey.
In Kentucky, the senior portrait season begins in June and ends around October before the holiday season. The beginning of June is best because you’re fresh out of the junior-year gate heading into your summer agenda. June is also ideal because Kentucky hasn’t yet been overcome by summer temperatures and sticky humidity. For the greatest experience and best results, you may wish to begin shopping photographers in May.
While many schools may try to enforce specific photographers, you’re free to choose the photographer you feel represents your style, your price-point, and your personality. Finding professional and amateur photographers is easy, but finding the right photographer for you is a key element in the portraits you’ll have as keepsakes for this special time in your academic career. Carefully examine the work of photographers in your area. Be cautious not to trust your senior portrait experience to someone who lacks experience.
You may choose to divide your senior portraits into two sessions. Your first session could be an outdoor photo shoot at your school, popular venues in your area, your favorite hang outs, or other natural-light settings. In your outdoor session, your clothes can be on the casual side, or feature sports uniforms. Your second session could be in a professional photography studio with formal backgrounds, lighting, and fancier attire.
By booking your sessions early, you have a better chance of scheduling appointments that are convenient for you. When you wait, it may be difficult to find a photographer who isn’t already booked for the season.
It’s best to give yourself a few weeks before your scheduled appointment to explore venues, plan outfits, and discuss details of your shoot with your photographer - which is another reason you may benefit from scheduling your appointment early in the season.
Take a few moments away from the hustle and bustle of your academic and social life to reflect. Who are you becoming as an adult, and how do you want this time in your life to be captured? Then, start surfing the web for images you love - identify your style of portraiture. Next, research photographers in your area and examine their work carefully. Chances are, you’ll know instantly when you find the photographer who takes the kind of pictures in which you can envision yourself.
Above all, have fun and celebrate! You have every reason to be proud of your accomplishments.
Mitchell Photography would be honored to be your photographer of choice for your senior portraits in Kentucky. Please feel free to explore our senior portrait gallery and get in touchwith any questions or concerns you may have. You can call or text us locally at (859) 444-5229, or call us toll free at (855) 243-7604. If you prefer, you can shoot us an email at MitchellPhotography@MitchellMoments.com.
We specialize in photography that emanates classic elegance with a modern edge. With more than twenty-years experience, we’re confident we can create images you’ll be proud to show to your friends and family, and share on your social media profiles. All images are professionally retouched.
Through Mitchell Photography, you can order prints, prints on canvas, specialty items, or obtain a CD of all of your images with a print release. We can also design unique custom graduation announcements.