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Senior Session FAQs

What are your sessions like?

Our session time together is very relaxed and fun. We will go to two to three locations, change outfits, and find positions that you feel good about! There is a lot of correspondence and planning that goes into making a session an awesome experience. We have a quick pow wow to look at outfits before go and then we are off! You’ll be changing on the fly -usually in the car so be prepared!

How many outfits can I bring?

Unlimited!! We will fit in as many as we can in the time we have together! Seniors who are pretty organized and have outfits and accessories organized on hangers ahead of time are usually able to fit more in than those who stuff it all in a bag. Keeps everything nice and handy and makes for super quick changes!  Side note:  Clothes that are free of wrinkles look better on camera!

How long is the session?

One to two hours…. really depends on how comfortable you are in front of the camera!

What about weather?

Clouds- We. love. clouds. They make beautiful backgrounds. If it’s completely overcast, it makes for beautifully lit portraits! The sky turns into one giant reflector!

Rain vs Thundershowers- We shoot as much as we can in the summer. If a day calls for rain all day long, we may reschedule. If it’s going to be thundershowers, then we shoot in between. Often times in the summer, we get a thunderstorm at 5/6pm at night, but they are quick 20 minutes and then sunny again. We will wait out a thundershower that is expect to be quick.

High Winds- In Great Falls, there is always wind. In fall, we usually get crazy windy. We work with the client to determine if we are still going to shoot or if we are going to cancel. I don’t really give a thought unless it’s like 45 mph crazy wind!

Extreme Temps- Generally speaking we shoot in super cold or super hot weather. Being prepared is key. In winter, we suggest lots of hand warmers strategically placed, cars are kept warm and a hot chocolate isn’t a bad idea! In summer, we keep cars on and cool with lots of cool beverages to drink in between! Our motto is: “Suck it up buttercup, it’s only an hour!”

Can I bring my best friend with me?

As a general rule, no. This is your time! We will have a good time. If you need support, you can bring a family member. Don’t bring family that you fight with…even a parent. This might a good time to see if your favorite Aunt Cathy is available to come with you!! If you just know you need your best friend, we will allow it if you let us know ahead of time and if they promise not be a distraction. If it gets too silly, we may ask the friend to sit in the car for a bit. :) We typically do not approve romantic boyfriends/girlfriends to attend a session at all, unless they are going to be in some of the photos and then we will allow them to be there for that part of the session only—usually we do these photos at the very end of a session.

Can I have my pet in any of the photos?

Sure! We usually do those toward the end of a photo session so a family member can bring the animal to our location. We don’t suggest keeping a pup in the car (even air conditioned) for the entire session.

Can I bring props for my photos?

Yes! Please feel free to bring anything that represents who you are at this time of your life! I have seniors bring, military uniforms, musical instruments, vehicles, skateboards, ski’s, guns, animals, fishing equipment, sports equipment, religious books etc. Let’s feature you and the things that are important to you!

How long does it take to get my pictures back?

2-4 weeks depending on the time of the season. End of season is more toward 4 weeks, while earlier sessions are more like 2 weeks.

Can I have the copyright to all my photos?

We provide a print release to anyone who purchases a digital package. You can print your pictures, use them in the yearbook and give them to the newspaper for achievement articles. We don’t release the copyright, because that belongs to the photographer. So you can use your photo for personal use, but you just can’t sell it or give it to Abercrombie and Fitch and make a bunch of money on it.

Can I have a sneak peek?

Yes! We typically try and do this as the gallery is ready. You can expect 1-3 photos on Facebook and maybe 1 on Instagram. If you have these social media outlets, we can tag you or you can tag yourself!