FAQ

from Seniors

booking

WHAT DAYS ARE YOU AVAILABLE?

Contact me to check if I’m available on a certain date. With rare exceptions, I only schedule senior sessions for weekdays.

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

I am based in Austin, Texas and photograph seniors all over the greater Austin area. I'd be happy to travel outside of Austin too! Ask me about travel fees to a specific location.

I want to book you! tell me how!

First, send me an email! I’ll give you more details on senior photo packages. To secure your session on my calendar, I’ll just need a signed agreement and a $150 retainer. Credit cards and bank transfers are accepted through an easy, secure online service. Your final payment (the remaining amount) is due 1 week before your session.

WHAT LOCATIONS DO YOU SUGGEST?

The Austin area has sooo many great photo locations. Click the button below to see my favorites.

my favorite locations >

HOW SOON BEFORE GRADUATION SHOULD I BOOK MY SENIOR PHOTOS?

I have some seniors take their portraits in the fall, and some in the spring. Keep in mind that you’ll need enough time to receive your photos (10 days), print them or order announcement cards, and mail them before graduation.

Fall and spring also have the best weather for outdoor portraits, and my calendar may fill up quickly, so it’s best to schedule your portraits  1-2 months in advance.

If you’d like to wear your cap & gown in some of your photos, you may need to wait until the Spring. Or, you could  find a past senior from your school who has a gown you could borrow.


On UT's campus, the spots I usually visit are: the steps below the tower, the blue door, the Architecture Courtyard, and Littlefield Fountain. We'll also find some nice spot in between these areas. If you have a specific place on campus you'd like to visit, let me know! Just be aware that campus is big, and we don't want to spend too much time walking between locations.

Can i book a session shorter than one hour?

I do not offer individual senior "mini-sessions" or sessions shorter than one hour. I recommend finding a friend to split a Friends Session with you. They're really fun!

Do you charge tax?

Unfortunately, the state of Texas requires that I charge the normal state sales tax of 8.25%. This is the only extra tax or extra fee you'll see though!

DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?

Yes! I take payments through a secure online system. Credit cards and direct bank transfers are accepted. There are no extra fees for paying with a credit card.

planning

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Good question! SO good that I wrote a blog post about it. I'll also send you my Senior Style Guide PDF!

outfit tips? right this way >

Should I have my hair & makeup done professionally?

I’d say about half of my seniors choose to get their hair & makeup done by a professional. It’s not at all required, but it definitely looks great in photos and can make the experience even more fun! I’ve known seniors to go to Drybar and Parlor Beauty Bar. I also recommend Glam on Demand and Bonita Brides.

WHAT IF RAIN IS IN THE FORECAST?

Cloudy weather is not a problem at all, but in the days leading up to the session, if it looks like rain will be a problem during the time scheduled, we’ll work together to find an upcoming backup date. I usually like to wait until the day before to make the final call, because it can be hard to tell what time of day the rain will come. I’d also be flexible with adjusting the time slightly if that would help us miss a chance of rain. This rarely happens, though!

can I reschedule my session?

I don't usually allow rescheduling for reasons other than rain forecasted during the time of your session. That being said, if you have a family emergency or are sick, we can talk about rescheduling. Contact me to tell me about your specific situation, and I'll be as understanding as possible.

your session

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?

I primarily shoot with a 5D Mark III, with a selection of top Canon lenses.

Help! I'm not a professional model! What do I do with my hands??

Well, that’s totally normal! You probably haven't taken professional photos by yourself before, and I know how intimidating it can be. But don't worry... I've got you! I'll help you pose and tell you what to do with your hands. I'll also give you prompts to add movement to your photos, making you look super and natural and completely like YOU!

should I bring someone with me?

It can be helpful to bring someone with you to hold your exta outfits, makeup for touch-ups, hairbrush, etc. Just make sure that this person is someone who will make you feel comfortable and be a postitive (not critical) voice during your session.

photo delivery

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECEIVE MY PHOTOS AFTER MY SESSION?

Your full gallery of edited photos will be ready in 10 days. You’ll definitely see plenty of previews before that too!

DO YOU DELIVER "RAW" PHOTOS?

I don't, and here's why. You're hiring me for my expertise in both photography and editing.  If you love the photo style you see on my website, you'll love the style of your photos too. Your gallery will be full of high-resolution edited photos, ready to download and print.

DO SENIOR PHOTO PACKAGES INCLUDE PRINTS?

Your session includes high-res digital files, not physical prints. This way you own all of your photos and can print them as many times as you want! Plus, you won’t have to submit an official order with me each time you’d like to print new photos!

Where do you recommend we print our photos?

You can order high-quality prints directly through your gallery! I also recommend www.Printique.com, www.MPix.com, and Walmart has surprisingly good print quality as well. 

HOW MANY PHOTOS WILL BE IN MY GALLERY?

Your gallery will have at least 80 edited, high-resolution photos in it.

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