Senior Portraits were amazing! The poster you put together
was very cool! You made this all so easy. Thank you for
helping to get this done while Justin was here visiting." Stephanie English, All Seasons Heating &
about this for a moment... more people will see your Senior
portrait than ANY OTHER PHOTOGRAPH you ever have taken!
Yes! Even more than will see your wedding photographs!
So you want to be really proud of it? Right?
here are the two major things that are most important to seniors
about their portraits:
That they look really good in the portrait, and
2.) They also want the portrait to have some kind of "artistic
quality" to it. That is to say that the photographs themselves
look fantastic, as well as the senior looking fantastic in
them. There's a three dimensional feeling to it, and there's
quality to the light. And his or her personality comes through.
The portrait has what I call "PUNCH" to it.
By "PUNCH" I mean that when the senior's friends
and family look at this portrait, they say, "Wow, you
look like a million bucks! It's like you're going to step
right off the paper and speak to me! This photo of you is
I'm going to do everything I can to make your Senior portraits
Because I love photographing seniors! You want to look
fantastic in these photographs, and I'm going to help you
How To Avoid The 9 Huge Mistakes That 90% Of Seniors Make
With Their Senior Portraits!
Thank you for all your work on Heather's senior portraits.
It was so hard to choose what to get, they're all so beautiful.
Heather had a great time working with you. Thanks, again."
#1 Ruins More Senior Portraits Than Anything!
#1 is wearing the wrong clothes! Some Seniors guys ask me
if they need to wear a suit and tie. Some of the girls want
to know if they need to wear a dress. You know what I tell
them? Wear what you're comfortable in. Flip-flops and old
jeans? Fine. Letter jacket? Cool. We know if you're dressed
in something that you're not usually comfortable wearing,
your Senior portraits won't look right.
the wrong clothing can make a several pound difference in
the way you look in your portrait! Who wants to look
makes a HUGE difference in this area, so let's make sure
your clothing is really perfect! We can make some
suggestions to help you determine what the best outfits
are for you to wear. We can do this when we come over to
meet with you and do our custom design consultation. We
do have some things that we stick with: No mini-skirts;
nothing that reveals the belly button; and no spaghetti
was extremely impressed by the work done. You captured exactly
what I was looking for. The portraits came out beautifully.
Thank you so much for all your wonderful work. I truly appreciate
everything!" Mattie Vest, Falcon, Co.
#2 - An Amazing Secret Revealed!
you and I have to talk about blemishes here. If you (or your
son or daughter) has some (and who doesn't?) you're probably
worried about whether or not they will show in this portrait.
The HUGE mistake that almost EVERY SENIOR makes is that they
don't ask the photographer about retouching before having
the photos taken. I know, every senior is embarrassed
about blemishes, and doesn't want to talk about it to ANYONE
- especially a person they just met.
But this portrait is really important, and you want to look
REALLY GREAT in it, so we need to talk about this blemish
The secret: Be absolutely positively sure that your
photographer is going to carefully and painstakingly RETOUCH
all your portraits - and do it to perfection! In my
humble opinion, a portrait that is not professionally retouched
is NOT A PORTRAIT! It's just a "picture" that no
one cares enough about to properly finish and produce to the
best quality that money can buy!
my family and I want to say ‘Thank you!’ You made
my Senior Portrait session an awesome experience.”." Britnee,
Colorado Springs, Co.
is one of the things that differentiates having your portrait
done by a professional photographer as opposed to having your
friend or relative do it!
It's just another reason that so many seniors and their parents
hire us to create their senior portraits. We honestlya
and sincerely care about how you or your son or daughter will
look, and we aren't going to embarrass you in any way, but
we are going to do everything in our power to help you look
"like a million bucks" in these portraits, so all
your friends are really impressed! (And "a million
bucks" means THERE WILL BE NO BLEMISHES, STRAY HAIRS,
BLOODSHOT EYES, OR STAINED TEETH ON THE FINISHED PORTRAITS!)
You see, what this all "boils down to" is you want
a photographer who is going to take good care of you.
Someone whose only goal is to help seniors look absolutely
perfect in their portraits! And that's what we are all
about. Taking the time, and putting forth the effort to spare
no expense in helping you look really attractive -better than
you've ever looked - in your senior photographs!
greatly enjoyed the whole experience. I was able to
be myself and even show off my silly side without feeling
dumb. It was very impressive how my portraits turned
out. I never guessed it would be SO hard to choose!
I appreciate everything. It has been a lot of fun -
Thank you!" Holly Schiltz, Monument, Co.
#3 Is A "Silent Killer" Of Senior Portraits!
seniors don't understand (or don't want to admit) that they
get nervous in front of a camera. And they don't know
what to do about it.
You see, there are over 30 muscles in your face. And if you're
tense, these muscles tense up, and therefore, you won't like
the photographs. You won't know why you don't like 'em. You
One of the keys to our success in photography, is that we
will not photograph any senior, without having met them in
advance. And what's the purpose of this? Yes, we're going
to talk about clothing, and all the other things. But
the main purpose of this meeting is to give you the chance
to meet us, get to know us, and see just how well we are going
to take care of you through this. We'll spend time with you
so you begin to feel comfortable and confident about how you
can trust us and take our advice.
This is going to make an enormous difference in how natural
and confident you look on the day of your photography! It's
almost like magic! You will be impressed!
I can't stress this enough. You see, many photographers
just are not willing to do this. Why? Because
it takes time.
We will not do that to you. We're going to meet you
ahead of time, and we're going to treat this as if it were
the most important photo of your life - because it is.
See what a huge difference this will make in how you feel
on the day of your photography? You'll feel great.
You'll have met us. You'll have seen the studio. You'll
know that what you're wearing is perfect. You'll know
that your hair is going to look perfect. You'll know that
no blemishes will show! So You'll be confident, and
excited - not nervous and apprehensive.
Promise To You:
will be THRILLED (not just 'satisfied') with your
portraits, or we will do whatever is necessary
for you to be thrilled, or we will return every
penny of your money. No hassles and no hard feelings
either. We want you to be EXCITED ABOUT your senior
portraits, and will spare no effort or expense
to see to it that you are! We absolutely guarantee
#4 Will Ruin Your Senior Portrait
If You Aren't Aware Of It!
seniors don't realize that it takes longer than 10
minutes to create outstanding senior portraits.
One of the unique things that separates us from many
of the other photographers in the area, is that we
take all the time that is necessary to create portraits
that you will be proud of. Photographs that your friends
and relatives will really like - yes like!
That's what we're all about. We're not going to rush
you through like it's a factory. We're going to help
you through this whole thing. We understand
that this portrait is important to you, so we're not
going to rush through this.
#5 Is Critically Important To
Your Appearance In Your Portrait!
seniors don't realize that sometimes, "today is just
not the day" for their senior portrait to be done.
The hair just isn't right today. Or maybe you didn't
sleep well last night. Or perhaps you've had too many
stresses at school or home. Or maybe you just had
a fight with your boyfriend or girlfriend, etc.
Well, we understand this. We honestly understand that
the day we set up for your photography may end up not being
the best day, when it arrives, for whatever reason. And
we have absolutely no problem, whatsoever, with you calling
us and rescheduling the session, if "today isn't the
day." We WANT YOU TO DO THAT!
You see, one of the things that is really unique about us,
is how easy and fun we are to work with. So, for example,
let's say you end up deciding to have us create your senior
portraits, and we set up a time for your session for Tuesday,
the 15th at 3:30pm. Well, let's say you wake up that Tuesday,
and just "doesn't feel right." Plus, your hair
isn't cooperating that morning, and you're really tired,
Well, you just call us. You say, "Hi, today just
isn't the day. I'm really sorry." And we will
immediately understand and know exactly what you mean.
And we will reschedule the session for you - no problem.
WE DON'T TREAT YOUR PORTRAIT LIKE IT'S A FACTORY PROCESS!
We understand. We won't make you feel guilty.
Why? Because we completely understand exactly how you feel!
It's no problem at all.
We know this is a once-in-a-life-time thing.
I know what you are thinking. You're thinking, "Give
me a break. This is just a photo."
yes, but it's your SENIOR PORTRAIT, and it's the only one
you're ever going to have. And all the people who
matter to you are going to see this portrait! So let's make
sure it's perfect! Right? And that's what we're
all about. That's what's so special about us.
It's not the camera we use. It's not the locations we use.
(Although we use the best of everything!) The thing that
separates us from everyone else, is how sincerely we want
to help you look absolutely perfect - stunning - fantastic
- better than ever - in your senior photographs.
love my Senior portraits. The (slideshow) presentation
was awesome and I was very impressed! Everything was
wonderful!" Christine Patton, Colorado Springs
#6 Determines A Great Portrait Or A Terrible One!
out of ten seniors don't realize how important posing is.
The most important word when it comes to posing is "NATURAL."
You absolutely don't want to look stiff and fake! One of
the most common comments we hear from our clients is how
"natural" the portraits look. Our seniors love
how good they look, but they also love how "natural"
they appear in the images.
I know that you want to look really great, but also you
don't want to be put into some weird, stupid, pathetic pose
that makes you look stiff and unnatural.
Yes, I will "guide" you so the composition and
"look" of the portraits is really great.
But I will NOT push you around and try to put you into unnatural
positions that are just plain crazy looking. You and I will
work together to help you look confident, comfortable, and
just plain great.
Is Extremely Important To You! Don't Miss This:
want to be sure to select a photographer who will not "manhandle"
you with the posing. So many photographers tend push the
customer around way too much when posing them. (In
my humble opinion.) The posing is so important, and should
not be done by sticking you in the middle of your back if
you aren't sitting up quite straight enough! But that's
what some photographers do. Why? Because they've been taught
to do it. Can you believe that? Plus, they're in a hurry.
They have another 51 seniors to photograph before the day
is over, and they can't take the time to "guide"
you. They just stick their hand into your back, grab you
by the shoulders, and get you to sit up straight. Not only
does this make you really uncomfortable, but it also makes
you look stiff!
I will try to guide you with words. I don't grab you
or poke you. This is so important to helping you feel comfortable!
I'll be very careful, and very attentive to detail. I may
pick a little at your hair if something is out of place.
I straighten your collar or sleeves. I straighten
your shirt if it has a funny wrinkle in it. Don't
worry about a thing! We'll make sure you look "like
a million bucks"! We're very picky, but we don't manhandle
you - and we won't drive you "nuts" with being
overly picky either!
But True... And You'll Be Very Glad...
must be perfect before I expose the photograph. I'll work
quickly, but carefully.
The key thing with posing, is that you look honestly natural.
The seniors I photograph tell me all the time how great
their photographs look from a point of view of being natural.
They say things like this: "It's like I just
sat down naturally, by myself! That's exactly how I sit!
I can't believe it! How'd you know that?" And
you see, that's what "guiding" will do for your
We're talking about where your arm is in the portrait. And
if your hand is in the portrait, does it look natural?
And so many seniors and their parents don't realize this
when they're calling around to different photographers.
They have no idea how important this is. So look at the
photographs done by any photographer you're considering
selecting. Do they look natural, or do they look "posed"
If you'll look at the photographs I've included throughout
this website, you'll see how natural and comfortable they
look. And read the comments the people have said about
their senior portraits. Hopefully that will help you.
#7 Is Of Enormous Importance! Don't Miss This One!
mistake has ruined so many senior portraits! It's
the mistake of not choosing a photographer who GUARANTEES
THAT YOU WILL BE REALLY HAPPY - and who will give you all
your money back, if you aren't!
Here's our guarantee: "You will be THRILLED
(not just 'satisfied') with your portraits, or we will do
whatever is necessary for you to be thrilled, or we will
return every penny of your money. No hassles and no hard
feelings either. We want you to be THRILLED with your senior
portraits, and will spare no effort or expense to see to
it that you are! We absolutely guarantee it!"
You see, only a photographer who really believes in his
product and service is going to be willing to have such
a powerful guarantee. So his guarantee is your first
indication of whether or not you even want to work with
him. I just can't stress this enough. Ask about
the guarantee. Listen to their reaction. That will
tell you if you want to trust your senior portraits to that
#8 Is So Obvious, And Yet Most Seniors Or Their Parents
Don't Do It!
this mistake? Not asking lots of questions when you're talking
with photographers. Now, if you're still reading this,
you certainly have the questions to ask, right?
Remember, you are the customer - you have the right to ask
the tough questions before you make any decisions!
You ask them first about their guarantee, and see how they
Then you ask them if they will meet with you in person,
at no charge, to discuss the clothing, etc.
Then you ask them if they will guarantee that they'll remove
any and all blemishes you might have at the time of the
Then ask them how much time they are going to spend with
you. And do they do outdoor portraits, as well as
Ask them if they are understanding if you call on the day
of your session, to reschedule because "Today isn't
Ask them if their posing is natural, or more "posy
See how much you have learned so far? Pretty amazing,
when you think about it, isn't it?
#9 Can Ruin Everything!
this mistake? It's choosing the WRONG PHOTOGRAPHER FOR YOUR
SENIOR PORTRAIT. Everything depends on that one decision.
And hopefully, now that you know these 9 major mistakes
that most seniors or parents make - you won't make those
mistakes! You'll be able to chose the right photographer
for yourself, based on all this new found information you
Now, we may not be the right photographer for you. But the
fact that you're still reading this means we probably are.
Because we care about all the things I've talked about to
you here. But the only way you'll really know for
sure if we are right for you or not is to call us.
are these multiple-image collages, and can I get one from
call them Billboards, and, yes, you can get one from your
session. Just be sure to mention that you would be interested
in seeing one from your session, and we'll be sure to get
the images that will work for them. You can get 1 to 5 images
on one billboard. They look great, they're cool, and most
of our Senior clients want one. So, just be sure to tell
us you'd like to see a sample of one from your session.
What Should You Do Right Now?
while it's fresh in your mind, pick up the phone, and call
me. No charge. No obligation. No sales pitch. We're
not that kind of studio. CLICK
to find the number to call, or to shoot me an Email.
You can ask us any questions you may have. If you'd
like to, we can set up a time for us to get together, and
discuss what YOU want for your portrait. There's still no
charge or obligation. You do not need to have made a decision
to hire us,before we get together! No way!
Then, after we meet, if you feel you'd like to have us create
your senior portraits, fine. If not, that's fine also.
We are here to help you in any way we can. But we're
not here to pressure you into doing anything you don't want
to do. The decisions are completely up to you.
However, I do want to urge you to act immediately! My schedule
fills up in the spring and summer because we spend so much
time with each one of the seniors we photograph, we can't
photograph as many seniors as other photographers who have
more of a "factory" arrangement.!
So if anything I have said here sounded the least bit interesting
to you, CALL NOW! CLICK
now to get the number to call.
Call right away. I can't wait to talk to you about your
senior portraits! CLICK
Professional Senior Photographer
P.S. One more thing. Having your senior portrait taken
is such a personal thing, that you want to be sure you select
a photographer who is not only really driven to help you
look fantastic, but who you (or your son or daughter) also
like and trust. That's why I urge you to
read the comments from some of the other clients we've
photographed, and then give us a call. This will give you
an immediate feeling as to the type of people we are.
to call right now. We will enjoy hearing from you.
Springs photographer, Tracy Bookman, specializes in natural and
relaxed portraits of
families, high school seniors, babies, and children, as well as
We can also accommodate your needs for commercial, business, or