Senior Portrait FAQ
Below is a list of frequently asked questions and detailed information on what to expect when you book a senior portrait session with Kristina Ferrara Photography.
When should I have my senior portraits Taken?
Typically Senior Portraits are taken the summer before your senior year, some seniors choose to have them taken the spring or fall of their senior year.
So, how does this work?
We like to keep things simple. To book a session, you’ll first need to select a date and contact us to confirm our availability. Once a date is set, we’ll send you a contract that must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned along with a non-refundable retainer fee within one week in order to hold your date. Of course the retainer fee applies towards your package. The remainder is due the day of your session. After we have received your contract, we’ll set up a consultation.
What's the consultation all about?
Consultations are the best and most efficient way to get to know each other and hash out the details of your shoot. During the consultation we will discuss clothing, hair / makeup, location options, designate a specific meeting location, and answer any questions you might have. If it’s important to you or your parents to meet us in person, we’ll gladly arrange for an in-person consultation at one of our favorite local coffee houses. Together we will talk about the look and feel that you want for your Portraits. Maybe that means you love fields, streams, and bridges. Maybe you prefer a more modern look with an old abandoned building and cracked cement. Whatever your style is, we can find a location that you love.
What If it Rains?
I will watch the weather closely as your Session approaches. If it looks like rain, we’ll reschedule to a day/time as soon as possible.
Can I bring my Parents or Friends?
Of course! I encourage you to bring someone that will help you relax and have fun. In fact, if you’re under 18, I insist that you bring someone. You may want to warn your guest because I often enlist parents/friends/siblings in holding reflectors or act goofy behind me. :) If you’d like to have some photos with your friends, you might be interested in the Friends Senior Portrait Session.
Do you offer group / friends sessions?
Yes! Group / friends sessions can be a lot of fun and provide you with invaluable memories. These are separate from personal senior portrait sessions. Please contact us for details.
When is the best time of day for my Senior Portrait Session?
The best time is usually first thing in the morning [are you an early bird?!] or a couple hours before sunset. However, any time of the day is fine.
Do you offer hair and makeup?
We do not offer hair or makeup, but we recommend clean makeup application with added emphasis on lips and eyelashes.
What Should I bring with me?
Along with your change of clothes, I recommend bringing basic stuff like a brush, powder [yes, boys, you may want to bring some as well!], lip gloss, etc. Your portrait sessions are all about you, so bring a couple different outfits that show off your personality and style. Solid colors and longer sleeves will help emphasize the face and are less distracting in photos. It’s also important that you are comfortable in your clothes. If you are not comfortable, it will show in your pictures. Girls - feel free to wear heels, but make sure you also bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes. Also bring any pets / props / instruments that are important to you.
I’ve seen some photos in Pinterest , can we try that?
Absolutely! I love to see what my clients have in mind! Follow me on Pinterest, and I’ll follow you back if you have ideas there. You can email or text me photos as well. I love to see what photos you like!
How long before I can see my images?
Two to three weeks after our Senior Session, I will invite you to your own personal Gallery where you can view all of the edited images. I will put a sneak peek image on Facebook and tag you [we have to be friends first!] and my blog.
How do I order prints and products?
You can order two ways: through me [email or phone] or you can order directly through your personal Gallery. For some of the products such as Albums, Storyboards, and Cards, we will need to talk about [email/phone] the specific layout and photos that you want to use. Family or friends can also order through your password protected Gallery.
What is my personal gallery like?
I will email you and let you know when it’s ready [usually 2-3 weeks after our Senior Session], and give you your password. Feel free to share the password with anyone you want. Your Gallery will be full of fully edited images from our Session. You’ll have 30 days to look over the pictures and place your order. After that time, your Gallery will expire, so don’t wait too long to check out your pictures! Reactivating your Gallery after the 30 days will cost $30.
Do you offer retouching?
Yes. Minor retouching is included with every photo ordered, including the photos you select for your package. Special effects and cosmetic retouching is available at an additional cost.
What does “Copyright” mean and what am I allowed to do with my photos?
Without getting too complicated, a copyright is the protection of “original works of authorship”. Basically, it means that if you create it, it’s yours. All of my work is copyrighted. If you’re not sure, just ask.
What about Facebook?
Facebook is an awesome place to share photos! Please feel free to use any photos I put on Facebook [I’ll tag you] for your profile picture or wall. I just ask that you don’t crop out my watermark/copyright. Thanks! :) Please tag Kristina Ferrara Photography!
I decided I want you to take my senior portraits. Now what do I do?
Great, I’m so excited! To schedule your Senior Session date and time, you can email me, or call me 410-588-7411. Contract must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned along with a non-refundable retainer fee within one week in order to hold your date. Talk to you soon!