I am SO excited about your upcoming senior session!
Please take a few minutes to fill out the senior questionnaire, you can find it here. This will assist me with choosing your locations, helping you put together your outfits and making your session experience custom to you. Below is lots of information regarding hair and makeup, outfit selection, what to expect at your session, and more. Please read it thoroughly!
Your session is going to begin at a pre-determined location based on your answers to the questionnaire. Please try your absolute best to arrive on time, if not a few minutes early so that I can help you finalize outfit choices! As a natural light photographer, your senior session is scheduled around the time that the sun sets. Once the sun is set, we can no longer shoot. Therefore, if you arrive to your session even 10-15 minutes late, it will affect the amount of time that we can shoot and the length of your session! If you are more than 30 minutes late to your session, we will have to reschedule.
Stuck on what to wear? I'm here to help! Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks to help you guide your outfit choices!
1. be comfortable
If you do not like fitted clothing then leave them at home! Personally, I try to steer clear of items that are fitted in the tummy area (don't we all?) just because it makes me self-conscious and I'm constantly wondering if it looks bad. So, if there are pieces in your closet that make you feel self-conscious or uncomfortable, don't include them in your senior portrait wardrobe! Additionally, we will most likely be sitting on the ground, laying down, walking and doing other things that could be difficult if your clothing is uncomfortable!
2. BE BRIGHT + THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX
Try to choose colors that POP and that compliment your hair + skin colors! Primary colors like red, royal blue and yellow photograph beautifully as well as emerald green, bright purples, pinks, oranges and any other colors that really POP! Think jewel tones! Sometimes, color combos that may seem odd in-person end up photographing beautifully on camera! Florescent colors often wash out the skin, so try to avoid anything neon. Also, small stripes and small checkered patterns create an appearance of a wavy motion in photos, so avoid those as well.
3. ADD LAYERS
In the cold months (fall + winter), adding layers to your outfits always looks STUNNING in portraits! A sweater with a flannel underneath + statement necklace or scarf adds so much dimension to your images and makes for super fun posing options! Even in the warmer months (spring + summer) you can add these layers + dimension by wearing a tank top with a cute sheer cardigan or a statement necklace with a dress!
4. PLAY WITH TEXTURES
Sometimes textures like sequins, furs and sparkles can be considered "daring" or "over the top" but, in portraits, they are the BEST! Adding texture to your outfit makes the biggest difference, and it prevents the images from looking dull! Combining textures that you may not normally use together like sequins + cable knit sweaters or leather + fur make GREAT pairs!
5. DON'T BE AFRAID TO ACCESSORIZE
During a senior session, or any photo shoot, the more the merrier!! When planning your outfits, don't forget to plan accessories!! Stacks of bangles, long necklaces, statement pieces, scarves, hate, bright shoes and other add-ons can make an outfit AMAZING!
6. MIX IT UP
When planning your outfits, make sure that you have a variety of looks! I tell all of my seniors to choose from these categories: casual, cozy, dressy, school-related, sports-related, preppy or edgy. I always recommend choosing 2-3 of those categories and finding outfits accordingly. This provides a beautiful array of looks during your senior portrait session, so each outfit looks dramatically different!
WILL MY SESSION BY IN A STUDIO OR OUTDOORS?
You have the option to do both! My studio is located in Hastings, NE. If you want studio photos and outdoor photos in Grand Island, we may need to arrange a separate session though.
how many people can I bring to my session?
Due to COVID-19, it will be best to limit the number of people you bring with you. Parent's are allowed but for the time being, friends will not be allowed to join.
We will take a series of close up photos that you will be able to use for your yearbook. Also, if you require a sports photo, please let me know in advance. When you receive the form from the school editor, just send it to me and I will fill it out!
HOW DO I PAY FOR MY SESSION?
$100 of the session fee will be due at the time of booking in order to hold your session date. The remaining amount will be due after the session when we meet to go through the pictures. Cash and checks are accepted. I can also provide an invoice with a link to pay via Credit Card or Paypal.
HOW LONG WILL I WAIT FOR MY IMAGES?
There will be hundreds of photos taken during your session. We will schedule a date after your session for you to pick your favorites. Once your images are selected, the final images will be ready to view within 3 weeks of your session. I will post some of my favorites on my Facebook and Instagram accounts. You will receive a text or email when your images are ready, along with a link to the online gallery where all of your images will be kept.
Can I make copies of my pictures?
No. Copyright laws prohibit copying photos. This law prohibits scanning, screen shots, re-editing, reprinting images that Chelsey Steinke Photography did not give you permission to. If you want changes made to a photo, please let me know and I can try to make adjustments. Also, I provide a print release so that you can print the photos in your gallery.