Seniors are at a tremendous stage in their lives, they have their whole future ahead of them and they aren’t afraid to think outside the frame for their photos. For many parents and families, the senior portrait has emerged as one of the biggest milestones, a moment to be frozen as this their young adult moves on in life's journey.
In the world of digital imagery, devoted to “selfies”, and the Instagram generation, it is important for me to create timeless photos to mark this life change with images of who you are and what is significant to you; captured the way it should be. Having your senior portraits taken should be a fun and exciting time in your life. I will provide you individualized attention and will work with you every step of the way. Following our session together I will provide you with lots of photo options, social media ready pictures, and take the time to individually edit and retouch the images we collaborate on. I take great pride in the work we do together and our images will be a direct reflection of our time together. You will have pictures that will allow you to cherish this moment as a keepsake for years to come.
How should I prepare for my portrait session?
Can I bring a parent or friend?
What should I wear?
Can I bring props and accessories?
What about skin blemishes?
Should I wear my glasses?
What happens after the session?
What rights do I have to the digital Images?
Are prints included in the price?
How do I order Prints?
How do I choose a location for my session?
What is your payment, booking, and cancellation policy?
Attitude is Everything! Come to your senior portrait session prepared to have a ton of fun! Forget about all of your other plans and worries for a few hours and tell yourself to just live in the moment. The emotions you are feeling on the day of your shoot are going to have a big impact on the expressions that you’ll see in your pictures. If you’re having a bad day, call me and let’s reschedule for another time. It’s impossible to Photoshop emotion.
The day of your photo session, leave yourself plenty of time to get ready. Shower, style your hair, and apply makeup, etc. Be sure to eat something. You don’t want to be hungry or be light-headed in the middle of the session! Bring along a bottle of water and a
snack. Dress in one of the outfits you have selected, then pack up the rest, along with any other props you would like for your
Arrive a few minutes early for your shoot so you can check your look before you get started.
Yes! You are encouraged to bring along a friend, sibling or parent who can an assist you with your hair/makeup and clothing changes. You can have a few shots taken with a friend, sibling, or parent at no extra cost if you would like.
Plan for a variety of outfits. Bring a couple of outfits your parents like, and some that you like. Bring both casual and formal attire.
Wear clean and ironed clothing. Wrinkles can be very hard to remove in a photograph.
Dark socks and shoes are generally preferred. Avoid white socks and sneakers.
Layers and accessories are awesome! They add depth and texture to your portraits.
Things to avoid: stripes, bold patterns and prints that distract, neon colors, and clothing with any wording on the front (unless it’s a school name or logo).
Yes! Caps, hats, and scarves can often add character and personality to your senior portraits. Sunglasses can add a similar flair.
Musical instruments photograph well and add a personal touch to senior portraits.
Your letter jacket, your school ring, a school pendant, etc. can be useful additions to some of your portrait images.
Sports equipment including items such as jerseys, balls, bats, gloves, helmets, racquets, bikes, and shoes.
Hobby or Outside Interest – If you participate in activities such as horseback riding, photography, motocross, etc. or, if you are a member of a club or organization, you can probably think of items that will convey your interests in a photograph.
Skin blemishes are a fact of life and can’t be avoided. Concealer and powder work wonders for both guys and girls. Do the best you can to conceal them — then don’t worry about them. Any remaining skin blemishes can be retouched out of the photos digitally.
If you normally wear glasses they should be worn for your senior photos. I recommend that you visit your optician and get a pair of frames without the lenses. They may require a deposit for the frames, however the deposit is refunded upon return of the
borrowed frames. This will eliminate the glare and distortion caused by the lens.
Session editing is normally done within two weeks. I will communicate with your personal gallery and log-in information. You’ll be able to see your proofs, order prints and products, ask questions, and go over anything you need.
You have the right to reprint images up to 5×7 after purchase of USB /Download upgrade. However you may not sell your images for a profit or publish your images without the written consent of Rob Newbould Photography.
Session fees include my (photographer’s) time, talent, editing of all images, and a password protected online viewing gallery. A lot of time goes into each session. My work doesn’t stop once the camera lens cap is put back on. I take pride in choosing your best images, editing them in our style and setting up your online gallery. Unless specified, prints are not included in the session fee.
You may order prints through me or from your online gallery. Never hesitate to ask me any questions about ordering prints because your prints are very important to me. Your prints are an extension of my work so I always want to make sure you get the best possible product.
I will work with you to pick the most well suited locations based on the look you would like to achieve for your photos.
Once you have submitted your information through the “contact” page, you can expect a response via within 24 hours. Timing and location details will be discussed at that time. Once we have decided on a date, the session fee is due in full in order to secure your date. An invoice will be sent to you upon confirming the details. Once the payment is made in full, you are booked for your date. The session fee is non refundable. Please cancellation/rescheduling policies below.
Cancellation & Rescheduling Policies -
If your date needs to be changed once you have booked your session, you must contact me at least 48 hours in advance to reschedule your session. Any cancellation that occurs less than 48 hours before your session will incur a rebooking fee equivalent to 50% of your session price .
In the event of inclement weather, you will will be contacted to let you know your session needs to be rescheduled. The photographer will make the final decision on if the session needs to be rescheduled due to weather conditions. If your session is cancelled due to weather, you will be rescheduled at the next available slot that is agreeable to both parties.
Guys, be aware that a 5’oclock shadow cannot be retouched. The look is fine and very contemporary but if it is not the look you are going for then you should shave shortly before the photo session. Cut your hair at least 2 weeks before your session. That gives it time to grow to that perfect length. It gives the skin on the back of your neck and your forehead, that was covered by your hair, time to tan. You don't want that white line showing in your photos. If you are wearing a hat for your photos, we will do those last, to avoid hat hair.
Trim your nose hairs. Yep, they can show in your photos. Unruly eyebrows should be shaped and tamed about a week before your session, to avoid any bumps or redness.
Nails should be clean, trimmed and filed. Many salons offer a guy’s manicure and eyebrow treatment for a very reasonable cost. Go do this. Really!
It's really important to have layers and texture in your photos. Layers and texture add interest. By simply adding a neutral color t- shirt under a button down, you've added a layer. You can also roll up your sleeves, put on a jacket, sweater or hoodie, or include a plaid flannel tied around your waist. Bring both shorts and long pants as well as short and long sleeved shirts regardless of the weather.
Lots of guys like to wear a button-down that is untucked. Be sure to choose a slim-fit shirt, even if you are a bigger guy. Boxy shirts make you appear to be wider than you are in places that you don't want to add width.
Bring a belt. Belts are the most often forgotten item at a guy's senior photo session. Bring it. You'll need it.
Bring multiple pairs of shoes. Make sure they are polished, clean and have nice laces. Avoid white socks and shoes.
Matching socks are a must. If you are wearing slacks, be sure to match your socks to your pants. Black with black. Brown with brown, blue with blue, unless you are wearing dress socks with a crazy pattern because you’re just that kinda guy.
Wear a watch. It is an easy way to add layers. Time pieces are classic and stylish. If you're a guy that likes jewelry, go for it. Bracelet, necklace, whatever you call your style.
It is very likely that we will be shooting in locations where changing rooms are not available. Please Wear Underwear! It will help you, me, and everyone else who might be around feel more comfortable while you are changing your clothes.
If you are planning on using a portion of your session for mission pictures, become familiar with the missionary dress and grooming standards. Bring several ties along with your scriptures and any other props you would like (bike, country or state flag, etc.).
Even if you don't wear makeup or you "don't wear much", you need the appropriate amount applied to look your best in your photos. Makeup evens skin tones, covers blemishes and looks entirely natural. A loose translucent powder is helpful to eliminate shine especially for oily skin.
Since most portraits concentrate on the eyes, great care should be taken to make them perfect. Avoid using excessively bright colors, and mascara should be neat and without "clumps." Keep dark black eyeliner to a minimum, as the black tends to make the eyes disappear. And we want to see your eyes! Bring your makeup and a mirror for any last-minute touch-up.
Hair styling should be appropriate to the clothing selection. Avoid new hairstyles or having your hair cut or permed the week before your appointment to allow your hair to adjust to the change. If you would like to change your hairstyle during your session, this can add a little more variety to your photographs. It should, however, be a simple change that can be done quickly.
Take the hairband off your wrist. You don't want it in your photos and you don't want to have a ring around your wrist where you were wearing it.
If you’re going to get a manicure or pedicure, do it the day before your photo shoot. It is best not to have bright or neon colors. It will detract from the overall picture. Unless you’re going for a really dramatic look, understated is usually the best approach. Barefoot is a great look for casual portraits so be sure to make those toes cute!
It's really important to have layers and texture in your photos. Layers and texture add interest. By simply adding a sweater or scarf in the fall and winter, you've added a layer. Socks peeking above boots or even having a cuff in your jeans can add dimension. Put a jacket or scarf over your dress in spring and summer and accessorize with flowers in your hair. Wear jewelry. Jewelry is an easy way to add layers and texture. Bracelets, necklaces, earrings are all must-haves. Be sure to bring different jewelry for each outfit. Or at least enough pieces to change out one or two with each outfit.
It is very likely that we will be shooting in locations where changing rooms are not available. Wear a base layer or underclothing that will help you feel comfortable while changing into different outfits. Flesh colored underthings are a must. No matter the color of your outfit, wear flesh colored underthings. You don't want to be at your photo shoot, only to find out that in the sunlight you can see the color of your panties through your dress.