With fall in full swing and the leaves on the trees changing color, I’ve had many, many folks contact me for a last minute session. While I would LOVE to accommodate everyone this Fall season, my time (and the time of many photographers in the area) is fully booked. However, when I’m in conversation with the high school senior, or their parent, and mention Spring as an option, I get asked this:
“Do people get their high school senior portraits taken in the Spring?”
Let me break it down like this —-> In this area, many high school seniors get their yearbook portrait taken through their high school vendor. While you have a deadline to get those images in so you have a yearbook photo, you do not have a deadline in regards to your very separate high school senior portrait session booked with a different photographer. However, if that photographer is providing your high school yearbook photo, then it is most likely you will have to stick with Fall (depends on what that photographer offers).
When it comes to a custom portrait session, there really is no tried and true season to get your high school portraits taken. Some photographers use Spring to focus on the next year’s class by photographing current juniors and won’t book current seniors for the Spring season. Others keep their schedule open to current and future high school seniors. Personally, I think it all depends on photographer and what works for you.
However, there are a few things to consider when booking your high school senior session:
Wait. What? I know. I know. First, I tell you there are no deadlines with a high school senior portrait photographer and now I’m going to tell you that there are. Think Grad Announcements. Think prints to display at your graduation party. These are the deadlines that you want to think about when you book with a high school senior portrait photographer. Be sure to plan ahead and schedule your portrait session so that you have time to order your announcements and prints in time for your graduation party.
2) Plan Ahead
Just when you think you have plenty of time to book your session, you don’t, and then there are no spots available for your senior. No matter the season, plan ahead. Book now. Act fast! Once the season starts to get underway, most photographers are booked 2-3 months out.
Bottom line, you do what works for you, but don’t dismiss a season simply because you heard somewhere that high school seniors only get their portraits taken a certain time of year. If it works for you and it’s when you have time, then do what’s best for you!