Five Simple Ways To Save Money On Senior Portraits
Aug 5, 2019 | By: Jennifer Lebo
Another school year is just around the corner, and that means that it’s SENIOR PORTRAIT SEASON!
I’m thrilled! I love reconnecting with students during August and September, especially new seniors who are ecstatic over their final year of high school, the amazing year that they know lies ahead, and the brilliant future beyond.
August and September is when I am most bombarded with senior portrait bookings, which is also why I love this time of year so much! Most senior girls know that summer and fall are the best times to celebrate with portraits, and many of them have been waiting years for this!
Moms on the other hand, might not have a clue what’s in store for them, and things can easily get out of hand financially when senior portrait season rolls around.
That’s why I want to share with you FIVE SIMPLE WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR DAUGHTER’S SENIOR PORTRAITS this season.
1. SHOP HER CLOSET
Most girls think that senior portraits require brand new outfits, the latest trends, and every accessory under the sun. But you can save a lot of money by simply sticking to her closet (or having her borrow from a friend). Not only does this save a lot of money, but it’s a great confidence builder. Have her choose those outfits that really make her feel beautiful. Those are the outfits she should wear on Portrait Day.
2. SKIP HAIR & MAKEUP (ASK A FRIEND)
Lots of girls like to indulge in a trip to the professional salon before their big portrait shoot, but it’s not really necessary. In fact, it’s possible that she could leave a salon looking less like her natural self and more like an over-the-top supermodel during Fashion Week, and that’s really not what she’s going for on Portrait Day.
You really just want a “polished” and natural version of your beautiful daughter. So rather than spend all that money at the salon, have her call on a trusted friend to come over and help her with hair and makeup. It’s more fun that way, they can choose the playlist, and she’ll definitely look more like herself, which is the goal.
3. SKIP THE BELLS AND WHISTLES
I used to offer everything from custom graduation announcements, to senior albums, to memory boxes, and everything in between. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVED creating them, and my clients always loved what they got, but if you’re trying to be kind to your wallet, then these extras are simply not needed.
Go with the high resolution files. In other words, get the digitals. Most, if not all photographers sell their digital files (or have a package that includes them). Go with the files only if at all possible. The albums and graduation announcements are exquisite for sure, but they’re not necessary and you can save money by skipping them.
4. BOOK A MINI SESSION
Lots of photographers offer different packages or collections, often ranging in time spent and cost. A great way to save money is to book a mini session. These usually last about 30 minutes and limit you to outfits, proofs, and other extras. With a good photographer, you can still get a solid number of great proofs to order from, so this is another good way to save some money on senior portraits.
5. BOOK A GROUP SESSION
One of the most brilliant and fun ways to save money and actually capture BETTER SENIOR PORTRAITS is to book a group session for your daughter and her friends. There are sooooooo many great reasons why group sessions are a better option, and saving money is just one. But consider the fact that when a group of 5 girls get together for a 2 hour session with their photographer, 5 moms are now splitting the bill instead of just 1.
You might think, “But my daughter isn’t getting her full hour of solo portraits!” True, but let me ask you this. Does your daughter really need 30-40 or more digital files of just her, or would she absolutely cherish maybe a dozen solo shots of herself, and then another handful of fabulous group shots of her and her besties, all relaxed, laughing, being themselves, finding confidence in each other, and making memories together?
Yeah, that’s exactly right. She wants those memories. Group sessions can get her what she wants, while creating a tremendous savings for all the moms involved.
I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHING SENIOR GROUPS! In fact, I love it so much, and see so much value in it, that I’ll be streamlining my portrait business over the next few months so that group sessions are all I do. I believe they’re the absolute BEST option- for both mom and daughter- and have a whole bunch of reasons why every girl should book her senior portraits with a group.
In fact, that’s next week’s blog post! I’ll be sharing my TOP TEN list for why Group Senior Sessions are totes magotes awesomesauce!