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Beyond Professional Wedding Albums – Senior Portraits

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Aside from weddings, professional photo albums can have many uses in your photography business. Albums are the perfect portfolio for any type of photography session. In this blog, we’ll look at ways to focus on albums for high school senior sessions. This is the Beyond Professional Wedding Albums – Senior Portraits special edition!

Celebrating a Special Year!

In May and June, many family calendars are loaded up with graduation parties. There is a lot of planning that goes into celebrating 12 years of schooling. Some of that planning starts with a senior portrait sessions. Senior pictures are used for yearbooks, announcements, invitations, thank you cards, as well as gifts for family. 

Some yearbook companies require students to go to a specific photographer, however many seniors like to do a little something extra to celebrate their special year.

Offering professional photo albums with high school senior sessions is the perfect combo for what students want and what parents are looking for. Mom and dad want prints to show off and pass down, and kids want digitals to share with friends and on social media

Here are a few tips and client benefits for senior portrait albums

Something for Everyone 

Having collections with both digitals, printed products, and albums, delivers something for everyone. Seniors love the instant gratification of seeing how they look on the back of the camera, but parents might not see the value of doing a portrait session just for images to post on social media. Offering a senior portrait album dedicates the session to a tangible finished product that can be enjoyed past the expiration date of an Instagram story. 

Let’s Collab

Offering albums in packages for high school seniors encourages clients to get involved with their sessions. Knowing that the goal of the photo shoot is to create a customized album, the session becomes a more personalized experience. 

Help your seniors curate trendy and classic looks, and suggest featuring hobbies and sports. Talk with clients about the types of posing and props that would look good together on a spread. Be sure to listen and get their input too. You may uncover new creative ideas directly from your subject!

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Photo Credit: Hy Paul Photography – This Lustre Book with a photo cover and leather spine shows off a ton of personality and style for this high school senior.

No Need to Build a Senior Shrine

Senior sessions can involve many different outfits, locations, and backgrounds resulting in a lot of great images. Rather than putting a new wing on the house to devote wall space to all must-have portraits, a professional photo album can hold all the favorite images and take up less real estate. 

It’s New to Them

Studio Samples are essential when creating senior portrait albums for your clients. You need to show what you sell. 

First off, a high school student might not know what you are referring to when you say, “professional album”. Are you talking about those scrapbooks with a bunch of little photos and stickers pasted to a page, or is this something that we’re going to need a turntable for? Letting them see a 12×12 EZ Book with a contempo design will really help clarify how awesome an album can be. 

Secondly, parents, who are footing the bill, will want to see and be impressed by finished products. When meeting for your session consultation, hand off a 10×10 Luster Book with a full leather cover to mom or dad and ask them to take a look at your work. This is way more of a wow factor than sharing a screen.

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This album spread with a contempo design had 5 great images. Favorite hero images are larger and smaller pictures that fill in the negative space creating interest and impact!

Minds Blown!

Wedding album reveals can be an emotional slam dunk. Sitting a couple together on a couch and watching them page through the story of their wedding day can be a joyful and rewarding experience for the couple and photographer. Why not do it for the high school seniors? 

Watching a senior open the cover of an album dedicated solely to them is pretty special! Chances are they’ve never seen or imagined something like this. This is a new and unique experience. It will wow, it will elevate, and it may even cause tears as the proud parents watch over.  

Oh and don’t forget to make a video to share! Win-Win! 

Seniors will love the special attention of the moment that they can reshare with the masses, and parents will cherish the addition to their family’s library of memories.

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Maureen Miller CPP

Contributor to Marketing & Client Experience at Zookbinders. Professional photographer for 25+ years. An advocate for making money and doing what you love. My motto, ”Photography is a BIG DEAL!”

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