The time has come for many of you to start thinking about your last year of High School. It’s a fun and exciting time and one that will bring memories so great that you will look back with either great happiness or sadness. It’s an influential time and one where you make a lot of decisions. One of those decisions that you shouldn’t take lightly is where to have your Senior Portraits taken. So the question I am hoping to answer for you today is that very one that many start to worry about towards the end of their junior year.
In the surrounding areas of South West Missouri there are many studios, individuals and friends that can take your senior photos for you. Some will be well within your budget, others will be too costly for you to afford. Then there are those who will do it for free. How do you decide which ones to choose or to just let your aunt or your uncle take them for free? It’s a difficult choice that almost everyone in this area has gone through, myself included. Let me help with your choice by offering some things to think about when choosing a photographer.
- Quality. What kind of quality can I expect from my photographer? Will they be able to use the latest techniques and equipment to accurately capture these memories?
- Products. Will my photographer offer the prints, slideshows, canvas and other options I will need or will want to hand out to other friends or family? Will they use a professional lab to produce accurate and beautiful images?
- Experience. Will the person I choose have the experience to know how to shoot in poor weather, or bright sunlight or shade or in the studio?
- Expertise. Does the person I’m looking at specialize in High School Seniors or portrait photography? Or do they photograph families, weddings, bridals, landscapes, parties, and everything else?
- Price. Will what is offered above fit into my price range with what I’m looking for?
Those are just some items to think about when choosing your photographer for your senior photos. Don’t sell yourself short and choose someone who can’t offer you each and every one of those items that are listed above. If you do, you’ll be disappointed in what you receive.
If you are looking to find out more about my services, fill out the contact form on the left or call or text to (417) 812-5613. You can see more samples on our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/highschoolseniors
If you want to learn more about our Senior Model Program then follow this URL – http://www.jonesphotography.com/apply/.
As will all good things, 2017 has come to an end. But, now it’s a new beginning and time to start looking ahead to what 2018 has to offer. There is so much potential in this year that it’s hard to comprehend at times. But really, it’s all up to us! Here are some of our goals for 2018:
• Build a new studio facility (will also be available for rent)
• Offer photography classes
• Photograph more wonderful people than last year
• Stay positive all year long
What are some of your New Year’s goals and dreams?
If you are looking for the Graduation photos for the Willard, Missouri Class of 2017 then you have found your place!
Actually, you can see them all online and order them here – https://www.jonesphoto.shootproof.com
So a year ago our newest addition to the family joined us. She is a beautiful little girl full of energy and fun. Well, to celebrate we let her have her own cake. While she didn’t really dig into it as much as expected, she did seem to enjoy the chance at taking the spotlight. Looking forward to the new year ahead with her.
Our weather lately has been hit or miss. One week it’s 70 degrees outside and this week it’s ice and snow. With times like this, especially during winter time, you have to be quick to take advantage of whatever weather nature throws at you. This week I took advantage of the snow, and wanted to share with you my 5 useful tips for photographing in the snow.
Tip #1. You have to get cold. This seems like a no brainer. If you shoot in the cold of course you have to get cold. But you also have to be ready for everything that comes with it. Here in the Midwest region that means you have to be ready for icy cold wind, freezing temperatures, icy roads as well as snowy and wet ground. If you aren’t ready for any of these things you might be in for a surprise when you try to hold your camera bare handed for more then 5 minutes outside. You might not need everything but it’s always wise to bring or be wearing a warm coat, gloves, hat, boots etc. After this weeks experience I am considering adding a tow strap to the trunk of my car!
Tip #2. You have to find a willing subject. As much fun as it is to shoot in the snow and as amazing as the photos will turn out, you still have to find someone willing to venture out there with you. Thinking about photographing kids outside? Not a bad idea, just be ready for a quick session and be willing to be flexible with your clients!
Tip #3. Use the right equipment. Have you thought through what happens if you fall? What if it’s snowing? Can your equipment stand up to being in the elements? A few years ago I helped photograph a trash the dress session with 7 brides. There were three photographers there and none of us were prepared for what happened. It started raining, not hard but constant. I had an umbrella with me and that was it. It kept most of the rain off but not all. I was happy I was using quality gear that day. It kept anything major happening to my camera and lens. One of the other photographers wasn’t so lucky, he had a $400 repair bill due to water damage. Just think it through and be ready for anything!
Tip #4. Exposure is the key. Snow is tricky to photograph. Even on a cloudy sky, 90% of the landscape is pure white. You have to take care not to blow out your highlights and at the same time not under exposing your subject who is a complete contrast to the white behind them. Typically I will get an exposure reading from my subjects face through the in camera meter. If you have a hand held meter then that’s even better. That’s where I start. Exposing for my subject I’m able to adjust the exposure accordingly to get the most detail possible from the snow. For me and how I photograph, it works quite well.
Tip #5. Play. How many sessions do you shoot in the snow in a given year? If I am lucky I’ll photograph in the snow 1-3 times a year at most. So when you have the stars align and you have your subject, your location and your gear just be sure to make the most of it. As long as your subject is smiling away be sure to keep clicking. Try new poses, new ideas, different outfits and backgrounds. That way you know you’ll have a favorite to call upon when you need it.
Bonus Tip. Keep your cell phone charged with a charger in the car. If this week was any indication this could have ruined my photo session. After parking in what I thought was a relatively safe spot on the side of the road, I soon realized I might have ended my day photographing. When we were leaving my subject pulled away safely in their car only to have me stuck with a dead phone in mine. Luckily for me after about 5 minutes I was able to gain some traction and get out, but if I hadn’t, the rest of our photo session would have been over!
We hope your Christmas is full of family, love and joy.
Here are some great Fun Facts about Jones Photography and what we’ve done this last year!