Peyton : Senior

I met Peyton when he was in middle school. Its crazy watching him grow in to such a young man and enter his senior year! I will say that this session goes down in the books as the most fun and entertaining. A special thanks to Gleneagle golf club for allowing us to use your beautiful golf course.

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Peyton is a senior at West Michigan Aviation Academy and plans to attend Michigan Tech next year. Peyton I wish you the best last year of high school!


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Sophia Zolnierek : Senior

“Be all you can be, you are the best you you can be!” -Sophia Zolnierek

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Sophia Zolnierek is a Senior at Grandville High School. She is passionate about faith and about being creative! She is in the process of choosing a college but is thinking either Michigan State or Grand Valley State. When she was a kid she dreamt of being a dentist but for now she is still exploring what she’d love to do long term. You may find it interested that this girl loves coconut, pumpkin and coffee (hopefully not all at once).

If I went back to high school (Which I graduated from Grandville!) I’m pretty sure Sophia and I would be the best of friends. This girl is the sweetest and we had so much fun as we walked around the beautiful Millennium Park Meadows and Downtown Grand Rapids.

Sophia I wish you the best year yet and I pray you change the world with your beautiful personality and creativity!


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Planning a Senior Session

Do you have someone entering in to their Senior year? Are you overwhelmed and frustrated with all that comes with the “last year” of high school and the pressure is on to figure everything out right now? I thought so. Well today I’m hoping to make your check list just a bit easier. I’m talking about the steps to planning the Senior photo session. I’m hoping to answer most of your questions before you even have to ask. If not, I want you to comment below and I’ll make sure to add it to the list!

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CheckMark Initial Inquiry: It’s never too early to start the process. I would suggest reaching out to several photographers to see if they are the right fit. Does the photographer fit with the Senior’s style? Does the Senior connect well with the photographer? Check out testimonials, follow the photographer’s social media platforms. See some of their work. How do they present those who are photographed.

CheckMark The Right Price: Find a photographer that fits your budget? If you absolutely love a certain one, do they have options to make it work within your budget. Are they upfront about the costs or are they hidden. Make sure to ask all costs involved right up front.

CheckMark Yearbook Photo: Most schools want the yearbook photo submitted before Christmas break if not sooner. You’ll want to ask the photographer how long their turn around time is so you can schedule and have your images before it’s due. It’s also good to know your school requirements for this photo before your session. Some photographers will even submit the image of your choice to the school directly.

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Step one: Fill out a contact form. Anything on this form can be changed. This helps me get an idea of what type of session my clients are interested in. Once it has been filled out, he/she will instantly receive a pricing guide that tells them about me, my style and pricing.  It’s also filled with suggestions for locations.

Step two: Brochure. After I receive the e-mail, I will respond with information regarding the type of session along with options for him/her to choose from. Once they’ve picked the date, time and type of session they’ll be ready to start the booking session.

Step three: Proposal and agreement. After the client chooses their brochure options, they’ll receive an e-mail from me with the payment options (30% down and 70% due 1 day before the session) as well as the agreement contract for them to sign. Once the retainer is paid, the session is booked.

Step four:  1 week before the session I will send a questionnaire for the Senior to fill out along with information to get started on the blog post. This is all information to help me get to know them and make their session more comfortable.

Step five: Session. After the session I usually send a sneak peek e-mail 24-48 hours with at least one photo while you wait for your blog post. I also love posting images in my insta-story so make sure to take a peek there!

Step six: Blog goes live. The Senior’s blog post will be posted within a week of the session. This post is highly encouraged to share with friends and family who have patiently been waiting to see images.

Step seven: Gallery. The client will receive an e-mail 2-3 week post session along with information to find their gallery. If a download was purchased this will also include the link to do that as well. If not, the client will have the option to purchase prints or order a download through my site or me directly.

Step eight: 30 days after. I will will follow up with the client to see how they are doing and if they need any additional assistance. At this time I also have offer links to leave reviews and fill out a survey on how their experience has been. I take pride in making sure all of my clients get the best experience so this is crucial information for me.

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I’m speaking to the Seniors and I want to provide them with suggestions on how to get ready. These are completely optional but can be very helpful. I give you my top 10 ways to prepare for our time together.

  1. Lay out which outfits you want to wear. Make sure to keep these simple and give consideration to the color. Think about clothing that shows off your best features.
  2. Avoid wearing distracting jewelry. The photographs should accentuate your face, eyes and personality, not draw attention to your jewelry. Also, jewelry can date a photograph very quickly.
  3. Apply make-up normally and go with a practical hairstyle. Friends and family prefer to remember you as you looked most of your senior year, not just during the period when you had your pictures taken.
  4. Guys look best freshly shaven and their hair, beards or mustache trimmed and shaped.
  5. To avoid lens glair, ask your optician to remove the lenses from your glasses. Most will do this for free if you give them plenty of notice.
  6. Clean your finger nails (this also goes for toes if you’re wearing sandals.) You never know what might show up in your photos.
  7. Personalize your shoot. I invite you to bring favorite props to the shoot, such as sports equipment if you are a team player, musical instruments, or hobby items. You can even bring a favorite portable piece of furniture, such as a lightweight chair or stool. Giving me notice of this is preferred so I can prepare.
  8. Be happy and have fun. Forced smiles can be obvious. If you are not looking forward to this moment, it certainly shows. If it helps, bring a friend with you so that you’re relaxed.
  9. Notify me of blemishes. I do light touch-ups but I wouldn’t want to remove things that are always a part of you. No one likes to discuss acne but please let me know if this is something you want removed in your images.
  10. Make sure you’re on time. Most times I like to schedule near sunset to get the best light. I love spending time chatting with you, hearing your future plans and giving you a one of a kind experience.

 

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Meet Kara

Who is Kara? Are you interested in checking out her Photography? Take the first step by filling out the contact form. Here you’ll instantly receive information on style, pricing and the booking process. Not ready? That’s okay. Feel free to follow her by joining the e-mail list. Here you’ll receive information and specials exclusively to members.

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Hunter Albright : Senior 2018

I met Hunter 6 years ago. As his mom and I were talking about planning this session I couldn’t even believe it was time for him to approach Senior year. This is the time where adulthood takes over and we all learn how to start things on our own. One piece of advice Hunter would give his younger self is “not get lazy at the end of the school year”. I’m pretty sure I’m still telling myself this as an adult.

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Hunter is involved in his church where he leads elementary and jr. high boys. He’s full of energy and loves kids. He’s a great role model and my son loves spending time with him.

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What a wonderful day of fun on Lake Michigan where we visited Portage Point.

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Congrats on your Senior year Hunter. I hope you make lots of memories and enjoy every moment of it!


Location: Inn at the Alpine, The Blue Slipper, and Portage Lake in Onekema, MI

http://www.karahanesphotography.com

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