Congrats, you’re a senior!
You are going to make so many memories this year & I’m so honored that you are interested in working with me.
If you are like most senior girls… you’ve been planning and thinking about your senior portraits for some time now. Me too, in a way! Because I SPECIALIZE in seniors. I am constantly evolving and looking for the latest and greatest ways to photography and pose YOU! I’ll guide you every step of the way with posing, clothing and accessories. Wait until you see what flattering lighting, posing and styling can do for you! Together, we will come up with a great plan for your session! We’ll laugh a lot, make some memories and call ourselves friends before this is over.
This is about you… about to head out into the world on your own. I want to capture the BEST version of you at this time in your life. My #1 goal is to bring out the beauty that’s already there within you and photograph that confidence… and we’ll have a great time doing it!
Feel free to text me or email me with any questions along the way!
WHAT WILL THIS COST?
We know that great photography is not cheap…anything that is of high quality is an investment. We pride ourselves in offering high quality photographic art and offering only the best products in the industry. These photographs will represent this amazing time in your life, and we want you to look back on them with joy and say…”wow I look amazing and that was so fun!” We offer several different Sessions to meet most needs for today’s high school Senior. The session fee is for the session, the time and talent of Melissa, and a complementary watermarked images from the poses that you order as prints….we call this our digital slideshow phone app. This app. is great to then allow you to show off your Senior photos on your phone, it can be shared on Facebook and to other mobile phones as well! 🙂
The session fee pricing above does not include prints, digital images or albums….all are ordered separately at the view and order appointment.
THE ESSENTIAL SESSION: $150
This session is perfect for the guys. We find that they like to work fast and of course they want to look good, they just don’t want to spend all day doing it. So this session is up to 40 minutes long. One or two outfits at one location.
THE SENIOR EXPERIENCE: $195
MOST POPULAR!! This session is customized for the girls and guys that want to really have fun during their Senior Photography Session. This session is up to two hours. We allow unlimited changes of clothes, however we find that three to four outfits is the norm. We allow two separate locations.
THE DIGITAL SENIOR EXPERIENCE: $995
The Senior Experience includes hair and makeup at HQ Salon & Spa! Complete set of edited digital images on a flash drive. (Over $100 savings!)
portrait & product pricing
“Extremely satisfied! My daughters senior pictures turned out beautiful. Melissa’s warm, engaging spirit, and listening ear towards her clients puts you at ease. Her skilled eye in posing, lighting, and photography brings out your best. Thank you Melissa for photographing this milestone in Jilian’s life. You have captured the young lady she has become and love how her personality shines through. The senior pictures we had done will be cherished memories.“
frequently asked questions
Yes! We have a gorgeous studio located on the East side of Kalamazoo, MI….5100 E. Michigan Ave. We always prefers to shoot outdoors if the weather permits. I feel this allows my clients very unique and custom photographic art.
How would you describe your style?
My style is fun, relaxed and always centered around the style of the Senior. I love to focus on the expressions and natural personalities of our clients. Since every Senior is different, I do my best to photograph their style. Please know that we ask for full creative discernment in our sessions. I am always open to suggestions, and prefer to meet with clients for a pre-consultation appointment to learn exactly what your expectations are… what type of photography style you are looking for, and what your photographic art needs are such as sizes and shapes for your wall portrait(s).
How about pets or props?
Of course! We love to have your own props….Seniors will bring their musical instruments, sports props such as a jacket, or ball, we have had Seniors bring their favorite books or magazines also. Anything that represents who you are in this time of your life. We love to work with your pet also, we do ask that you have another person present to take care of the pet after we are done photographing you and your pet. Another popular question is “Can I bring my BFF?” and the answer is “YES”! We will do one or two fun shots with you both to make sure you have some adorable photographs of you two!
Do you do “Packages”?
Yup. We do….we offer them to allow our clients to get exactly what they want and a little savings in the pocket! However, most clients love our ala carte menu of products where they can pick and choose as they wish and not have any restrictions from a package.
Do I have to buy a Package?
We do not require our clients to purchase a package, however, they are priced at with a discount, and offer discounts on ala carte products too….so its a much better deal to purchase a package! If you choose to not order a package….you can order from our ala carte menu…we ask for a $300 print order minimum. We work very hard on our photography services, and guarantee you will love your photographs!
~Refer a friend to us who books with us…and we will gift you 8 free wallets of your choice in pose!
Basic retouching is done on all final images that will be printed free of charge. This includes minor acne or minor facial shine and stray hairs that are NOT going across the face. If you would like extra artwork done ( removal of moles, scars, braces, stray hairs across the face or eyes, tan lines, under garment straps. We can also tuck in tummies and thighs minimally) Please let us know when you order. We do charge $25/image for more extensive photoshop work to be done.
How do I book a session?
We take a limited number of sessions each week. We try to schedule most sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our evening sessions are on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. These sessions fill up fast due to the popularity of these time slots. To officially book a session, we ask for the session fee be paid in full to seal your date and time. We will send you a paypal invoice through email and you can then pay by credit card to book your session on the date and time we have have agreed on. We do not book your spot by verbal agreement only…once we have the session fee, then and only then is your session officially booked. This session fee is NON-refundable. However, if you need to reschedule, we do our very best to accommodate, just remember our schedule is very tight. We do allow for two cancellations and reschedule dates, if clients have more than two cancellations there is an addition $25 fee.
What kind of products do you offer?
Only the best! We specialize in photographic art for your home. Photographic art is more than an 8×10 in a frame. We offer gorgeous gallery wrapped canvas prints that you will treasure and hang on your walls for a lifetime. We also offer custom made gorgeous albums, stand out mounted prints that look fabulous in a collage, custom made graduation cards , and of course loose paper prints such as the popular wallets!
Do you sell the digital files?
I understand that we all live in the “digital age” and how important digital files are to people….we love them too! We allow our clients to purchase digital files of the complete session. You will be given a print release to print these images at any size. We will also give you a recommendation of where to have them printed to make sure you preserve the professionally editing that was done on the images. The cost for the digital files of your session is a $795 investment. This is a great value if you have a large family and want to go and do all your own printing.
What happens after the session is over…how do I see the images?
When you schedule and book your session, you will also be scheduling your View and Order Session. This ordering session is where you will see your images and then place your order at that time. We do offer an online gallery for two days prior to the View and Order Session at no extra charge. If you would like the online gallery extended for one week after you place your order, we can do that ! This online gallery is for your extended family members that would like to purchase photographs. There is a $15 charge to open up the gallery for one week after your ordering appointment. We want you to get your photographs as soon as possible. So your View and Order Session is scheduled one to two weeks after your session, and then your orders are ready for pickup usually within three weeks. We understand you can not wait to see your photographic art and Melissa works very hard to get it in your hands and on your walls fast! We do require that you place your complete order at the view and order session. So make sure all your decision makers are present at that appointment.
WHAT TO WEAR
Think about TEXTURE! It adds dimension and interest to photos. Lace is a winner, it can be bold color or creamy. Stiching on boots, fringe..these types of things adds texture.
Add LAYERS! Layering adds depth and dimension. Think cable knit sweaters, boot socks, scarves, cardigans, belt, jewelry …all layers.
COLOR! Bring at least one outfit that has a pop of color.
Mix it up! Select clothing that ranges from casual to as dressy as you’d like to be. That way you have variety in your portraits.
ACCESSORIES! They are the finishing polish to a look. Plan your jewelry per outfit, and hang it WITH each outfit.If in doubt, bring it and we can decide at the session.
PROPS! If there is something special you would like to bring that makes you…YOU. BRING IT!!
WHAT NOT TO WEAR
Avoid things that are very short as they are hard to have you sit in.
Anything tight fitting that accentuates a problem area.
Avoid sleevless if you are self conscious of your arms.
Try to steer clear of bringing the same color or exact style over & over, in order to have variety.
Be conscious of a low scoop neck so we do not show too much cleavage when leaning.
Blousy, swing dresses are so cute in person and a current trend,but they are sometimes not the best at showing your figure and shape.
PROFESSIONAL HAIR & MAKEUP
Professional make up application ensures that you will have a flawless complexion throughout your entire session AND it takes the stress off of you from hoping you have a good hair and make up day! Even if you want a natural look, make up makes that happen in front of the camera. The camera takes away eye lashes and can make one look pale, having professional make up honestly makes your photographs all the better!
While it’s not a requirement, I HIGHLY recommend you have your make up and hair professionally done.
We recommend HQ Salon
401 Kilgore Rd.
I personally use and have had my clients use HQ Salon, and had fabulous results. Please mention our name to receive a special discount since you are one of our Seniors!