Well, it’s finally Senior year – you have probably been looking forward to this year since at least Freshman year, if not longer! With so much going on throughout the year, Senior pictures are often one of those things that you plan to do, but do not think about booking until graduation is almost here and then its a rush to get them done! This isn’t the case for everyone, but every year I get my share of Seniors who are scheduling their portraits in between prom, exams, projects, sports tournaments, practices and much more! Whew, spring of your Senior year can be busy!
But spring or fall? Which is the better time to take photos? I’ve gotten this question often so I thought I’d talk about my opinions on the two. There are great reasons for either season and I always say it’s up to the individual Senior.
The Fall can generally be a cooler time to take photos – October and November usually have nice weather, it usually doesn’t rain much and the landscape is still nice and green. There is also the advantage that, for me particularly, there are very few Seniors that choose this time of year, so it may be easier to get the day and time that works best for you. Fall generally is a little slower as far as school activities than the Spring can be. If you are more comfortable in jeans and “cool weather clothes”, then this may be the best time for you.
Here are some examples of Fall senior portraits:
The fall can still have lots of greenery, but the backdrops are beginning to turn brown. Ali’s photos were taken in early November.
These were all taken at Lauren Valley in Thibodaux, a location I love because of the versatility.
Haley’s photos were taken at a family home that had a lot of wooded land and some old, unused buildings and structures. These are in early December.
Another thing to note about fall portraits is the time change; sunset is often around 5:30 – 6pm, so portraits must be taken earlier in the evening. All of the above photos were taken between 3-5pm.
Then there’s spring time! Depending on how early in the spring you choose to schedule, things can still be a bit brown – but it doesn’t mean photos are out of the question! They can still be quite beautiful, even with dead grass! Bridget’s photos were taken in early February – again at Laurel Valley:
And other locations are always an option – urban locations such as the French Quarter or downtown Houma / Thibodaux are great for this time of year because you don’t have to worry about the landscape. Darby’s mid-February photos were taken in downtown New Orleans:
As March approaches, things begin to get busier with Senior portraits … this is the time of year that it may become difficult to schedule due to busier school schedules as well as my own availability. Its time to break out the sundresses and shorts, though! (Sometimes, clients have commented on being pale from the winter – time for a spray tan!) But flowers are in bloom, the sun sets later so you have more time and less rush and the weather can be warmer. There’s often more chance of rain, though, so keep that in mind when scheduling. Make sure there’s time to reschedule, if the need arises. Senior portraits during the spring are shot between 4:30-6:30, depending on what package you choose.
Ashley chose to shoot her portraits in downtown Houma. She also had her hair and make-up done by
Bremly Brides. This is something I offer in one of my Senior packages. I work with professionals
in Houma, Morgan City and New Orleans.
Katelyn’s photos were taken at Laurel Valley but she wanted a field of flowers, which we found randomly
in Thibodaux. There are fields all over, its just a matter of finding one that you can use without getting
into trouble! This field was being cut as we were taking the photos!
Fall or Spring – its up to you and your personal preference, but as you can see, beautiful photos can be taken any time of the year. You also have the option of doing both – I’ve had a few clients choose my 2 hour package and split it up over the two seasons. You will get an hour in the Fall and an hour in the Spring … so there’s another option for you!
If you are interested in scheduling Senior portraits for the Fall, the time to call is now. Very few weekends are available and most of my appointments are going to be during the week, so if you have a schedule that’s hard to work around, please email me or use the Contact form at the top of the page to get your appointment scheduled today!
Congratulations Class of 2014 and I look forward to meeting you guys!