Senior Portrait Listening Lessons

I am honored to capture any kind of milestone but capturing a senior portrait ranks among the most memorable. The student is in the midst of being confronted with one of the biggest transitions as an emerging adult. The biggest tip that I can offer any photographer is to get to know the student. Don’t just ask questions while hiding behind your camera but talk to them and more importantly, LISTEN. This is an exciting time for them and they have a ton to say. I embrace these moments before I take the first picture and I am certain they do too! Aaron McGregor Photography

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Capturing Confident Senior Portraits

You may think that Spring is a strange time of year to get your senior portrait taken but I think it is one of the best times. Traditionally, a senior will have their portrait taken at the beginning of their senior year or before it even begins. At that time, they are aware of the big transition that is upon them and may have an “idea” of where they will be in a year but they probably are not certain of their future after high school. Take this portrait at the beginning of their senior year and you may get a portrait of a lost soul with a fake smile and uncertainty in their eyes. Don’t get me wrong, a great photographer should be personable enough to make the student comfortable and bring out their dynamic personalities. On the other hand, when spring arrives chances are good that the uncertainty is all but vanished. Look at Jenna in these images and you can see passion, a spark of energy, her acceptance to move on to the next big adventure and an eagerness to embrace and tackle the world. My session fee is $135.00 and typically last an hour with unlimited change of clothes. With this fee, you get secured, online proofing, two mini albums to commemorate the occasion and an 8×10 enlargement. Please ask me about burning a DVD with print release and social media friendly files. If you are looking for more, please contact me because I am confident that I can deliver it! Best of luck to Jenna! Check out more portraits at my website!

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Senior Portraits & Cyber Marketing


How do people do it? In this 24/7 world where sleep never rests, we are expected to produce at maximum capacity AND write a weekly blog? When I entertained the idea of writing a blog, I thought that it was going to be a piece of cake. All the reasons to “drive more traffic to your site, get a better SEO ranking, people will love hearing about photo sessions and techniques, etc. etc. etc.” Well it has been 8 long months since that first blog, and I have produced only a handful. Yay me. This brings me back to my opening question, “How do people do it?” It is difficult for me to maintain a prolific blog in the height of summer and into autumn. So please excuse the timing of this blog, since Tessa’s portrait session occurred FIVE MONTHS AGO!!!

Tessa called me after searching the internet for a photographer to take her senior portraits. She requested to have her portraits taken at Cedar Creek Park along the scenic Youghiogheny River. In keeping true to pleasing clients, my prices are very reasonable and competitive for professional photography: they can change into as many outfits as they bring and two 8x10s & two accordion-book keepsakes are included with every portrait session. This fee also covers travel, editing, online proofing, mailing out reprints, etc. A photo session typically lasts an hour.

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Tessa had a great time. She was completely into the photo session and the environment truly expressed her love for nature. She brought a change of clothes and the session lasted a little over an hour. There are many things that have changed since I first started my business. Pleasing clients, taking photos and marketing yourself were the main priorities. I loved getting new clients based on referrals from past clients the same as I love getting those referrals now. It is the best compliment anyone can receive. However, the marketing landscape has changed with the explosion of the internet and search directories. It is almost incomprehensible what a small business owner must do to keep afloat. As of today, I have zero reviews of my business on Angie’s List, Yahoo, Google or the fifty thousand other search directories. Who has time to create an account, sign in and write reviews in this 24/7 world? I don’t blame people for not writing reviews. Honestly, I have never written a review, and I have received excellent service as well as horrible service in the past. To stay on track with marketing Aaron McGregor Photography in this cyber world, I will be posting more blogs over the winter about photo shoots that occurred in the summer and fall! I am sure you are chomping at the bit to see more blogs about weddings, portraits and pet sessions. I know I will be writing them over the next 24/7s!!!