Congratulations on making it to your senior year! You’ve worked so hard and the time has come to celebrate your accomplishments and head out for the next phase in life which is what us adults annoyingly like to call “The Real World.” But before you do that, it’s time to revel in your senior year and take in all of the friendships, the moments, and the experiences you’ve had. Whether you loved your high school life, hated it, or most likely fall somewhere in between there’s no denying that you are on the brink of the rest of your life with lots of changes in your future. If I’m being honest I don’t actually remember a lot of details about my high school life (because I’m old). But, I do remember what it felt like being a senior. Making plans and prepping for my future and the sheer excitement of moving on to officially becoming an adult still gives me goosebumps thinking about it. There is something so special about senior year being both a bittersweet ending of an era and the beginning of your journey as an adult. It’s the perfect time to get portraits created as a marker of both an ending and a beginning. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate who you are at this moment! Get in touch! I want to hear more about you and how we can create a senior photography session that showcases the real you!
Senior sessions are priced as session fees* and the price is determined by location of the session. The session fee covers the time at the session creating your images and a portion of the session fee that you pay will be applied to your order as a credit. The session fee also includes help with submitting your yearbook photo to your school.**
Denver, Boulder, Evergreen, Aurora, Castle Rock, Parker, Longmont, Littleton, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge Golden, Idaho Springs, Arvada, Highlands Ranch, Northglenn, Thornton, Erie, Lafayette, Louisville (Essentially the Denver Metro area):
$595 session fee includes a $500 credit
Summit County (Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Frisco, Dillon, Keystone etc…):
$650 Session Fee includes a $500 credit
Winter Park, Tabernash, Fraser, Granby, Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park:
$675 session fee includes a $500 credit
Vail, Beaver Creek, Avon, Edwards, Eagle, Pueblo, La Veta, Cuchara:
$700 Session fee includes a $500 credit
Steamboat Springs, Kremmling, Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Redstone, Snowmass:
$995 session fee includes a $650 credit
Crested Butte, Gunnison, Salida, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Grand Junction:
$1,095 session fee includes a $700 credit
Telluride, Montrose, Grand Junction, Ouray, Ridgway, Silverton,
$1,395 session fee includes a $995 credit
Don’t see your location listed here? Get in touch and I can give you a session fee quote.
*Please note that digital files are not included in your session fee. They may be purchased separately either as a set or as individual files. Individual digital files are $125 each and there are price breaks when purchasing multiple digital files. Prints start at $35 for a 5x7” and $65 for an 8x10” Please contact me for the full price list.
**In order to get help with submitting your yearbook photo I will need the yearbook requirements submitted at least two weeks before the deadline. It is still your responsibility to double check with your school’s yearbook staff to make sure the photo has been properly submitted.
Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Georgetown, Lyons:
$625 session fee includes a $500 credit
*When should I schedule my senior portraits?
This may depend on your school’s yearbook submission deadlines, but most seniors get their senior portraits created during the summer before their senior year starts or early fall of their senior year. Of course, you may book a senior photography session at any time of the year if you aren’t worried about submitting to your school’s yearbook.
*Where will we do my pictures?
I have a ton of great locations up my sleeve and I’m happy to share ideas about where to go with you. It’s helpful if you can describe a little bit about what you are looking for with your environment and if you have any special props or items you want to incorporate into your photos so that I can advise on what would work for you. For example, do you imagine yourself with mountain peaks in the backdrop? Or maybe you want to show off Red Rocks in the distance. What about the time of year? Are you a basic B who can’t get enough pumpkin spice like myself and fall color is your jam? Or maybe you see yourself as an urban city dweller and want the Denver skyline in your pictures. What about items you want to have in your photos? You can bring your car or maybe your furry lil bestie. You may even think about what your favorite things to do are and consider incorporating that into your session. Activities like browsing a bookstore or record shop or maybe donning your favorite pair of roller skates for a roll around the rink. Or maybe you just want something simple and classic in a scenic setting. We can make any of these happen for you and find a great location that speaks to your aesthetic.
*What if the weather is gross?
Wait 5 minutes! (yuk yuk) But in all seriousness, Colorado is usually pretty nice and reschedules are thankfully pretty rare. But, in the event that the weather just won’t cooperate I will reschedule with you.
*How many outfits should I bring?
1-3 outfits is best for most senior photo sessions. You certainly don’t have to do any change of clothing if you don’t want to but it’s nice to have a couple of different looks for your senior photos. If you bring more than 3 outfits you will end up spending a lot of your session time changing in and out of clothing instead of using that time for creating awesome pictures so try to limit yourself to 3 outfits. It’s popular for seniors to have one casual outfit and one that’s a little bit more dressy. I highly recommend wearing something that you feel good in because when you feel good you will have more confidence and that translates to better photos.
*Can I bring anyone with me?
Sure, mom or dad is totally welcome to join us and it’s fun to bring a friend or two as well if you want!
*What time of day will we be photographing?
I schedule all sessions to take place in the hour or two before sunset because that’s the prettiest light of the day. In the summer that could mean a start time as late as 6:30 or even 7 pm. I don’t schedule sunrise sessions because I never grew out of hating getting up early and I’m not my most creative when I’m still half asleep. But, if it’s for a special reason (like a hot air balloon ride) we could consider doing sunrise instead of sunset.
*How long does the session take and how long until I get to see my photos?
Sessions generally last between 1-2 hours. I aim to get your images in the online gallery and ready for you to see within 3 weeks of the session but this can depend on the time of year. I am faster from January-mid summer and late summer-Christmas can sometimes get a little more backed up due to the busy season. If you are in any sort of rush it’s best to let me know about that asap so that I can honestly assess the timing and do my best to meet your deadline.
*Will I get to see every photo from the session?
Trust me, you don’t want to see every single photo from your session. You will see all of the ones that turned out well, but I delete any that have technical deficiencies, or are duplicates so that you only sort through the best of the best
*What can I expect for the retouching of my photos?
After your session I will pick out a handful of my favorite images to share on the blog as a “sneak peek” or preview. These favorites will be fully retouched. The rest of the images will be lightly retouched as proofs and all will go into an online gallery for you to choose from. Any images that are ordered will be fully retouched just like the favorites from the blog. Below you can see a visual example of what the difference is between a photo prior to any retouching, a proof photo and a fully retouched image.
Original, unretouched image
Lightly retouched image
Fully retouched image
*Will you submit my photo to the yearbook?
I can assist with making sure your image is prepped properly for your yearbook submission but I need the submission guidelines from your school at least two weeks before they are due. It is still your responsibility to double check with the yearbook staff to make sure your picture has been submitted according to their standards.
*How will I be able to use my pictures?
The copyright for all images created at your session will remain with April O’Hare Photography and it is illegal to make copies or share the images created without written permission. When you order digital files you will get a print release for personal use so that you can make your own copies and prints and you’ll be able to share your images on social media. Using your photos commercially (for business or making money off of them) will need written permission from April O’Hare and may be subject to additional fees.
*How do I get scheduled?
It’s painless, I promise! First get in touch and we’ll talk dates and locations and I’ll have your parent or guardian sign the contract in order to reserve your date. 50% of your session fee will be required as a non-refundable retainer to reserve your date with the 2nd half due at the end of your session. I can’t wait to talk about your senior photos with you!
I do my very best to return emails as soon as possible but I do head out of Denver for sessions and weddings often. Sometimes your email never makes it to me so if you haven’t heard from me within 48 hours please try again just in case stranger things are going on (and also just in case I got sucked into a marathon Stranger Things binge and need help out!) I’d hate to miss the opportunity to chat with you about your wedding!