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Why Hire A Pro For Senior Photos

So you ask? Why Hire A Pro For Senior Photos? Here’s why. Most of us know how to treat a digital photo file after it’s exposed. Normally that’s not needed, but when your subject shows up to the shoot with a terrible sunburn, you have to do something to salvage this red, blistered appearance.

Scott’s senior photos were done at a western mountain resort while I was there teaching a photo workshop.

While most of Scott’s shots look pretty similar (he only brought one outfit), I’ve included his story here to share a “Don’t do this moment!”

MCJensen_Jul032011_3239Scott broke one of the basic rules of prepping for a photoshoot, getting sunburned.  Sunburn is one of the few things we can’t really fix well with Photoshop.  We can edit out blemishes, misplaced hair, rips on jeans, stains on clothes etc. but not sunburns very well.  God knows I tried, but in some images, it’s really apparent.  The one thing I could do was to try a monochromatic (Black/White or Sepia) approach with the post shoot editing of his images.  That seemed to work. I mean the poor guy was miserable during the entire shoot! I know it was no fun for him!

Here’s the “rest of the story”. When I sent the images to his parents, his mom sends me an email asking me to edit out the sunburn. I told her “Sorry, that’s pretty much not possible for color images. We can turn them B/W or Sepia but you can’t remove sunburn from a color image.” That may not have been what she wanted to hear, but it was the God’s honest truth.

So, advice for seniors and their parents.  Don’t overdo it!  It’s okay to get a bit of a tan, but don’t do it the day of the shoot! If you want a nice tan for your shoot, tan regularly for about 6 weeks up to your shoot, and take the 5 days before your shoot off.   Take a moderate approach to all things, makeup, hair, tans, clothes etc.  These will be the most viewed photos of your life so why not make them look as tasteful as they are memorable.

“…advice for seniors and their parents. Don’t overdo it! It’s okay to get a bit of a tan, but don’t do it the day of the shoot! Take a moderate approach to all things, makeup, hair, tans, clothes etc. These will be the most viewed photos of your life so why not make them look as tasteful as they are memorable.”Mike Jensen, Photographer High School Seniors Photos