Danielle Pease Photography: Blog http://daniellepease.photography/blog en-us (C) Danielle Pease Photography (Danielle Pease Photography) Wed, 31 May 2017 21:11:00 GMT Wed, 31 May 2017 21:11:00 GMT http://daniellepease.photography/img/s/v-5/u889446216-o620168341-50.jpg Danielle Pease Photography: Blog http://daniellepease.photography/blog 120 80 How To Choose A Senior Portrait Photographer http://daniellepease.photography/blog/2017/5/how-to-choose-a-senior-portrait-photographer 2Blog-image2Blog-image

The options are endless, and can be as confusing and anxiety producing as choosing a cellular phone plan.  I feel you!  But let me give you some things to think about, and hopefully it will make the decision a little easier.

Step 1.  Start with the end in mind.  

When it is all said and done, what would you like to be holding in your hands?  A ready-to-hang framed print, an album or a book, or individual printed images?  Are digital images important to you?    Learn what products the photographer is offering.   I believe the reason you hire a professional photographer is to help you create something not only tangible for your home, but also something you will cherish for years to come.   Insure the photographer can do that.

Step 2.  Price Point.

You will find every price level and every skill level photographing senior pictures.  Just because they are cheap doesn't make them bad, and just because they are expensive doesn't make them good!  Do not be afraid to ask how much experience they have.  Find someone who is recommended and look at a large amount of their work, not just the select ones on their web site (because, you know, we only put our best work on the site!).  Insure you are attracted to the work.  As far as pricing goes:  It should be simple and straight forward without a lot of choices. 

Step 3.  The Experience.  

Once you find a photographer that creates what you want to purchase and is the right price, get references.  Ask people about their photography session and sales session experiences.  This is a large investment in time and money.  You want the experience to be enjoyable, relaxed, and easy.

If you would like to know more about my philosophy and business, please call or email me.  I will also be writing more blog posts on all things to do with senior portraits, so stay tuned!





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A Letter to Young Men Having Senior Portraits Done (and their parents) http://daniellepease.photography/blog/2016/8/a-letter-to-young-men-having-senior-portraits-done-and-their-parents


A letter to young men having their senior portraits done:

I know you hate it, but, believe it or not, it’s not for you.  It’s for the people who miraculously kept you alive for 17 years.  The ones that watched your every move from the time you opened your eyes for the very first time until this moment.  This is a year of “lasts” and transitions for parents.  It is a season of letting go.  So think of having your senior photo done as a gift from you to them, and approach it with love and enthusiasm. 


A letter to parents of young men who hate to have their senior portraits done:

Allow them to “not care”.  Doing it for you is enough.  Don’t try to get them to be excited or have an opinion on which expression is better.  Remember, it’s for you.  Realize that looking at 60 different images of themself on a large screen HD TV isn’t comfortable – frankly, I would hate it to.  If they do not want to come to the ordering session, don’t bring them.  They can choose their yearbook photo from the ones you purchase.  And I’m sure they will do it with love and enthusiasm.   

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Unexpected Pleasures http://daniellepease.photography/blog/2015/7/unexpected-pleasures

Sometimes the most special moments come when you least expect them.  Today, I met a woman at her apartment to take her photograph.  When I arrived, she had the table set with ginger scones, and also blueberry scones, in case I didn’t like ginger.  There was delicious, hot coffee.  She doesn’t own a car, so she walked to the local market the day before to buy cream, just for me.  The thick, white liquid was displayed on the table in a beautiful, tiny serving bowl.  She picked up a couple of sugar packets on the way back from the market, in case I liked sugar, which I do.  She served the coffee in matching, pottery mugs, each with beauty marks from years of use.  She said, in a lovely southern drawl, “I hope you don’t mind the chip.  These are my most special cups, because my son made them for me.” I said, “Not at all”, then I commented on their beauty and craftsmanship, but what I thought, and should have said was, “Thank you for making me feel so special and loved today.”

(Danielle Pease Photography) http://daniellepease.photography/blog/2015/7/unexpected-pleasures Mon, 06 Jul 2015 21:03:31 GMT
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I don’t know what it is about Polaroids, but they always remind me of summer, family vacations, and going to the Jersey shore.  I like everything about them.  I like that they were instant, in a time when nothing was instant.  I like the shape of the image as it whirled out of the camera, and I especially like that there was a perfect place to add words to go with the image.  I was playing with recreating that feeling in Photoshop with digital images when my husband’s Uncle gave me a Polaroid ProCam he discovered at a yard sale!   I researched it, and found that there is a company that actually makes film for these cameras.  You can find them at https://www.the-impossible-project.com.  They are passionate people!  If you love film, the history of photography, or just interesting photography in general, check them out.  For now, this is just a fun play toy for me that reminds me how magical photography is.  I’m not sure how I’m going to use it yet….but I do have a family vacation to the Jersey shore coming up!  Do you have a favorite Polaroid image from your past?  Snap a photo of it and tell me about it in the comments below.  I would love to connect with you!

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