Peyton’s Portraits ~ Lakeway City Park

I am so happy I got to meet this wonderful family who just moved here from Beaumont, Texas. I’m excited for their new adventure down here in Austin and can’t wait to get to know them better. When Lori asked me to take photos of their beautiful daughter I jumped at the opportunity and I’m so glad I did.  Below are my favorites from her session.

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Top 6 Things To Consider When Hiring A Professional Photographer

1. Your Photographer Should have Excellent People Skills

Having people skills is one of  the most important things you can ask for in a photographer. There is nothing worse than going to a shoot and not having a very friendly photographer taking your happy family photos. This job is most photographer’s passion in life, so therefore, that should shine through during the session. So, make sure you and your future photographer connect in some way before booking them and get to know them a little better as a person. I find this especially important when you have little ones.

Also, if it takes forever and a day for your photographer to respond back to you (I’m talking longer than 48 hours typically) before you have even booked them! Then that is a huge red flag. Of course, there are exceptions, but those are far and few between. For the most part, your photographer should stay in constant contact with you before, during and after your session with them, and if they don’t then do not move forward with booking them.

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2. They need to have a Good reputation

Another very important detail is they must have a good reputation. Go through their website, Facebook, Yelp, Google, etc. and see what people are saying about them. If it’s all good things then great, book them! If you can’t find many good reviews, then don’t let that deter you because they could be new to the area, just starting out, doing this part-time etc. But, for the most part, there should be positive ratings and comments about their work and their experience somewhere on one of their sites.

3. Find one that offers prints and products

A professional photographer will have an established pricing guide where they offer a variety of prints and products. I, for example, offer prints, canvases, mounted prints, digital files, custom framing, digital albums, and albums. Your ultimate goal should be to print the photos you hire the photographer to take, therefore, they should provide you with a wide variety of options to choose from that will work for you and your family.

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4. Make sure they are insured

Insurance is often one that is frequently overlooked. Every business should have some sort of liability insurance for your protection and theirs. Just in case anything were to happen, just know that you are protected with a photographer that is properly insured.

5. Check out their Portfolio

Make sure you like their work. If you like what you see then book them, if not, then don’t. Every photographer has a different style and so do you. So, go find the one that fits your style best. The best way to check out their artwork is go to their website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. The photographer you hire will have a great portfolio, and if they don’t then, that may mean they are just starting out, or it may mean you want to go with someone else. Or, if you don’t like it, then don’t book them. Trust your instincts.

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6. Know their Turnaround time

Last, but not least, make sure you know their turnaround time before you book your session. I cannot stress this enough. There are some photographers who over-book and then end up not getting your photos to you in a timely manner, and then there are some who just naturally take a long time to edit the photos and get them back to you to review. My turnaround time is 1 week for you to review, then 1 week for the prints and products to come back in. So, all in all I have a 2 week turnaround of product delivery, and during those 2 weeks I like to stay in constant contact with my client to make sure my they don’t think I have forgotten about them 🙂

I hope this helps some of you who are looking to book a professional photographer this fall and holiday season. If you are interested in learning more about my sessions then please head on over to my Pricing Page so you can learn a little more about my services.

 

 

Alyson ~ Lake Travis Senior Photos

I’m so glad I’m finally getting around to blogging Alyson’s senior photo session right here in Lake Travis! We actually did her session last fall and the photos turned out beautiful, and we had wonderful fall (well Texas fall) weather. We stayed pretty close to the Lakeway area. We first started out at Hamilton Pool, then we headed over to Bee Cave Central Park, then finally ended our session at Lakeway City Park where I photographed her doing some of her dance poses.  We had such a great time, and we even snuck a few in of her and her sister throughout the day! Here are a few of my favorites from her session.

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Click here if you are interested in viewing more photos from my senior sessions. And, please fill out the form on my Contact Page for more information about your session.

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Top 5 Tips In Taking Your Senior Portraits in Austin, Texas

Taking your senior pictures should be an exciting time and you should be having the time of your life! I love photographing high school seniors simply because they are so full of life and are so much fun to pose. They seem to have this attitude and confidence about them that portrays beautifully in their photos.  For those who may need a little help in figuring out which poses look the best then these tips for taking senior portraits are for you.

Have Fun

When taking your senior pics remember to have fun with it. Try that crazy, fun pose you saw on Pinterest. Because even if it doesn’t turn out to look like you wanted, know one will ever know but you and your photographer.

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Relax

Don’t overthink your poses. Of course you can bring your ideas to the shoot, but let your photographer pose you to where you will look your best. Your job is to just relax and look beautiful/handsome.

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Strike a Pose

Let your inner model come out and strike all of the poses you used to do in front of your bathroom mirror. You never know which ones may actually look fabulous in your senior portraits. So don’t be afraid to just go for it.

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Show some college spirit

Some of my seniors love to show off their new college. This senior decided to accessorize with her new school, and looked fabulous doing it.

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Represent your high school

While some like to show off their new college, other like to continue representing their high school spirit. While, some do both!

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Remember, your senior portraits are all about you! So, make sure to have fun, relax, and bring something that represents your future, your past, or both. To view more photos from senior sessions then visit my Senior Portrait page and take a look around. Or, if you have a question about anything then feel free to email me at deborah@debleaphoto.com or fill out the form on my Contact Page.

 

 

Tristen~Senior Pictures~Fort Worth Photographer

This spring I had the pleasure of taking Tristan’s senior pictures. We had a great time going all over Fort Worth from Trinity Park, to Downtown, to the Stockyards, and then finally the museum district. They turned out fabulous…I hope you enjoy!!