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Senior Magazine Valerie Shannon Photography

In my life, I have expressed my creative side very differently. It started at a young age with excessive amounts of masking tape, construction paper and purple glue sticks. I then moved on to water-color, trombone, ballet, graphic design, and here I am now, a photographer and loving every minute of it!
Meet my best friend. We've been married for six years!
Meet my fur babies - Holly and Simba! They are the loves of my life. Around here dogs are part of the family!

The Senior Session Experience Timeline

1. Book Your Session

The first step is to pick your date! Click here to book online. It's easy! Once you book the perfect date for you I'll send over the contract for you to sign and then you are all set!

2. Pick and book your makeup artist

Professional makeup can make your senior session! You feel incredibly pampered and it will take out all of the stress of making sure you have a perfectly blended look. Please note that you are not required to use one of my preferred artist. If you already work with someone you love feel free to book with them. I'm all about you feeling the most comfortable and confident! But if you need suggestions check out my top recommendations below with links to contact them!

Choose to invest in one of my preferred makeup artist for your senior session, and they will enhance your natural beauty, pamper you and have you camera ready!

Do you need a little hair help? Check out Tousled! It's my favorite place when I need my hair styled for a special occasion!

3. Meet with you stylist

Clothing matters! You want it to reflect your style, personality, complement your figure all while looking incredible on camera. Sometimes getting all that right can be a stressful and overwhelming task and that is where Lauren is here to save the day! She's been a PROFESSIONAL stylist for over ten years and everyone of my seniors who works with her absolutely loves her! Please note that the complimentary stylist appointment is available in select collections. Scroll down to Investment Information to read more!

"Lauren was so easy to work with! At first, I was a little hesitant to use a personal stylist for fear of a dramatic different taste in style. However, I was so pleased with how she used my suggestions and made my outfits even better! It was so nice and so easy to solidify my outfits before my senior session so I wasn't scrambling for an outfit last minute. Lauren is seriously the sweetest and the best of the best for all of your wardrobe styling needs" - Jessica, 2020 Senior

4. Complete the Senior Survey

The style survey is a list of questions that help me plan you perfect senior session for YOU! It helps me find out what you want your senior session to look like, who you are as a person, your preferences, your style, your hobbies and what locations you might like for your session. This is such an important part of the process to make sure your senior session is personalized just for you!

5. It's Your Big Day!

You'll arrive to your first location, hair and makeup ready with your first outfit on! I will guide you through every pose and we will laugh a lot! I want your photos to look effortlessly YOU! We do a lot of movement based posing which results in those ultra natural photos that everyone loves! At the end of your session you will leave feeling confident, beautiful and hungry! Everyone always is so hungry after their session so start planning where you want to eat afterwards! (My vote is always Chick-fil-A or Chipotle!)

6. Are you ready to see your photos!?

Within 48 hours I will post sneak peeks for you from your senior session. My seniors love to share these with friends and family and it ties you over until I deliver the full gallery of high resolution digital images for you. Want to know how long you will have to wait for me to email you a beautiful online gallery with ALL your edited images? 2-3 weeks (depending on which collection you pick.) That's it! I know it's crazy fast, but who wants to wait? I know I couldn't!

I also offer you the option in one of my collections to come to my home studio and purchase prints or products. Gone are the days of trying to figure out how to design an album (that you will probably never get around to actually printing) or what products are the highest quality (I've researched professional printers and use only the best!). I'm here for you every step of the way.

"I couldn’t of asked for a better experience!! Valerie made it an easy process and helped out so much with setting up my session and choosing the perfect outfits and locations. When it came time for pictures she made it fun and energetic! Posing for pictures was very comfortable and she made me feel very confident. The locations she chose were outstanding and really captured the ideas I had in mind. Great memories to add to senior year along with exceptional pictures! I would highly recommend Valerie for unforgettable senior photos!" - Madeline, 2020 Senior

"Oh my goodness, Valerie thank you for such an amazing session! You exceeded every one of my expectations, I could not have asked for a better afternoon! I felt so confident and so important; there was no doubt in my mind that the pictures would turn out amazing! I felt like I was able to trust every suggestion you gave me. Your artistic vision and attention to every detail made such a huge difference, honestly, there is no one I would trust more to capture this time in my life. I also had a blast being with you! I've heard people rave about you, and say great things about how fun their session was, but I had no idea it would be this fun!" - Avery, 2020 Senior

"Captivating... is all I can express! As a Senior parent, my heart is full of pure joy! Looking at what Val has provided for my daughter and for other Senior girls is riveting. Making memories is the key in life and especially at this stage in a young person's life. This will provide reminiscing moments to share for years to come. So, thankful for this opportunity for my daughter and others." - Jill (Avery's mom)

"It wasn't until my daughters junior year of highschool that I found out what senior pictures were really about. My daughter (Pauline) was the one who originally found Valerie. I'll admit when she told me that she wanted her pictures done by Valerie I was hesitant. I didn't really know much about Val's business, but after I looked at her amazing work we decided to work with her. And it was an amazing decision. Valerie really knows what she is doing. Once we started planning the session we could really see how much she cared. When my daughter's session was over she couldn't stop talking about how much fun she had. Which surprised me since she has never been one who enjoys having her pictures taken. It really showed how much Val makes people feel comfortable. When I saw my daughters sneak peek I was completely speechless. It was so beautiful and stunning. Senior year is a very important year to capture. And I would absolutely recommend that you have Val help capture it." - Charlene Oropesa (Pauline's mom)

"Valerie is the absolute best photographer. I knew she was the right photographer for me from the start, but she even impressed me more than I thought. At first I was nervous that I would look bad, or awkward in my poses. Val posed me and helped me through the whole process. She made me feel so pretty. She knew exactly where to take me for my senior pictures. I loved the locations she picked and how well they went with my outfit. The whole process was so relaxed. Not to mention Val is so fun to be around. Val is the best photographer out there!" - Devyn, 2020 Senior

Want to know what your final gallery might look like? Check out Katherine's senior session below!

Investment Information

Pick from The Luxe PLUS, The Luxe, or The Lite senior session. Check out the comparison chart below to see which session best fits your needs.

What happens next?

If you have any questions that were not covered in this magazine please email me at valerie@valerieshannonphotography.com. If you do not have questions it is time to book your perfect date! Click the button below to book online! It's easy!

Ready to book but not sure what Season is best for you? Check out my Season's Guide to help you decide!