Senior Welcome Guide julie collins photography

If you're reading this that means you're either thinking about hiring Julie Collins Photography to celebrate your senior year or you've already booked your JCP session.

Either way I'm excited!

Throughout this guide you'll find all the information you need to guide you through the complete JCP experience. You'll learn how to prepare for your session, what to expect and all about the pricing and fun client reveal night! JCP has created each step to give you the full service photography experience you deserve.

Custom portraiture is an investment in beautiful artistry that will be treasured for generations to come. I am committed to offering timeless photography that celebrates your senior year and to offer heirloom products that will stand the test of time.

Julie, you made my daughter feel like, how I see her everyday.....BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for letting her see a glimpse of her true beauty. Her pictures turned out tasteful and gorgeous! Thank you so much!!!!!

The Julie Collins Photography Experience

Have you had your portraits taken before and the disk or USB is sitting in a drawer somewhere? Have you been meaning to get those images printed and hung on the wall? Does this task seem overwhelming and too time consuming for you? Well, if you answered yes, I am here to help. Julie Collins Photography strives to make sure that you are getting those precious memories out of a drawer and displayed for you and your family to cherish for years to come.

Julie Collins Photography is a full service boutique photography business. My goal is to make sure you not only have an amazing session that leaves you with fun memories but also to provide you with heirloom quality prints and products that will last a lifetime.

No more files hidden away in drawers for no one to see. About two weeks after your session you’ll have your reveal night where you’ll get to see all of your images for the first time. That night we’ll work to create amazing products to showcase your entire session. From custom collages and wall art to graduation announcements - Julie Collins Photography has a full range of products to meet all of your needs!

I’m guessing that right now you’re saying “But I want the digital files!” Don’t worry! I value digital files as much as you do which is why all of my collections include digital files along with professional quality products for your family to enjoy. You’ll get the best of both worlds AND get them for a lower price when they’re combined in a collection. I am excited to begin this creative journey with you!

Planning Your Session

Your senior session is all about celebrating the next milestone in your life. When planning for your senior session it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the deciding on outfits and choosing the perfect location. I am thrilled to help you along the way!

Here are a few tips as we begin to plan your session. Remember that I’m here with you through the whole process so be sure to relax and let things flow!

When we’re deciding on a location think about places you LOVE and have the most fun. This could be your backyard, favorite park, the beach, or the field in which you have played a varsity sport for years. Wherever it is we’ll make sure to capture you being you in a natural way and having FUN!

If nothing comes to mind, no worries! I have many beautiful locations where I love to take seniors and I'm happy to suggest based on your preferences.

What to Wear

What you wear is key for a successful session. Clothing complements who you are, speaks to the environment in which the session is taking place, and coordinates with the home where final images will be displayed. Your style should be as unique as your are, so I’ve put together some clothing advice for a creative, comfortable session.

Be sure to plan your outfits completely a few days before your session. Here are some general "rules" for making picture-perfect fashion decisions:

Choose a palette of 3-4 colors and mix it up, including both pants and dresses. If you are being photographed with a sibling or friend, you will want a cohesive feel, but without being overly 'matchy-matchy.' Picture a page in a clothing catalogue where everyone coordinates, but nobody stands out more than the rest.

  • Light clothes look better on lighter backgrounds, and dark clothes look better on darker backgrounds.
  • Generally, sleeveless shirts and shorts tend not to flatter, but layered clothing is fabulous.
  • Arrange your outfits ahead of time including accessories. Spreading them out on the floor or a bed can help with visualization.
  • Make sure all clothes are clean and pressed and on hangers a few days before your session.
  • Remember, shoes must be clean and stylish, too.
  • It is a great idea to have your hair and makeup professionally done for your session. I can have this built in to your session upon request.

After the Session

You’ve already had a blast at your session but now things are about to get even better! Two weeks after your session we’ll have your reveal night. On your reveal night you’ll see all of your images for the first time. It’s definitely something to get excited about!

That night I’ll come to your home and show you and your parents a custom slideshow with your images. I will also bring along prints, wall art and products that you can touch and feel. Reveal night is a special night you'll be sure to remember.

After you've experienced the slideshow you'll have some time to go through all of your images and take a look at all of the product samples I bring along. Seeing everything in person will really give you a sense of what products are most important to you. Not only that, you'll have the opportunity to hold up images on different walls in your own home to see what sizes will work best! You'll have plenty of time to ask questions, get advice from the expert (me!) and time to choose your favorites. This is the BEST part! Deciding together makes this process so easy!

The collections on the following page have been put together to give you the absolute best quality product for the best value. Those collections are available on reveal night only. No need to worry if the products in the offered collections don’t fit you’re needs, all products are available a la carte as well and are 20% off on reveal night!

The goal of the reveal night is to finalize your order so we can get your prints and products to you as soon as possible. To help make this stress free it’s a great idea to take a look through all of the different products and collections so you can go into it with an idea of what might work best for you. Once you’ve seen your images that may change but it’s always good to have an idea when we get started!

When all the fun of the reveal night is over, you’ll have a short wait before you’ll have those images in your hands! Digital files purchased will be made available within 24 hours and you can expect to have your prints and products in hand within 2-4 weeks. When everything is in we’ll schedule a time that I can hand deliver everything to make sure it gets there safely! Full service is the goal here. No mail delivery or pick up required!

I am so excited to work with you and your family. It is my hope that together we will craft not only wonderful memories, but gorgeous, timeless images as well. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email.

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