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  • Writer's pictureNina Bashaw

6 Reasons to hire a professional for your senior portraits


YAY it’s your high school senior year and you want to celebrate this special time in your life with a senior portrait session! I mean let’s be honest everyone has a phone that takes decent photos or maybe some of your friends have “a nice camera” and are taking up photography as a hobby so you might be thinking of just letting them take your senior pictures. But believe me when I say you don’t want to entrust your senior photoshoot to just anyone, you need a professional photographer and one that specializes in senior portraits! There is more to capturing a senior and telling their story through a camera than simply clicking the shutter. Here are six reasons to book a professional for your senior photos:

6 reasons to hire a professional photographer for your senior pictures  | Tampa Senior photographer
6 reasons to hire a professional photographer for your senior pictures


A professional photographer wants what is best for you and we are genuinely excited about your session. We as St. Pete senior photographers want our work combined with your personality to be cherished and something you remember and look back on years from now. They want you to feel beautiful, or handsome, confindent and excited during your session. A professional will be happy and so excited that your photo session is going so well because you are having fun and rocking it. They will keep pumped up and tell you what a great job you’re doing. My goal as your photographer is to boost your confidence and create gorgeous images to swoon over. ​


Becoming an experienced photographer takes a lot of time and hard work. The more experience your photographer has the better your pictures will look. A professional photographer knows the angles to capture the most flattering images, we are are obsessed with light and know what time to start your shoot, and we have extensive knowledge of posing you that will make you feel pretty and confident. Hiring a professional photographer helps ensure that your photos are of the highest quality possible so you don’t have to worry how your photos will turn out. To take beautiful senior photos, it takes more than just a “nice camera”. While it is true the camera and the lenses can produce beautiful photos, it’s takes a professional to know how to use the equipment correctly, lighting, and posing to produce what you see in your final gallery!


I can’t stress how important it is for your photographer to understand posing! Each client is different and each shoot is different, so it’s super important for you photographer to know how to pose you in a flattering way and an appropriate way so it fits your age and stage in life. For example poses that I would use in a bridal session, boudoir, or maternity photos will be vastly different from a senior session. For this reason make sure your Wesley Chapel photographer is very familiar and specializes in senior pictures.


Your images will be turned into pieces of art! Digital files are an excellent way to share their senior photos on social media, with their classmates and family that live further away. But when you hire a professional photographer you can also order high quality prints, canvases, and albums that will look and feel luxurious. As someone who grew up shooting film I’m a firm believer that photos should be printed and displayed in your home. PRINT YOUR PHOTOS, you’ll be happy you did!


Yes, your senior year is about you and graduation. But these photos are also a way for your parents to show how incredibly proud of you they are. So even though you might not be initially as excited as your parents about your senior pictures, believe me you’ll be happy you booked your senior session!


Think about how hard you’ve worked for more than a decade, from studying for exams, SATs’, excelling in sports or other school related interests. You should be celebrated and “show off” everything you’ve accomplished over the last 12 years. A senior portrait session is a great way to celebrate all that you’ve done by closing this chapter and moving on to the next phase of your life!

If you are ready to book your senior session with in the Tampa Bay area, I would love to work with you! You can contact me by filling out my contact form. I would be trilled to be your photographer!

Thank you so much for stopping by my website to read and view this blog post! If you or someone you know is class of 2022 or 2023 in the Wesley Chapel, Lutz, Land O Lakes, Plant City, or Lakeland areas and is looking for a fine art senior portrait photographer feel free to reach out to me about my pricing and availability. I would be thrilled to be your photographer! For more information click on the links below!



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