It's that time of year again! Senior season. High school seniors are about to start their school year and it's time to get pictures done. This is an extremely sentimental and exciting time...all at once. Moms and Dads are thinking about their baby moving away and going to college or off to the work force, while their seniors are excited to move onto their future. When I do senior session consultations, one of the biggest questions I get is, "What if the weather doesn't cooperate for my session?"
We can always reschedule
Senior sessions are a very special, once in a lifetime type of session. I am well aware of this. You've spent your hard earned money on a session fee and you want the pictures to be perfect. I get it! Things like hair frizz, sweat and rain all factor in. The one thing I can say is...DON'T WORRY! If it is pouring rain, or otherwise horrible weather, we can reschedule your session. I am very careful with my booking to make sure I reserve some open dates in order to allow for a rain reschedule! I will call you a couple of days before your session to confirm your date and time. During this phone call, we'll chat about the weather and discuss our plans. If it is going to rain, I will watch the weather carefully and we will be in touch regarding rescheduling. If the weather is uncertain, we'll come to a decision together and we will be sure to get your portraits in!
The weather can add interest
Sometimes, inclement weather isn't the worst case scenario. In the image above, it was an extremely stormy day. The forecast called for on and off showers and thunder storms. Mom and I had a chat and due to this beautiful young lady's schedule, Mom decided she didn't want to cancel. When we arrived at the park, it was sprinkling. We waited five minutes and this is the shot we got! The rain had stopped and the sky was really dramatic!!! We found shelter when it sprinkled and were rewarded with awesome sunflare and dramatic skies when it didn't!
We'll stay warm
"My session is in the fall. What if we get a really cold day?" Towards October and November, sometimes my sessions happen on cold days. In this case, we will do everything to make sure you are comfortable. I suggest seniors wear a comfy sweater and a jacket. Layers always work well to give them different looks anyway. Many of my clients will bring a blanket and gloves to put on in between shots. I have even turned on my car and car heat for relief for a client. So, again, DON'T WORRY! We can get those shots in the cold!
What about sweat and heat...ugh!
In the summer, the heat can get pretty intense in Connecticut. Even in the shade, you can sweat and with our Connecticut humidity, frizz can happen. I combat this in two different ways. First, I schedule the majority of my senior sessions two hours before sunset. This is typically the cooler part of the day. I suggest my clients bring a care kit to their sessions. Senior girls bring touch up makeup, oil dabbing cloths and hair brushes. Between setups and shots, they can take the time to freshen up. Additionally, I will keep a close eye on hair and makeup to make sure your senior is looking their best throughout the session.
Not matter what the weather conditions are, I will be sure to capture your senior's personality and create a legacy for him or her for years to come!