We were sitting and talking with one of our high school seniors and her mom yesterday and it was a conversation I really enjoyed – one that got me thinking about our seniors and why their sessions are so special.
We have had parents thank us before for “making it such a great experience” for their senior and “really capturing them” or “making them feel so special”. Yes – we are really good at what we do. Ally is an awesome photographer and she connects with people really well.
But here’s the thing, and I said this yesterday in what was a similar conversation to many we’ve had with comments like the ones above:
Often the case is that we made someone’s daughter or son feel good NOT just because we said lots of things, complimented them and focused on them, but because the senior kicked butt. At the end of the day the senior gets credit too. It’s the senior who has to prep, dress, smile, pose – for hours! It’s the senior who projects the confidence and the personality.
Sure Our Approach is Key…
Take the girl who was here yesterday with her mom to place their order. Did we have something to do with her having such an amazing session? Well sure we did. We meet with each senior ahead of time to get to know them. We want to get a sense of what their style is, their personality – and we empower them to be involved in planning their session. We know what questions to ask, we know tons of great locations, we have a great studio with perfect lighting, fantastic backdrops and really cool vintage furniture. We’ve been at this a long time and it’s our livelihood, but we want them to know this is about them. So yes this approach breaks down barriers and paves the way for a better session. It’s really important, and once we’ve done it the senior can own their part.
…But it’s a Team Effort & The Seniors Make It Special
It’s truly a collaboration. No different than a coach and an athlete, a conductor and a classical musician. The girl who was here yesterday really rose to the occasion. SHE was what made it special. She looked great! You could see the fun she was having and the confidence on her face in the photos. Ally laughs at how I always say the senior is “killing it” or “slaying the game” haha… But that’s not B.S. – it’s true! And with yesterday’s senior everyone brought their A game, everyone feels like we really accomplished something great together, and now we’re friends. We can’t imagine the tedium of doing it any other way for something that can and should be so special and our clients come here because that’s what they want.
So yes, we love what we do and we’re good at it, but it’s the team – us, the parents and the SENIORS that make senior pictures at Frameable Faces so special!