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Is Your Senior Worth It?

One of the things I am finding in the photography business, is that there are many people who are “price-orientated.”  They only want the cheapest they can get, without having to spend much.

Unfortunately, when it comes to portraits, and specifically senior portraits, there ought to more value placed on what you’re getting.  The question one has to ask themself is, “Are my kids’ senior portraits worth nothing to me, so that I am unwilling to invest in them?”  Senior portraits ought to be worth a lot to parents.  They represent the last bit of their childhood.  After graduation, they’re all grown up.  Is the memory that parents want of their kid’s childhood to be some slightly out-of-focus snapshot taken in the back yard?  Or do parents want a piece of art, a collection of images that will be for the next several years displayed prominently in their living room?  Are not kids worth an investment, especially concerning the memories of their last year in high school?

In my senior year, many years ago, I was faced with that same choice.  I, being the “good” kid, the one concerned about my parents’ finances, went with the cheapest “photographer” I could find.  To this day, I don’t even remember his name.  The thing I do remember is that the experience flat out sucked!  He had no clue what he was doing, didn’t know how to pose me, or what shots to take.  He had me decide everything!  And then, when I received my pictures, they sucked even worse!  I am not one to live with regrets, but I have one, it is that I choose the cheapest route, instead of investing in something that should have been worth much much more!

To this day I do not have one of my senior pictures.  My parents were even greatly disappointed in the experience and results!  They made a decision that for my 2 younger brothers, they were not going to skimp on their senior pictures.

With that experience in mind, I offer much more than senior pictures.  I want to create memories that will last a lifetime for you and your family!  I want to give you an experience like nothing else!  I want you to be not just excited, but thrilled beyond measure with the experience of “getting” your senior pictures done.  I want to make some art that will be displayed in your home prominently for years to come.  So that every time you look at it, you will fondly remember your child’s youth; something that will be much more than just nostalgic for you!

I work very hard to research shooting locations, styles, and every thing that goes into making the session personal and extraordinary.  I offer unique images that you will not get anywhere else.  Think of how excited your senior will be when his/her images are vastly different than all the rest of their classmates!  Most every kid wants to be famous.  I try to make them feel that way with the experience they will get from me!

The experience you will get with me is personalized.  It is not a one-size-fits-all deal.  I will listen to you and to your wants and needs.  I will help you to see that your child’s senior pictures are much more than just some snapshots in the back yard.  I will take the time to create something for you and your family that will be a worthy investment into your high school senior.  After all, isn’t your senior worth it?

Thinking hurts…at least for me!

And that is what I’ve been doing for the past few months.  Thinking…and thinking…and…well you get the picture.

I have made no qualms about it before.  I am a pastor, husband, and father.  Not necessarily in that order.  I came to Sheridan over 4 years ago to pastor a church.  But I’ve learned, sometimes we have to expand beyond what we are.  I love photography; there is no doubt about that.  It runs a close second to pastoring the church.

So I spent this past summer contemplating whether I wanted to pursue photography in any way.  Do I want it to be a second job?  A second career?  Or not mess with it at all?  I did nothing in regards to it at all this summer.  No new blog posts.  No Facebook updates.  No portrait sessions.  Nothing.

I’ve come to the conclusion despite all that, that I do want to pursue photography. Why not?  The Apostle Paul was a tent maker.  He did what he could to meet his needs.  God provides us opportunities to have jobs and earn money.  Why can’t I be both a pastor and a photographer?

It is after much prayer and…thinking…that I have decided to pursue photography with all that I can.  It will be exhausting.  I will not take away from pastoring in any way.  I will just have to do both to the best of my ability.  I believe with God’s help, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me!

First things first, I am looking for a motivated high school student who still needs his/her senior pictures done to be my representative at their school.  You will earn free things and money for referring other students to me for their senior pictures.  You will get a free mini-session to get some pictures for your referral cards.  You will then have a full session at a later date of your choice to get any pictures you want done.  This can be earned free with just 3 referrals!  It all depends on you as to how much you earn!  You will receive 50 referral cards to pass out to your friends.  If they bring that card to me and get their senior pictures done, that counts for you and earns you money!

It won’t be too hard; your pictures should sell themselves.  Call or email me for more info if you are, or know someone who is, interested!  Don’t wait, time is running out!