Frequently Asked Questions
What are "senior" portraits?
By “senior” we mean high school senior, or college senior. These are often portraits done for the parents and senior to mark this time of their life and can include their interests, hobbies, pets, etc. College seniors often choose to include their cap and gown and make these their graduation portraits as well!
When should I schedule my senior portraits?
Many seniors schedule their sessions for the Spring of their Junior year or the Fall of their Senior year. Some seniors do choose to wait until just before graduation to do their session so they can include their cap and gown, while others want really recent images to go in their graduation announcements. Basically, whenever you want!
Where will the senior portrait session take place?
Senior portraits can be anywhere in Tallahassee! Downtown, Railroad Square, your school campus, our studio, FSU, Dorothy Oven Park, Maclay Gardens, etc. We do travel to the beach for senior portraits– there is a modest travel fee, but the fee is waived if there is a group of at least four seniors doing their sessions together.
What time of day should we schedule for the session?
Timing of your portrait session is critical to getting the best images possible. Location sessions in Tallahassee are best early and later in the day, while studio sessions can be scheduled any time. The exact location can also play a part in this decision, so consult the studio about the best possible time for any location you have in mind.
How far in advance should we schedule our session?
If you are looking for portraits on a specific date or time, it is best to contact the studio as soon as possible to ensure you can reserve that time before anyone else does. If you have a more flexible schedule, we can generally get you on the calendar within two weeks of contacting the studio. In busier times of year such as Spring or Christmas, it is best to plan your session 4-5 weeks in advance.
Can I use one of my images in the yearbook?
If your school allows you to submit your own image for the yearbook, we are happy to help! We simply need to know the size and format your school needs and we will take care of it– at no additional charge!
Can I bring my mom, sister, friend, etc to the session?
Sure! Your portrait session needs to be relaxed and fun! If you feel comfortable posing in front of your family or friends, you are welcome to bring them!
How should I dress for the portrait session?
Clothing choice is a very personal decision, but we do have some general guidelines that can help.
Solid colors photograph much better than patterns, but if you are looking to have a pattern, try to find a very simple design, or keep the busier pattern away from the face, or in small quantity.
Choose clothes that are well fitting, shirts with sleeves and nothing that needs a lot of attention or fussing to lay properly, so we can focus on having fun and getting great portraits, rather than fighting with an outfit. Definitely try all clothing on before the session to ensure a good fit!
Consider clothing that is important to this time in your life- team uniforms, caps and gowns, hobbies, prom dress, etc.
What should I bring to the portrait session?
Most seniors want to include a few different looks in their sessions, so you will need wardrobe changes (including shoes), any cosmetic necessities to touch up your appearance, and anything you would like included in your images– a dog, favorite hat, guitar, football helmet, etc.
What if I have a blemish?
Small blemishes, bruises and scratches should not be cause for worry. We retouch all of your images before you ever see them and these minor imperfections are not a problem. With more significant issues such as large scratches, black eyes, etc. you should contact the studio immediately to consult about rescheduling the portrait session.
What if I get sick?
Sick subjects are not fun, they are not happy and they do not make for good photographs. They also expose us and our other clients to illness, so we ask that you reschedule your session if you are not well. Please be courteous to both us and our other clients and notify us as soon as you start feeling ill, so that we may reschedule your session and offer the original time to another client.
How much is a senior portrait session?
The senior portrait session is a $129 session fee which includes the session in studio or on location, retouching of all the final images and an in-person order session to help with your purchase decisions. All prints, products and digital files are purchased separately, with most clients choosing to spend between $500 and $1,500. There is no minimum order.
When do we see the images and order?
About two weeks after your portrait session, we have you come into the studio for your order session. At this session we show you all the final images and show you a variety of products including designed pieces, wall portraits, frames, canvases, storyboards, etc. It is best that anyone involved in making the purchase is present at this session, as many of the products are only available at this time and this session gives you the best pricing for all of our products. Orders are sent to the lab immediately after the order session and most orders are ready for pickup in two to four weeks.
The gallery above shows some favorite images from countless portrait sessions over the years! The blog posts below show our recent work with kids in our Tallahassee studio or on location! You can also use the search bar below to find specific things on the blog!
High school sweethearts, Ashley and Danny, had me meet them at Dorothy B. Oven park to get some beautiful images before they headed off to dinner and prom. Poor Ashley isn't one to be the center of attention, so it was tough with both families there excited and...
Congratulations to Kyle! She just graduated from FAMU and is looking to come back in the fall for pharmacy school! I am so glad we could do her graduation photos on the FAMU campus and include the eternal flame and the Science building where she spent so much...
Sometimes a teen really knows what they want to do with their life. For Justin, he wants to be a pilot and he's already taken flying lessons! I am so impressed with this teen who so clearly knows what he wants for his future. What better thing to do then, for his...
So, not every senior at Florida State wants the super quick photo at graduation with the flag background. And thankfully, some of those seniors think about doing graduation photos a few weeks before actual graduation. So, we got to take Brianna and her best friend...
One of my favorite things in doing a location session is to use a location that has special meaning to my clients. For Brittany's senior portraits, this meant the St. Marks Lighthouse where she spent a lot of her childhood. I love that we are able to capture her...
I have been photographing Sabrina's family for years now, so of course I was overjoyed when they called to book her senior portrait session. Sabrina is so much like her mom-- they are both incredibly kind and thoughtful, easy to laugh and lots of fun to be around....
702 W Tharpe St
Tallahassee, FL 32303
(call or text)
All images and content copyright Long's Photography