Senior portraits are a very big part of your senior year! I want to make sure this experience is both fun for you AND gives you the photos you've dreamed of. 

Once your date is booked, I'll share some information to help you get read for your senior portrait session, including inspiration and tips for wardrobe selections. I'll consult with you on outfits, accessories and hair so that you will be sure to have a variety of "looks" throughout your session. A few weeks before your shoot, I'll send a Senior Questionnaire that will help me get to know you better and suggest locations and ideas that fit your style. If you have any specific requests or location spots, I'm eager to accomodate! Your photos should be a reflection of you, and as such, should and will be unique!

Sessions begin approximately 3-4 hours before the sun sets, and we'll start with makeup. I work with a selected handful of the best makeup artists in Cincinnati, so you'll receive Professional Airbrush Makeup to make your skin absolutely flawless, stunning and camera-ready! From there we'll head out and spend about 2-2.5 hours shooting, with as many wardrobe changes and locations as you'd like. 

If you're like a lot of seniors, you may feel a bit apprehensive about being in front of the camera. Don't fret! I know that EVERYONE has photogenic ability (I've witnessed it), and with the right photographer guiding you, you'll feel at ease and comfortable after a few shots. I take the time to show you how to pose naturally so that your expressions don't look forced and your body angles are most flattering. Many of my seniors have told me afterwards that they've never had so much fun getting photos taken or that they "didn't know they could look this good!"

A few days after our session comes to an end, I will post your sneak peeks on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat so you can begin sharing them with friends and family. About 2-3 weeks after your shoot, we'll meet for an in-person photo ordering session. We'll start our session off by viewing all of your photos, and I'll share the top of line products that Carla Essen Photography offers. I’ll be right there to guide you through your ordering process, answering any and all questions you have. I will also be able to design many of your products right in front of you. You will leave your ordering session with the absolute security that you know exactly what you’re getting and so much more!

Congratulations on being a senior and welcome to this incredibly exciting time in your life. I can't wait to meet you!



In 2017, I'll be taking a limited number of sessions per month. Spots fill up fast, so email me to get on the schedule!