In the last few years, grad shoots have become the most fun shoots I do. I absolutely love them. The graduates are so excited, being all dressed up and hanging out with their friends and parents before the festivities begin. The squeals from the girls every time another girlfriend walks in the door, all the “Oh my GOD, I LOVE your dress”, and “Hey Man, looking good!” comments, it all makes for a very fun time.
Last week I got to meet up with a huge group of grads from Lord Beaverbrook. Here are some of my favourite images:
Excuse me for a moment while I blog out of order. This session was last Saturday, and while I have sessions from March that I still haven’t blogged, I’m just really excited about these, and well…it is Graduation season!
Congrats to these new Grads from Bishop O’Byrne…class of 2012! Can’t believe some of you were born the year I graduated..wow. I feel as cool as you guys, until I realize that I’m probably closer to being as cool as your parents. 😉
Also, I’m looking to do some more Grad pics, so if anyone wants to book a shoot, I have the following special on. You can wear your grad dress/suit, or you’re favourite jeans…whatever goes!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book!
Looking back to last year, some of the most fun I had at shoots were the Grads that I did. And it got me thinking.
Seniors Photography is huge in the states. Not the over 65 crowd, but the High School Seniors. It’s never taken off in Canada, and I’m not sure why. I know that now, as a 34 year old, I would LOVE some awesome portraits of myself when I was in High School. All I have are the year book photos, the photos that my Mom took with me saying “cheese” and a bunch from my graduation day – with my boyfriend at the time – again, taken by my Mom.
So, I’m offering this:
Teen & Grad Photography
I’m not talking about formal graduation day photos ONLY – I’m talking about a one on one photo session – of you in your coolest outfit, or your everyday jeans, just being you. An hour (or more) of just you behind the camera, showing your silly self, your serious self, your diva self…whatever you want.
We’ll hang out in Fish Creek, or a deserted barn, or in Inglewood, or anywhere you want.
The best part? You are going to love your pictures! And you’re going to tell your friends (and they’ll see your pictures on Facebook), and then they’ll book too. And if you (or your pictures) refer 8 other Teens/Grads to me – you get a brand new iPad*.
Don’t know 8 people? How about a $25 Chinook Center Gift Card for every ONE referral?
The deets (that’s my cool talk so all you teenagers will know how hip I am):
Basic Package – $300 – gets you a 1 hour photo session. From this session you get to pick 4 digital files with photo enhancements and digital retouching (that pimple on your forehead? Gone.) You can do whatever you want with these files, post them on Facebook, make prints, email them to Grandma, whatever! That’s a value of $440. (Additional prints and files can be purchased as well – my prices are here).
Glam Package – $800 – You’ll get your hair done, then meet me for 2 hour photo session with up to two outfit changes. With this package you receive 10 digital files and one 11×14 print (with photo enhancements and digital retouching.) Value of $970.
BFF Package – $900 – You’ll both get your hair done, then meet me for a 2 hour photo session. I’ll get some shots of you together, and individually, and you can change your outfits twice. You will both be able to pick 5 digital images, plus an 11×14 each (with photo enhancements and digital retouching). Value of $1240.
PLUS – if you purchase any of the above packages, I’ll come do a graduation shoot on the day of your grad for free. (Upon availability, 2012 only. Book fast – I’m only one person!)
Teen & Grad shoots are meant to be outdoor shoots – so they will be weather dependent. There will be no refunds for hair styling, but rainchecks for the photo shoot can be given.
*In order to be eligible for the iPad, you must “Like” Shannon Hilton Photography on Facebook and tag the page on your images. You must also be alright with me using your images in my promotional materials on-line & in print. The referrals’ shoots must take place within 2012.
A couple weeks ago, I had the absolute honor to take photos of a group of girls getting ready for their high school graduation. It was so much fun, living vicariously through them, and it felt like only yesterday that I graduated from High School. But it wasn’t…I did the math.