Senior Sessions

A special note to seniors about school Photographers :
Many schools require you to go to a contracted photographer or the school photographer for your year book photo only. That is the only photo you must have taken there. You are not required to have your senior photographs taken by the school photographer.
You have the right to select the photographer of your choice for your Senior Pictures.
After all you are paying for your Senior Images. So, why not get what you want, at an affordable price, from Blackwell Photography.
We offer several options for you to choose how much variety you want in your portraits.
At Blackwell Photography we like to keep things simple. We have three senior photo shoot packages from which to choose.
There are no hidden fees or mandatory print packages. You’ll be provided with a CD of processed proofs.
You’re free to use your time block however you wish. You may change your outfit as many times as you’d like, but keep in mind that the more time you spend changing clothes, the less time you have to take pictures.
On the same day as your photo session, you will be able to choose the pictures you like the best–there’s no extensive waiting like with other  studios! As as added bonus during your same-day selection process, you can also choose from an array of our custom special effects and edits…all  included in your package!
BASIC SESSION $65.00 *1 hour of shooting time
(8-10 edited proofs on a disk) *1 location only
SENIORS CHOICE SESSION $85.00 *90 minutes of shooting time
(12-15 edited proofs on a disk) * 2 locations
ULTIMATE SESSION $150.00 *3 hours of shooting time (Brookfield/Marceline Area only)
( 15-18 edited proofs on a disk) *unlimited locations
The artist customizes each session to include any combination of black & white, brown tone, tints, or other creative techniques that fit your style.This session is for the senior who truly wants to be unique.
Tips and information for your Senior Session:
If you are scheduled from 3:00 – 4:30 and show up late or not ready, you will have less time in the camera room. If you need to get ready here (hair, makeup, etc.) please arrive early enough to be ready by your start time.
CLOTHING                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      First of all AVOID STRIPES AND PLAID!! Solids photograph much better! Also bring a variety of color, don’t bring 5 blue outfits even if it is your favorite color. Avoid clothing that has wording on it except for your own school logo. Vary the style, all one look (like tanks) gets boring. Vary the dress level, bring some dressy, some medium and some casual. Remember, it is best to do one or two outfits that mom will like, then we can do the stuff YOU like.
Our new sessions let you do unlimited looks within your time period. This means if you change fast, you get more variety. Spend all day in the dressing room, you get less time in front of the camera. Most people can get 4-5 looks per hour. More if you are quick and work easy. We suggest you bring double what you think we will do so we have more to pick from.
Some shots are close up, others are full length. Plan outfits completely. It is hard to do a full length formal in your suit if all you brought was big old tennis shoes. Also remember, as a general rule, light clothes look better on lighter backgrounds and darker clothes look better on darker backgrounds. So if you prefer dark, bring dark, if you prefer some of both, bring some of both.
Group your outfits together ON HANGARS. It is amazing how many people come in with clothes stuffed in a plastic bag and wonder why they are wrinkled! Make sure they are ironed. Although we have an iron for touch ups, we don’t want to waste your time on ironing.
Avoid changing your hairstyle or cutting your hair right before your session. Let it be natural. Quick easy hairstyle changes during your session are OK, but make it quick or you lose camera time. Artificially bleached hair is often not best, in 10 years you might say “What was I thinking??” Bring your hair care tools and products with you if need be. It IS ok to show up early in curlers if you need to. Please, please, DO NOT put glitter in your hair or on your skin!!!
Although our photographer tries to help with hair, it is hard to know what your hair “is supposed to look like”. So make sure you like the look or let the photographer know your preferences. Hair style is ultimately YOUR responsibility.
Best tip here, keep it simple. We want the attention on you. Big, shiny jewelry can distract from the real subject, YOU. If you have different jewelry for different outfits, you might put each set of jewelry in a plastic baggie and hang it on the hangar with that outfit.
BRING THEM!! Bring props that help define who you are. Some popular choices are: Sports equipment (soccer ball, football, hockey stick, hurdle, whatever), sports uniforms, music instruments (from school, tuba to rock guitar), activities (dance leotard and shoes, swimming, hobbies, you name it!), vehicles (motorcycles can come in the studio or in our Portrait park, cars must go to the park, we suggest more than an hour session for car shots).
AVOID SUNBURN! Sunburn and peeling skin DO NOT photograph well!! Tan, yes, burn, no. If you are a winter or spring session and your tan has faded, you might consider tanning. But don’t overdue it.
COMPLEXION We retouch blemishes, so don’t worry about minor breakouts.
Pets are OK as long as they are house broken. It is a good idea to have someone bring a pet, then leave with them after. Or bring a pet carrier to contain them while you are being photographed without them. Treats can be helpful to hold a dogs attention.
Friends or parents are welcome. You can have a couple of shots with a boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend or sibling at no extra charge.
WEATHER FOR OUTDOOR PORTRAITS                                                                                                                                
Let’s face it, we are at the mercy of mother nature. If it rains, no fretting will do anything about it, we simply have to reschedule. Don’t worry about clouds, they actually HELP! But rain falling is a problem. If it is a morning session, we will take your phone number home and call you if we need to cancel due to weather, otherwise, we are on! If it is a daytime and the weather is questionable, simply call the studio.