I used to wonder why senior pictures seem to be such a big deal, and why people make such a fuss over them. Well, I recently had my own senior graduate and now I understand the significance a little better. The high school years mark a critical stage in a young persons life. They may seem to last forever, but ... they don't! They are only a few short years, characterized by rapid change and development. This is when the young middle school kid grows up and starts to act like an adult. When he graduates from high school life changes. Graduation means off to college, work, a career, the military - and no longer just Mom and Dad's very special child. The teen becomes more and more involved in this new adult life. Unlike the teenage stage the adult stage does last "forever". Ready or not.
This is why a professionally produced portrait, or even a portfolio of images is so important. It will last forever. More importantly, you will keep it forever because it captures the look, the personality and the spirit of your senior you want to remember. It is not the picture that goes in the yearbook that is so important with senior pictures. That portrait will usually be taken by your school's contract photographer and will look very nice. If you want more you have the option of having the contract photographer take them, or going to another photographer.
Why should you want me to take these very important portraits?
Look through the samples of my work on this site, and decide if you think it works for you. I generally take on a limited workload allowing me to focus on you and what you want in your pictures. I discover as much as I can about who you are, your personality, style, likes, dislikes, and what gets you excited before I start shooting. I take photography very seriously, and the better I understand you and what you want to express, the better I can apply my expertise, knowledge, technical skills and creativity to capture that expression.
My business philosophy is based on professionalism, integrity, and a commitment to outstanding service. These are the same principles I practiced in my business and banking career. I am not interested in taking the same snapshots that you could take yourself. I want to produce an image of timeless quality that would look great on your wall now, as well as years from now when your child's own teenage children want to see what their parents looked like as teens!
All photographs on this site are the property of Jim Haley and may not be used for any purpose without permission.