Yes, If you play football or the violin, or are a cheerleader, I welcome you to bring clothes and props that represent your love! I get really excited when someone brings along something that will make their portrait session different from everyone else’s. If there’s anything that Beaux Arts is not, it’s a cookie-cutter photographer. I guarantee that your session will not look exactly like everyone else’s.
How about my pets?
They are welcome as well.
No, you do not have to go to the school yearbook photographer. They are only hired to take your yearbook mug-shot.
Over and over I’ve been encountering seniors who believe that they must use the school photographer for their senior portraits. Seriously?:) Of course the so called “official” yearbook photography companies will attempt to lead you to believe that they are the ONLY photographers and you must go to them, but that is not true and you are not obligated to buy anything from them. You are free to make your choice about your senior photographer.
I encourage you to look around at several small, independent photographers such and make a decision based on the quality of their work. You will get better quality images, more time spent with you and more poses to choose from if you use an independent photographer with years of training and experience.
The yearbook photography companies are usually a high-volume studios who hire under-qualified, untrained “photographers” to take senior pictures. You’ll still pay big bucks for your senior pictures, but what you won’t realize is that you are paying for the business name and not necessarily getting a high quality photographer. I’d say, consider your options. There is no need to pay plenty of money for 30 minutes in a studio and only have a few poses to choose from. In the world of digital imagery, why would a studio only let you pick a few poses? Independent photographers will provide you with lots of options and will take the time to individually edit your images. They will take pride in their work because the images they produce will be a direct reflection of their abilities.