We book out several months ahead, with June, July and August being favorable months, as well as into the fall. However, we shoot senior portraits all the way into spring. Just make sure you check with your school about the Yearbook photo policies and deadlines.
We recommend booking your session by spring of your junior year. Yes, we do require a non-refundable fee in order to secure a date. The retainer will be due at the time of booking and will be applied to your session or collection. In the event you need to cancel your session the retainer is non-refundable.
We love evening light and schedule 2-3 hours prior to sunset. Our clients are scheduled Monday-Friday. On occasion we do need to schedule a sunrise shoot, however they are not typically our first option. We do make weekend exceptions from time to time.
No! You definitely do not have to go with the school yearbook photographer! They are only hired to take your yearbook mug-shot. ;) . You also do not have to purchase Graduation Announcements through the school....
Together we will talk about the look and feel that you want for your Portraits. Maybe that means you love fields, water, and bridges. Maybe you prefer a more modern look with an old abandoned building and cracked cement. Or perhaps you’re somewhere in the middle. Whatever your style is, I have plenty of locations to suggest so we can find a location that you love.
Absolutely! I love to see what my clients have in mind! Follow me on Pinterest, and I’ll follow you back if you have ideas there. You can email as well. I love to see what photos you like and hear the ideas you would like to try!
Our sessions do not include makeup however we highly recommend it. Our biggest compliment over the years would be that our retouched images are not over edited. We owe that to professional, camera ready HD airbrush makeup. If you don’t wear makeup, no worries our barely-there look will be perfect for you, it’s light and sheer but does a great job evening out skin tones and blemishes, yes even guys add on professional airbrush makeup. You may be amazing at applying makeup, however camera makeup is different than your everyday look. A full understanding of the right camera-ready products and application is essential for beautiful straight out of camera results.
I will watch the weather closely as your Session approaches. If it does rain, we’ll adjust or reschedule to a day/time as soon as possible. :)
Of course! I encourage you to bring someone that will help you relax and have fun. Oftentimes, that's Mom. If you’d like to have some photos with your friend, you might be interested in the Friends Senior Portrait Session.
This will depend on which session you choose when booking. Most of my Seniors bring 3-4 outfits (sometimes more) and last in the neighborhood of 2 hours. ;) After your session is booked, we'll schedule a consultation to plan your shoot and your outfits/looks/details. Let the fun begin! :)
Along with your change of clothes, I recommend bringing a brush, hair spray (even if you don't usually use it!), powder (yes, even guys!), lip gloss, etc. Also any props you like such as a class ring (if you have one), sunglasses, a cute hat....
In-person Reveals are scheduled within 2-3 weeks of your session, and online proofing galleries will be available within 2 weeks!
You can order two ways: through me [email or phone] or you can order directly through your personal Gallery. For some of the products such as Albums and Cards, we will need to talk about [email/phone] the specific layout and photos that you want to use. Family or friends can also order through your password protected Gallery. Prints and Products will be shipped right to their door!
If you do not have an In-Person Reveal, I will email you and let you know when it’s ready (usually 2 weeks after your Senior Session), and give you your password. Feel free to share the password with anyone you want. Your Gallery will have the best of your images from our Session (number depends on your package choice), fully edited and watermarked. You’ll have 10 days to look over the pictures and place your order. After that time, your Gallery will expire, so don’t wait too long to check out your pictures! Reactivating your Gallery after the 2 weeks will cost $40. However, if you make your purchases, and then later down the road you need to order something else, I will reactivate your Gallery at no cost – just email me.
Without getting too complicated, a copyright is the protection of “original works of authorship”. All of my work is copyrighted. Many clients have asked me what is “ok” to do with images or photos, so here are a couple examples of copyright infringement: copying a photo on a copier, screenshots of a photo for personal use [eg. framing for a wall, Facebook, etc.], cropping a phorto, or editing a photo to remove the copyright symbol. If you’re not sure, just ask! :) Most of my clients decide to purchase a number of digital files with a "personal print release".
Share away! :) . You may freely share any of the images purchased. I only ask that you tag me (Facebook: Rhonda Smiga Photography or on Instagram @rhondasmiga).
Regular office hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Sessions are often scheduled outside of those hours, particularly the 2 hours leading up to sunset.
The Studio is located in McKinney, TX in the beautiful Adriatica Village (Virginia and Stonebridge). Adriatica Village and the surrounding areas lend gorgeous natural/outdoor backdrops for photo shoots.
We accept all major credit cards, debit cards, check, or cash. Paypal, Apple Pay, Venmo, and Zelle payments may be made to firstname.lastname@example.org. For your convenience, payment may be made by phone, through the website, or through any of the avenues listed here!
Super! I’m so excited! :) To schedule your Senior Session date and time, you can email me, use the Contact form above, or call me at 214-449-0246. Payment is due at the time of booking in order to reserve your slot. I can't wait to hear from you!
You will need to set up an in person ordering session. Due to evening shoot sessions Reveal Sessions are scheduled during the day. We recommend setting up your appointment the day of your session. Reveals are scheduled 3 weeks after your shoot, this allows us time to get your images ready for viewing. If your session doesn’t include an Reveal session, your online gallery will be ready within 3 weeks of your session, and an email with the link will be sent to the email we have on file.