Almost time for the applications for the next year senior reps! Applications will go online in one week. Friday, January 20th at 4pm. But, before next Friday, I wanted to give the details for those who may be interested in applying. If you ARE interested in applying, please share this blog entry with your parents. They MUST be on board with you applying! (And, trust me, as a mom myself, give them the info now, not next Friday at 3:59pm 😉 )
What is a rep? Well, every year I select 1-3 girls from each of the local schools to represent me, and spread the word to their friends and classmates about what it is like to have their senior photos taken by JPSearcy Photography. The reps go on a deluxe session which is basically a photoshoot to two locations of their choosing. They also have the opportunity to “earn” extra photo shoots. Among those extra shoots include a family shoot (perk for the parents!), a beach shoot, and fun themed group shoots! They are also earning credit with each referral they send, to spend on their own senior photos. Reps have advance notice of the once a year sale I run, and can offer a free gift to the people they are referring to me.
What am I looking for in a JPSearcy Senior Rep? I am looking for girls who are super motivated, involved in their school, friendly, approachable, have a great online presence on social media, fun, and competitive! Why only girls? Girls are the ones who typically WANT to do this job. Guys have fun on a shoot with me too, but they typically don’t want to do multiple shoots and all day shoot. And they don’t talk as much as the girls do! Haha! Now, I will say, if I got an application from a guy, and he could convince me that he would do as much as the girls do, then I would be thrilled to have him rep for me!
Things to know about being selected to rep for JPSearcy Seniors:
~Each of my reps DO pay a session fee, just like any other client. The difference is, they earn theirs back to use towards their senior photos as soon as they start bringing in referrals. Why do they have to pay for a session fee? Because I invest a lot of time and money into each of my reps. And I only want reps who are in it for the job, not just all the extra sessions and perks. So, by having my rep program set up this way, the reps do get free sessions, but they have to earn them. I have been using reps for many years now, so if a parent of a potential rep is a little nervous, I am happy to connect you to some of the parents of previous reps for piece of mind.
~This is not a modeling job! The extra photo shoots are perks, the real job is referring your friends to have their senior photos taken with me. You do not have to be a model, you do not have to look like a model to be a rep! (I don’t even ask for a photo with the application)
~While I call this a “job”, it really doesn’t involve very much time. Most of the referring is done just hanging out with their friends! The busiest time will be around the 2 day sale in May.
~Selecting a new class of reps is one of MY most stressful times of the entire year. It kills me that I have to turn girls down. Please know that there is a lot that goes into selecting the reps, behind the scenes. I even have other senior photographers that I know in other parts of the country help me decide! If you are not selected as a rep, it could be because of one of a 100 different reasons. But most of the time, it is as simple as you are good friends with another girl who was already selected as a rep. So, please don’t be too upset, and pretty please don’t take it personally. I would still love to photograph you and get to know you better as a JPSearcy client. <3
Complete benefits and details will be sent to those who are finalists. Your parents will have to look it all over with you, and agree to it, before you are officially a rep. Gotta have the parent’s blessing!
Applications will be going up around 4pm next Friday afternoon. The link will be posted on my blog, twitter, facebook, and instagram (basically everywhere!). Facebook – www.facebook.com/jpsearcy, Twitter -http://twitter.com/jpsearcy, Instagram – www.instagram.com/jpsearcy. (And while you are at it, please follow or “like” me!) If you are interested, I would urge you to talk it over with your parents NOW, before the applications go up on Friday. Show them this post and show the type of photos I take on my website – http://www.jpsearcyseniors.com. If they are on board with you applying, then fill out your application as soon as you see them posted Friday afternoon. Think about your answers, because the application is most of what I go on when selecting new reps! Applications stay open for each school until I have plenty of great candidates, then I close them for that school. In the past, some schools, closed after only 2 hours! So, you don’t want to miss out!
If you have any questions about what it is REALLY like to be a JPSearcy rep, why don’t you ask one of my current reps?! They are all amazing, and I’m sure they wouldn’t mind giving you the low down on what it is like to work for me. Or if you have questions for me, I’m happy to answer anything! You can email me email@example.com, or message me on any of my social media accounts.
And last note. If you love my photos, and can’t wait for me to set up your senior photo session, but don’t really want the work or commitment of being a rep, that is NOT a problem! Not everyone is cut out to be a rep, but everyone IS cut out to be one of JPSearcy Seniors! I am more than happy to give you an amazing photo session, tailored just to you, and you don’t have to be a rep! I love all of the seniors I shoot, wether they are reps or not. So, if you don’t want to be a rep, I would still love to be your photographer! <3
And because a post with no photos is a boring post, here are a few photos of my fantastic group of reps from the class of 2017!