It is that time of year again! Time to start working on the graduation announcements. If you had a shoot with me this year, you probably saw the graduation announcements that I offer. I told you that I don’t take orders for them until after February, remember? Well, it’s time! Don’t worry, this design appointment won’t take nearly as long as your first viewing/ordering appointment. You have already seen your photos, you know which are your favs, so this next part is pretty quick and painless. In the past, they have taken about 15 minutes. If you are interested in making an announcement appointment, send me a quick email letting me know when is best for you to come by.
If you have NOT had a shoot with me yet, it isn’t too late! We still have time to have a great session, get beautiful portraits, and get your custom graduation announcements back. All before graduation! While it isn’t too late now, it will be too late soon. So you don’t want to wait too much longer to get on my calendar. This last semester flies by, and towards the end of the semester, you and your family will be busy with graduation plans and parties. Trust me! If you would like to talk to me about a shoot, please email me ~ email@example.com or call/text me 407-977-6296.
Can you believe that it is already time to talk about the next class of seniors? Class of 2020! As early is it is, I’m feeling it is a little late for me. Being that back when I used senior reps, I started looking for the next class at the beginning of January. Last year (class of 2019) I didn’t do a rep program. I always loved having reps, but hated having to pick the reps. There are so many amazing girls, and I wanted to take all of them! So, last year, I said NO MORE!! I did introduce a “Model Experience”, which was basically all of the perks of a rep with none of the work (and no applications!). It was fantastic! And if there is interest, I’d be happy to do a version of the model experience for the class of 2020. Just let me know if you are interested.
I have been in business 13 years now. That is crazy to me! My first seniors are turning 30! And my new seniors (class of 2020) were in preK/kindergarten! It has been one heck of a ride! This past year, you may have noticed, I have cut back some on the sessions that I am taking. With my kiddos being grown (my baby is in the class of 2020!), I’m having the opportunity to do other things as well. (Gotta keep things interesting!). Now, I can’t imagine stopping photography all together. Photo sessions and meeting some amazing seniors make me happy! Not to mention, I have promised MY senior that I would at least keep going for his class ;). In the past 13 years, what seniors want change almost every year! I like to stay on top of what they are wanting, so the entire experience, from the booking to getting the prints back at the end, is a great experience and exceeds their expectations. So, for the class of 2020, I’m putting out a little survey. This is your opportunity to tell me what YOU want! I will take all of the info and answers you give me to heart, and I can cater my offerings to what YOU want!
This will take you just a few minutes, and it is open for seniors AND their parents. Who ever wants to fill it out (or BOTH of you can fill it out!). To say THANK YOU to those who participate, if you end up booking a senior shoot with me, I will include a complimentary gift print with your order (a gift print is an 8×10 or a 5×7, and is valued at $40). And to sweeten the pot, I will randomly draw 3 names in one week. Two will get $100 credit on their order (can be used towards the session fee OR print order), and one will get a complimentary session fee (for one location) AND a complimentary gift print with their order. How I am going to do this random selection, is each entry will get put your name on a slip of paper, and I will have my oldest son reach in the pot and choose the 3 winners. Even if you don’t win one of the 3 top prizes, you will still get a free gift print with your order AND you get to tell me what you are looking for so I can be the perfect photographer for you!
Link to the questionnaire – https://jpsearcy.survey.fm/class-of-2020
In the meantime, make sure to share this with your friends (doesn’t matter what school they go to), and follow me on social media. I’m easy to find. I’m jpsearcy everywhere! (instagram, snapchat, twitter) On facebook, it is under JPSearcy Photography. And if you have more to tell me or talk about for your shoot, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And lastly, a blog post without photos is boring! Here are a few random senior photos <3
Announcing the annual senior sale! Now, in the past, this sale was only 2 days long. This year, I’m changing things up a little, and making things a little less stressful. This year, the senior sale is going to run from May 12 – May 30. This is the ONE sale that I run all year, so you don’t want to miss out! This year, the earlier in the summer that you have your shoot, the more you will save! Don’t worry, all of my summer shoots are held early morning, so it won’t be too hot or sweaty for our shoot 😉 Summer really is the best time of year to do these shoots. Once school starts, there are just so much many things scheduled, and we can only shoot on the weekends. It is really best to get these done early and enjoy a fun session to kick off your senior year!
-Book and pay for a shoot to take place in June, and the session fee is only $75 ($125 for deluxe). In addition, you will receive 3 complimentary gift prints with your order (a gift print is your choice of an 8×10 or smaller)!
-Book and pay for a shoot to take place in July, and the session fee is only $100 ($150 for deluxe), and receive 2 complimentary gift prints with your order.
-Book and pay for a shoot to take place in August, and the session fee is only $125 ($200 for deluxe), and receive 1 complimentary gift print with your order.
-Book and pay for a shoot to take place in September, and the session fee is only $150 ($250 for deluxe).
The details – this sale is for senior sessions only. If you call and book your senior photo session during the sale, you will receive a discounted session fee + free gift prints with your order. Session fees must be paid at time of booking, and are non-refundable (in case of weather issues, I will reschedule your date with no additional session fee). All sessions are done on location (of your choice). Regular senior session is one location, Deluxe senior session is two locations (in the same day). I only take one senior client per day, so when that date is filled, it is not available for another client. So, if you know you want JPSearcy to photograph you for your senior photos, you will want to call and pick your date early! Simple as that!
As always. Session fees are for the session time and editing only, and do not include any prints or digital files. Print packages are ordered at our viewing/ordering appointment approximately 3 weeks after our shoot. I have 6 different flexible packages ranging from $240-$1890. Minimum order for regular sessions is $240, for deluxe (2 location) sessions is $500.
*Regular pricing session fee is $200 for a regular senior session, $300 for a deluxe senior session.
Please pass the info on to your parents, so they are kept in the loop, and know all about the sale! And please pass along to all of your friends and classmates, we don’t want anyone to miss out on this. Especially since this sale is not limited per school. Whoever calls to book during the sale, gets the discounted pricing!
Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to me and ask! Otherwise, I look forward to booking your summer session very soon. We will have fun at our shoot AND get beautiful photos to mark this important milestone in your life!
The next senior up on the blog was a fun one! Dani had a deluxe session (2 locations) for her senior session. The first part of her session, she shared with her horses! I don’t get many seniors with their horses, but whenever I do, I just love the photos. Yes, the horses can be little stinkers at time, but it is totally worth it. And Dani had 3 different horses for us to play with that day. And then a 4th who desperately wanted to be in a photo too! We had a great time, and the horses were so well behaved! Then forward to the second part of her shoot – the beach! We were a little concerned about it raining for our shoot, but then we totally lucked out and had one of the most beautiful sunrises I’ve had in a long time. Beautiful morning, beautiful girl, beautiful photos! Dani was up for anything, wether it be climbing or getting totally hit with the waves. (Which by the way, she was so awesome! She was able to keep her eyes open when the waves were coming right at her. Such a pro!). I really enjoyed my time meeting and photographing her!
If you are a 2018 senior, you are almost out of time to get senior photos that you love! Contact me to get your session date on the books!
Now onto sneak peeks! Here are a couple from each of Dani’s locations:
This isn’t a typical sneak peek post, sorry about that! This is more of a “what’s up and coming” info post!
So, if you have been following me for a while, you know that every year applications go up to select my next class of senior reps. I have LOVED each and every one of my reps. I love working with them all year, and I love keeping in touch with them after graduation. They have been a great resource in helping me spread the word to their friends about JPSearcy. But it seems like lots of other photographers have started using reps as well. So, I guess it is time to shake things up a bit! I don’t like doing what everyone else is doing ;).
I am working on a plan to put the focus completely on the senior, and giving them a unique, one-of-a-kind experience. This will be open to all upcoming seniors (class of 2019), and I won’t be limiting how many from each school. No applications or anything like that. Just giving everyone the opportunity for the Model Experience! It will include multiple sessions through out the year. Of course, I will still offer beautiful photos as a part of regular senior sessions. This is just something a bit more! I’m still finalizing the details, and will be sending it all out to whoever is interested. Do you want to be a part of the very first JPSearcy Model Experience team? Just take a second and fill out the short form with your contact info, and you will be the first one to hear the details! And feel free to pass it along to your friends who would totally be up for an over-the-top senior model experience!
The next session up on the blog is a two-fer! I met this sweet set of twins years ago, when their mom booked a family session. I think they were in 5th grade at the time. I was so honored that they wanted to come back to me this many years later for their senior photos! Now getting to this day was challenging. We had a couple of different reschedules due to our lovely hurricane season. But then the waiting paid off. We had an absolutely beautiful morning to shoot at the beach. Yes, it is a pain to wake up so early to get ready and all the way out to the beach before sunrise, but then you get a gorgeous morning, and it all is worth it! As a nice bonus, the waves were really kicking. So Sloan got the crashing waves photos she wanted.
Now, as a notice to other seniors (class of 2018), if you are wanting senior photos done that are more YOU, and you aren’t on my calendar yet, NOW is the time! Most seniors have their senior photos done before the end of the calendar year. The reason is, the last half of the school year is crazy busy and it just flies by. Before you know it, you are planning prom and grad parties, and you still haven’t had your portraits done yet! I actually start NEXT year’s class in a couple of months. Now don’t worry, I can still get you in, but I do need to get you on the schedule soon! Email me, text me, call me, whatever. Let’s start talking about YOUR senior photos!
Now, back to the twins! Here are a few sneak peeks from our shoot:
Next senior up on the blog is Joshua! He, like most of the senior guys I photograph, wasn’t exactly thrilled about having a shoot. But he was a great sport, and I think, ended up having a good time! His mom and girlfriend came with him to help out. Girlfriends are always invited to come along with the guys for their shoot. No one can get smiles out of the guys like their girlfriends ;). I know that the guys will be happy they have these photographs (the moms sure will be!) Our shoot was at Kraft Azalea in Winter Park. I’m happy to report, it did just fine in the storm. Yes, there were a few downed trees, but nothing I couldn’t work with. In fact, we used on of those downed trees in the shoot!
If you haven’t gotten your senior photos (non-yearbook ones, I mean), I am almost booked for the rest of the fall! So, even if you don’t know the exact details, call or email me to at least lock down your date.
Now onto sneak peeks!
Summer is coming to an end, so that means it is time for the rising seniors to get their senior photos taken! Yes, you have to get your yearbook photos taken, but that is not what I am talking about. I’m talking about senior photos that are far more personal and fun! You pick the location, and bring several different outfits, and I’ll take care of the rest. We will have a lot of fun, and we will get a lot of beautiful photos to celebrate this important milestone in your life! I have many already on my calendar for the summer, but I do have some open dates left. If you have not yet gotten on my calendar, let me know so I can take care of that for you. Once school starts, your schedules get much more difficult (and we can only shoot on weekends then!). All of my summer shoots are first thing in the morning, so we are finished before it gets too hot out, so no worries about that. Still have questions, check out my website www.jpsearcyseniors.com, or talk to any of my reps, or reach out to me! I am happy to answer any and all questions you may have.
Now, on to more fun things ~ SNEAK PEEKS!! I had a great time meeting Megan and her mom. She is so adorable and so sweet and we had so much fun! The location she chose was Rollins College.
Summer is in full swing, so that means it is time for the rising seniors to get their senior photos taken! Yes, you have to get your yearbook photos taken, but that is not what I am talking about. I’m talking about senior photos that are far more personal and fun! You pick the location, and bring several different outfits, and I’ll take care of the rest. We will have a lot of fun, and we will get a lot of beautiful photos to celebrate this important milestone in your life! I have many already on my calendar for the summer, but I do have some open dates left. If you have not yet gotten on my calendar, let me know so I can take care of that for you. Once school starts, your schedules get much more difficult (and we can only shoot on weekends then!). All of my summer shoots are first thing in the morning, so we are finished before it gets too hot out, so no worries about that. Still have questions, check out my website www.jpsearcyseniors.com, or talk to any of my reps, or reach out to me! I am happy to answer any and all questions you may have.
Now, on to more fun things ~ SNEAK PEEKS!! I had a great time meeting Lumaris and her mom for her senior session. She is so beautiful and so sweet! We had a rain out on her first scheduled date, so we had to move to this day. For a few minutes, I thought she would need to be rescheduled again, but the rain waited for us to finish our shoot. (No worries, if weather is going to be bad, we just pick a new day. I want everything to be perfect for you!) Being so cloudy out, did really help the heat though! Sure it was hot out, but you couldn’t tell by the look of her. The location she chose was Rollins in Winter Park.
Let’s kick off your senior year with JPSearcy’s annual 2 day sale! For those who have followed me for a while, you know all about it, and you know it’s coming! But for those who have just found me, let me tell you all about it!
Let’s start by talking about senior photos. You may be thinking, “the seniors are JUST leaving the building, isn’t it a little soon to be booking OUR senior photo session?” The answer is NO! The seniors will be graduating next two weeks, and then guess what? YOU are the seniors! Most seniors get their portraits done during the summer before the senior year starts. This is when you have to go to the contract photographer to get the boring yearbook ones taken (you know the ones ~ they look remarkably like the ones YOUR parents had taken! The fake black drape, the fake tux, you know, the way you would NEVER actually be photographed in real life!). But yes, everyone must go thru that during the summer for the yearbook. What you may NOT know though, is you can stop there right after the yearbook photo. The contract photographers will have an appointment for JUST that – yearbook photos. THEN, you come to me and get the photographs that will show the real you! Your personality, your style, who YOU are. I don’t line you up and shoot you like you are a number. I take time making sure your experience is not only fun and personal, but resulting in gorgeous images that you will WANT to hang on your walls and give to family. My shoots are done on location, where ever YOU want them to be. It could be some place garden-like or some place more urban or some place more in the middle of the two. That is completely up to you! (If you don’t know an exact location, just tell me the “look” you are going for, and I am happy to offer up some suggestions!). These are YOUR senior photos, and I want the entire experience to be one that you enjoy and remember for years to come!
And because I have been doing this a while, I can tell you some of the hesitations you may have: “It’s too early! I don’t feel like a senior yet!” Yes it is early, but not too early! Like discussed earlier, you have to get the yearbook ones done during the summer, so why not get your fun ones done then too? Also, once school starts, your schedules get crazy busy and it gets pretty difficult to schedule in some time for a session. “It’s too hot!” Yep, it IS too hot. But know what? We live in Florida, and it is always hot! Seriously though, all of my summer shoots are held first thing in the morning. Yes it means you have to wake up early one day during summer, BUT by shooting early in the morning, you won’t melt, and the temp isn’t at 200 degrees outside yet, AND it won’t be raining that early (rain comes in the afternoon!). After every summer shoot, the senior tells me, “I am so glad that we did this early in the morning!” By the time we are finished, it is starting to heat up. But definitely bearable during the shoot, which is what is important! “I don’t care about saving money (to book during 2 day sale)!” Well, I am willing to bet your parents would love any kind of discount they can get! Haha! Senior year is an expensive one! So, by booking during the 2 day sale, you will save them a little bit of $, AND help spread out some of those senior expenses. Those who say they want to wait until the end of their senior year to get their photos done, usually end up not getting any done because all focus becomes on graduation, and then this just becomes a chore. That is not what photo shoots with me are meant to be! It is meant to be fun, not something you HAVE to get done! Or the parents are just tapped out after prom, announcements, graduation, grad parties, college deposits, etc. Do them a favor and book during the sale to save them a little bit and help spread out the expenses more so they aren’t slammed at the end of the school year!
There is only ONE sale that I run every year. And it is my senior 2 day sale. No, this isn’t like Macy’s where every other weekend is a two day sale ;). Mine is truly only offered once a year! And that time is quickly approaching! During my two day sale, you call me, pick your session type, date, location (if you know it, if not, we can decide that later), and pay the reduced session fee at time of booking. Your session must be scheduled for anytime during the summer, before September 30th. Easy as that! For a detailed listing of the different session types, it can all be found on my website under the pricing section – http://www.jpsearcyseniors.com. Take a look all around the site while you are there, so you can see samples from different locations and the type of work that I do!
Without further rambling, here is the info for the class of 2018 2 day sale! Sale is next weekend, and for upcoming seniors ~ class of 2018 only!